In their reaction to the largest mass shooting in U.S. history (in terms of total casualties) in Las Vegas this past Sunday, leftists pulled out all the stops in their demands that Congress (specifically Republicans) do something, anything to ensure that such an event never occurs again. However, such a sentiment is born out of pure emotion, thus completely void of common sense, facts and logic. I say this because most "solutions" offered up in that aftermath of shootings would not have prevented the vast majority (if any at all) of these events over the past decade.
The typical pleas this time around were to ban machine guns (they're already illegal) and suppressors (Vegas shooter didn't use one), expand background checks (the shooter had no criminal history) and pass more rigorous legislation to address mental health (no indication the shooter had such issues). When challenged on these demands, gun control proponents double down and then accuse gun owners of caring more about firearms than the well-being of their fellow citizens. It's almost as if these people deliberately keep their heads buried in the sand.
As Stephen L. Miller pointed out, very few members of the U.S. media even take the time to understand basic facts about firearms.
The American political left and mainstream media pundits at large do not understand guns. They are not educated about them and they refuse to learn about them. They could not tell you the difference between an automatic or semi-automatic firearm. They don’t understand what a suppressor does or does not do. It’s safe to say most of them have not heard the term “bump stock” until this week.
CNN tried to explain a bump stock with an animation.— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) October 6, 2017
The animation of the rifle features a suppressor, grenade launcher and no bump stock. pic.twitter.com/0jTpTzp0mB
You never know what can happen if one takes the opportunity to actually research such an issue (you would think that a journalist would consider research of a topic a prerequisite to a story). It's almost as if they're hesitant to do so in that it might upend their long, deeply held beliefs. That means the possibility exists that some media person may actually, oh I don't know, ascertain that "gun control" is not all it's cracked up to be.
In a monologue that went viral earlier this week, late night TV host Jimmy Kimmel flat out said that those who oppose to "gun control" don't care about the Vegas victims. He doubled down the following night by saying his critics (primarily law abiding gun owners) know in their hearts they "bear some responsibility" for what happened in Vegas. So this "conversation" the left claims they want to have about guns devolves into little more than shaming opponents.
Miller emphasizes that's probably not the best course of action.
Law-abiding, gun-owning Americans will not be lectured to about a national tragedy they had nothing to do with, and they certainly won’t be lectured by elitists in media who refuse to understand even a basic grasp or terminology about a sacred constitutional right.
And until they do, we will refuse to have that “conversation” the left and the media keep telling themselves needs to happen.
As it stands now, the National Rifle Association is indicating its support for stricter regulations of bump stocks, which are devices that increase the rate of fire from a semi-automatic. This seems to be reasonable acquiescence. However, don't be shocked if Congressional Democrats continue to overreach like they did last year in their response to the Pulse nightclub shooting. After all, "doing something" appears to mean different things to different people.