Skip to comments.THE POST-NEWTOWN WITCH HUNT (Michelle Malkin)
Posted on 12/19/2012 2:48:20 PM PST by neverdem
In the aftermath of the horrific Newtown, Conn., school massacre, Americans from all parts of the political spectrum agree that we need to pay more attention to mental health issues. Public death threats and incitements to violence must be taken seriously. The incendiary witch hunt against law-abiding, peaceful gun owners is neither noble nor effective. Its just plain insane.
Over the past week, Ive witnessed a disturbing outbreak of off-the-rails hatred toward gun owners and Second Amendment groups. Whatever your views on guns, we can all agree: The Newtown gunman was a monster who slaughtered his own mother, five heroic educators and 20 angel-faced schoolchildren. He ignored laws against murder. He bypassed Connecticuts strict gun control regulations, and he circumvented the Sandy Hook Elementary Schools security measures. Every decent American is horrified and heartsick by this outbreak of pure evil.
But tens of millions of law-abiding men and women own and use guns responsibly in this country. The cynical campaign to demonize all armed men and women as monsters must not go unanswered. Whats most disturbing is that the incitements are coming from purportedly respectable, prominent and influential public figures.
Consider the rhetoric of University of Rhode Island Professor Erik Loomis. He teaches U.S. environmental history, the Civil War, late 19th and early 20th century America, labor history, and the American West in the universitys history department. Online, however, Loomis is a militantly unhinged foe of all things conservative.
This week, the nutty professor took to Twitter to rail against law-abiding gun owners and the National Rifle Association. Looks like the National Rifle Association has murdered some more children, Loomis fumed. Now I want Wayne LaPierres head on a stick, he added. (LaPierre is executive vice president and CEO of the NRA.) Loomis was just warming up.
F**k the National Rifle Association and its policies to put crazy guns in everyones hands, Loomis tweeted. You are g*dd*mn right we should politicize this tragedy. F**k the NRA. Wayne LaPierre should be in prison, he spewed. Can we define NRA membership dues as contributing to a terrorist organization?
If all that wasnt clear enough, Loomis also re-tweeted the following message from a fellow left-winger: First f**ker to say the solution is for elementary school teachers to carry guns needs to get beaten to death.
When the conservative group Campus Reform called attention to the craziness, Loomis whined about a right-wing intimidation campaign. Sane university professors shook their heads. University of Tennessee law professor and blogger Glenn Reynolds explained the anti-NRA syllogism at work:
(1) Something bad happened; (2) I hate you; so (3) its your fault. This sort of reasoning has played out in all sorts of places over the past century, with poor results. One would expect a history professor to know better.
Unfortunately, Loomis is not alone. Famed author Joyce Carol Oates also took to Twitter to blame the entire membership of the NRA for one evil-doers massacre. Another NRA-sponsored massacre for Christmas 2012, Oates wrote. She then accused any politicians who supported the NRA of felony homicide. And then she mused hopefully for mass shootings against the NRA: If sizable numbers of NRA members become gun-victims themselves, maybe hope for legislation of firearms? Shockingly, actress Marg Helgenberger of the TV show CSI cheered her on: One can only hope, but sadly I dont think anything would change.
In Texas, state Democratic Party official John Cobarruvias threw fuel on the fire. Cobarruvias is the Democratic Party precinct chair in Houston, Texas, and holds a seat on the Texas State Democratic Partys executive committee. On his Twitter feed, Cobarruvias labeled the NRA a domestic terrorist organization and called for the assassination of NRA leaders and supporters: Can we now shoot the #NRA and everyone who defends them?
So, its come to this: Advocating beheadings, beatings and the mass murder of peaceful Americans to pay for the sins of a soulless madman. But because the advocates of violence fashion themselves champions of non-violence and because they inhabit the hallowed worlds of Hollywood, academia and the Democratic Party, its acceptable?
Blood-lusting hate speech must not get a pass just because it comes out of the mouths of the protected anti-gun class.
Any new info on the man wearing camo pants who was brought out of the woods?
Police Walked A Man In Camo Pants And Dark Jacket Out Of Woods: Newtown Conn
I’m just wondering because it sounds similar to this:
The friend said that no one might ever know what was going on in Adams mind before he donned black camouflage, a military-style vest and his mothers weapons.
It makes no sense, he said. None of this does.
The solution is for elementary school teachers to carry guns.
OK, sweet cheeks, come beat me to death.
I say the same thing, and I’ll buy him a plane ticket!
I like Michelle but she misses the obvious.... Professor Loomis and all who think like them know fully well that the incident in Newtown is on their hands. Any and all who advocate for “gun free victim zones” are responsible for the creation of a a shooting gallery.
The left is always the most violent when they know they are in deflection mode. They know fully well that they created these deaths and are trying to cover their tracks.
Liberalism is so hate filled it boggles the mind.
It has a classic “My way or the highway” attitude. In other words,it does not live up to the traditional definition of “liberal”.
This U.R.I. professor sounds truly insane.
Y’ know? Something else has gone terribly, terribly wrong in this country when a primary figure in one of the political parties can call for the assassination of another person- ANY person & it is answered by crickets. Can you imagine what would happen if a member of any other political group did that?
As usual, the left is projecting it’s depravity onto anyone who dissents from their radical agenda.
It also strikes me that people like Michelle Malkin, Victor David Hansen, & others are probably people we should be recruiting for Congress. (How I would love to have Mark Levin, but it would be terrible for his health)
I realize that they are doing what they want to be doing, but they are head & shoulders about the “representation” we have had for far too long.
.. I just can't avoid thinking about this from for Love & Liberty by Robin Young and it's about 1857 America.
If you could first know where you are and whither you are tending, you could better judge what to do and how to do it. You initiated a policy to tolerate the Marxist-Alinsky radicals and let them rant; not only has it not ceased but was constantly augmented by decades of infiltration and indoctrination. You now have two Americas. In my opinion, it will not cease until a crisis shall have been reached and passed. A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure, permanently, half statist and half free; I do not expect the house to fall; but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing, or all the other.
The question today is either the opponents of statism will arrest the further spread of it and place it on course of ultimate extinction, or its advocates will push it forward till it shall become permanent.
Have you no tendency to the latter condition?
Let anyone who doubts carefully contemplate that now almost complete legal combination piece of machinery, so to speak compounded of the Republican Party hands-across-the-aisle doctrine and the dreadful actions among statism's chief architects.
<>Any new info on the man wearing camo pants who was brought out of the woods?<>
Nothing new other than:
Chris Manfredonia, whose 6-year-old daughter attends the school, was heading there Friday morning to help make gingerbread houses with first-graders when he heard popping sounds and smelled sulfur.
He ran around the school trying to reach his daughter and was briefly handcuffed by police. He later found his child, who had been locked in a small room with a teacher.
The whole reason we moved here a year ago is because when you drive down the subdivision, its a happy place, said his wife, Georgeann Manfredonia. Theres a ton of children here and the families are very kind and supportive.
I thought the liberal DemocRATS were happy on November 6th but I’ve NEVER seen them as happy as they’ve been since last Friday morning.
Can we now shoot the #NRA and everyone who defends them?
What are they gonna shot us with, rubber bands??? They want to ban guns....
Can we now shoot the #NRA and everyone who defends them?
What are they gonna shoot us with, rubber bands??? They want to ban guns....
The Turks did it to the Christian Greeks and Armenians.
The Soviets did it to the "Kulaks."
The Germans did it to the Jews.
The Chinese did it to the "landlords."
Now the American left is scapegoating white, male, consrvative Christian gun owners.
The "bitter clingers" who are standing in the way of the left's latest socialist utopian schemes. We have seen this nightmare before.
Let’s face it, we are the new Jews and Gypsies.” B-(