Sign Posted at Fort Davis High School, Fort Davis, Texas
Bulldog is the pseudonym of a veteran contributor at the website, Maggie’s Farm. He lives and works in New York City and is one of those rare species of conservatives in Manhattan. Below are excerpts from his powerful broadside against the prevailing media fueled reaction to the shooting in Florida.
One more shooting. One more chance for the Progressives to screech and whine about gun control. I’m really tired of this cycle. Progressives complain about the cycle, too, because they want action, and they want it now. In 3 weeks they’ll be bored again, or outraged about something new such as the fact that Trump doesn’t have a dog and doesn’t seem to care for them. Progressive try to make it seem like those of us who actually support freedom and the Constitution are uncaring, because we don’t do something other than the one thing they deride – “Thoughts and Prayers”. I’ve noticed some are taking a new tack. Not necessarily better. Like every other event, they trot out the same emotions, same flawed statistics, bizarre comparisons to nations without cultures remotely similar to ours, and then one or two tricks. Progressives are not old dogs. They are young dogs and haven’t learned that new tricks aren’t necessarily smarter or better.
I wrote about mass shootings, and school shootings in particular, slightly over 5 years ago. Have my views changed since then, and the presumed thousands of mass shootings that Progressives point out? No. Not in the least. Does the fact this involved children change my views? Nope. Am I cold and heartless? No. I’m just rational. Gun control won’t stop this. People who want to kill will kill and they will use whatever method they can. The Progressive argument is “with guns, you can kill MORE” and that’s just not proven to be true. It’s an assumption based on incomplete data sets. What is the real issue that needs to be discussed after a shooting and the outrage is building?
Right now, everyone feels so bad for the families of the victims they aren’t stopping to think about the potential impact of the policies they want to implement to stop these shootings. Let’s ignore the fact that shootings are in decline, and run with the misguided Progressive belief that they are getting worse. The reality is that stopping guns won’t stop killings, let alone mass killings. These are disturbed people. They will find a way to do what they want. The proper question is related to how can we identify and stop these potential events prior to them happening? We can’t just toss threatening people in jail. And we can’t use mental illness as a defining point for gun sales. After all, we’ve seen several regimes use political affiliations as indicators of mental illness, and even in the US some prominent politicians, celebrities, and activists have made claims that Republicans, climate skeptics, Trump voters, and a host of other types of people are ‘mentally ill’, so you see how this can be a problem. Any defining term about “mental illness” will have to have clear exclusions for political affiliation.