Actor Wil Wheaton wasn’t the only one rushing to judgment in the aftermath of Monday’s courthouse shooting in Michigan. Shannon Watts, head of Michael Bloomberg-funded Moms Demand Action, obligingly sprung into action as well. Her Twitter rant indignantly declared that “THIS is outcome of @NRA’s dangerous agenda of guns for anyone, anywhere, anytime: no questions asked.” Apparently Watts would like to disarm deputies, just like she wants to disarm law-abiding citizens?
In truth, Watts is a master media manipulator who knows all too well the importance of getting out ahead of a story. Details don’t matter, those can come later. So when the news would eventually report that a handcuffed felon snatched a gun from a deputy and murdered two bailiffs, that would all be after the fact. By that time, Watts’ message would have been blasted around the digital universe.
And retractions just don’t happen in this demanding mom’s world. Instead, Watts sits back and congratulates herself on another tragedy used for her own benefit.
NRA Commentator Colion Noir Refutes Al Sharpton’s Racial Slander
In New York City Saturday, black activist Al Sharpton accused the NRA of racism for not rushing to the microphones to comment on two police-involved shootings before investigations had hardly begun: “Where is the NRA? Where is Wayne Pierre (sic) now?”
On Tuesday, NRA Commentator Colion Noir appeared on Fox News to refute Sharpton’s attack. He reminded Sharpton that NRA supported the Deacons for Defense and Justice, an armed black self-defense icon of the civil rights movement, in defending black neighborhoods, activists and gatherings against Klan attacks in the 1960s. “Not only were they NRA members, they also bought their ammo from the NRA,” said Noir. “I don’t know if he maybe just forgot about that piece of history, or if he never cared to pay attention to it.”
In response to criticism that he’s being used, Noir responded, “It’s insulting, because it insinuates that I wasn’t able to get where I am at now based on my own merit, and that … the idea that I’m black is the only reason I’m here. So, that begs the question: Who’s the real racist in that regard?”
Kneejerk Much?—Actor Blames NRA For Crook Stealing Deputy’s Gun And Shooting People
An inmate facing multiple felony charges stole a deputy’s gun inside a Michigan courthouse and used it to kill two bailiffs and wound two others. The inmate, who was still handcuffed, was fatally shot by officers as he tried to flee.
But those were facts that Wil Wheaton just couldn’t be bothered with. As news broke of an active shooter at a county courthouse, the “Stand By Me” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation” actor immediately took to Twitter to decry the NRA. “Welcome to America. It has been 0 days since our last mass shooting. #F***theNRA,” read his knee-jerk tweet.
Hours later, after the true nature of the day’s events was reported, Wheaton’s tweet remained in place. Apparently if you live in the land of make-believe, there’s no reason to let reality interfere with your liberal agenda.
Betcha Can’t Find More Errors Per Second
We’re absolutely serious here: You owe it to yourself to click through to this YouTube video. You’ll rarely see two “journalists” and an alleged “forensics expert” who know less about firearms. Yet there they are, reporting for FOX News and some nitwit producer like they have a clue …
… Which they clearly don’t. Not counting repeated uses of faux terminology, we counted 16 errors in this 3:23-second fiasco (Is that full- or semi-auto idiocy?). Most alarming, however, is the slip by the “expert” guest, demonstrating again that all firearm ownership will be in the crosshairs if anti-gunners can manage it. At 0:42 is the cake-taker, “… the big difference between an assault rifle and a hunting rifle is, frankly, the scope that one puts on it …” The commentator bomb? “You can go into these gun shops and buy an adapter … and make it an assault rifle.” Oh really. We’ll send the ATF right over.
Given the intellectual rigor and fact-checking here, we expect all three will soon be accepting Clinton campaign positions.
Obama Spokesperson Josh Earnest Uses Police Memorial As Gun-Control Platform
On Tuesday, President Barack Obama and others traveled to a memorial in Dallas to honor the five police officers slain by a lone wolf attacker during a protest last Thursday. Predictably, the day before, White House spokesperson Josh Earnest wasted no time in turning what should have been a somber event into a platform for the White House’s pet agenda.
According to Earnest, Obama is “intensely frustrated” that his gun-control schemes have gone nowhere, saying innocent people are dying because Republicans rejected Obama’s “common-sense” restrictions, including a so-called “assault-weapons ban.” Earnest then called NRA’s views “so unreasonable, and so illogical,” and claimed the Dallas incident disproved the idea that a good guy with a gun can stop a bad guy with a gun.
But how much of this holds water? Would an “assault-weapons” ban have stopped a criminal whose rifle wouldn’t have been illegal under the Clinton-era ban? Would even a total ban on guns have stopped the carnage of an individual so intent on destruction that he was also making bombs? How could one of the armed “good guys” have stopped the killer—a man with advanced military training and firsthand combat experience—when even the police couldn’t tell where the bullets were coming from? In truth, none of Earnest’s talking points sound like “common sense.”
Matt Damon’s Dishonest Explanation Of His Call For A U.S. Gun Ban
We reported last week how Matt Damon, at the Australian premiere of his new Jason Bourne movie, said he’d like to see Australian-style gun control in the United States, adding that when the government forcibly confiscated and destroyed 650,000 guns owned by law-abiding Australians, “nobody’s rights have been infringed.”
Damon apparently heard from plenty of fans who disagreed, and he attempted to explain at the recent European premiere. “All I said was it’s such a personal issue for people, people are so sensitive about it, we can’t really even talk about it,” he said. “So that was really the point I was trying to make, and it’s illustrated by the reaction.”
Damon’s latest statement doesn’t pass the smell test. His insinuation that “talking about” the issue was “all I said” is bogus, and he knows it. We’d still like his explanation of how confiscating more than a half million guns from law-abiding Australians, under threat of imprisonment, isn’t an “infringement.” Perhaps he’ll address that at his next premiere.
Off-Duty Officer Shoots Home Invader To Protect Family
An off-duty St. Louis police officer had no choice when a man raided his South County, Mo., home, terrorizing his family. He fired his gun, ending the attack.
The St. Louis Post Dispatch is reporting the officer knew the suspect, Tyler Gebhard, who had threatened the family as well as other “uninvolved members of the community” after a Facebook dispute. Police said the 21-year-old suspect had also been struggling with bipolar disorder.
On Saturday, Gebhard went to the officer’s home and rang the doorbell before going to the back of the house and throwing a 50-pound concrete planter through a window, where he entered the residence. The officer’s wife, mother-in-law and two children were escaping through another window when he shot Gebhard. The officer is on paid investigative leave, however St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said “I don’t think the officer had a choice,” it was “a very difficult position to be in.”