Well, you had to know this was coming. Where there’s a shooting, there will be conservatives spewing their ridiculous go-to line of, “The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” I always like to counter that with the situation of someone with a gun, walking up and quickly shooting three people at close range – then being shot by a “good guy with a gun.” Then I ask these people, how would a good guy with a gun have prevented the first three people from dying? The answer is, it wouldn’t have. Their “good guy with a gun” analogy assumes that everyone who shoots someone else has random targets and will fire until they’re stopped. Their go-to line doesn’t at all address the initial victims, only those who might follow the initial shootings.
But you just had to know when the news broke about the recent shooting at Fort Hood that Fox News and their fellow conservatives would ratchet up their old rhetoric by trying to blame this on liberals and President Obama.
On Fox News’ morning show Fox & Friends, Elisabeth Hasselbeck said, “There you have our soldiers not being able to arm themselves. Still, if they have a weapon, they are to register it within five days of purchase, and obtaining it. But then that must be stored away in these lockers so that it cannot be carried on their person, therefore leaving them vulnerable.”
That’s when co-host Steve Doocy decided to follow up by quoting a very right-wing blog, “Gateway Pundit, which is a way right-leaning blog, what they write this morning is, ‘The Obama administration is responsible for this mass shooting. They witnessed this before, they didn’t learn a thing. Gun-free zones are death zones. It is time to stand up to the lunacy.’ You know what? They protect all of us, but they can’t protect themselves.”
I love how these people never once look at the flip-side of that argument by saying that perhaps the reason why we don’t have more of these types of shootings is because of these gun-free zones. No matter what we do, gun violence is going to happen from time to time.
The only person responsible for this attack is Army Specialist Ivan Lopez. This situation doesn’t prove anyone’s point about the debate about gun violence. He was someone on base who had a gun and decided to use it for whatever reason – that’s it.
But the pathetic attempt by Fox News to try to paint this tragedy as somehow being the fault of President Obama just proves how low they will stoop to try to attack the president for anything at all.