Asheville Skips the Chaos, National Attention


Nowadays, the scene unfolds like clockwork. Following a police shooting, news producers, praying to their god of ratings, play up white-on-black crime and anti-law-enforcement propaganda. So as not to appear insensitive and assure their associates they harbor no racism; the masses let the media yank their chain, and before long, everybody’s repeating talking points. It is not unusual for victims of race-baiting to congregate and anarchists to take the crowds as a trigger for looting and arson. Then, regardless of how contradictory the circumstances, President Obama gets on the TV calling for gun control.

There was a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest downtown, but Police Chief Tammy Hooper wanted to set the record straight. While she could not say much while an investigation is underway, she did divulge the perpetrator’s weapon had been an AR-15, and that shell casings from it had been recovered in Pisgah View. The city promptly posted press releases, and a copy of the police department’s use-of-deadly-force policy, and requests for information from eye witnesses. There was no rioting downtown, and the incident didn’t even make it into the national news cycle. [ED NOTE: My compliments to the chief and other city staffers for effective damage control.] Fortunately for Asheville, but dreadfully all around, the homicide was overshadowed by the havoc wrecked on police officers by the Dallas sniper and police-involved homicides in Minnesota and Louisiana.

As was to be expected, the president, though in Poland, delivered a statement. While it sounded like a scolding for gun owners, it was not as harsh as previous statements. He insinuated getting weapons out of the hands of law-abiding citizens would decrease the chances of them falling into the hands of the mentally ill. He furthermore charged the Dallas shooting was made more chaotic because of Texas’ liberal concealed carry laws.

Following the Oregon shooting, Obama told America he was growing weary of the drill. “Somehow this has become routine. The reporting is routine. My response here at this podium ends up being routine. And what becomes routine is the response from those who oppose any sort of gun control legislation.” He then launched into once again lecturing Bible-thumping, gun-toting bitter clingers.

“So the notion that gun violence is somehow different [from other threats to life]? That our freedom, and our Constitution, prohibits any modest regulation of how we use a deadly weapon, when there are law-abiding gun owners all across the country who could hunt and protect their families and do everything they could do under such regulations? Doesn’t make sense.”

He recalled that following the Charleston massacre, he had said this country was, “one advanced nation on earth [without] commonsense gun safety measures. . . . And later that day there was a mass shooting in a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana. That day.”

Said the president, “I’d like the American people to think how they can get our government to change these laws, and to save lives, and to let young people grow up. And that will require a change of politics on this issue.” He then essentially told listeners they should vote for candidates who support tighter gun control.

In later lectures, while rightly claiming Americans should be concerned about “racial disparities in our criminal justice system;” he unabashedly suggested defenders of the Second Amendment were a “very intense minority” and “part of the problem,” and asked, “How can you, with a straight face, make the case that more guns will make us safer?” He faulted the NRA for supporting gun control and asked gun owners if their views “are properly being represented.

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