As the blood dried from the Las Vegas massacre that stole the lives of 58 and wounded 489, conservatives and liberals took dramatically different paths in the aftermath. One side sought solace and solution, the other wished Americans dead and defenseless.
President Donald Trump was swift to provide comfort for the families, injured and a stunned America. He quoted Scripture saying, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” He offered prayers for the quick and full recovery of the wounded being cared for in Las Vegas hospitals. He pledged to travel to Nevada as soon as he could leave storm-ravaged Puerto Rico and called for unity. He kept those promises.
In contrast, to left-leaning CBS executive Hayley Geftman-Gold posted on social media, “I’m actually not even sympathetic bc country music fans often are Republican gun toters.” Apparently, the callous hatred of the left knows no bounds or decency.
These days, the fired CBS decision-maker is complaining about harassment on Facebook. Go figure.
Defeated presidential candidate Hillary Clinton demonstrated the kind of Democratic opportunist rhetoric that got cost the former State Secretary her White House bid. Calling on people to “put politics aside,” she attacked the NRA and then falsely claimed the shooters weapons were illegal. Perhaps she slept through the factual sheriff’s reports in the same fashion she napped during the Benghazi Terror Attacks. It was politics over people from start to finish.
Republicans Consider Real Solutions
Republican leaders including Speaker Paul Ryan responded that they would investigate the legal “bump stock” device the Las Vegas gunman used to effectively convert semi-automatic weapons to near-automatic. Ryan admitted, like most people, that he was not knowledgeable about the mechanism and was getting up to speed. He indicated that if the early conclusions are correct, the GOP would seek to a bump stock ban.
The NRA also supported legislation banning any device that can turn a semi-automatic weapon into a fully automatic one. In a joint release, NRA leaders Wayne LaPierre and Chris Cox stated:
“The NRA believes that devices designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations.”
In yet another twist of post-Obama irony, Americans are discovering that in 2010 it was the ex-president’s Department of Justice that approved the manufacture and use of bump stocks. At the time, Attorney General Eric Holder concluded that the mechanism did not violate federal regulations, despite its purpose to make semi-automatic weapons operate as fully auto.
These days, Holder works as a California legal advisor whose sole job is to oppose policy and legislation put forth by Pres. Trump and the GOP-led Congress.
Liberals Want Americans to Be Defenseless
Even the mainstream media has been forced to report the widespread death threats and wishes coming from the left. Failed comedienne Kathy Griffin shocked the nation with an image of a severed head of the president. Missouri State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal posted on Twitter she hoped Trump would be assassinated and only retracted the statement after censure and calls for her resignation or impeachment.
The vitriol has reached a fever pitch among Democrats, and the coup de gras may have been the New York Times that recently ran an editorial calling for the repeal of the Second Amendment entirely.
Called “Repeal the Second Amendment,” the Op-ed written by Bret Stephens insults hard-working conservative Americans that believe in self defense and gun ownership.
“I have never understood the conservative fetish for the Second Amendment,” the column reads. “The Amendment’s suggestion that a ‘well-regulated militia’ is ‘necessary to the security of a free State,’ is quaint. The Minutemen that will deter Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un are based in missile silos in Minot, N.D., not farmhouses in Lexington, Mass.”
Stephens’ tirade against liberty did not stop there.
“From a personal liberty standpoint, the idea that an armed citizenry is the ultimate check on the ambitions and encroachments of government power is curious,” he continued. “The Whiskey Rebellion of the 1790s, the New York draft riots of 1863, the coal miners’ rebellion of 1921, the Brink’s robbery of 1981 — does any serious conservative think of these as great moments in Second Amendment activism?”
The fundamental idea behind Stephens’ openly vulgar assault on conservatives is that members of the Right are uninformed, out of touch and anarchists at heart. The left seems to want nothing more than to disarm American patriots and make them as vulnerable to the crime and violence experienced in liberal hot-beds such as Democrat-run Chicago.
While the GOP leadership, with the support of President Trump, work to heal the country’s wounds and create responsible gun legislation, the left seeks to gain political brownie points with groups such as Antifa and big donor George Soros.
Remember when the Obama Administration called conservatives crazy for suggesting that liberals want to take their guns away? Sadly, it doesn’t seem so crazy anymore.
~ Liberty Planet