As tragic and heart wrenching as the situation in Boulder, Colorado this week is, it is imperative that Americans temper their emotions before doling out blame and vitriol on the subject.
From the left, we’ve already seen the predictable knee-jerk reaction: Guns are bad, (just like orange man bad), and we can’t let another day go by without a serious gutting of the Second Amendment.
This is the “blame the gun” falsehood that always rears its ugly head in the emotional aftermath of these horrible events – even when the clear culprit was the suspect’s own mental illness, and his desire to create chaos, gun or no gun.
And, fueling this misguided fire as always is Hollywood.
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Actress-turned-activist Alyssa Milano wasted no time pressing for gun violence to be “eradicated” on Twitter as she pushed for filibuster restructuring.
Mia Farrow simply wrote that “no civilian needs to carry such a weapon,” making reference to the “AR-15 style weapon” the suspect allegedly used to carry out his attack.
Jamie Lee Curtis wrote 14 times in one tweet that lawmakers should “#BanAssaultWeapons.”
Some even lumped politicians in with the guns, attempting to cast blame on both the alive and the inanimate at once.
“GOP… How would you feel if you lost someone you love to gun violence?” Ellen Barkin asked in a tweet on Tuesday. “Would you still be gripping your AK 15s?”
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