Many on the left actively demonize those they disagree with. They insist that they’re the “good guys” and those who disagree with them are the “bad guys.” Unfortunately, this type of thinking puts people’s lives in danger.
For example, several congressmen were recently injured in a mass shooting. As a consequence, many congressmen now fear for their lives. To feel safer, some are seriously considering arming themselves, sparking outrage.
Earlier this week, James Hodgkinson, a far-left extremist armed with a rifle and a handgun, opened fire on a group of unarmed Republicans playing baseball in a park, injuring several. One of the people injured was Steve Scalise (R-LA), the House Majority Whip. Since he’s a potential successor to Trump, he has security nearby at all times. Upon hearing gunshots, the two officers with assigned to Scalise immediately raced over and returned fire, killing Hodgkinson in the process.
Rep. Roger Williams (R-TX), who was present at the time of the shooting, told reporters that following the attack, he’s open to the idea of arming congressmen and allowing them to carry firearms in currently restricted places. Specifically, he said, “remember two things. Well, first of all, I’m for the Second Amendment — a big Second Amendment guy, and I’m from Texas. So yes, I would have felt a lot more comfortable if we were able to do that.”
Williams understands that although a gun was what put their lives in danger in the first place, guns held by Scalise’s security detail were what ultimately kept them safe. If they weren’t present, a massacre would have likely ensued. This is because had they not been there, Hodgkinson, an anti-Trump liberal who volunteered for Bernie Sanders (I-VT), would have been free to kill whoever he wanted.
“We were sitting ducks. I mean we had no we had nothing to fight back with but bats if it got to that. We were sitting ducks,” explained Williams. “I think he was not able to get on the field because the gate was locked on the other side. If [he would have] gotten on the field it could have been a bad situation. But he was not able to do that. But we were sitting ducks,” he added.
Rep. Mike Bishop (R-MI), who was also there when the shooting took place, madesure to point this out to reporters. “The only reason why any of us walked out of this thing, by the grace of God, one of the folks here [the security detail traveling with Scalise] had a weapon to fire back and give us a moment to find cover,“ stated Bishop.
“We were inside the backstop and if we didn’t have that cover by a brave person who stood up and took a shot themselves, we would not have gotten out of there and every one of us would have been hit — every single one of us,” continued Bishop, noting, “he had a rifle that was clearly meant for the job of taking people out, multiple casualties, and he had several rounds and magazines that he kept unloading and reloading.”
Unsurprisingly, many on the left were outraged by the suggestion that congressmen should arm themselves. This is because they believe that more guns, not less, are the solution to gun violence. For instance, when asked what more we could do to protect politicians, Terry McAuliffe (D), the Governor of Virginia, toldreporters that we need stricter gun laws. “I think we need to do more to protect all of our citizens. I have long advocated — this is not what today is about — but there are too many guns on the street,” replied McAuliffe. “We lose 93 million [sic — 93] individual Americans a day to gun violence. I’ve long talked about this: background checks, shutting down gun-show loopholes,” he continued. However, clearly, this is absurd. Gun laws don’t stop criminals from acquiring weapons. It only makes it more difficult for law-abiding citizens to protect themselves.
Being a politician is an extremely dangerous job. Since we can’t afford to assign security guards to each of them, in the event of an attack, it’s largely up to them to defend themselves until help arrives. Because of this, congressmen should definitely be armed.