Following the recent Isla Vista shootings, the father of one of the victims, Richard Martinez, came out demanding strong gun control and gun bans. While I can certainly understand his grief and his frustration, it wasn’t more than a couple of days before Samuel Wurzelbacher, better known as Joe the Plumber, came out and issued an open letter to Martinez saying that “your dead kids don’t trump my Constitutional rights”.
And you know something? He’s right.
Lots of news commentators and bloggers have blown up, calling Joe insensitive and a horrible person and that it’s far too soon to stand up and point out the facts. Apparently it isn’t too soon for Martinez to call for violating the Constitution though and it doesn’t change the only thing that really matters.
Joe’s still right.
The time to challenge these unConstitutional ideas is at the time they are presented, not some time down the line when people are not emotionally charged. All the dead kids in the world don’t change the fact that the Constitution says what it says and guarantees the rights that it guarantees. Tragedy, no matter how horrific, doesn’t change the words in the founding documents of this country. If Richard Martinez wants to convince the majority of Americans to amend the Constitution, such that the 2nd Amendment is declared null and void, he’s welcome to try but I think we all know that won’t go anywhere.
This is yet another typical liberal ploy, appealing to emotion when things don’t go their way. They don’t ever want anyone to feel bad. It will always be too soon. I have had people tell me that joking about 9/11 today is too soon. I’m sure it’s also too soon to express negative ideas about WWII for some people. But you know something? Life goes on. We need to deal with tomorrow a lot more than we need to grieve for yesterday. I’m sympathetic toward Martinez and his loss, as well as the families of all of the victims of Elliott Rogers, but you know something? We have to keep living, even though they are gone.
This is yet another case where mental illness is clearly a contributing factor but the only thing the liberals want to talk about are guns. Guns, guns, guns. Don’t blame the crazy person, it might depress the mentally ill. Too bad. In another couple of months, this will all be forgotten and nothing will have been done about mental health in this country for fear of disenfranchising a demographic.
And even though I really don’t care for Joe the Plumber, I think he is a jerk, but you can still be a jerk and be correct, as he is in this case. Let’s stop playing the emotion card and just deal with the reality as it actually exists.