A car is used as a deadly weapon, a helicopter suffers mechanical failure, and it's all due to dudes carrying guns.
Gun control organization Everytown For Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action pointed to Virginia’s open carry laws as a core issue at the events that unfolded in Charlottesville, Virginia Saturday despite no gunshots being fired.
“The complications of such policies are on display today in Charlottesville as white supremacists openly carry loaded guns. Not only does this make the job of law enforcement more difficult by blurring the lines of lawful gun owners and those intent on doing harm, but it also drives intimidation and fear,” Everytown said in a statement.
The statement goes on to compare events that happened in Charlottesville, which involved no gunfire, to the racially motivated mass shooting at Emanuel AME church in Charleston, South Carolina in 2015.
“Previous racially motivated shootings like the mass shooting at Emanuel AME church in Charleston, South Carolina shows that this is not merely hypothetical. As hate crimes also appear to be on the rise, it remains far too easy for hateful people – even those convicted of certain hate crimes – to obtain guns. Under federal law, many hate crime convictions do not currently make someone ineligible for gun ownership,” the Everytown statement said.
I think Trump got it right, by the way, in condemning all the various hate groups scurrying around the country. The anti-fascist brigade (or whatever they call themselves) and the rich-kid "anarchists" have been rioting since November, and they are no different from the Nazi skinheads who they battled yesterday. A pox on all their houses. Where were all the groups outraged by Trump's statement yesterday when the other thugs were tearing apart Washington and Berkley?
Of course, if you're too embarrassed to use this horrible attack as an excuse to press your gun control agenda, there's always the old standby, racism. The young woman who was killed was white, but that has no more to do with the matter than guns do.