The anti-gun propaganda push continues: Sami Rahamim, gun violence, and you
From my email just now comes this heart-wrenching, emotionally-drenched plea to do something to stop the gun violence:
My dad, Reuven Rahamim, was killed this past September in a mass shooting.
I was 17 years old, one of 15 children who lost a parent that day.
I'm honoring his memory -- and those of many others who have fallen -- by doing something about gun violence.
Whether you've been personally affected by gun violence or not, you need to be part of this fight, too. Share your story: Why are you in this?
Since my dad's death, I've learned that my family's experience is not as uncommon as one might expect.
The statistics are horrifying: 12,000 Americans are murdered with guns every year. But the true toll of gun violence is borne by the tens of thousands of sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, and wounded survivors left behind.
When I think of the number of lives that could have been saved by universal background checks or better access to mental health services, I simply don't understand why Congress doesn't act right away.
So join me in speaking out. Our stories from all across the country will reaffirm the all-too-real consequences of this unending violence and the need for sensible solutions. Share why you support legislation to keep dangerous weapons out of the wrong hands [...]
I know my dad is watching right now as I fight alongside many other Americans for common-sense legislation.
He deserves a vote. We all deserve a vote.
Now is the time.
P.S. -- You can see my story right here. Please add your own.
Now, naturally, being the giver that I am, I was prepared to answer Sami Rahamim, to offer my condolences for his loss, but at the same time to educate him on certain facts, first and foremost being that “gun violence” is a neutral term, their being good gun violence — a police officer putting down a violent threat, a woman warding off a rapist (albeit not in Colorado, where a whistle and some complaints of having your period are going to have to do), a mother or father stopping an armed intruder before any harm comes to their children or property — and bad gun violence, expressed in that figure of 12000 murders each year, the overwhelming majority of which are committed by those who obtain guns illegally and will not be affected by any of the proposed gun control laws on offer by Obama or many left-leaning states. Not only that, but in the 20th century alone, countries that disarmed its citizens are responsible for 48.9 million deaths, meaning we’d need about 4075 years of US-gun death tallies, most of them committed by illegally-obtained firearms, to match what anti-gun governments were able to do to their own people in a single century.
That is, I’d hoped to educate the poor lad, to let him know that one can be saddened and upset about the murder of his father and yet still not wish to take away the great equalizing tool that we, by natural right, have at our disposal, as law abiding citizens, to help protect ourselves against the fate that befell Mr Rahamim.
Unfortunately, when I hit the reply button, I realized I wouldn’t be replying to Mr Sami Rahamim at all. And that’s because the return email address was firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rather repulsive misrepresenting the origins of an email like that, don’t you think? Why, it’s almost as if there is an orchestrated effort to take advantage of the personal tragedy of some citizens in order to repeal the rights of other citizens who are in no way responsible.
But that would be gauche. And this Administration is nothing if not classy and transparent and attuned to the hopes and dreams and fears of the working class and middle class.
So this was probably just some inadvertent oversight.
Too bad, too, because Mr Sami Rahamim deserves our sympathy — but he could really use our counsel, as well.