The Democrats are certainly listening to Rahm Emanuel’s mantra of “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” They are wasting no time in using the tragic shooting in Arizona to grow government control.
The expected reactionary response comes from Representative Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.), who is looking to introduce new gun control legislation as early as today. We shouldn’t be surprised. We know that for the left, gun control isn’t really about guns; it’s about control.
“Vitriol” is the new boogeyman
Pennsylvania Democrat Bob Brady is introducing legislation to control your speech. This has now been supported by another Congressman, Texas Democrat Rep. Rubén Hinojosa. We can’t have people running around “targeting” people in their “crosshairs.” (We are still unclear if this only applies to the right, or if “bringing a gun to a knife fight” is ok.)
If would like to remind you both, Congressmen, that the text of the First Amendment reads as follows (emphasis mine),
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Check out NY Democrat James Clyburn on Ed Schultz’s show. He admits you can’t draw a direct link to clinically depraved Jerod Loughner (who actually was a Karl Marx loving anti-government paranoid) and the “rhetoric” of Tea Party activism. (Of course, that won’t stop him from using this opportunity to call for a return to the Fairness Doctrine. )
And he makes a real stretch: “All this stuff taking place in the chambers the other day when the Constitution was being read… all that stuff is uncalled for.” Mr. Clyburn, are you actually suggesting that the reading of the Constitution on the floor of the House contributes to “vitriol” and violence like we saw this weekend?
Once again, when it is the right speaking out against the left, it is hate speech. If it’s the left condemning the right (even if there is no connection), well that’s legitimate political discourse.