On a weekend where protests sparked by the Parkland school shooting crowded out almost every other media story, there was plenty of heated rhetoric going around on social media about the role guns should play in our society. Not all of it was new, and not all of it was wise.
In the midst of the pitched rhetoric, however, one retired Army colonel managed to call out the anti-gun rights side in a perfect way, particularly when he was told that he had blood on his hands.
In a Twitter confrontation, Kurt Schlichter, now a senior contributor at Townhall.com, said that if liberals are willing to lie about individual NRA members “having blood on (their) hands” to score rhetorical points, its likely they’re willing to lie about a lot of other things too — including not wanting to take your guns.
The social media confrontation began when conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt — one of the few luminaries on the right to publicly attend Saturday’s March for Our Lives in Washington D.C. — highlighted a bipartisan bill that he thought Schlichter (who has expressed a lack of trust in the motives of the left, on this and other issues) might be able to support.
Here’s a sensible gun law proposal —from @ChrisCoons and @PatToomey— that perhaps @KurtSchlichter would support: https://t.co/rmcDLiBk0o So if a convicted violent felon tries to buy a gun and flunks the background check, LEO gets notified. Makes sense to me. Not a threat to 2d Am
— Hugh Hewitt (@hughhewitt) March 24, 2018
Schlichter — who has previously noted that liberal anger hasn’t been directed against the NRA but against originalist conservatives — responded with his issue regarding working with the left on gun control issues.
And almost like clockwork…
Schlichter used the tweet to drive home the point.
Now, whether the Toomey/Coons act is a good idea is rather inconsequential here. What counts is the rhetoric — and the fact that it proves conservatives cannot trust the left on gun control.
In an aptly-titled column called “They Don’t Hate the NRA. They Hate You” for Townhall.com earlier this month, Schlichter outlined why the vitriol being spewed by the left on guns makes cooperation impossible.
“(T)here is the new meme, that the NRA is a ‘terrorist’ organization,” he wrote. “This means you are a ‘terrorist’ simply by advocating for your political views.
“Think about that. Labeling your political opponents as ‘terrorists’ — gee, that can’t end badly. Violence against and suppression of terrorists is okay, isn’t it? And when this ploy works with guns, it will happen with the next right the left wants to take from us.”
If they’re willing to lie to you about what you are, Schlichter argues, they’re willing to lie to you about everything else regarding guns.
“They hate you,” Schlichter concluded. “And you need to act accordingly.”
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