Facts are inconvenient things. They get in the way of agendas, especially when those agendas don’t have much basis in reality.
Take the anti-gun lobby, for example.
When Abdul Razak Ali Artan injured 11 people with his car and a butcher knife at Ohio State University earlier this week, anti-gunners didn’t wait for these facts to surface before getting on their soapbox.
Instead, they took to Twitter to decry the “senseless shooting” at Ohio State and advocate for “common sense gun control.”
Bre Payton over at The Federalist collected this hilarious and horrifying series of Tweets from activists, journalists, and celebrities sticking their collective feet squarely in their collective mouths.
Here’s a great example from B-list celebrity Reggie Watkins, who REALLY CARES ABOUT THIS ISSUE. YOU CAN TELL BECAUSE HE WRITES IN ALL-CAPS.
Another, from “writer, person, and columnist @MTV” Anne T. Donahue, calls out Donald Trump for his unwillingness to denounce “gun violence” after a knife attack.
She followed up one minute later with a jab at the NRA, tweeting “@NRA you guys happy yet?”
It gets better. United States Representative Sheila Jackson Lee posted a poorly edited tweet lamenting the “senseless shooting” at Ohio State: “Today is yet another was a [sic] sad day in our country because of a senseless shooting at an [sic] Ohio State University.”
That tweet has since been deleted.
Payton also found ridiculous comments from the usual suspects. Shannon Watts, founder of the anti-gun group Moms Demand Action, gave us this gem:
Last time I checked, Uncle Sam wasn’t handing out firearms to felons, mental defectives, domestic abusers, terrorists, etc. On the contrary, there are laws on the books banning the aforementioned individuals from possessing firearms! Watts simply doesn’t get it. More laws aren’t going to stop deranged killers from attacking innocent college students. But you know what will?
University police arrived on the scene shortly after the incident began, and Officer Alan Horujko shot and killed Artan to end his stabbing spree.
If any Ohio State students or faculty had been armed, perhaps Artan would have been taken down sooner. But, in the end, a good guy with a gun stopped the attack before anyone died.
That fact was conveniently ignored by the anti-gun media. Josephine Yurcaba is a news editor at Romper, and she was sure a good guy with a gun was not responsible for stopping Artan:
Here’s a real fact the anti-gun media seems entirely incapable of grasping: the truth is more important than political agenda. Tragedies are not meant to be politically exploited, especially when all the facts are not known.
Hasty, uninformed tweets don’t help anyone. They just reveal that the real goal of the anti-gun lobby isn’t to propose “common sense,” fact-based policies. Their real goal, as Reggie Watkins said, is to GET RID OF GUNS!!!!!!