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January 11, 2013

Gun Nut Defined: Murdered Children Are Acceptable Collateral Damage

Posted in: Republicans

Scott Brumback

How delusional must a person be to apparently believe that the periodic massacre of schoolchildren is acceptable collateral damage in the imaginary war to keep American tyrants at bay?

Scott Brumback, an attorney and a former Republican precinct committee officer who ran (and lost) as a Democrat against a Republican incumbent in the 2010 Washington state legislative election, wrote a letter to the editor of the Yakima Herald in response to the national gun control discussion that the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting has precipitated.

Brumback seems to want the reader to believe that he’s so overcome by the murder of the children that he can’t even type out complete sentences. He begins his letter like this:

Horrible, senseless murders at an elementary school. The dearest of God’s creations violated. Words cannot express.

Whatever tears may have dissolved the missing words from those sentences, however, seem to have been shed by a crocodile. Those obligatory emotional niceties out of the way, he then proceeds to jump right into the paranoid rant. And he uses complete sentences to do it:

Unscrupulous political elites use this tragedy to disarm Americans under the guise of public safety. The media plays the useful pawn to sway public opinion toward more government power and less individual liberty.

Man’s subjugation and murder of his fellow man is well-documented. Historically, evil men used oppressive government to inflict large-scale oppression and tyranny on innocent people. Millions of disarmed men, women and children were herded and murdered throughout the ages by tyrants. Were these people any less real? Too many of our citizens ignore history and hope “it won’t happen to us.” Hope is not a plan.

If those murdered by tyrants could speak, what would they counsel us? Lay down and submit? Or maintain the means to fight tyranny should it ever rear its ugly head among us.

Our Second Amendment is our right to the means to resist tyrants so that we have at least a chance to be free. The Second Amendment was never about hunting.

The millions of civilians murdered by tyrannical government all had this in common: They were disarmed.

This letter is written in the classic “I don’t believe in X, but…” format used by people who can’t or won’t admit that what they say about X isn’t entirely true. Brumback refers to children as “The dearest of God’s creations”, but in reality he seems to believe that the NRA’s interpretation of the Second Amendment is more deserving of that designation.

After reading this letter, voters in Yakima must be breathing a sigh of relief that they didn’t elect this delusional man.


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