Anti-gun idiots manage to turn every unfortunate incident of violence into a platform for their extreme vision for the country. Such was the case yet again in Washington State when a young man named Jaylen Fryberg fired on his classmates. Two of the victims have since died from their injuries and another three remain hospitalized.
Liberals used the story to express patience, grace, and forgiveness. They called for the country to wait for all the facts before jumping to conclusions. They used it to plead with parents and teachers to become more involved in the lives of their children, because only through a strong, healthy family system can we avoid these tragedies in the future.
Oh wait, they didn’t do any of that. Instead, they used it to make sarcastic comments like this one, courtesy of liberal billionaire Nick Hanauer: “We need more school shootings! Vote yes on Initiative 591.”
Hanauer, who amassed his wealth through venture capitalism, deleted the Facebook post in short order, but his insensitivity is emblematic of today’s left-wing nutters.
To understand the context, you have to realize that there are two competing measures on Washington’s November 4th ballot. One – Initiative 591 – is intended to protect Washington’s citizens from illegal search and seizure, banning law enforcement officers from confiscating firearms without due process. It also prohibits a background check requirement until such time that a uniform federal law is mandated.
The other one – Initiative 594 – would require background checks on nearly every possible gun transfer. This even extends to friends loaning their guns to each other.
Hanauer and other liberals naturally support the latter initiative, believing erroneously that more background checks would have prevented tragedies like Fryberg’s murders. They wouldn’t have. Liberals, though, love to use these bloody events to push for legislation that is, at best, irrelevant to the situation at hand. We saw it in Newtown, we saw it after the Elliot Rodger shooting, and we’ll see it again the next time something like this happens.
The tastelessness of Hanauer’s comment is the least worrisome part of the story. The anti-gun Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence also jumped into the discourse, issuing a statement on Friday that stopped just shy of proclaiming that I-594 would have prevented the shooting:
Washington voters can help make their state safer by voting for ballot measure 594 that will extend background checks to all gun sales and keep guns out of the hands of criminals and other dangerous people.
The latest polls show I-594 unfortunately poised to win on November 4th; the support of several billionaires certainly hasn’t hurt its publicity. It’s a tamer anti-gun law than many we’ve seen, but it’s always discouraging to see constitutional rights eroded by liberals who play the fear card.