The NRA has somehow found itself taking the blame for an act of Islamic terror. The geniuses over at the New York Daily News headlined their magazine cover following the shooting “Thanks NRA: Thanks to your opposition to an assault rifle ban, terrorists like this lunatic can legally buy a killing machine and perpetrate the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.”
Never mind the fact that we once did have an assault weapons ban – and a wealth of evidence showing it did nothing to reduce gun crime.
And a random aside: handguns kill over thirty times as many people as assault rifles each year. Heck, knives kill five times more people than assault weapons every year. If you’re really concerned about gun violence, why aren’t liberals advocating for banning handguns? The obvious reason: it’s easier to get a gun control measure passed when you’re trying to ban a “scary” gun.
OK – but back to the NRA. Since they’ve been dragged into this tragedy for no reason, they’ve finally issued a response to their critics.
The National Rifle Association has broken from its practice of going radio silent after a mass shooting, issuing over a dozen tweets blasting the anti-gun media for spewing lies about guns and portraying mass shootings on the rise.
To suggest that all we need is a new ban on “assault weapons” provides nothing but a dangerous sense of false security. – C.C.— NRA (@NRA) June 14, 2016
Law-abiding gun owners are done with being blamed for the acts of madmen and terrorists. – C.C.— NRA (@NRA) June 14, 2016
In a USA Today op-ed titled “Gun laws don’t deter terrorists,” Chris Cox writes: The terrorist in Orlando had been investigated multiple times by the FBI. He had a government-approved security guard license with a contractor for the Department of Homeland Security. Yet his former co-workers reported violent and racist comments. Unfortunately, the Obama administration’s political correctness prevented anything from being done about it.
Radical Islamic terrorists are not deterred by gun control laws. The San Bernardino terrorist attack wasn’t stopped by California’s so-called “assault weapons” ban. The gun ban in Brussels didn’t prevent the terrorist attack there. And France’s strict gun control didn’t stop the two attacks in Paris, committed with fully-automatic rifles and grenades.
— NRA (@NRA) June 14, 2016
And they’re right, by the way. Gun homicides per-capita have been cut in half since 1993.
If we’re going to blame all gun violence on the NRA – liberals should also credit them for that decline.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]