DANIEL VAUGHAN: Terrorism in New Zealand and stupidity from the American left

March 18, 2019

The recent tragedy in Christchurch, New Zealand was a terrorist attack. Full stop. There’s no other description for an event wherein people are killed because of their religion.

The rational response to events like this one should be to condemn the attackers and provide aid to the community healing from that trauma. But we live in irrational times where the urge for likes, retweets, and shares outpaces the need to care for our neighbors.

Case in point is the media’s shiny new creation, Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, who jumped on the Christchurch terrorist attack to advance her vendetta against the National Rifle Association. In a series of bizarre tweets, the New York Democrat attacked the NRA and anyone offering sympathy for the victims, saying: “What good are your thoughts & prayers when they don’t even keep the pews safe?”

So, let’s get this straight: In the mere minutes after people were gunned down in two separate mosques for thinking and praying to their deity, AOC was taking pot shots at the uselessness of those prayers?

Just like we labeled the shooters, in this case, as terrorists, it’s time to label this socialist as what she is: a religious bigot.

Everyone should mute and block her like she’s David Duke or Ilhan Omar — and for the same reasons. We don’t need that kind of asininity in our politics at large.

Ocasio-Cortez and her ilk don’t have any “gun control” ideas that would have prevented this attack. Every gun control policy idea they toss out to claim “we’re doing something!” is useless, and they’re lying when they say otherwise. This includes the much-hyped “assault weapons ban.”

The only policy they can come up with besides a vague promise for “gun control” is a full gun ban with confiscation, which is unconstitutional. But no one on the left has the guts to call for this anyway, because they know they’ll lose electorally, so we get to hear more empty platitudes about the need to “do something.”

Indeed, what was needed in Christchurch, New Zealand wasn’t a ban on assault weapons or any gun control. What was needed was an armed person ready and able to retaliate against the terrorists.

According to the police timeline of events, at 1:30 p.m. local time, one shooter uploaded his manifesto to the internet. Then, from 1:40 p.m. to 2:35 p.m., he entered the mosque, shooting people indiscriminately.

Police found explosive devices in crashed SUV at 3:30 p.m., indicating that the perpetrator planned on using more than just guns to kill people. It wasn’t until 4 p.m. that police arrested their first suspect, and it was 6:16 p.m. when they stopped all the people they believe were involved.

In other words, for the first 30-50 minutes of this event, there were no police present to deter the shooters. Those in the mosques had to fend for themselves, and anyone in the surrounding neighborhoods was merely told to stay inside and off the streets.

So far the left’s response is best characterized as incoherent rage. Their plan? Get rid of guns and keep even more people defenseless in situations like this, where no armed officers are present. In an active shooter situation, their answer is…disarm innocent civilians?

I shouldn’t have to point out that bombs are against the law too — and these terrorists were happy to use them against the same people they were shooting.

The terrorists didn’t care what tool they used to kill. Their only objective was killing, and they would use any device to that end.

Getting guns off the street doesn’t answer this evil, and pretending otherwise isn’t just naive — it’s raw stupidity masquerading as angry indignation that society isn’t bowing to their preferred narrative. Ocasio-Cortez lectures everyone with a camera and a microphone that their prayers are meaningless while ignoring that her ideas encourage more dead innocents when terrorists attack.

One of the heroes of this terrorist attack was Abdul Aziz, who heard the shots and charged the gunman with nothing more than a credit card machine. He focused the terrorist’s attention on himself engaging in a lethal run-and-hide maneuver.

Aziz found a gun the killer dropped and picked it up to shoot the terrorist. Unfortunately, the gun was empty; every bullet had already been used.

Anyone with a brain wishes that he had just one bullet, which could have ended the terror right there. But despite lacking a loaded weapon, Aziz’s actions unquestionably saved lives.

Thoughts and prayers matter. They refocus us on what and who is most important after a tragedy: the victims, their families, and the surrounding community.

When you attack those things, you’re only joining the hatred you claim to oppose. As Americans, we do offer our thoughts and prayers, and we will actively help our ally heal from this travesty.

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Daniel Vaughan

Daniel Vaughan is a columnist for the Conservative Institute and lawyer in Nashville, Tennessee. He has degrees from Middle Tennessee State University and Regent University School of Law. His work can be found on the Conservative Institute's website, or you can receive his columns and free weekly newsletter at The Beltway Outsiders. Connect with him on Twitter at @dvaughanCI.