The dust had barely settled at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday when a barrage of lies began to fly from the usual suspects on the left. For once, the religion of the crazed shooter, Aaron Alexis, was not buried or ignored completely, since he was publicly connected not to Islam but to Buddhism. But immediately, "law enforcement sources" were drawing attention to the killer's weapon of choice, an AR-15.
Quick on the draw with a statement was Dianne Feinstein, who referred to the shooting as "one more event to add to the litany [sic] of massacres that occur when a deranged person or grievance killer is able to obtain multiple weapons—including a military-style assault rifle—and kill many people in a short amount of time. When will enough be enough?"
Never one to miss an opportunity to "milk" a calamity for political gain, Feinstein insisted, "Congress must stop shirking its responsibility and resume a thoughtful debate on gun violence in this country."
The indefatigable Piers Morgan immediately booked guests John Lott and Ben Ferguson to yell at them about assault weapons: "AR-15, killing multiple Americans, I just cannot have this debate anymore and it's ridiculous!"
Now, less than 24-hours later, CNN is admitting that "The sources, who have detailed knowledge of the investigation, cautioned that initial information that an AR-15 was used in the shootings may have been incorrect."
The latest investigation suggests that Alexis brought a shotgun to the scene and stole handguns from two officers once the shooting commenced. So, no "assault" or "assault-style weapon" was involved.
Breathtakingly, CNN, while issuing the correction, fills out the column space with a diatribe against . . . the AR-15. "Regardless, the massacre pushed the AR-15 back into the gun-control debate." The article then goes on to list all of the shootings in which the semi-automatic rifle was used, before affectionately citing the above-mentioned Piers Morgan and comparing the weapon's automatic predecessor (from 1958, an "efficient killing machine") with an AK-47.
Note with horror this fact: "The AR-15 has since become a semiautomatic rifle, firing one bullet per squeeze of the trigger. But like the M16, ammunition is loaded through a magazine." (A magazine! Just like the .22 semi-automatic my children and I use to shoot cans in the backyard!)
Better hang on to your guns (and religion) a little tighter. There is no lie that the left isn't willing to tell to get at them.
Aaron D. Wolf (1973-2019) was Chronicles' executive editor. His writings have appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers. He was a frequent guest on Issues, Etc. (Lutheran Public Radio) and The Paul Youngblood Show (nta.fm), and has appeared on several other radio programs, including The Tom Clark Show (Wisconsin Public Radio) and Extension 720 With Milt Rosenberg (WGN).