The liberal pressure being applied to the 2nd Amendment in recent days has been widely lambasted as a gross overreaction to the Parkland, Florida school shooting.
Sure, calling any reaction an “overreaction” in this case is a bit provocative, but there is plenty of supporting evidence for this claim.
First, this attack was almost certainly preventable on a number of fronts. Not only had shooter Nikolas Cruz been reported to authorities as high up as the FBI nearly three dozen times, but the Broward County police were well aware of the possible danger this he posed to the community at large.
Then, on top of that wholesale failure of imagination, it turns out that Broward County Sheriffs were involved with the Parkland school districts in a scheme to lessen crime statistics in order to procure federal grant money; something that has unequivocally called into question the ability and willingness of the school to protect its students. This underreported aspect of the story is being actively censored by the mainstream media.
While it may be an uncomfortable thought, we also must look at the nature of the perpetrator, Nikolas Cruz. Certainly mentally ill, Cruz confessed to police that he heard “demon voices” within his head, directing him during his massacre. There is no evidence that Cruz would have been stopped from killing by the mere absence of a firearm. His mental illness appears to be just that debilitating.
It is for these reasons that we must push back at the narrative that this is some sort of Second Amendment issue: It certainly isn’t, and the undue pressure being put on groups such as the NRA are wholly distracting to the reality of the situation.
That’s why when Delta Airlines publicly declared its intent to sever ties with the National Rifle Association, the State of Georgia pushed back. Hard.
“Atlanta-based Delta was set to get a $40 million per year tax break on jet fuel from the Georgia legislature, something establishment Chamber of Commerce-backed GOP Gov. Nathan Deal supports handing out. But when Delta yanked its relationship with the NRA after the Parkland shooting, conservatives in Georgia have risen up against the airline’s efforts to procure this big government handout.
“’I decided to take action against Delta and the way they align with the left in going after the NRA and its members,’ Debbie Dooley, an influential Atlanta-based Tea Party leader, told Breitbart News Sunday on SiriusXM Patriot Channel 125. ‘Donald Trump tweeted out something I will always remember. I think it was in 2015. He said when somebody challenges you unfairly, fight back. Be brutal. Be tough. That is what we’re going to have to be to fight for his agenda and to fight for the Second Amendment. If you’re in Georgia, I found out that Delta Airlines is asking for a $40 million per year tax break on jet fuel, and I realize the best way that we can be effective and the best way we can combat the boycotts and threats of the left is to hit them. Go after their subsidies. Go after their tax breaks that they’re receiving on the state level, and take it away from them. If we’re successful in stopping Delta’s tax subsidies, we will have cost them $200 million in five years. I think that’s something that’s important that we replicate in other states.’”
Debbie Dooley means business, and rightfully so: The anti-NRA actions of these large corporations are akin to political and social discrimination against Americans.