Seriously… Are they nuts?
Bob Owens asks “Is Gun Control Advocacy A Sign Of Mental Illness?“…
Blaming inanimate objects for the actions of people is a pattern of behavior that self-righteous zealots have been using since prehistory. Here in the United States, the most successful expression of that insanity was the Temperance Movement that sprung up after the Civil War.
The Temperance Movement blamed alcohol for the actions of people. In that regard, [Moms Demand Action founder] Shannon Watts is little more than Carrie Nation, though Watts is much better compensated than the possibly mentally ill woman who was the driving force behind Prohibition.
It’s a fair question to ask: Are they nuts? Monomania certainly describes their obsession with firearms. They worry about what are really exceedingly rare events. Homicide in the US, with or without firearms, is largely limited to our criminal class. Gang bangers and drug dealers murder one another far more often than do Shannon Watts’ neighbors. In fact, her neighbors are far more likely to use firearms to stop violent crimes than criminals are to commit them.
Which make you wonder; Why is someone like Watts so obsessed? I get people like Gabby Giffords and her husband. Some liberal whackjob tried to kill her. Their response to that event may not be entirely reasonable (they’re still blaming the thing rather than the person), but it does have its own internal logic. Watts, on the other hand, went off the rails after Sandy Hook; an event that didn’t involve her.
One might say that she was simply moved by the loss of life. But if that’s the case, then where was her concern before that? During that same year, 2012, the city of Chicago had a “Sandy Hook” occur on its streets every 2 weeks. Where were Watts and here motherly minions then? Perhaps they were just as moved, but knew better than to raise a stink. After all, it’s not like they could claim that Chicago has a gun shop on every corner. Or that they city is awash in guns due to lax gun laws. Chicago is their kinda town. Criticizing Chicago’s gun laws would be… well… crazy.