Whenever there is some unspeakable terror attack like Thursday’s mass shootings at two mosques in New Zealand, people naturally try to make some sense of it in the hope that if it can be explained, or if blame can be properly assigned, then perhaps we can prevent similar attacks. Unfortunately, attempting to predict future irrational acts by looking backwards seldom works. And in placing blame, people miss the obvious and tend to blame whatever they usually blame.
And so we had a CNN host suggesting that President Trump’s rhetoric inspired the killings.
Some leftist NYU students tried to blame the killing of Muslims on Chelsea Clinton because she condemned Rep. Ilhan Omar for her anti-Semitic comments (never mind that the attack had obviously been planned far in advance.) One student was caught on video accosting Chelsea at a memorial service and ranting that this was “a massacre stoked by people like you and the words you put out into the world, and I want you to know that and I want you to feel that deep inside. Forty-nine people died because of the rhetoric that you put out there.” That makes almost as little sense as the news that Chelsea actually apologized. Maybe she just thought it was the safest way to escape the situation.
Others are just trying to blame conservatives in general…
The bodies from this atrocity are barely cold, and already, some people are mocking those of us who say prayers for the victims. First of all, we don’t believe prayer is some empty, meaningless ritual. Second, even if it were, showing respect for the dead would still be better than trying to exploit their deaths to advance a political agenda.
The fact is that this slime and his enablers are 100% responsible for what they did. It’s not the fault of someone else who said some words somewhere. Yes, everyone should think before speaking and never advocate for repellent ideas such as violence and racism. But are they seriously arguing that President Trump can’t criticize lax border security or Chelsea Clinton can’t criticize anti-Semitic comments by a Muslim Congress member because somewhere, a deranged nutjob might attack Muslim immigrants and it would somehow be their fault?
Can you imagine the state of free speech if everyone had to stop and censor themselves before speaking for fear that a crazy, hate-filled, violent lunatic might take what they’re about to say the wrong way?
And before we go laying blame, remember that this sick murderer left a 74-page manifesto that not only cited Republicans such as Trump and Candace Owens, but also Bernie Sanders and the Chinese communist government. But none of them are to blame for what he did, either. He is, by his own account, a fascist, radical environmentalist, racist, Islamophobic, anti-immigrant, anti-capitalist, pro-communist gun control supporter, and that’s only a partial list. You can’t just pick the traits you don’t like and say that’s what’s entirely to blame.
How about if we do the outmoded thing that those of us who believe in prayer do: ascribe responsibility for his own actions to him and say he did them because he’s just evil.