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David Frum: 2nd Amendment Supporters ‘Enable Shootings’

Written By : Warner Todd Huston
December 16, 2012

Like all of us, David Frum of The Daily Beast was angered by the shootings in a Connecticut Grade School today. He was also angered by those 2nd Amendment supporters Tweeting him about the incident saying that he “won’t accept lectures” from “those who enable the shootings in the first place.”

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Frum’s despair and anger over the incident is, of course, the proper emotional response to this crime. But, like many in the media, he also took this incident as an opportunity to discuss gun control.

The Daily Beast writer took to Twitter upon learning of the incident and his response was to needle concealed carry supporters saying,

Shooting at CT elementary school. Obviously, we need to lower the age limit for concealed carry so toddlers can defend themselves.

The author’s initial Tweet brought him the ire of conservatives when the Twitter-watching site Twitchy noticed his entry.

After getting a slew of scolding replies to his Tweet, Frum took to his blog at The Daily Beast to further explain his feelings about the criminal school shooting.

Frum related his attack on concealed carry supporters by noting that a federal court in Illinois recently told the Illinois State legislature that its concealed carry ban was unconstitutional.

But, Frum doubled down on his attack saying in his Daily Beast post that he would not backtrack or apologize for his first Tweet.

He went on to rely on a common, but wholly unsupportable, position that many anti-2nd Amendment advocates use to excuse their desire for stricter gun control.

But we can say that if the United States worked harder to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people, there would be many, many fewer atrocities like the one in Connecticut.

Something notable is that every state but Illinois now has some kind of concealed carry law. This is something relatively new in America. But, if Frum’s point was valid, with the fact that every state but one has a legal concealed carry we should be seeing every state with multiple incidents such as that in Connecticut today. But that just isn’t happening.

Frum went on to wave off any thought that his Tweets were unsupportable and further claimed that it is the supporters of the Constitution that are the enablers of these tragedies.

And I’ll say: I’ll accept no lectures about “sensitivity” on days of tragedy like today from people who work the other 364 days of the year against any attempt to prevent such tragedies.

So, no apologies from David Frum.

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