Once again, the guns did it, and it’s somehow conservatives’ fault.
Friday’s murders in Newtown, Connecticut, of 20 children and six adults are a sad tragedy, yet it seemed as if the bodies were not even cold before the Left jumped in, eager to make use of this latest “opportunity” to spread their anti-gun dogma.
President Obama got the ball rolling with a tearful call for “meaningful action.” That was all that was needed for the minions to crawl out of their dungeons and go to work. New York City’s nanny Mayor Michael Bloomberg called for a national gun policy:
“President Obama rightly sent his heartfelt condolences to the families in Newtown. But the country needs him to send a bill to Congress to fix this problem. Calling for ‘meaningful action’ is not enough. We need immediate action. We have heard all the rhetoric before. What we have not seen is leadership – not from the White House and not from Congress. That must end today. This is a national tragedy and it demands a national response.”
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino also weighed in, echoing Bloomberg:
“As a Mayor who has witnessed too many lives forever altered by gun violence, it is my responsibility to fight for action. Today’s tragedy reminds us that now is the time for action. Innocent children will now never attend a prom, never play in a big game, never step foot on a college campus. Now is the time for a national policy on guns that takes the loopholes out of the laws, the automatic weapons out of our neighborhoods and the tragedies like today out of our future.”
It evidently makes no difference that there do not appear to have been any automatic weapons used in the shootings, or that there’s no evidence so far that the killer exploited any loopholes in the law to obtain his weapons.
As for the line of thinking that somehow a gun law could have stopped the massacre, it’s more reasonable to think that if some adult at that school had a gun, then there could have been more children and adults still alive today.
What drives a person like Adam Lanza to snap and turn into a mass murderer could be any number of causes and may never be entirely clear.
But the media wasted no time in laying the groundwork for somehow blaming conservatism with the story line that his mother was a “gun enthusiast” and she was very strict.
By contrast, early indications are that the shooter had a serious personality disorder, raising the more sensible question of why there is a lack of mental health facilities for someone who could probably benefit from institutional treatment.
Instead, the Huffington Post deluged its front page with at least two dozen stories with different takes on why we need to eliminate guns, interspersed with stories blasting the GOP and questioning “where was God?” so as to indict Christians.
ABC was a little less blatant about its agenda, but even it hauled out stories on gun control laws and the history of recent mass shootings.
CNN was somewhere in the middle with fairly sedate news coverage but a raft of anti-gun opinion pieces.
The deaths of so many people are tragic enough without the Left trying to use those deaths to further its political agenda.