A Senate Not In Gabrielle Giffords’ Grip: Instapundit aka Glenn Reynolds is right
I started drafting an item on Gabrielle Giffords’ emotional pleading in the NYTs last night. In the meantime, I see Wonkette is now highlighting a Tweet from Instapundit to former Rep. Giffords.
Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords:
A Senate in the Gun Lobby’s Grip
Senators say they fear the N.R.A. and the gun lobby. But I think that fear must be nothing compared to the fear the first graders in Sandy Hook Elementary School felt as their lives ended in a hail of bullets. The fear that those children who survived the massacre must feel every time they remember their teachers stacking them into closets and bathrooms, whispering that they loved them, so that love would be the last thing the students heard if the gunman found them. — Via NYTimes.com.
What happened to Giffords is tragic and she deserves our compassion and support. But no personal tragedy should ever empower an individual to usurp the rights of others, most especially through the sort of emotional blackmail in which Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly now routinely engage. Frankly, it’s shameful, non-democratic and all but anti-American.
Giffords did not take to the NYTs because the U.S. Senate is in the hands of some gun lobby. She did it because she tried and failed to place the U.S. Senate in her own hands. I am genuinely sorry for her loss and any pain and suffering she has experienced, or continues to endure; however, one must not confuse sympathy with surrender. And it is precisely that, a surrender of sorts to her in terms of our own rights and freedoms, that Giffords has somehow managed to convince herself she’s entitled to assuage her personal suffering.
That’s not the case and all it would really accomplish is to extend Giffords’ own victim-hood, in the sense that the entire body politic would become victim to the pain and suffering now evidently driving her on in a self-centered, if not outright selfish and misguided quest to usurp the Constitutionally-protected liberties of others. Frankly, it’s high time people start speaking out about it and speaking up to her, too.
In point of fact, more people have been shot, died and or otherwise suffered horrible fates to both create and defend the very Constitution Giffords now seeks to stand on end, if not overturn, for no better reason than her own personal suffering.
That’s not noble, no matter how much the media likes to pretend it is – it’s sanctimonious and ultimately inspid in the grand scheme and it needs to stop.
I’m sorry you were a victim Ms. Giffords. But I refuse to be yours by surrendering my rights in the face of your over-emotional and fundamentally illogical pleading which is not only a form of bullying but the worst sort of emotional blackmail, as well.
As for this silliness via Wonkette, Glenn Reynolds aka Instapundit is correct. Deal with it, or be ready to be ignored if you insist on continuing to cry about it. I suspect, especially in the wake of this week’s tragic events, the country is ready to move on. Perhaps Wonkette, former Rep Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly should too.
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