In the latest episode of “never let a good crisis go to waste,” Democrats hope to use two crises to push their agenda. After two mass shootings that didn’t seem to involve white supremacy, the left has pivoted to gun control. But even more interesting is the fact that they are also using these two incidents to try to gain support for ending the filibuster.
On Tuesday, Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) posted a tweet calling on Senate Democrats to end the filibuster so they can ram through their radical anti-gun agenda without having to worry about Republicans blocking the measure. “The trauma of gun violence in our communities is endless,” she wrote. “It’s time we abolish the filibuster and pass meaningful gun control legislation—background checks, automatic weapons ban, gun licensing, and so much more. Enough is enough.”
The trauma of gun violence in our communities is endless.
It's time we abolish the filibuster and pass meaningful gun control legislation—background checks, automatic weapons ban, gun licensing, and so much more.
Enough is enough.
— Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (@RepPressley) March 23, 2021
Left-wing media activist Wajahat Ali also chimed in. “Another mass shooting in Boulder. We just had one in Atlanta but we won’t have gun control because of the GOP. Yet another reason to end the filibuster,” he wrote.
Another mass shooting in Boulder. We just had one in Atlanta. But we won't have gun control because of the GOP. Yet another reason to end the filibuster.
— Wajahat "He's Muslim" Ali (@WajahatAli) March 23, 2021
Mother Jones’ Ari Berman also tried to use the deaths of those who died in the mass shootings to push for ending the filibuster. “After Sandy Hook shooting in 2012 bipartisan legislation requiring background checks for gun sales was supported by 86% of Americans & 54 senators but blocked by 46 senators representing just 38% of country This is why we need to abolish filibuster,” he argued.
Justin Krebs, a campaign director at progressive organization MoveOn sent an email to the group’s supporters using the mass shooting in Boulder, Colorado to push for ending the filibuster and to raise funds. He argued that the filibuster should be ended because “the filibuster—a Jim Crow-era relic invented by pro-slavery senators before the Civil War, that has a history of being used to stop civil rights laws, prevent the passage of over 200 anti-lynching bills, and enshrine segregation—is now being abused by Republicans to entrench their minority power.”
The list of leftists calling for an end to the filibuster so they can enact anti-gun legislation is long and distinguished. But guess what is missing? That’s right – none of these people have bothered to explain how the laws they wish to pass would have stopped the shootings that happened in Atlanta and Boulder. In fact, this is the usual reaction we see from the gun-hating left whenever a mass shooting occurs.
The reality is that the left can’t explain how their proposed gun laws would make anyone safer because their proposed gun laws won’t make anyone safer. It’s that simple. In fact, making it harder for law-abiding folks to obtain firearms will only make them less safe from mass shooters, murderers, thieves, and – the government.
But they have to play the game, don’t they? They have to make empty promises of how the nation will be safer if they outlaw certain weapons. Democrats realize they can push these laws without explaining how they will help because everyone is emotional after these tragedies. When people are devastated by this type of senseless death, the left can more easily sell their illusions. This is why it is important for those who value the Second Amendment to continue reminding the public that the Democrats’ solutions will not affect positive change; they will only make us more vulnerable.
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