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Who, not what, is responsible?

In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry, and white supremacy. These sinister ideologies must be defeated. Hate has no place in America. Hatred warps the mind, ravages the heart, and devours the soul.

An excerpt from President Trump’s August 5thaddress to the nation.  It would hardly be possible to more strongly deplore racism, bigotry and white supremacy, yet the Left continues to call Mr. Trump a racist and white supremacist.  His speech is embedded in this article.

The Washington Post is arguing the media should takes sides on gun control:

Republicans have only hollow ‘condolences’ and ‘prayers’ for shooting victims, the report claims. In contrast, Democrats are people of action and feeling, willing to do something.

‘The Democratic presidential candidates are embracing gun control … with emotional appeals against firearms violence and pledges to stand up to the NRA,’ the story claims. ‘In the face of more and more mass shootings, particularly in schools, the ground on the issue has shifted from an embrace of a gun culture in many areas of the country, including some that Democrats hope to wrest from the president.’

The story adds: ‘For Democrats, the shooting has the potential to raise the profile of gun control

Sincere prayer is never hollow.  The Post’s Leftists argue that prayer is only useful in support of Leftist policy.  The “people of action” are willing “to do something,” indeed: obliterate the civil liberties of their political enemies.  The WaPo’s columnist, Margaret Sullivan, makes that stance ever more apparent:

Apparently the media has been, to this point, even-handed and professional on this issue?

Red State provides background on the Dayton shooter:

This is probably something CNN won’t be sharing with its audience, but there’s some pretty striking news on the shooter who perpetrated the Dayton, OH shooting, which followed an equally tragic shooting in El Paso, TX by what appears to be a white supremacist.

Heavy.com got access to the shooter’s social media. Contrary to the media narrative currently boiling over, this shooter was not a Trump fan. In fact, he hated Trump, hated Republicans, was an avowed leftist, used antifa style language in his posts, and loved Elizabeth Warren.

Here’s some of what was found.

Bett’s Twitter profile read, ‘he/him / anime fan / metalhead / leftist / i’m going to hell and i’m not coming back.’ One tweet on his page read, ‘Off to Midnight Mass. At least the songs are good. #athiestsonchristmas.’ The page handle? I am the spookster. On one selfie, he included the hashtags, ‘#selfie4satan #HailSatan @SatanTweeting.’ On the date of Republican Sen. John McCain’s death, he wrote, ‘F*ck John McCain.’

On Nov. 2, 2018, he wrote: ‘Vote blue for gods sake.’

Ironically, he was even a rabid supporter of gun control, using it to levy attacks against Republicans. [skip]

He also used language often used by Antifa, exclaiming that he wants to ‘kill every fascist.’

‘#2016ElectionIn3Words This is bad,’ he wrote on Nov. 8, 2016. ‘You can’t kill 50+ people and injure 600(!) In 10 minutes with cigarettes my dude,’ he wrote in 2017. In response to a Buzzfeed story that read, ‘Virginia has declared a state of emergency in anticipation of the ‘Unite the Right’ rally anniversary in Charlottesville this weekend,’ he wrote: ‘Kill every fascist.’

Betts was also a politically active socialist who supported Elizabeth Warren.

‘On the Twitter page, Connor Betts indicated he’d vote for Elizabeth Warren for president but not Kamala Harris…’

This all leaves very little question about who Betts really was. He was absolutely a far leftist. He was not a white supremacist and hated religious people. He repeated antifa, as well as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez talking points on his social media. He was a global warming enthusiast and an avowed socialist. Every piece of evidence we have points to his radicalization coming via the left, not the right.

Take the link and read the entire article, which has additional quotes from the social media posts of the killer, who murdered his sister in the attack.  As one might expect, the Left is also working hard to scrub or change the social media writings of the killers, as The Gateway Pundit reports:

At 2:46 PM today MyLife had this profile for the deranged killer Patrick Crusius.

His original profile at 2:46 said he was a registered Democrat.

At 2:50 PM leftists changed his political affiliation from Democrat to Republican.

At 2:52 his profile was changed again.

His description now says he is a Republican and QAnon member.

By Saturday night his profile includes anti-Jewish slurs and links him to Trump and Jeffrey Epstein and calls him an Evangelical Christian.

UPDATE— The MyLife page was created AFTER the El Paso shooting. Democrats then jumped in and changed it to make it look like he was a Republican.

Snopes and other left wing organs are accusing Gateway Pundit of deception, but in so doing, are ignoring his updated clarification.  One Ariel Gold–Code Pink’s “national co-director”–linked these attacks to anti-Israel rhetoric so beloved of the contemporary Left:

The Left is also claiming the El Paso killer posted a photo on social media with guns arranged to spell “Trump”:

But that didn’t work out so well for them:

Final Thoughts:

All of this is, sadly, to be expected.  In a rush to score cheap political points, primarily the Left is seeking to paint the killers as Republican, racist, white supremacist demons.  They routinely try to use the emotional aftermath of attacks to trick people into acting hastily.  Emotionally driven law is invariably bad law, and accomplishes nothing good.  One must be very cautious indeed of claiming causation from anything such deranged people post on social media, where the point for so many is to be outrageous and obscene as a means of attracting attention.  So corrupt are such vehicles, the most insane pronouncements vie for notice.  If the ravings of the two killers are to be believed, taken as causation and motivation, how do we explain the millions whose equally perverse prose never results in so much as a parking ticket?

This is not to say the ravings of the killers are not, in at least some sense, reflective of their actual beliefs, or dat least partially reflected in their eventual acts, just that we’re as likely to be suckered than not taking them on face value.

It doesn’t matter.  Actual racists–their numbers are few–are justly social pariahs, unwelcome anywhere in decent society. the Civil Rights Movement long ago accomplished its worthy and necessary goals.  White Supremacists, circa 2019, are primarily an invention of the Left. People that identify as such exist, but their numbers are vanishingly small.  They represent no political or cultural force and are as reviled, if not more, than garden-variety racists.  Whether a killer liked Republican or Democrat politicians, or professed hate for any individual or group is essentially irrelevant, particularly when one seeks to try to prevent future attacks.

Antifa exercising their version of free speech

Antifa thugs hate anyone on the right, and normal Americans.  They’re violent and evil.  Do we lock them up?  Leftists often wish for the violent death of President Trump.  Are they all to be arrested?  If one correctly identifies Baltimore as akin to a third world country, are they racists?  White supremacists?  How about if they’re black Baltimore residents who say the same thing?  There are plenty of them.

Those responsible for the killings are the two demonic wastes of flesh that committed the crime, not the guns, not any politician, not video games, not absent fathers, not some aspect of the culture, not even Washington Post columnists.  Indeed, politicians and the rest contribute to a variety of trends that may very well be damaging to us, but human beings are not so easily provoked–or fixed.  I do not include guns in that assessment.  They are nothing but tools.  They have no consciousness, no agency.  They are no more good or bad than a circular saw.  Violence is formulated and produced by human beings, not inanimate objects.

This would seem self-evident, yet the Left will never surrender their attempts to disarm the law-abiding, because they know they can never enact their ultimate utopian desires if Americans have the means to resist them.  They don’t care about the dead.  If they did, we’d be hearing their rhetoric every day, every week, based on the slaughter in Chicago alone–or Baltimore–virtually all of which involves Black criminals and Black victims, but there’s no fake racism or white supremacy to exploit in the unending slaughter in those Democrat ruled snake pits, where the criminals have all the guns they want, and the honest are disarmed.

But what about the right? They refuse to stop defending the Constitution.  They selfishly refuse to allow the Left to obliterate it, and to disarm them, the easier to finish off individual liberty.  They outrageously demand “we have to do something!” legislation actually not violate the Constitution, and must truly accomplish what it’s red-faced, spittle-flinging backers claim.

You may, gentle readers, find a great deal more political posturing with little effort, but I trust you take the point.  We do not deter crime by punishing the law-abiding.  We do not protect the innocent by disarmed the truly virtuous and capable.  And we surely do not preserve liberty by tearing down the Constitution.  We certainly accomplish nothing by deflecting blame onto people and institutions that have no culpability.

I’ll be writing a related article in the near future on mental health issues, more specifically, the state of mental health treatment and involuntary commitment law circa 2019.  I hope to see you then, and as always, your comments are appreciated.