Perhaps most offensive, however, was a video
posted by pro-gun bloggers Barron Barnett of Washington and Joe Huffman
of North Central Idaho. The video shows pro-gun activists holding
candles, saying “candles don’t stop violence” and then drawing their
handguns and firing at paper targets that are supposed to “simulate the
January 8th 2011 shooting in Tucson.”
This was a post by CSGV regarding their Too Many Victims vigil. The started off by hitting Weer’d, DoOT, Bitter, Miguel, Kurt Hoffman, and Lingoe. Many of whom they “outed”. The title of their post implies that we “found humor” in the vigil. Really, I don’t know of anyone who finds the topic of violence funny. I don’t know of anyone who really laughed about the subject. What I did see though is a bunch of people get upset about others participating in the vigil in their own way.
At least two people in that video are “victims of violence” by the same rating as Joan, myself and Joe. Neither one of us were laughing at the thoughts of the injuries that came to loved ones. No instead we were focused on two things. One, remembering what happened, that is done through the candle. Two, illustrating the tool that can stop violence. A gun is a tool and has the ability to stop a violent confrontation in its tracks without even a shot fired. That’s why the gun is in the picture. It is a statement that I refuse to be a victim and will triumph if someone brings violence to my door.
It’s difficult, if not impossible, to understand how pro-gun activists
believe such comments were appropriate on a day when gun violence
survivors and others were remembering those they have lost.
This coming from a group of individuals who circle around like vultures and are faster on the draw than a personal injury lawyer to dance in blood. When ever there is a shooting the gun grabbers waste no time to attempt to levy the situation for their political gain. See Virginia Tech and the recent Mount Rainier shooting for examples. They do not care about the people, they care about their political ends. Don’t believe me, look at the blood dancing they did in Tuscon while the family that lost their daughter was saying the exact opposite.
Here they are telling me my comments about how a firearm protected my mother and my father in two separate incidents was inappropriate. While the blood hadn’t even cooled with a ranger lying on the side of the road and they were blaming the National Parks concealed carry legislation, which did not aid the shooter and would have done nothing to prevent it. Here they are telling me to not think about those I could have lost.
The point of a vigil is to remember those lost and in this case, show how you will not be a victim. You don’t have to be a victim. Being a victim is a choice, however CSGV and the Brady Campaign would prefer that being a victim becomes a requirement.
I’m being insensitive!? What about all the victims who are dead or were violated because of gun control policies? Just the same I light those candles for them. I light a candle for those victims you would ignore because it wasn’t “gun violence.” You’re calling for further disarmament when you’re misguided “common sense” has been racking up a notable victim count since the 90’s. If you’re pissed off about it, good, because that means I’m doing my job.
I think the real reason you’re pissed is because without any serious organization we hijacked your whole campaign. We have shown just how irrelevant you guys really are. Your statement that it was offensive I will wear as a badge of honor consider the type of behavior and company you keep.
Barron is the owner, editor, and principal author at The Minuteman, a competitive shooter, and staff member for Boomershoot. Even in his free time he’s merging his love and knowledge of computers and technology with his love of firearms.
He has a BS in electrical engineering from Washington State University. Immediately after college he went into work on embedded software and hardware for use in critical infrastructure. This included cryptographic communications equipment as well as command and control devices that were using that communications equipment. Since then he’s worked on just about everything ranging from toys, phones, other critical infrastructure, and even desktop applications. Doing everything from hardware system design, to software architecture, to actually writing software that makes your athletic band do its thing.