Los Angeles Democrat Ted Lieu is reason enough for me to want California to secede, right now, please. This guy is a piece of work, whose previous contributions to civic ignorance include a tweet attributing the 25th Amendment to the Constitution’s Framers. Now he’s expanded his oeuvre into dishonoring the dead so he could morally preen on Facebook.
While Congress was having a moment of silence in respect of the victims of the Texas church massacre, Lieu left the chamber to record a Facebook video. Here it is.
In the video, he said that he’s “heartbroken” about the deaths. But apparently not heartbroken enough to join his colleagues in a moment of silence. He said he respects “their right to do that” and has participated in many of them.
“But I can’t do this again; I’ve been to too many moments of silences,” Lieu said. “In just my short period in congress three of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history have occurred. I will not be silent.”
A few things emerge.
First, Lieu apparently sees no value in a moment of silence. He is either a sociopath who cannot fathom the concept of quiet introspection on the value of another’s life, or he’s a hardened atheist who thinks such sentimental pleas to a higher power are nothing more than superstitious twaddle. Either option is repulsive for a Member of Congress.
Second, calling for legislation in a Facebook post during the moment of silence is the height of virtue signaling and moral preening. Lieu also dishonors the victims of the shootings since he made his recording at the precise moment his fellow Members of Congress were remaining silent. Far from respecting their right to do it, Lieu trampled on it.
Third, the idea “gun safety legislation” is a good one. Perhaps it should include gun education, actual safety (such as the NRA teaches), and proficiency so that more people like Stephen Willeford will be there when someone attempts an evil act.
But Lieu in his self-unaware pretend outrage really meant “gun control,” which in liberal parlance really means “gun confiscation.” A universal background check would have done nothing here, because the shooter, Devin Patrick Kelley, passed a background check when he bought his rifle. It would have done nothing in the Las Vegas shooting. It would have done nothing to stop James Hodgkinson from shooting his fellow Congressman Steve Scalise on a baseball field.
An “assault rifle” ban would have done nothing but make the rifles used in these attacks less “scary” looking but just as deadly. We’ve had bans on these kinds of rifles before, and they had no effect on crime. What Lieu and others want is to ban all kinds of semiautomatic weapons for civilians to own. Then only the illegal weapons in the hands of criminals would remain.
But that wouldn’t really fix it unless the existing guns are taken from circulation. I wonder how many people Lieu would be okay with the government killing to confiscate all those guns? I wonder if he’d take a moment of silence to honor the dead when a disarmed population is attacked by evil people who obtain weapons?
Somehow, I don’t think so.