This is a sad situation.
Andy Parker lost his daughter, WDBJ reporter Alison Parker, when she was executed on live television by a maniac disgruntled employee. Following her murder, Parker vowed to do “whatever it takes” to end gun violence. A hashtag was born (#whateverittakes) and now a gun-grabbing rally will take place in Washington, D.C.
“I plan to devote all of my strength and resources to seeing that some good comes from this evil,” the mourning dad wrote in an op-ed for the Washington Post. “I am entering this arena with open eyes. I realize the magnitude of the force that opposes sensible and reasonable safeguards on the purchase of devices that have a single purpose: to kill.”
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America (who else?) will hold a rally today for a national day of “Whatever it Takes” to squash your Second Amendment rights.
“We’re turning September 10 — the week Congress returns from its summer recess — into a national day of action to make good on our pledge to do ‘whatever it takes,’” Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts wrote in a recent blog post.“ Given that more than 30,000 Americans are shot and killed every year, we don’t have time to wait. We’re done asking politely — we’re now demanding for Congress to act.”
Andy Parker will lead the rally along with other victims of gun violence, like Andrew Goddard, whose son survived the Virgina Tech massacre.
“We will do whatever it takes, and whatever it takes means we need politicians to listen,” Goddard told WRIC-TV.
Whatever it takes FOR WHAT? I’m not sure.
Short of confiscating all the guns from law-abiding citizens and outlawing firearms entirely, I’m not sure what gun laws could have stopped the murder of the WDBJ journalists. And even that is no guarantee a criminal couldn’t get their hands on a gun — after all, they are law breakers. The shooter did not have a criminal record or a mental health record so a background check didn’t stop this tragedy. A waiting period won’t keep guns from criminals, as they can just wait out the period and go along their criminal way. He didn’t use a dreaded “assault weapon” so an “assault weapons ban” wouldn’t have stopped this. SO WHAT LAWS WOULD HAVE STOPPED THIS?
WHAS-TV is reporting more than 50 other rallies will be taking place around the country today.