When a terrorist rammed a 19-metric-ton cargo truck into a crowd of people celebrating Bastille Day on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France, in July of 2016, killing 86 people and wounding 458 others, the reaction from the Left wasn’t to point fingers at the automotive industry.
Instead, ire was directed at the driver, identified as Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel and the terrorist group ISIL that claimed to be behind the attack. That’s only logical. A truck on its own isn’t going to plow into a throng of people. It takes a crazed lunatic to get behind the wheel and carry out the attack.
But when a madman with a gun shoots at a crowd of people, the Left immediately takes a kick-the-dog approach and blames the National Rifle Association (I’ll admit that not all Lefties are anti-gun, but enough are to warrant the generalization).
Keith Olbermann, for example, slammed the nation’s gun lobby in a clip for GQ’s “The Resistance.” The progressive pundit claimed that the Second Amendment has been misinterpreted in recent years and is the reason why the NRA “is not branded for what it is — a terrorist organization.”
According to Olbermann, the 2A was drafted by our founders and framers “to keep the federal government from taking away the right of each state to maintain its own militia.”
In other words, it’s not an individual right unconnected to militia service as the Supreme Court ruled in the landmark 2008 Heller decision.
Olbermann went on to say that our right to keep and bear arms has been transmogrified “into an excuse for why madmen of whatever heritage or political purpose cannot be stopped from carrying at least 10 long rifles into a hotel room in Las Vegas and setting up a sniper’s nest and killing people.”
Olbermann’s fooling himself if he thinks confiscating guns will stop mass killings. Taking guns off the street is not the same as taking mass killers off the street.
When all the guns are gone violence doesn’t end. The killings don’t stop as long as the killers are still out there. That’s the lesson of Nice. It doesn’t matter what laws a nation passes. Whether it’s with a long gun, a semi truck or a pressure-cooker bomb, a determined killer will try to find a way to take innocent lives.
Yet Olbermann doesn’t see it this way. He wants to destroy the one right that gives the common man a fighting chance against those that would do him harm and the one organization that does more than any other to preserve that right.
“It is time to end the lies about the Second Amendment. It is time to end refusing to call mass murderers who do not have obvious political motives terrorists,” said Olbermann.
“It is time to end the National Rifle Association. And it is time to end the political career of any political figure who made his way to the White House dog-whistling to his Second Amendment people,” he continued.