Every time a mass shooting occurs, the left’s gun control lobby emerges and attempts to use the tragedy to push for more legislation on guns. We’ve seen it happen over and over again. Gun control activists argue that more laws would prevent criminals from carrying out mass shootings, even though they don’t. They advocate for banning assault weapons — despite the fact that most mass shootings are carried out using handguns.
Recently, a young man shot multiple people at an Electronics Arts event in Florida, killing two participants before turning the gun on himself. While most the left has used this event to promote gun control, many others are turning to a rather odd argument. They have used this incident to slam conservatives for their reaction to the murder of Mollie Tibbetts.
Leftists Justify Murder?
On Twitter, several leftists put forth the argument that conservatives are hypocrites because of the difference in their approach to the violent crimes committed by illegal immigrants and Americans who carry out mass shootings.
These individuals argued that conservatives are wrong when they become outraged at stories like the murder of Mollie Tibbets. Why? Because white people commit murder too and we’re not trying to deport them.
No really, that’s their argument. Seriously. Here are a few examples:
“Did you hear about the illegal alien David Katz who killed people at a gaming tournament?? We need to build the wall!
Oh, he wasn’t an illegal alien?
“David Katz, from Baltimore, is a strange name for an illegal Latino.”
“How do we deal with this illegal gun toting killer…oh wait, he just another angry white American with a gun.”
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, they also argued that conservatives are hypocrites for being angry at murders committed by illegal immigrants while not being concerned about mass shootings.
“He wasn’t an illegal immigrant! He was a 24 year old American citizen named David Katz of MD who shot & killed 2 &wounded 11 at a tournament in Jacksonville, FL. Where’s your outrage or support for those people!”
“Remember when @RealCandaceO jumped on the “illegal immigrants are murderers” bandwagon after the senseless death of Mollie Tibbetts? Yet not one peep from her about David Katz & the innocent victims he murdered. Perhaps because he’s white…and from Baltimore? What a hypocrite!”
“No reason to panic folks. Not a Muslim or illegal from south of the border. Just another regular old white guy. Go on about your business. Nothing to see here.”
These tweets are quintessential examples of leftist wisdom when it comes to the issues of the day. Indeed, these arguments are so indisputably brilliant, only leftists on Twitter can comprehend them.
Understanding the Asininity
While those on the left might find these arguments compelling, they do not stand up to scrutiny. The notion that mass shootings are somehow relevant when it comes to violence committed by illegal immigrants is patently absurd.
Immigration laws obviously do not apply to Americans who are born in the United States — so there is no way to deport them. Moreover, we already have laws in place that are designed to prevent the wrong people from obtaining firearms. Indeed, the shooter was from Maryland, a state that has some of the strictest gun laws in the country.
Unfortunately, the laws were not enough to prevent him from legally purchasing his weapons. Despite the fact that the perpetrator of the shooting had a history of mental illness, he was able to purchase his weapons.
If anything, our failure to effectively enforce our gun laws in the shooter’s case only strengthens the argument for stricter enforcement of our immigration laws. The death of Mollie Tibbetts was preventable — if her alleged killer had not been allowed to enter the country, she might still be alive today. Just like many of the left’s other arguments, this one falls flat.