Kuhner's Corner: Massachusetts Democrats insult Las Vegas victims

Rep. Seth Moulton leads effort to boycott moment of silence

Jeff Kuhner
October 04, 2017 - 11:36 am

Have you no decency? That’s the question that must be posed to Rep. Seth Moulton, as well as his fellow congressional Massachusetts Democratic colleague, Rep. Katherine Clark. They have become a national embarrassment.

While every other member of Congress—Republican and Democrat—took part in a moment of silence to honor the 59 dead and over 500 wounded victims of the Las Vegas massacre, these two left-wing ideologues refused to participate. In particular, Moulton lead the charge, claiming such symbolism was vacuous and meaningless.

“I know this will ruffle feathers,” he told the Boston Globe. “But I wasn’t elected to get along with everybody in D.C. I was elected to make a difference. We need to protect our communities, not listen to the NRA.”

He was also not elected to spit on the memory of dead bodies, either.

The reason for Moulton’s decision to boycott the congressional moment of silence is his belief that greater gun control legislation will not be taken up by the Republican leadership. Hence, for him (and other Moonbats) any solemn, silent act is simply an empty gesture. They argue more atrocities will occur due to the easy accessibility of guns, and that Stephen Paddock was able to stockpile an arsenal of weapons and rain down death upon concertgoers because of weak gun laws.

In his twisted liberal mind, Moulton is taking a stand against the NRA and supposed congressional hypocrisy. What is even worse, this idiocy is being praised—in fact, celebrated—as a profile in courage by far-leftist writers at The Globe, such as Kevin Cullen. They are comparing Moulton’s actions to the equivalent of taking a “congressional knee”—defiantly speaking up on behalf of progressive causes in the face of popular disapproval.

Only in Massachusetts can left-wing lunacy and uncivilized behavior be dressed up as bravery. Even pro-gun control Democrats recognize an obvious point: One can do both, solemnly honor the victims (and their families) and push for tougher gun laws. In the face of national tragedy, especially a massacre that is the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, it is puerile nonsense to suggest it is improper to commemorate and pray for the dead. In fact, it is simple decency and basic decorum. Teenagers behave (and think) like this; members of Congress shouldn’t. Moulton’s behavior is not just childish and deeply disrespectful, but morally obscene. With his actions, he is saying that politics—progressive liberalism—trumps the humanity of the victims. For the radical left, their deaths can only have meaning if it serves a higher ideological purpose. In this case, it is gun control. Hence, every shooting, never mind the slaughter in Las Vegas, must be politicized to advance the leftist agenda.

It is remarkable that ideologues, such as Moulton, immediately rushed to peddle gun control within hours of the shooting. He refused to wait for all the facts to come in. We do not yet know how Paddock purchased his guns, whether he bought them legally or if he circumvented the background checks. We don’t even know something as basic as his motive. Was he connected to ISIS (as the terror group claims) or Antifa or simply a deranged individual? Seminal questions remain unanswered and facts unknown. Yet, this has not stopped Moulton and other Moonbats from jumping to the conclusion that guns—and only guns—are to blame.

The sad reality, however, is that gun control is not the answer. Take France. It has some of the strictest gun laws in Europe (and the world). But in 2015, for example, ISIS terrorists struck Paris, murdering 129 people and leaving over 350 injured. Their weapon of choice: AK-47s. So, obviously, banning all kinds of guns doesn’t prevent mass shootings or massacres. If it did, France would be the safest place on earth.

More to the point, liberals use gun control as a means to distract Americans from the underlying causes of mass violence. Growing up, my father owned numerous guns—from military rifles to shotguns to handguns. He was a hunter and outdoors enthusiast. He never slaughtered anybody; neither did his friends. Also, for decades after World War II tens of millions of Americans lawfully owned guns. They were prevalent everywhere—farms, suburbs, inner-cities, all across the United States. Yet, mass shootings were rare, almost unheard of. This began to change during the 1990s, starting with Columbine. For the past 20 years, there has been an explosion in mass shootings and gun violence. The question is: why? It is not guns or technology or the accessibility of purchasing rifles. These kinds of weapons—and the ease of getting them—were available from the 1950s to the 1980s. If guns were the problem, the Eisenhower years should have been characterized by endless Sandy Hooks.

What has changed is not the weaponry, but our culture. For the past 25 years, America has endured massive, destructive social changes—the rampant use of prescription mind-altering drugs, especially opioids and anti-depressants; the breakdown of the family; generations of youth hooked on endless hours of playing video games or surfing the Internet; the rise of a reality TV celebrity culture based on narcissism and radical individualism; and the decline of religion and morality. Secularism has destroyed moral absolutes; we no longer teach right from wrong, good from evil. In fact, to even discuss it strikes many on the Left as obsolete and Medieval.

The Russian philosopher, Fyodor Dostoevsky, once wrote: “If there is no God, everything is permitted.” This describes post-modern, post-Christian America. Everything is becoming morally permissible. This is not something politicians can fix. It is a crisis of culture; a crisis of civilization. There are no political solutions to cultural problems. Moral renewal can only come from ordinary Americans.

Moulton and his Moonbats are not interested in the truth. Nor are they interested in truly solving our epidemic of mass shootings. In fact, Moulton represents a part of America’s cultural decay: The rise of the jerk, the know-it-all preening progressive who believes that cheap emotionalism, moral bullying and adolescent theatrics is a sign of personal superiority. It’s also called “virtue signaling.” He is a propagandist—and not a very good one at that.

Only the Globe could think such a loathsome, self-absorbed narcissist is presidential material for the 2020 Democratic nomination. Even most Democrats find his antics juvenile and repugnant. Moulton should not only be ashamed for insulting and disrespecting the victims of the Las Vegas massacre. His constituents should demand that he resign.                           

-Jeffrey T. Kuhner is host of “The Kuhner Report” on WRKO AM-680 in Boston.

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