In a Salon.com rant nearly too nonsensical to follow, columnist Bob Cesca blamed the San Bernardino school murder-suicide on Monday on the NRA’s completely unrelated efforts to roll back an Obama-era order more than a month ago.
With a headline asking “When is the NRA complicit?” the opinion piece tells all the same old lies about Congress’ successful effort in rescinding the Obama rule that empowered SSA bureaucrats to prohibit people who receive Social Security disability payments for a mental disability and have a representative payee handling their finances from purchasing or possessing a firearm with no due process. The op-ed reads like it was written weeks ago and held until a new tragedy made it seem worthy of publication. After mentioning the murder-suicide in the lead paragraph, it is only mentioned briefly one more time in the wrap-up.
In reality, a man shooting and killing his wife, himself and a student in a gun-free zone in California—while indeed a terrible tragedy—has nothing to do with the legislation Cesca discusses in the bulk of the column. For him and a headline writer to try to make it sound otherwise is the very definition of “fake news.”