Following the massacres in Las Vegas and at a church in Texas, I couldn’t help but notice the usual pro-gun propaganda coming from the right-wing was a bit different. Instead of insisting that guns have nothing to do with gun violence (as many have done in the past), I noticed more gun fanatics essentially shrugging their shoulders and saying there’s just nothing we can do to prevent these terrible acts of murderous violence.
After Vegas, former Fox News sexual predator Bill O’Reilly said it was the “price of freedom.” A statement that makes absolutely no sense considering nations with much more strict gun laws like Australia, Japan, Germany, England, and France are all nations just as free as the United States that have a fraction of our gun violence. So there’s ample evidence out there to prove that you can have a nation that’s both free and safe from gun violence with the right common sense regulations on firearms.
Then there’s a comment Senator Ted Cruz made on Monday where he tried to defend our nation’s lax gun laws — but actually made a great argument for stricter regulations.
“We don’t need politics right now,” Cruz said. “In New York, we saw a terror attack just this week with a truck. Evil is evil is evil and will use the weaponry that is available.”
I don’t say this often, but I am in complete agreement with Mr. Cruz. Evil is evil and will use the “weaponry that is available.”
Evil will use the weapons that are available.
The. Weapons. Available.
That’s the whole damn problem!
Much like Sen. Marco Rubio accidentally made a great argument for gun control nearly two years ago following the San Bernardino shooting while trying to argue the opposite, Cruz did the exact same thing on Monday.
Since guns are so easy to get in this country, when “evil” is looking for “weaponry that is available,” it tends to choose firearms. If we made certain guns much more difficult to obtain, then evil would have to choose “other weaponry” which, while still deadly, is much often less lethal than semi-automatic assault rifles.
In fact, Cruz bringing up New York actually proves that.
Since that monster wasn’t able to obtain a gun, he chose to use a truck. Yes, sadly, he was still able to take eight innocent lives. That’s absolutely tragic. Now imagine how many more would have died had he been able to get his hands on a semi-automatic rifle. You know, like the ones used in Las Vegas and Texas where a combined 84 people were slaughtered in two of the worst mass shootings in our nation’s history.
Cruz is right, “evil is evil” — and every country on Earth has evil people.
From England, to Japan, to France, to Germany, and even Australia, there’s evil in every single one of them. Yet despite evil residing in each of those nations, just like it does within the United States, what they don’t have is our out-of-control gun violence and frequent mass shootings. Because what they do have are strict laws on gun ownership which makes it much more difficult for evil to obtain that “weaponry.”
So I think we should all thank Senator Cruz for making a fantastic argument for common sense gun laws that are enforced properly, so that the evil which exists here in the United States won’t have access to the “weaponry” which allows it to routinely kill Americans by the thousands every single year.
Watch Cruz’s comments below: