Joe The Plumber – “Your Dead Kids Don’t Trump My Constitutional Rights”
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Joe “The Plumber” Wurzelbacher has some harsh words for those attacking the Second Amendment in the wake of the Isla Vista killing spree.
The plumber turned political commentator spoke mainly to Richard Martinez in an open letter he penned, whose son Christopher was one of the victims who was shot and killed during the killing spree.
Martinez started speaking publicly to the media just hours after his son was killed and blamed the NRA as well as politicians for his death.
In the letter, published on Barbwire, Joe said the following,
I am sorry you lost your child. I myself have a son and daughter and the one thing I never want to go through, is what you are going through now. But:
As harsh as this sounds – your dead kids don’t trump my Constitutional rights.
Richard Martinez, whose son (Christopher) was among the murdered, choked back tears at a news conference, blaming politicians the next day: “The talk about gun rights. What about Chris’ right to live?” Martinez said – and much more.
There are no critical words for a grieving father. He can say whatever he wants and blame whoever he’d like – it’s okay by me. You can’t take a step in his shoes – at least I can’t.
But the words and images of Mr. Martinez blaming “the proliferation of guns”, lobbyists, politicians, etc.; will be exploited by gun-grab extremists as are all tragedies involving gun violence and the mentally ill by the anti-Second Amendment Left.
As a father, husband and a man, it is my responsibility to protect my family. I will stand up for that right vehemently. Please believe me, as a father I share your grief and I will pray for you and your family, as I do whenever I hear about senseless tragedies such as this.
It’s a little heavy handed for my taste, but I’ve often that we don’t enact legislative policies which will effect millions of Americans because of emotion.