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No, Mr. Blumenthal, Republicans are not Complicit in any of the Nation’s Mass Shootings

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Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) recently blamed Republicans for the tragic mass shootings that have taken place in the country. As reported by Breitbart, Blumenthal stated that “Republican lawmakers were ‘complicit’ in all the mass shootings that take place in the United States, given their opposition to gun legislation.” While Blumenthal’s finger-pointing is consistent with the left’s playbook, it is also wrong, illogical, and fails to address the root of the problem.

Each and every mass-shooting is tragic. The recent mass shooting in Colorado is no exception. However, the fact that such events are tragic and the fact that they involve guns/firearms does not necessarily mean that guns/firearms are to blame, nor does it mean that Republicans are complicit because they allegedly oppose the left’s proposed gun legislation.

Democrats in Congress have a long track record of blaming everyone and anyone other than the perpetrator for such tragedies.

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For example, immediately after the horrific shootings in El Paso, Texas and in Dayton, Ohio, some Democrats blamed President Trump. Presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) stated, “Let’s be very clear about what is causing this and who the president is. He is an open avowed racist and encouraging more racism in this country.” As reported by Politico, other Democrats also placed the blame on President Trump. Additional comments blaming Trump for the El Paso shooting can be found here.

Liberal groups, such as Bend the Arc, also blamed President Trump and Republicans after the tragic shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue. This group was not alone in blaming President Trump. As set forth in The Hill:

“Famed economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman tweeted a link to the story with the caption, ‘but none of the white supremacist terrorism has anything to do with Trump, oh no.’ The Washington Post featured an op-ed on its homepage asking ‘How much responsibility does Trump bear for the synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh?’ The author of that piece, GQ’s Julia Ioffe, tweeted ‘a word to [her] fellow American Jews: This president makes this possible. Here. Where you live. I hope the embassy move over there, where you don’t live was worth it.’”

Finally, Democrats also blamed Republicans after the devastating and tragic shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Blumenthal and many of his colleagues on the left are way off-base by placing blame for such tragedies on their Republican colleagues. For starters, this position is nonsensical. Simply stated, a gun/firearm, which is an inanimate object, does not wake up one morning and decide to commit a mass-casualty event. Rather, this decision is made solely by the individual who ultimately commits such a heinous act. Republicans do not put the gun in the shooter’s hands, do not make it easier to obtain a firearm, and play no role whatsoever in such tragedies.

By placing the blame on guns and/or Republicans, Blumenthal and many of his colleagues on the left are ignoring the root of the problem, which includes personal accountability and mental health. They believe that more stringent gun control laws like the ones recently proposed and passed by the House of Representatives (i.e. expanding background checks and extending the review period for such checks) will help to prevent such tragedies in the future.

While background checks should be encouraged by Republicans and Democrats alike, it is not clear how more expansive checks would prevent such tragedies. For example, if more stringent background checks are required, how will they prevent people who are willing to commit such acts from obtaining a weapon illegally? More generally, how will stricter gun laws specifically address/deter those who intend to commit such acts from executing them? After all, Colorado has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation. Will a system that mandates more thorough background checks serve to stop/prevent such tragedies? Finally, and most importantly, why would law-abiding American citizens jeopardize their Second Amendment rights when doing so is unlikely to prevent many mass-shootings? As reported by Politico:

While the House bills have Republican cosponsors and won a handful of GOP votes, most Republicans voted against them. During the floor debate, Republicans argued that the background checks would not stop most mass shootings and would mistakenly prevent some lawful gun owners from purchasing firearms.

Pennsylvania Rep. Scott Perry said the bill would lead to more crime because there would be “less people out there defending themselves.”

Blumenthal’s attempt to blame Republicans (to any extent) for the nation’s mass-shootings is out of line and lacks any causal connection. Both Republicans and Democrats want to make the nation safer and want to prevent such tragedies from ever happening again. Towards this end, some type of gun reform could very well be appropriate and necessary. However, Republicans have legitimate concerns with the left’s gun-control proposals and have clearly and publicly expressed those concerns. Moreover, short of potentially infringing upon the Second Amendment rights of lawful gun owners in the United States, there is serious doubt as to whether the left’s proposals will accomplish the desired goal(s).

Finally, many Democrats in Congress allege that their proposed gun-reform bills are needed to  make America “safer.” At the same time, however, they openly support other policies that potentially jeopardize American lives, such as opening the nation’s borders, weakening America’s immigration policies, and defunding the nation’s police. How can Democrats reconcile these inconsistent positions?

Clearly, something must be done to curb the nation’s gun violence. However, to assert that Republicans are complicit in the nation’s mass shootings because they don’t agree with the Democrats’ proposed bills/reforms is an enormous and unsubstantiated leap. As such, it should be disregarded in its entirety.

Mr. Hakim is a political writer and commentator and an attorney.  His articles have been published in The Washington Examiner, The Daily Caller, The Federalist, American Greatness, The Algemeiner, The Western Journal, American Thinker and other online publications. 

https://thoughtfullyconservative.wordpress.com   

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The Dead Do Tell Tales

The words of Dr. William Maples, in describing typical suicide victims, are poignant

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It’s shame that the late Jeffrey Epstein, who allegedly hung himself, couldn’t have been examined by Dr. William R. Maples. Epstein’s body would have had a lot to say.

Poignant Words

Apart from the FBI subterfuge surrounding Epstein’s death, I found the words of Dr. Maples, in describing typical suicide victims to be poignant. Maples is a forensic researcher, diagnosing how and when people died. In his book, Dead Men Do Tell Tales, Dr. Maples, he writes, “Many of the skeletons that come into my laboratory belong to suicide victims who behaved like shy hermits in their final hours.”

“Usually they are found in remote places. People often go to some hidden place to kill themselves, whether from a desire to act alone and unhindered, or because they wish simply to disappear in solitude, spending their last moments in reflective silence.”

Would these people have killed themselves if they could’ve regularly attained reflective silence? Was their quest to die alone simply an ill-advised solution to the stresses they faced? How would their lives have been if they knew appropriate, reliable ways to find solace in the here and now, at home, at work, and everywhere in between?

Be True to Yourself

The masses take pills by the boatload. The masses race though their days. The masses, by and large, live lives of tension and turmoil. Stress has become the malady of the generation, and it’s better to not to follow the crowd.

Being true to yourself means doing what you need to do to stay healthy, balanced, and relaxed. It means having inner directedness. It requires drawing upon your knowledge, experience, and instinct to carve your own path; and to have less stress because you are less swayed by popular or prevailing norms. It is thinking and acting based on an ever-developing internal guidance system.

Being true to yourself means is learning what doesn’t work. You determine what is and is not relevant to you, and ultimately, what is and is not appropriate for you to stay in control of your day, every day, and of your life which could well extend for many decades.

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Joe Biden Bingo

Here is a tool which could help you to stay tuned on broadcasts featuring our acting president

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Even if you caught only snippets of Joe Biden’s recent press conference, you know that his mental decline continues unabated. It’s unlikely that even a handful of Americans watched the event in its entirety. Who would want to waste their time?

What’s occurring is a national travesty, and it is increasingly evident to larger portions of our population that Joe Biden is being abused as an elder, as he abuses others.

Throughout his 365 days in office, Biden has struggled to pronounce a word and then offers a non-sequitur to what he was originally saying. With regularity he tells stories that are simply false. He refers to his vice president as president. He insults vast segments of the population. He stumbles and stammers repeatedly. He checks his watch, fumbles with his mask, and snaps at people when he doesn’t like a question. And those are the least of his faux pas with audiences.

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If you’re having trouble listening to Joe for more than a minute, the tool above might work for you. On the Facebook site, “Best of the Web,” I saw this Biden bingo card. It could help you to stay the course when tuned into other broadcasts featuring our acting president.

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