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The Post-Newtown Witch Hunt

By Michelle Malkin · Dec. 19, 2012

In the aftermath of the horrific Newtown, Conn., school massacre, Americans from all parts of the political spectrum agree that we need to pay more attention to mental health issues. Public death threats and incitements to violence must be taken seriously. The incendiary witch hunt against law-abiding, peaceful gun owners is neither noble nor effective. It's just plain insane.

Over the past week, I've witnessed a disturbing outbreak of off-the-rails hatred toward gun owners and Second Amendment groups. Whatever your views on guns, we can all agree: The Newtown gunman was a monster who slaughtered his own mother, five heroic educators and 20 angel-faced schoolchildren. He ignored laws against murder. He bypassed Connecticut's strict gun control regulations, and he circumvented the Sandy Hook Elementary School's security measures. Every decent American is horrified and heartsick by this outbreak of pure evil.

But tens of millions of law-abiding men and women own and use guns responsibly in this country. The cynical campaign to demonize all armed men and women as monsters must not go unanswered. What's most disturbing is that the incitements are coming from purportedly respectable, prominent and influential public figures.

Consider the rhetoric of University of Rhode Island Professor Erik Loomis. He teaches “U.S. environmental history, the Civil War, late 19th and early 20th century America, labor history, and the American West” in the university's history department. Online, however, Loomis is a militantly unhinged foe of all things conservative.

This week, the nutty professor took to Twitter to rail against law-abiding gun owners and the National Rifle Association. “Looks like the National Rifle Association has murdered some more children,” Loomis fumed. “Now I want Wayne LaPierre's head on a stick,” he added. (LaPierre is executive vice president and CEO of the NRA.) Loomis was just warming up.

“F–k the National Rifle Association and its policies to put crazy guns in everyone's hands,” Loomis tweeted. “You are g-dd-mn right we should politicize this tragedy. F–k the NRA. Wayne LaPierre should be in prison,” he spewed. “Can we define NRA membership dues as contributing to a terrorist organization?”

If all that wasn't clear enough, Loomis also re-tweeted the following message from a fellow left-winger: “First f**ker to say the solution is for elementary school teachers to carry guns needs to get beaten to death.”

When the conservative group Campus Reform called attention to the craziness, Loomis whined about a “right-wing intimidation campaign.” Sane university professors shook their heads. University of Tennessee law professor and blogger Glenn Reynolds explained the anti-NRA syllogism at work:

“(1) Something bad happened; (2) I hate you; so (3) it's your fault. This sort of reasoning has played out in all sorts of places over the past century, with poor results. One would expect a history professor to know better.”

Unfortunately, Loomis is not alone. Famed author Joyce Carol Oates also took to Twitter to blame the entire membership of the NRA for one evil-doer's massacre. “Another NRA-sponsored massacre for Christmas 2012,” Oates wrote. She then accused any politicians who supported the NRA of “felony homicide.” And then she mused hopefully for mass shootings against the NRA: “If sizable numbers of NRA members become gun-victims themselves, maybe hope for legislation of firearms?” Shockingly, actress Marg Helgenberger of the TV show “CSI” cheered her on: “One can only hope, but sadly I don't think anything would change.”

In Texas, state Democratic Party official John Cobarruvias threw fuel on the fire. Cobarruvias is the Democratic Party precinct chair in Houston, Texas, and holds a seat on the Texas State Democratic Party's executive committee. On his Twitter feed, Cobarruvias labeled the NRA a “domestic terrorist organization” and called for the assassination of NRA leaders and supporters: “Can we now shoot the #NRA and everyone who defends them?”

So, it's come to this: Advocating beheadings, beatings and the mass murder of peaceful Americans to pay for the sins of a soulless madman. But because the advocates of violence fashion themselves champions of non-violence and because they inhabit the hallowed worlds of Hollywood, academia and the Democratic Party, it's acceptable?

Blood-lusting hate speech must not get a pass just because it comes out of the mouths of the protected anti-gun class.



wjm in Colorado said:

It's just plain insane.

Pretty much sums up the marxist statist Democrats and their rants against the crazy gun. Loomis is unhinged, and his advocacy of violence should get him Fired! If I were a parent with a student at the school, I would find another institution to send my student, this guy shouldn't be in a classroom, unless it has padded walls.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 9:16 AM

Rod in USA replied:

wjm, I would edit your comment to read: "..***FIRED!***" ;-)

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Jim G in Oklahoma said:

Just more evidence (and compelling at that) of the fact that Modern Progressive Liberalism is itself a Mental Disorder.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 10:29 AM

DaneChile in Unknown said:

"If sizable numbers of NRA members become gun-victims themselves, maybe hope for legislation of firearms?"

NRA members (and all gun owners) are rarely victims BECAUSE they are armed. Sheesh, isn´t that obvious?

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Wayne in Hinesville, GA replied:

DaneChild, Not to the liberals idiots in academia, the Demoratic party, and Hollywood. I'd be willing to bet when Marg goes out in public she has an armed bodyguard with her. You have to realize that the liberals rail against gun violence but then turn around and try in incite violence against gun owners. They never see the stupidity of their statements. Typical radical hypocrites!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 11:41 AM

RyDaddy in Madison, WI replied:

If "sizable numbers of NRA members become gun-victims themselves" there certainly would be firearm legislation coming up...massive gun law repeals!

With all those success stories of self-defense and the accompanying drop in the number of breathing crimianls, MAYBE the Lamestream media could ignore half of them, but not all.

Monday, December 24, 2012 at 12:44 PM

DavidS in Texas said:

I have not vented anywhere, but I don’t care how sick you were, Adam Lanza, the more I think of you killing 6 year olds the more pissed I become. I hope you’re being tortured in hell.

Am I in the Angry stage?

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 12:05 PM

shoot in Michigan City In. replied:

yep just like the rest of us I said more prayers and prayed to God that that bastido lanza is being tortured in Hell! May he die a million deaths!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 12:22 PM

shoot in Michigan City In. said:

I just want to know when this ignorant witch Carol Oates and looney loomis is going to go off on planned parenthood them and obamma has killed more children than guns, I guess it is alright with them that obamma with predator drone strikes has also killed more civillians children included than guns here in the States, another fast and furious gun found by a dead beauty queen's body in Mexico obamma and holder are killers in this alone and letting 4 people die in Bengahzi yeah you liberals are heroes to no one obamma the killer!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 12:17 PM

David Thompson in Bellville, TX said:

The University of Rhode Island website is not responding right now (12:15 pm Wednesday). Odd.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Mikey in Southwest Idaho said:

I wonder if the likes of Erik Loomis, John Cobarruvias, Joyce Carol Oates, Marg Helgenberger & other members of the tolerant left realize that when they advocate for the murder of NRA members they are advocating the murder of school teachers & administrators-some of which might be survivors of Sandy Hook, elementary students' parents-perhaps children that survived Sandy Hook, sitting members of the US House & Senate, state and federal judges, local law enforcement personnel-perhaps some who were first responders at Sandy Hook, military personnel-enlisted & officers, professional athletes, university professors, fire and EMS personnel-perhaps some who were first responders at Sandy Hook, Hollywood producers, directors, and actors-albeit they are likely few, clergy, construction workers, garbage collectors, union members from all the different trades, state governors, baristas, chefs, cab drivers, rock get the point.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 10:22 PM

lgander in PA replied:

Mikey has one of the most rational comments that I have ever seen; to the intolerant,uneducated,followers of the "Something bad happened,I don't like you or your ideas,So the bad thing was your fault,Lets' kill you."

Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Bob S in Grand Rapids, Michigan said:

I sincerely hope that a message is sent to Loomis and his bedfellows that threatening the lives of legally armed citizens could be subjecting oneself to dangerous repercussions.

Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 6:05 AM

rab in jo,mo replied:

Something these ninny-nannies don't seem to understand is that when they make threats such as these, many of us in the real world take the threats seriously and have the means to protect ourselves.

Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 8:13 AM

Wayne in Hinesville, GA replied:

Rab, The whole point behind this looniness is they don't want you to have the right to protect yourself. The Nanny State will take care of that little problem for you and you won't a blessed thing to worry about. Mindless idiots with absolutely no common sense.

Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 2:34 PM

TH in Cambridge, Iowa said:

Spot on, Michelle.

Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 2:54 PM

George Rogers Clark in Ohio said:

Thanks, Michelle:
"Blood-lusting hate speech must not get a pass just because it comes out of the mouths of the protected anti-gun class."

You are so right. The "gun nuts" today are those who go nuts and foam at the mouth about things they do not understand, like security, and "assault weapons".

They do not know that it has been illegal to sell or purchase a fully-automatic weapon in the USA since 1932. Semi-automatic sporting rifles are not assault weapons, period.

Reasonable people know that less guns will mean more crime against defenseless, unarmed citizens, even children.

Keep at it, Michelle. Our prayers are with you. Some of us are trying to help. Thanks

Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 4:51 PM

siltpuppy in Silt, Colorado said:

such violent and potty mouthed vitriol from the anti gun jerks...tsk, tsk. Why is no one blaming the mother and father who obviously couldn't parent responsibly, or hollywood and letterman who think it is cute to do drugs, or silicon valley who vomit violent games whose target audience are the same children who were killed or did the killing. As was shown in the recent Oregon mall killings what stopped the killer was an armed NRA member who confronted the killer causing said shooter to kill himself. We might also cast blame on the entire media spectrum who have been making fun of American, Christian- Judea and family values. As a veteran who served in combat for this country i must say i am ashamed of it for rejecting the values we fought for.

Friday, December 21, 2012 at 9:58 PM