Leftist TV host Bill Maher continued the media’s assault on gun ownership Friday night with a heavy accusation against the Second Amendment, as well as a castigation of America’s perceived biased treatment against minority mass shooters.
He began the topic of firearm rights with accusations of racism (Say it ain’t so!), while conceding, surprisingly, that racism isn’t completely ubiquitous:
“I know it drives Republicans crazy when liberals say everything is about race and everything isn't about race. But I feel like guns is the one area where, if you can't see a giant difference between the way black and white are treated in America with guns, I think there's a little racism in you.”
The Real Time ringmaster proceeded to claim that if any non-white commits a heinous crime such as the recent Las Vegas massacre, legislative ramifications abound:
“And the Vegas shooter himself, you know, it seems like when the shooter--if he was Muslim, certainly it would have been about, ‘Let's...get the ban going.’ If he was a Mexican, it would be about the wall. And I feel like, when it's the white guy, it's like, ‘We don't know how this happened.’”
Maher apparently missed the irony that the recent mass murder—perpetrated by a white man—as well as other similar tragedies committed by Caucasians had resulted in an equally powerful political backlash all its own, in which Maher’s show itself was an ancillary participant: the legislative attempt to ban firearms.
Maher indulged in that very effort with his endorsement of a novel perspective on the right to bear arms, as contended by Gary Willis in the 4th of July edition of The New York Times:
“[The Second Amendment] shows just how far the poison of slavery pervaded the Constitution. It was intended to protect slave holders who used militias to keep a firm grip on their slaves. It wasn't meant to let individuals prevent federal tyranny. How could it? It was meant to guarantee the legality of well-regulated militias to handle the states' internal problems, especially the problem of a large slave population.”
“Says a lot, doesn’t it?” Maher added.
The former Politically Incorrect host obviously failed to remember cases of minority shootings (e.g., Seung-Hui Cho, Esteban Santiago) in which the sole, broad response was a non-racial probe of mental illness and its treatment in America. Furthermore, concerning Stephen Paddock—the assailant in the Mandalay Bay murders—authorities have so far responded with “We don’t know how this happened” due to the fact that, unlike any mass shooting in modern times, no motive has yet been discovered.
Perhaps most notable—and hypocritical—about Maher’s Friday night treatment of the Second Amendment is that Bill Maher is a self-professed gun owner.