Mass shootings laying the ground work for anti-gun activists

The shooting at Los Angeles International Airport is only the most recent event that will inevitably trigger a demand for stricter gun laws.  The move to rush through intention-driven, emotionally reactive laws in response to these kinds of tragedies may prove to be even more dangerous, and possibly more deadly than the crimes themselves.  I am admittedly making a broad generalization, but it’s a legitimate one.  Activists from the politically left end of the spectrum are more prone to self-justify the means to what they consider to be a greater end.

Here are a few examples to illustrate my point.

A 22-year-old man who claimed he was badly beaten outside a downtown Missoula, Mont., bar because he is gay actually sustained his facial injuries trying to do a backflip on a sidewalk, police say.

A 22-year-old man who claimed he was badly beaten outside a downtown Missoula, Mont., bar because he is gay actually sustained his facial injuries trying to do a backflip on a sidewalk, police say.

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Baken initially reported to police that he was attacked early Sunday morning by three men outside the Missoula Club, where he said he had gone to celebrate his 22nd birthday, after asking patrons about the location of a gay bar, according to local media reports.

Pictures of his badly bruised face quickly circulated on the Internet and were displayed on the Wipe Out Homophobia Facebook page and other sites. Gay-rights activists expressed outrage at what they thought was a gay-bashing hate crime.

Police: Ex-Nebraska women’s hoops star faked anti-gay attack

A former University of Nebraska women’s basketball star faked an attack in which she allegedly carved anti-gay slurs into her skin because she felt it would spark change, police said Tuesday.

Four days before Charlie Rogers crawled naked and bleeding from her Lincoln home, screaming for help, she outlined in a Facebook posting what investigators believe was her motive for faking the July 22 attack, Police Chief Jim Peschong said at a news conference.

“So maybe I am too idealistic, but I believe way deep inside me that we can make things better for everyone. I will be a catalyst. I will do what it takes. I will. Watch me,” read the July 18 posting, according to police.

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Rogers, a lesbian who ranks second all-time in blocked shots for the Cornhuskers, reported the attack amid a charged debate in Lincoln over the city’s proposed “fairness ordinance,” which would ban discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

UNC Freshman Accused of Filing False Hate Crime Report

A North Carolina college freshman who reported an anti-gay attack, claiming a man burned his hand and called him a slur, made the story up, authorities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill said Tuesday.

Quinn Matney told campus police he was standing on a foot bridge near his dorm last week when a college-aged man called him an anti-gay slur and pressed a hot piece of metal to his left wrist, Newsobserver.com reports.

“The Department of Public Safety has determined that the alleged aggravated assault … did not occur,” Chancellor Holden Thorp said in a message to the campus community. “That report, filed with campus police on April 5, was false.”

Claremont Hate Crime Called Hoax

A week after a reported campus hate crime drew national attention, sparked protests and shut down the prestigious Claremont Colleges, police on Wednesday called the incident a hoax staged by a professor who slashed tires, shattered windows and spray-painted racist graffiti on her own car.

Claremont McKenna College psychology professor Kerri Dunn, who had told police that her car was vandalized as she spoke at a March 9 forum on racism, was identified by two eyewitnesses as the person who damaged the auto, authorities said Wednesday.

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At the time of the incident, Dunn and student activists connected the alleged attack with a string of racially charged incidents on the Claremont campuses.

Racist, Anti-Semitic, Anti-Gay Graffiti at Oberlin: A Cruel Political Stunt

A police report has one of the perpetrators saying “I’m doing it as a joke to see the college overreact,” and admitting that he made a Nazi flag “as a joke to troll people.” I don’t know if “hoax” is the right word here, but the apparent consensus is that the perpetrator is not in fact an ideological racist — the incidents were reportedly carried out “for the purpose of getting a reaction on campus, not because they believed the hostile messages.”

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Professor William A. Jacobson of Cornell Law School writes, “School officials and local police knew the identity of the culprits, who were responsible for most if not all of such incidents on campus, yet remained silent as the campus reacted as if the incidents were real.” If true, that’s shameful. But again, I don’t know that “reacted as if the incidents were real” is the right way to phrase it.

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Many feared they were — and for that reason, they did as much damage as actual neo-Nazis or KKK members would have. So it goes with all people who fake or mimic hate crimes: the ripples of fear and hurt are exactly commensurate with what would be generated by an actual hate crime.

For the politically left activist, it’s not a lie if it’s for your own good.  This kind of ‘ends justify the means’ mindset is even more dangerous when it comes to the gun rights debate.  Anti-gun activists seem to believe we should, nay, must remove guns from the hands of the general public.  Some of these activists I am certain would believe the public cannot be trusted with guns and would take action to prove this.

I don’t think it’s too hasty a prediction to say we will soon be reading of mass shootings being perpetrated an anti-gun activist for the cause.  What’s worse, they will have the blessings and support of their fellow activists.  Anti-gun politicians will be more than happy to use the false flag slayings as a reason to restrict legal gun ownership.

A friend offered this: Wouldn’t it be a great to see a headline on the news which said something like this: Law abiding gun carrying student being called a hero tonight after he shoots and kills gunman on campus today saving dozens of lives. Well, it’s certainly better than a headline which reads: Multiple victims today as gunman targets innocents in ‘gun free zone’.

Comments

  1. What are their motives, anyway? Is it to prevent gun deaths? If so, why would passing more laws make a difference? Most shootings occur with weapons obtained illegally! Why not simply enforce the laws already on the books?

    Liberals have been grabbing guns – or trying to, anyway – for years. But this most recent assault on the Second Amendment started with that horrific tragedy in Connecticut. And no matter how horrific Sandy Hook was – and it was – it is no excuse to pick on law-abiding gun owners.

    The nutjub that killed those kids broke I don’t know how many gun-laws and not a single one of them stopped him. But you know what might have? An armed guard, an armed principle, whatever. Someone armed, trained, and psychologically competent is a far more effective deterrent than pieces of paper.

    It’s simple logic. If the bad guy has a gun, the good guy will almost certainly lose. If both guys have a gun, the good guy’s chances of survival increase exponentially. It’s not hard to figure out!

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