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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.

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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Who Do You Want Answering that 2 A.M. phone call?

It is a serious question for the next four months.

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It is a serious question for the next four months. Who do we want answering the phone at 2 A.M.

PolitiCrossing founder Chris Widener makes the case that Harris should invoke the 25th Amendment so we don’t have a doddering fool trying to wake up to save America. Harris with her faculties is better than Joe without them, and it is Obama and his crew making decisions anyway.

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Will You Take Action to Assure GOP Victory on November 5?

Every single person voting Republican needs to decide now, how they will lend support to the cause

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In less than 17 weeks, the GOP will take back the White House, and hopefully the Senate and House, and begin to restore America. Or, we’ll face a gargantuan nightmare that will all but seal the fate of this nation. Do not be fooled by Joe Biden’s defiance of those calling for him to withdraw. Any Democrat challenger will be a danger to us because the DEMOCRATS WILL CHEAT IN UNPRECEDENTED WAYS.

Time is of the essence. While being informed is wonderful, taking action is paramount. What exactly will you do to ensure that we achieve victory? It is no longer sufficient to be a concerned bystander.

No End to the Left’s Destruction

Every day when you log on to news sites, you are flabbergasted by the degree to which the radical Left continues to impose its civilization destroying policies, programs, and activities on the rest of us. There is no end game for the Left, no bottom, and no limits to their mass insanity.

Most recently, we have learned of a professional couple who was greeted at 6 a.m. by armed FBI agents banging on their door to arrest them for having the temerity of stepping into the Capitol on January 6, for 12 minutes, ushered in by Capitol guards. We have witnessed the unending persecution and prosecution of Donald Trump over non-crimes that have been concocted in unison and are part of an overall strategy emanating from the White House.

We have witnessed corrupt district attorneys, corrupt prosecutors, and a corrupt press. Donald Trump is merely the bellwether. All other Republican politicians will be fair game from here on out, and if we lose the election in November, with little or no recourse. One by one, the maniacal Left will quash dissent in ways that perhaps we currently cannot imagine.

The Left is Maniacal

The logical outcome to having the Left predominate in all areas of society is a totalitarian regime. Don’t discount this scenario. As Leftists ultimately do everywhere, they demand compliance. Thought control is their desired form of servitude. For those who do not comply, execution is not out of the question. Like radical Islam, we’re dealing with a malevolent genie that has escaped bottle, has no intention of ever subsiding, and wants everyone to either totally capitulate, or be imprisoned, deported, or terminated.

There will be no effective way to dismantle the maniacal leftist machine if Joe Biden is re-elected, he continues to be the puppet of Obama and far Leftists, and the border continues to be flooded with illegals — until Democrats have congressional representation that steadfastly insures a permanent majority. At that juncture, they will pack the Supreme Court. They will end the Electoral College. They will ramp up gender dysphoria opportunities wherever they might lie.

They will continue to show poor judgment and ridiculous weakness on the world stage. They will kowtow to China on a wide spectrum of issues. They will embolden our enemies to the point where such enemies are ready to pick apart America. This is not hyperbole and is all too likely.

Nothing here is beyond the bounds of possibility and with each passing week becomes more likely for the distant if not foreseeable future. In a sentence, we simply must win in November. No alternative will suffice.

All of Us

All of which leads to the point that every single person voting Republican needs to decide now, how they will lend support to the cause. In what ways will you participate? How will you volunteer, where, when and for what duration? Will you donate money? Who will you influence to vote GOP?

How will you support your candidates locally, regionally, and nationally? How are you going to impact others? It would not be sufficient to say, “I was busy,” or “I felt we had an overwhelming majority.” This approach is gambling with the future of our nation, the future of our communities, and the future of our families.

If we are to win by an overwhelming majority, let us each assure one another that we did everything we could to make sure that that is the result. To do less is to simply take a child-like approach to what is perhaps the most eventful year since 1776, 1812, 1861, 1941, 1968, and 2001. There will be no palatable tomorrow if we lose in November.

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