Why Would Scalise Change His Mind About Gun Control?:
It seems that there is widespread amazement on the Left that, having been targeted by an assassin with a rifle, and almost killed, Rep. Steve Scalise has not changed his mind on gun control. “After being shot,” read a headline at NBC, Scalise still opposes more gun control.” “Even after . . .” added ThinkProgress, indignantly.
And the chorus cried “no fair!” This, alas, was to be expected. When I write on this topic, I am often told that I would feel differently if my family had been killed by a deranged shooter, or if I had more personal experience as a victim of violence. Leaving aside that, even if this were true, it wouldn’t tell us much — I’ll let Mitchell and Webb make the point against relying on victims for instant policy expertise — it always strikes me that this is ultimately an admission of ignorance.This commentary deserves some feedback.
First: having been shot (assumedly because of his political convictions), Representative Scalise determined that his personal 'situation' shouldn't vary because someone shot him. Instead, he seems to have accepted an affirmation that he has taken a stand based on his moral values, and those same values require him to stand firm.
I admire the man for his courage and for his determination. I don't agree with his opinion, but he is one of the most honorable men in Washington. (And given my opinion on Congress Critters, that should be considered the highest compliment available!)
Second: the general opinion of The Left (as described by Cooke) disagrees with my evaluation. Which, in turn, confirms my general opinion vis a vis "The Left" as being generally a pack of poltroons with no moral character and no priorities other than their re-election. ( In other words; not much different from the "other side" of the aisle.)
Come to think of it, their response was a left-handed compliment to Representative Scalise, even though they may not have intended it so.
Any man who is castigated by The Left is worthy of mention for having firmly established himself on the Moral High Ground.
He's too good for them.
PS: I have some experience in the situations described by Mr. Cooke.
I've been a life-long hunter and competitive shooter, and when my (2nd) wife was murdered literally on the hearth of our home, it was a bitter pill. I've never remarried, but I continue to enjoy the gun culture and to teach new shooters how to handle their firearms safely. It never occurred to me that I should eschew firearms ownership because of the crazed action by an idiot who took my wife from me.
Oh ... and the murderer was her son, by her first marriage, and the firearms he used was one he had stolen from a legal owner in another state. Bad people do Bad things.