As always, Democrats began calling for new gun laws in the wake of the latest mass shooting in Virginia Beach, VA on Friday. But in an interview with ABC News on Sunday, the police chief of Virginia Beach said that such laws would not have done anything to prevent the tragedy. Speaking with George Stephanopoulos on “This Week,” Chief James Cervera was quick to point out the fallacy that says “we need more restrictions” in the aftermath of the deadly attack.
Cervera noted that he was not strictly against gun control, pointing to a recent gun paper he wrote in conjunction with other police chiefs. “But,” he continued, “I don’t think most of that would have mattered in this case.”
Cervera said it was imperative to find the balance between restrictions and liberty, and it was important to know the difference between measures that could work and those that wouldn’t.
“We do have the Second Amendment,” he reminded Stephanopoulos. “It is very stringent for our country. In this particular case the weapons were obtained legally. Everything was done in a legal manner by this individual.”
A good accompaniment to Cervera’s interview could be found over at CNN (we know!), where Sen. Cory Booker was trying to convince Jake Tapper that the Virginia shooting was the perfect argument for his version of ludicrious gun control. Thankfully, for once, Tapper was on his game.
“You said yesterday mass shootings in America, quote, ‘can’t just go on in our country,’” Tapper said. “You’ve unveiled a comprehensive gun reform plan. Now ATF says the two weapons used in the attack were handguns, not semi-automatic assault rifles and they say they were purchased legally. How would your plan have stopped this tragedy if at all?”
Booker began by filibustering about the general problem of guns in America before Tapper reeled him back in.
“I’m sorry to interrupt,” Tapper said. “You keep saying we’re not helpless, so I’m saying, what would have prevented this tragedy? I think that’s one of the issues that people wonder about when there are these horrible tragedies. What steps specifically would have stopped the massacre in Virginia Beach?”
Booker never got around to answering the question of what, specifically, could have been done to prevent this massacre.
But that’s no surprise, because the answer – within the confines of the Second Amendment – is “nothing.” At least as far as gun control is concerned. And that’s why Democrats should be ashamed of themselves for using these 12 victims as a soapbox upon which to soak up donations and further their unconstitutional agenda.
But then, that’s what they do.