Texas Church Shooting is Textbook Argument Against Gun Control
It would be nice to live in a world where we didn’t immediately have to start talking politics after some lunatic shoots up a concert, a movie theater, or, God help us, a small church in rural Texas. Then again, it might be nice to live in a world where these things don’t happen at all.
Unfortunately, we live in neither world. We live in the world where these atrocities do happen and where liberal Democrats jump to push their anti-gun agenda when they do. They do this when the killer purchases his guns legally, in such a way that no additional regulations would have made a difference. They do this when the killer stole his gun from someone else, in such a way that no additional regulations would have made a difference. And they do it in cases like these, where – by all early accounts – the killer was someone who, under current state and federal law, was not allowed to possess a gun in the first place.
According to the Daily Beast, the shooter in Sutherland Springs used an assault rifle – either an AR-15 or a knockoff – to kill at least 26 people and wound 20 others at this small church in Texas. But the shooter, Devin Patrick Kelly, was court-martialed and discharged from the Air Force in 2014 as a result of a domestic violence conviction. He was charged with assaulting his wife and child, and his bad conduct discharge from the military, in conjunction with this domestic violence conviction, should have precluded him from owning the weapon used in the mass murder.
As of Monday, it was not clear if Kelly managed to find some loophole in this law, whether the background system failed, or whether he simply procured his gun through some not-quite-legal means. We’ll see. Regardless, it shows you that the typical Democrat answer to these shootings – stricter, more comprehensive gun laws – is no answer at all.
But it certainly hasn’t kept them from doing their usual thing.
Former President Barack Obama kicked things off with a thinly-disguised call for gun control on Twitter: “We grieve with all the families in Sutherland Springs harmed by this act of hatred, and we’ll stand with the survivors as they recover. May God also grant all of us the wisdom to ask what concrete steps we can take to reduce the violence and weaponry in our midst.”
Sen. Dick Durbin said: “The shooter turned his gun on people – kids – in a place of worship. America is in the grips of a gun violence crisis. Congress must act.”
Sen. Richard Blumenthal said: “Enough is enough. Now is the time for commonsense gun violence prevention steps. Congressional complicity must end.”
Democrats like California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsome managed to mix prayer shaming with gun grabbing in a nice little package: “They were in their church praying when this happened,” he wrote in response to Paul Ryan’s call for thoughts and prayers. “What they need is gun control.”
Hmm, we wonder what the congregation in this small, rural Texas community thinks about that…
Plenty of liberal celebrities also jumped on the bandwagon so they could demonstrate to the social media world how thoughtful, caring, and wise they were.
Stephen King: “How many more have to die before we enact sane gun control laws?”
Chelsea Handler: “Innocent people go to church on Sunday to honor their God, and while doing so, get shot and killed. What country? America. Why? Republicans.”
Sarah Silverman: “When a plane crashes, air travel becomes exponentially safer bc of the lessons learned. But 1 mass shooting after another…nothing.”
Of course, what none of these celebrities or Democrats are willing to acknowledge is that, according to our best gauge of the situation, the killer was actually stopped by two residents who were packing heat at the time of the shooting. If one of them – a churchgoer with a gun of his own – had not shot the perpetrator, there’s no telling what kind of horrific story we would be talking about today. God knows the story is horrific enough as it is.