By now, we know to expect liberals to seize on last week’s tragedy in Charleston, South Carolina, to push their anti-everything agendas. Naturally, they’ve blamed the massacre on everything from Fox News to lack of gun regulation to global warming.
What we didn’t expect is to have one of our own jump on the anti-gun bandwagon, joining not just the liberals but even the likes of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. So imagine our surprise to hear what Karl Rove told Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday,” as told by The Daily Caller and seen in the video below:
Republican strategist Karl Rove said on “Fox News Sunday” the only way to stop gun-related violence, like the Wednesday massacre at Emmanuel African Methodist Church in Charleston S.C., was to repeal American citizens’ Second Amendment rights.
When Chris Wallace asked Rove how we can, “stop the violence,” the long-time gun-rights advocate stated that we have made great strides as a nation in empathizing with the victims of these types of shootings, but the only way to guarantee they will stop is to “remove guns from society.”
WALLACE: How do we stop the violence?
ROVE: I wish I had an easy answer for that, but I don’t think there’s an easy answer
We saw an act of evil. Racist, bigoted evil, and to me the amazing thing is that it was met with grief and love. Think about how far we’ve come since 1963. The whole weight of the government throughout the South was to impede finding and holding and bringing to justice the men who perpetrated the [Birmingham] bombing.
And here, we saw an entire state, an entire community, an entire nation come together, grieving as one and united in the belief that this was an evil act, so we’ve come a long way.
Now maybe there’s some magic law that will keep us from having more of these. I mean basically the only way to guarantee that we will dramatically reduce acts of violence involving guns is to basically remove guns from society, and until somebody gets enough “oomph” to repeal the Second Amendment, that’s not going to happen.
Maybe Rove also should brush up on the facts about how guns compare to other things in the fatalities they cause, as we reported here last week. And perhaps he missed our report on OECD’s (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) Rampage Shooting Index — a per capita mass shootings index that controls for population differences — which shows that the top five countries for mass shootings all have “restrictive” gun policies.
In the meantime, all we can say is: et tu, Karl?