If Democrats re­ally cared

Imperial Valley Press - - OPINION - Su­san Stam­per Brown lives in Alaska and writes about cul­ture, pol­i­tics and cur­rent events. Con­tact her by Face­book or at writes­tam­per@gmail.com

After ev­ery mass shoot­ing, the left al­ways in­vites us to join them in their in­san­ity to par­tic­i­pate in yet an­other cir­cu­lar ar­gu­ment about gun con­trol.

It’s not be­cause they care.

If they re­ally cared, they would think be­fore they speak after tragedies.

Shortly after the Las Ve­gas shoot­ing, now-fired CBS top le­gal ex­ec­u­tive, Hay­ley Geft­man-Gold said, “I’m ac­tu­ally not even sym­pa­thetic bc [sp] coun­try mu­sic fans of­ten are Repub­li­can gun tot­ers.”

Athe­ist Richard Dawkins tweeted his sen­ti­ments, ob­vi­ously mock­ing south­ern­ers: “Durn tootin’, great shootin’. Cool dude sertin’ he’s 2nd Memd­ment rahts. Hell yeah!”

CNN was true to form. Se­nior White House cor­re­spon­dent Jeff Ze­leny re­minded ev­ery­one: “Some­thing else, I think to keep in mind, a lot of these coun­try mu­sic sup­port­ers are likely Trump sup­port­ers.”

If they re­ally cared, Democrats would look in the mir­ror and stop point­ing fin­gers.

It’s OK to be en­raged that Stephen Pad­dock trans­formed semi­au­to­mat­ics into quasi-ma­chine guns us­ing a bump stock de­vice. It’s not OK to blame it on Repub­li­cans. Back in 2010 when Democrats con­trolled Washington, Obama’s ATF le­gal­ized the bump stocks the Las Ve­gas shooter used.

If Democrats cared, they would quit throw­ing NRA daggers across the aisle.

After the Las Ve­gas shoot­ing, Hil­lary Clin­ton (and way too many oth­ers) in­sin­u­ated that GOP lead­ers are pup­pets of the National Ri­fle As­so­ci­a­tion. Their ba­sis for that non­sense is that the NRA do­nated around $3.6 mil­lion to Con­gress mem­bers (on both sides of the aisle) — over a twenty-year pe­riod.

Even if NRA do­na­tions were for GOP can­di­dates alone, com­pare that to what Planned Par­ent­hood af­fil­i­ates spent for the 2016 elec­tion cy­cle alone. The non­par­ti­san Cen­ter for Re­spon­sive Pol­i­tics re­ports they spent $4,044.378 in con­tri­bu­tions, $1,368.408 in lob­by­ing and $15,041,417 in out­side spend­ing.

So, who is pup­peteer­ing whom? Dur­ing a re­cent Se­nate Floor speech, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) spoke for the dead in Las Ve­gas, sug­gest­ing if they could speak, they would tell Pres­i­dent Trump to “do some­thing” about the NRA, which in­ci­den­tally is re­spon­si­ble for zero deaths.

While it’s com­mon knowl­edge that dead peo­ple tend to vote for Democrats, I’m not sure if Schumer is the right spokesper­son, given his party sup­ports abor­tion, which is re­spon­si­ble for the al­most 60 mil­lion pre-born baby deaths in the U.S. since Roe v Wade.

If they re­ally cared about gun vi­o­lence and deaths, Democrats would find real so­lu­tions.

It’s clear that very re­stric­tive gun laws have done lit­tle to cur­tail the gun vi­o­lence in Chicago, where the Las Ve­gas death toll is just an­other month on the calendar.

The Chicago Tri­bune re­ports that in 2016, Chicago had 4,368 shoot­ings. The city also had 761 mur­ders. As of this writ­ing, 529 peo­ple have been mur­dered this year, in­clud­ing 59 in Septem­ber, re­ports DNAInfo.com.

Where were Jimmy Kim­mel’s croc­o­dile tears for the 761 peo­ple mur­dered in Chicago last year? Where’s the outcry from Democrats that 4,368 peo­ple were shot in 2016 and for the 529 mur­dered this year?

Those lives mat­ter too.

If Democrats cared, they would stop pound­ing away on the Sec­ond Amend­ment with their prover­bial sledge­ham­mers after mass shoot­ings.

Ob­vi­ously, not ev­ery­one who lives here ap­pre­ci­ates that Amer­ica was founded on Judeo-Chris­tian val­ues and the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion. Chip­ping-away at it inches them closer to the goal of breach­ing the foun­da­tion to make Amer­ica fall.

Chip away all they will, but the only thing cer­tain to crum­ble is their ide­ol­ogy, based on a lie that they do what they do be­cause they care.

SU­SAN STAM­PER BROWN

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