It's inevitable. They just can't help it. It's in the Alinsky playbook, after all: Y'know, "Never let a crisis go to waste." Even when there isn't really a crisis. Such now is the case in the aftermath of the Washington Navy Yard shooting. After all, here's what the 80-page "Preventing Gun Violence Through Effective Messaging produced by three Democratic consulting firms says:
The most powerful time to communicate is when concern and emotions are running at their peak. The debate over gun violence in America is periodically punctuated by high-profile gun violence incidents including Columbine, Virginia Tech, Tucson, the Trayvon Martin killing, Aurora and Oak Creek. When an incident such as these attracts sustained media attention, it creates a unique climate for our communications efforts.
We should rely on emotionally powerful language, feelings and images to bring home the terrible impact of gun violence. Compelling facts should be used to back up that emotional narrative, not as a substitute for it.
Next up, there's the idiot from Salon.com Joan Walsh, a frequent yes-man on MSNBC:
Please stop with the "violent video games." Sadly, a lot of folks play them. A handful kill. It's not a motive.— Joan Walsh (@joanwalsh) September 17, 2013
Of course, it never occurred to this 'bat that this very same argument applies to gun control: A lot of folks own guns, but only a handful actually kill with them.
Locally, the wisher of death upon all Republicans thanks the NRA for the shooting. Then, "Trust Fund" Scott apparently doesn't let having had everything handed to him in life get in the way of getting angry. Here he lets loose with the predictable profanity against the proprietor of the First Street Journal blog, Dana. Oh, here, too. Then he bans the guy for 48 hours. Just because Dana made him look foolish. (Not that difficult, I know.)
CNN 'bat Piers Morgan ranted about the AR-15 supposedly used by the shooter; however, the FBI says now that there was no AR-15 used -- only a shotgun and two pistols. NARRATIVETM busted again. A**hole.
Not necessarily related directly but certainly indirectly is AMSCO's textbook United States History: Preparing for the Advanced Placement Examination. Keep in mind that last part: Advanced Placement. Now check out how it "writes" the Second Amendment: "The people have the right to keep and bear arms in a state militia." Authors John J. Newman and John M. Schmalbach should be incredibly ashamed of themselves. I mean ... ADVANCED PLACEMENT, for cripe's sake!!! And the Second Amendment ain't all. These dolts also use the phrase "separation of church and state" in the First Amendment. Y'know, even though it ain't actually there. Bryan Preston has contacted the publisher (again, AMSCO) for comment. Stay tuned.