The Left Isn’t Letting This Shooting Go to Waste
An alleged extremist reportedly shot a security guard at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. Sadly, the guard has died.
This shooting is, of course, a terrible crime committed on sacred ground that all reasonable people should condemn.
But left-wing commentators are claiming that because the shooter was an alleged right-wing extremist, Janet Napolitano‘s Department of Homeland Security was therefore correct in identifying conservatives, libertarians, and returning veterans as potential terrorists in the controversial (and recently withdrawn) directive to law enforcement officials across the country.
This is the worst kind of smear but it’s par for the course for the left.
With the second rightwing political shooting in as many weeks, will the conservative media apologize for their “outrage” at the Department of Homeland Security report on “rightwing extremism”?
Predictably, David Neiwert of Crooks and Liars gloats, “Anyway, it’s not like we didn’t warn that this was going to happen.”
Andrea Nill at the Wonk Room at Think Progress (a website dedicated to attacking the “Radical Right-Wing Agenda”) writes: “Brunn’s hateful rhetoric followed by today’s violent outburst chillingly echoes a controversial warning issued by the Department of Homeland Security concerning a rise in ‘rightwing extremist activity.'” Matthew Yglesias of Think Progress, whose pontifications are funded by the George Soros-led Democracy Alliance, writes that critics of the report should be “ashamed.”
The left-wing smear site Media Matters for America is ecstatic at this seemingly heaven-sent opportunity to advance the progressive cause. By sheer coincidence, at the website of the journalistic equivalent of an extremely well-funded death squad, left-wing hate purveyor Eric Boehlert put up a post last night called “O’Reilly and Fox News will have more right-wing vigilantism to explain.”
No doubt Boehlert’s going to get a raise from the Media Matters boss and founder, the serial liar David Brock. Two months ago Media Matters mocked conservatives when they raised legitimate concerns about the report.
None of this changes the fact that Napolitano’s politically motivated directive was abominable. As I wrote previously, it was a malicious un-American smear calculated to ridicule and intimidate opponents of the left’s policy goals. Obviously police need to be on guard against all extremists and anyone planning to carry out violent attacks, but they should not investigate individuals and groups solely because they don’t happen to agree with the Obama administration or the Democratic-controlled Congress.
Meanwhile, liberals’ hate fest will probably intensify. They may even say that stronger hate-crimes legislation is needed. Perhaps the attack will become a new rationale for other parts of the left’s agenda too.
I would not be surprised to hear a strongly worded comment from the highest levels of government: Never let a good shooting go to waste.