On Monday, as the world mourned for the lives lost in Orlando, the far-left was mobilizing. Seldom letting a serious crisis go to waste, the left, who often abhors our Second Amendment protections, renewed their typical cries for increased gun control efforts.
However, it is going nowhere fast.
Unlike at Sandy Hook, the narrative this time around is significantly more nuanced and complicated. In Newtown, a deranged young man killed his mother, stole her guns, and went on a rampage killing innocent, sweet children. His motivation seems to have been nothing more substantive than sickness of both the mind and soul.
In Orlando, a terrorist attacked America. Omar Mateen went on a rampage and his motivations are far, far more clear: he was on a jihad.
Sure, the left is working overtime to try and distract from the issue and make this terrorist attack about anything other than Islam, but even the tiniest shred of scrutiny reveals the truth.
In the aftermath, the left has flailed, but has yet to sell a compelling narrative that fits their agenda.
At first, it was a call to action to mobilize behind the homosexual community. They asserted that this was indicative of a greater hatred towards homosexuals and the narrative the mainstream liberal media attempted to offer was that this was a hate crime that happened to take place in America.
It is no coincidence that Mateen chose Pulse; after all, Islam remains wholly intolerant of homosexuality and the freedom represented by Pulse was indicative of the kind of supposed decadence for which so many Muslims despise the West.
However, after it was revealed that Mateen scouted several locations to inflict mass casualties, including Disney World, it became clear that his purpose was to inflict damage to America first and foremost.
Predictably, the left has begun their usual shouts for government to save us from the fictitious danger posed by the Second Amendment.
They shouted about the supposed need to ban AR15 rifles… but the shooter didn’t use an AR15.
They shouted about needing to ban people on the “terrorist watchlist” from purchasing firearms… but Mateen wasn’t on the terrorist watchlist.
They shouted about the need for more-stringent background checks… but Mateen possessed an extraordinarily high level of security clearance that far surpassed any level of standard background checks.
In terms of narratives, not only has the left failed to hit a home run, they’ve failed to get on base.
Unlike at Sandy Hook where the left could easily rely upon a battle cry of “do it for the children,” liberals now have nothing with which to craft a compelling narrative.
What they are working very hard to avoid is revealing their true agenda; they seek not for “reasonable, commonsense gun control measures,” but for fullscale confiscation of firearms with very, very narrow exceptions.
They seek not “tolerance,” but to defend Islam. To accomplish that, they must first craft a narrative that presumes hatred of homosexuals, not his Islamic faith, as Mateen’s main motivation.
What they cannot admit is a simple, sobering reality: a man, motivated by Islamic zealotry, opened fire on a club full of people and no amount of gun bans, background checks or laws would have prevented it.
What could have helped limit the carnage, however, is a frank societal understanding of the dangers posed by radical Islam and laws dedicated to enabling guns being carried by law-abiding citizens for their own defense.