Because politicians gotta politicize

This popped up Friday morning:

After the peaceful apprehension of Joseph Jakubowski, Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) released the following statement:
“I want to thank all of the law enforcement officers who have worked tirelessly over the past several days to bring about a peaceful resolution to this situation.
“The threat of gun violence is an all too real struggle for families across Wisconsin. Today, that reality hit home in the small town of Viola. Tomorrow, it will be another community.
“We should use this opportunity to strengthen our communities and promote commonsense public safety reforms. It’s time for leaders in Wisconsin to stand up to the powerful gun industry and take proactive steps to keep deadly firearms out of the hands of dangerous individuals.”

I posted this Friday morning, and my Facebook feed temporarily blew up from all the response. This blog is based on some of those comments.

First: Not to defend what Jakubowski did, but how many shots did Jakubowski (as far as we know) fire after he (allegedly) stole guns from the Janesville gun shop? Zero. Despite all the threats, no shots were fired, either by Jakubowski (as far as we know) or law enforcement.

How many of Shilling’s gun-owning constituents shot somebody the day this was released? Zero, as far as we know, and if not in self-defense every shot fired at someone was illegal under long-existing laws.

Jakubowski is a convicted felon. Unless his gun ownership rights were restored post-conviction, his possession of any guns is illegal. The (alleged) break-in and thefts were both illegal. Making terroristic threats is illegal. Why do the gun ownership rights of law-abiding people need to be taken away because of what Jakubowski did?

I live in an area where if you assumed every house includes at least one gun you’d be correct more often than not. There is a gun store down the street. And I feel perfectly safe surrounded by guns and gun owners. (Many of whom may well be concealed-carrying without my even knowing it.)

This may bring to mind an infamous past statement:

As a Facebook Friend of mine puts it:

The way you “stand up to the powerful gun industry” is to not buy their products. Anyone who is afraid of guns should not own one, and nobody has ever suggested that they do. When this nut-case was running loose in Wisconsin, people with guns felt safer than those without – that is how we do safe spaces without tax-payer money.

And as another Facebook Friend puts it:

It should always be the government’s responsibility to prove why something should be prohibited; it should never be the people’s responsibility to prove why something shouldn’t be.

And as another Facebook Friend puts it:

She should have stopped after this portion of her message: I want to thank all of the law enforcement officers who have worked tirelessly over the past several days to bring about a peaceful resolution to this situation.

 

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