Chris Matthews is off his rocker again (was there ever a time when he wasn’t?).
The two Texas prosecutor murders are suspected of being committed by members of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas, a white supremacist offshoot of the California-based prison gang Aryan Brotherhood. About two weeks prior to those murders, a prison official was killed in Colorado. Authorities think that the two might be related and ordered by the same gang.
But not if you ask Chris Matthews. He thinks these murders happened because Ted Cruz “won’t let the Senate hold a democratic vote on gun safety.” Here was his rant:
“In Colorado, a top prison official was gunned down in his home. In Texas, two prosecutors were killed, a third has now pulled out of a case against the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas for, quote, ‘security reasons.’ So, we have people using guns to settle their disputes with public officials, using their Second Amendment remedies. Don’t like the sound of this? Think it’s an overstatement? Well, there come times when overstatement becomes the truth out there. We’ve got a Texas senator, Ted Cruz, who won’t let the Senate hold a democratic vote on gun safety. So, no democracy. We’ve got people out there using guns to get even with public officials, intimidating those they don’t kill. This is where we are with guns in this country. Second Amendment remedies being executed on public officials. Refusal by some elected officials [Senator Cruz] to let us have a democratic vote on what to do about it. And this is where we live in April of 2013.”
In the earlier part of his rant, he mentioned former Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle, who had made comments about “2nd Amendment remedies” against a tyrannical government. She made these comments during her campaign to unseat Harry Reid. It was this “militant rhetoric” (and Sarah Palin’s bull’s eye map) that many claimed caused the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords.
Matthews connected Sharron Angle’s references to “remedies” to the slayings of two Texas prosecutors and one Colorado prison official. And because pro-2nd Amendment Senators like Ted Cruz have vowed to filibuster any federal gun-grabbing legislation, they’re to blame for any deaths of government officials. The murderers of these prosecutors were obviously white, right-wing, pro-2nd Amendment gun nuts.
So, once again, those right-wing radicals (say that ten times fast) are to blame for others’ acts of violence. But we could just as easily blame Matthews for Aurora and Sandy Hook, because they were both committed in gun-free zones, something that Matthews advocates and clamors for everyday. In fact, I think he wants more Sandy Hooks and Auroras so that he and the rest of his team can justify more control over people’s self-defense tools.