The world was once again heartbroken yesterday after yet another school shooting that, so far, has left 17 people dead. Yesterday was a day of mourning, but that didn’t stop lefties from exploiting this heinous act to call for more gun control.
Perhaps one of the grossest examples was Mike Littwin, who we typically disagree with but we generally enjoy his company. He retweeted a tweet from Democratic U.S. Senator Chris Murphy from Connecticut who called politicians who did not pass gun control “accomplices” to yesterday’s shooting. Littwin echoed his remark saying, “All politicians who tell us that their hearts are broken by the horror in Parkland, pay attention to @ChrisMurphyCT. Those who do nothing are accomplices.”
Of course, by “do nothing” he means, won’t pass some kind of hardcore gun control like an assault weapons ban from the 1990s. Perhaps Littwin has forgotten and Murphy doesn’t know, that Columbine happened under the Clinton-inspired Assault Weapons Ban in the 1990s. In fact, the Washington Post, certainly no nest of right-wing ideology, had this to say about the ban, quoting a study from the University of Pennsylvania:
“While gun violence did fall in the 1990s, this was likely due to other factors. Here’s the UPenn study again: ‘We cannot clearly credit the ban with any of the nation’s recent drop in gun violence. And, indeed, there has been no discernible reduction in the lethality and injuriousness of gun violence.'”
The larger issue in calling politicians accomplices is that it diffuses the blame from the shooter and places it on some kind of broad societal ill. Surely, there is something wrong with society that school shootings happen, but make no mistake – this act was perpetrated by one evil man. There were no accomplices. He shoulders the entirety of the blame – and the punishment – for this act of terror. He alone. Full stop.