IN Lawmaker Responds to Comments Made by Shooting Victim’s Father, Draws Ire From Liberal Media
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Indiana State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) posted a status update to his page in response to comments made by Richard Martinez, the father of Christopher Martinez, who was killed during the Isla Vista killing spree. It reads as follows,
This is the sort of vile exploitation that those of us that believe in our Natural and Constitutional Right to defend ourselves MUST stand up against. My prayers go out to the families and friends of the victims in this act of cowardice evil, but there is NOT ONE MORE LAW that would have prevented this evil. California is one of the most regulated gun states in the nation and all of the firearms were legally armed after passing background checks. The murderer first killed three innocent people by stabbing and used his car to ram others.
Guilt, Fear, Lies, or Deceit …
Here is the actual embed,
Naturally, the media, specifically IndyStar writer Matthew Tully, had to jump all over the comments. According to his column (emphasis mine),
I understand the strong feelings many people have about gun rights. But what struck me was that Lucas and others could see a tragedy like this latest one and think first and most deeply about what it might mean for their side of the gun debate. His chief concern seemed to be shutting down any conversation about new gun laws. And that’s straight out of the NRA’s cynical playbook.
I called Lucas and asked why he thought it was wrong for a father to speak out against the type of violence that had killed his son. Lucas said he felt nothing but sympathy for Martinez and other parents like him, even though his Facebook page was filled with criticism of gun control advocates and few words of sympathy for victims. He said he is just frustrated with gun-control advocates and the debate that follows every mass shooting.
Um. Isn’t that EXACTLY what is being done with by the anti-gun crowd with Mr. Martinez’s comments? I’ve seen the video of him speaking being shared repeatedly and often by every anti-gun organization’s social media accounts since the Isla Vista incident. So it’s OK for the anti-gun crowd to use his comments for political gain, but it’s in bad taste for the gun rights crowd to respond to said comments? Got it.
Of course, it wouldn’t be an anti-gun opinion piece without some inflated statistics. From the same column,
I should note that there was ample coverage of the fact that the killer used a knife and a car in addition to guns as he committed his atrocities. But the debate turned to guns because more than 11,000 people per year in recent years have been victims of homicides involving guns and little is being done about it.
Mr. Tully is wrong on this fact. From 2008 – 2012, the number of people murdered with firearms has declined, and during all of those years, the number was below 9,000 every year except 2008 (which was 9,528) according to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report.