Mourning on the Left

Yesterday, a police officer stationed in a Maryland school ended a shooting incident one minute after it began. Two students were wounded – one seriously – and the shooter is dead. The progressive left (really Marxists, thus totalitarians) will likely have to declare a day of mourning and protest the success of a common-sense exercise of armed self-defense and defense of others.  At the very least, the MSM (to call them “leftist” would be redundant) will simply not report this act of a good guy with a gun stopping a bad guy with a gun. That, according to progressive rubrics, that can’t happen; if it isn’t reported, it didn’t happen.

It is, leftist dogma says, “outrageous,” insane” etc. to allow individuals in schools, including teachers who so wish, to exercise their natural and Constitutional right of self-defense. Somehow, in calling for “common sense” gun control (they never say what that actually means because their real goal is to disarm everyone except the state), common sense somehow excludes citizens being able to defend against lethal force with comparable force. The end-game of such efforts can be seen in England, where, ever since guns were all-but banned, victims of armed home invasions are frequently prosecuted for defending themselves in their own homes, even when they do not use lethal force!

BTW, the totalitarian descent of that benighted land is plain to see. Some poor subject there was just convicted of posting a “grossly offensive” video: it showed his dog raising one paw in response to his saying “sieg hell.” In England, that is now a criminal act and he faces jail time. This stifling of free speech, by way of contrast, will be cause for celebration on the left. Speech suppression is well-established on campuses most everywhere in the US and is making inroads most everywhere with widespread use of the heckler’s veto.

That language is already a casualty can be seen that the policeman stationed at the school is called a “school resource officer.”


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New Leftist attack on the NRA

Brought to us via a George Soros project, of course.   The newspaper that soiled my driveway this morning held a gloating article from the USA Today Network about all sorts of big companies severing ties (loose ones at that) with the NRA.   I had heard NPR gloating over it on Friday:

As a groundswell grows against the National Rifle Association in the aftermath of last week’s school massacre in Parkland, Fla., several businesses say they are ending their partnerships with the gun advocacy group.

The brands — ranging from insurance companies to airlines to rental car agencies — announced their decisions on social media, many apparently in direct response to tweets demanding change under the trending hashtag #boycottNRA.

Activists are seeking to name and shame business affiliates of the group.

This was kicked off by ThinkProgress, a Soros-funded Leftist webzine.   Going after corporations with connections to the target is what Big Gay did to the Boy Scouts of America.

I want everyone who is not a Leftist to know what is going on.   If you have any influence with the companies who are severing ties with the NRA, or even if you are just willing to put a note on their facebook page, it would be good to see some push-back.

This could become serious.  Here is what the Washington Post had to say:

But the boycott inspired by the Florida shooting massacre has stalled at the first stronghold of resistance: None of the video-streaming giants, Apple, Google’s YouTube, or Amazon (the company’s founder, Jeffrey P. Bezos, owns the The Washington Post) have acknowledged a petition and viral demands to take NRA videos offline.

If they do, and the world’s largest tech corporations effectively declare the NRA a pariah, boycotters have proposed plans to advance on the gun rights group’s power centers: its political capital and massive funding, which for decades have made the NRA one of the most feared lobbies in the United States.

 


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Assault rifles age limit helps Christmas shoppers

I saw a bunch of articles in the past few days that mentioned one initiative proposed to help forestall future mass shootings by mentally troubled youths.  The proposal is to raise the age limit required for a youngster to attain before he is allowed to purchase an “assault rifle” on his own.

In their rush to press forward any and all limitations on guns, eager beaver journalists rushed to state capitols all around to get soundbite quotes from politicians.  In red states they tried to buttonhole Republicans, looking for quotes that could be used during electioneering later this year.   In my state, they raced around the Tennessee capitol and got a number of GOP officials to opine on some proposals that they might be willing to consider or at least permit debate on.  I was amused, sort of, by some of the Surrender Caucus saying their usual weaselly things.

I laughed out loud, though, at one passage.  This is from an article in the dead tree pulp edition of the Memphis Commercial Appeal that soiled my driveway this morning.   I did not check, but since it is probably behind their paywall, I transcribed by favorite section below.  The article has a byline by Joel Ebert of the USA Today Network.

House Speaker Beth Harwell said she was unfamiliar with the issue regarding bump stocks and wanted to study it further before reaching a decision.   “I’m certainly, with the President of the United States supporting it, it certainly makes it high profile and gives it credibility.  I’d have to study the issue a little bit more” she said.

Harwell declined to answer a question about raising the age to buy assault weapons, noting that she recently purchased one for her son.   “When that’s the only thing he wants for Christmas, what do you do, right?” she rhetorically asked.

Har har har har, hoo hoo hoo.   Journalists want to raise the age for her son to purchase the weapon she just gave him for Christmas.   Of course; this is a great answer.   It is already really hard to find good Christmas gifts for teenage sons, so, if they cannot buy the assault rifle they want, it simply goes under the Christmas tree.  Win-win!

Representative Harwell is running for governor of Tennessee.  This just makes me even more inclined favorably to her candidacy than before.   I don’t know her sons’ ages, but I have no doubt that Tennessee is a more safe place because they are armed.