Every time a violent deviant takes innocent lives with a firearm, the first reaction of the friends and family of the victims is to punish those of us who didn’t do it. We’ve seen it time and time again, from the late Sarah Brady, to Gabrielle Giffords and her hypocrite husband‘s efforts to disarm those who have committed no crime, to the latest frothing troll in the gun grabber movement Andy Parker – the father of Alison Parker, who was murdered by a disgruntled, deranged cretin last year – these people are using their own tragedies as weapons against law-abiding citizens.
I’ll be honest, it is difficult to feel sorry for people like Mark Kelly, who is using his wife’s shooting to pad his career ladder. It becomes even more difficult to feel sorry for this jerk Parker, who actually threatened a state senator for refusing to be clubbed over the head with Parker’s tragedy, and who is using his daughter’s death to screw Virginians out of their rights.
It strikes me as opportunistic, given the fact that there’s not a single law that would have stopped his daughter’s murder. Vester Lee Flanagan did not have a criminal record of any kind. He had no history of mental illness. He was black and gay – certainly not disqualifying factors when purchasing a firearm. And he was an entitled social justice warrior douche nugget, who was in the habit of filing grievances against his employers. Should he somehow been prevented from buying guns, because he was a jerk?
Any sane person would answer “no.”
Well, Parker won’t take “no” for an answer, so he has once again decided to use his tragedy to beat the rest of us over the head – to guilt us into bowing to his political agenda.
Well, that act is getting stale.
Oh, hell, what am I saying? That act IS stale, and has been stale for decades! And yet, here’s Parker, first threatening those who disagree with his political agenda, and then trying to passively aggressively shame them with a newspaper editorial.
It is a parent’s worst nightmare to get that call that your child has been killed. Barbara and I, our son Drew, and Alison’s boyfriend Chris Hurst are members of a club no one ever wants to join. You never imagine something like this could happen to you, or to someone you love – but it can and it did. Not a single day goes by that we don’t feel the devastation and void in our souls. Our lives will never be the same.
Translation: I experienced a tragedy. I experienced pain. Therefore you must bow to my demands and give up your rights.
It happened not quite five months ago. First we were numb. Then we grieved. And as we grieved, we got angry. While my emotions were still raw, I vowed on national television to do “whatever it takes” to end gun violence. Little did I know when I uttered those words it would become a national rallying cry.
Don’t kid yourself, Parker. You’re just a Johnny Come Lately to a long and undistinguished (bowel) movement of opportunistic swine who dance in the blood of their loved ones to push their political agenda. You’re a slightly less crazy Cindy Sheehan, although given your physical threat to a state legislator, you just may be in the team photo of Sheehan’s nuttery. Maybe you’re the one who should be prevented from purchasing a firearm…
So what does it mean? It means speaking out for sensible gun laws. It also means standing up for political leaders willing to do the right thing, like our governor Terry McAuliffe, and calling out the ones that don’t. Americans are standing up and demanding that their leaders take action to reduce gun violence. We are going to continue speaking out across the country and we’re not going away.
Actually, Americans (save for the fruitcakes in California) do not support new gun control laws, and they certainly don’t trust the federal government to fairly enforce them! And no amount of screeching you do is going to change that.
This issue is finally a part of the national conversation, and change is happening. Barbara and I were honored this week to be at the White House with other survivors and victims to hear the president announce his executive actions to reduce gun violence. And it was exciting to be in the audience for CNN’s exclusive town hall meeting with President Obama, the first time a sitting president has engaged on the issue of gun violence in this way. You know that real change is happening when even Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly calls out the NRA.
Actually O’Reilly has been a statist creep for years when it comes to guns. That’s nothing new and different about that. And the fact that you were invited to the White House along with other survivors and loved ones simply means that you are being used as propaganda tools for the White House’s political agenda. The White House is using you, just like you’re using your dead daughter.
The NRA, however, continues their message that gun sense advocates want to assault the Second Amendment. How many times does it take to say, “no one is coming to take your guns away, and if you can pass a background check, you can buy a firearm”?
How many times? Until you realize that repeating a lie will not make it true, especially when the list of statist swamp donkeys who do advocate taking away our guns is long and growing.
We already have background checks. The derelict shitbag who killed your daughter passed one. How did that work out?
I think Mark Kelly, astronaut and husband of former Representative Gabby Giffords, who was shot five years ago at her town hall meeting in Tucson, Arizona, hit the nail on the head with his question of all at the town hall. He asked the president, how, with the 350 million guns in circulation at more than 65 million locations from Alaska to Hawaii, could the government possibly take all of these guns away? A rhetorical question of course, but it underscores the absurdity of the gun lobby’s argument.
It’s not the “ability” of the government to take guns away from law-abiding citizens. It’s the civil war this act would undoubtedly cause. It’s the rights it would violate by attempting to do so. It’s the immediate transformation of law-abiding citizens into criminals merely by owning a firearm and the felony record if caught trying to sell their own property to another human being. It’s the prosecution of peaceable citizens for accidentally exercising their rights at the wrong time and place.
But I wouldn’t expect someone who has so little respect for his murdered child, that he would use her blood and his own suffering to deprive others of their fundamental rights to even understand what he is advocating.
We also continue to hear, “nothing could have saved your daughter.” Perhaps that’s true. But is that a reason to do nothing to prevent the next child from being killed? We don’t think so, and that’s why we will continue to fight to save lives.
Name one law that would have prevented Newtown. Name one law that could have prevented San Bernardino. Name one law that prevents criminals from committing crimes! You can’t, because by the very nature of a criminal, there’s no law they will obey. Even if you impose the strictest background checks on every gun purchase possible, how are you going to prevent the criminals from getting their guns from black market dealers, or friends, or family, or simply stealing them?
So whom do you hope to prevent from purchasing firearms, Parker?
How are you planning to close nonexistent “loopholes” that do not prevent any criminals from getting their hands on firearms? Oh, by pressuring legislators? Or by threatening yet another politician with violence?
Now we turn to all of our political leaders – particularly those in our state legislatures – to take action to close the loopholes that make it easy for dangerous people to get guns. It’s time for them to step up to the plate to help save lives.
In other words, Parker will shove his suffering into people’s faces. Parker will demand ineffective legislation that will do nothing to save lives, but will make it more costly and cumbersome for law-abiding citizens to exercise their rights.
And he will do all this by shamelessly dancing in his daughter’s blood. He will scream about his tragedy. He will cry and threaten. He will make demands as if he’s the only one who has suffered from senseless violence. He will club us across our faces with his anguish, as if it is we – the law abiding, peaceable citizens – who are responsible for the death of his daughter, because we treasure and want to preserve our fundamental rights. He will lash out at us with his misery and demand that we surrender our rights and our personal safety to his tragedy as sacrifices – as payment to him for his loss. As if we’re responsible for his pain.
I refuse to be held accountable for the actions of relatively few derelicts.
I refuse to be relieved of my rights, because a criminal abused his.
And I refuse to bow down to opportunistic swine who expect me to genuflect before their anguish.
Their pain is not a claim check to my rights.