Updated at 12 p.m., 3/24 — Yesterday in California, Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton once again ventured into the quicksand of hypocrisy when she criticized GOP contenders Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, claiming that their reactions to the Brussels terror attack was to demonize all Muslims and treating them like criminals.
Clinton and the gun prohibition lobby have not shown the same sympathy toward American gun owners. Repeated attacks on the “gun lobby,” which actually consists of millions of honest firearms owners, and demands for “universal background checks” that treat gun buyers like criminals who must prove themselves innocent pretty much amount to the same kind of discrimination she was decrying.
This philosophical irony comes as Rasmussen Reports this morning revealed that 63 percent of American adults believe there is a potential for a similar type of attack in this country during the next year. Twenty-seven percent believe such an attack is “very likely.”
After the attack last year on the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris, Rasmussen recalled, 65 percent of Americans surveyed at the time said it was likely a similar attack against “those critical of Islam” would happen in this country during the next year, including 26 percent who thought it was “very likely,” Rasmussen said. An earlier version of this story mistakenly suggested the San Bernardino attack was linked to this. That incident appears to have been a more general attack, not directed at anyone for insulting Islam.
Clinton was in Washington the other day, making the rounds in the Seattle area to gather cash and garner votes in this Saturday’s Democrat caucuses. Rival Bernie Sanders is returning to Seattle tomorrow, where he hopes to host a lot more people at Safeco Field than could fit in his previous gathering a few days ago that left thousands standing in the rain.
In addition to his afternoon rally in Seattle, Sanders will also be in Yakima today at the Yakima Valley SunDome. Doors will open at 4 p.m., according to the Yakima Herald, and the event starts at 7 p.m. Maybe Sanders should motor a few miles west to Naches, where the school board is considering allowing some staff to be armed on campus.
While Sanders seems to score better with rank-and-file liberals, Clinton spent lots of time with the limousine crowd in Medina the other night before winging off to California to talk about treating groups of people unfairly for the acts of a few.
But the same logic evidently doesn’t apply to American gun owners. The gun control lobby has no qualms about calling firearms owners “extremists” and “gun nuts.” Demonizing gun owners and groups that stick up for their rights has never been out of bounds.
The gun control crowd has been feverishly promoting Saturday’s Democratic caucuses in the Evergreen State. This direct involvement only serves to reinforce the notion that Democrats are the “party of gun control.” The Seattle-based Alliance for Gun Responsibility is all in, sending out e-mails yesterday that talked about “common sense gun reform,” the latest catch phrase for gun control.
Clinton’s argument against demonization of Muslims should apply across the board to all other groups. Gun owners should be treated no differently than any other citizen, and their activities, including gun shows, should not raise alarms or suspicions and the exercise of their rights should be subject to no more scrutiny than the exercise of any other right.
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