Perhaps Dana Loesch finally got her fill of hateful, lewd, agenda-driven accusations at the CNN “town hall,” because she has shown in the hours since that she can wield words just as effectively as she can draw-aim-fire. And it’s about time somebody put it this way.
In just one of a series of tweets, she said, “This is just the latest example of government failure and it is why we fight for the rights of law-abiding people to protect our children the same way we protect our politicians and our celebrities.” She pounded law enforcement at all levels for doing NOTHING to head off an easily predictable act of horrific violence. And in doing so, she hit on the most important reason why the right to gun ownership must not be infringed: the defense of you and your loved ones ultimately falls to YOU. If you depend on the powers-that-be to protect yourself and your family, you may end up dead or with your life changed forever.
She’s right. The larger and more complex our government grows, and the more laws it passes to regulate every aspect of our lives, the more paralysis it shows in dealing with imminent threat. Handling this obviously sick murderer-in-waiting who was immersed in a culture of violence should have been a cut-and-dried proposition: alert law enforcement, follow up immediately, institutionalize this person as a threat to himself and others, and try to get him some psychological help while protecting the community from him. The only part of this sequence that took place was “alert law enforcement.” Then...NOTHING. Not even as obvious as this case was. Not even while the shooting was going on, with an armed security guard right there on the premises.
Loesch also addressed the ability of this deranged young man with a history of behavioral problems and run-ins with local law enforcement to purchase a firearm. That’s one more area in which the system failed. If current law were enforced as intended, this person would not have been able to buy a gun. No way, no how.
“How was he able to pass a background check?” she asked over the noise of the crowd. “He was able to pass a background check because we have a system that’s flawed.”
Incidentally, Loesch also called out the media for focusing on the white children that get shot. So many black kids get shot, she said, that it’s hardly news. (I guess when suburban white kids get shot by their neighbors, it’s “man-bites-dog,” something out of the ordinary, but when urban black kids get shot by their neighbors or hit by ricocheting bullets, it’s generally viewed by reporters as “dog-bites-man.” Just another day.) Most of those black kids live in cities with the strictest gun control laws --- laws that are routinely ignored by gang members and thieves.
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