As the inevitable push for gun control in response to the mass shooting at a Florida high school made its way across left-wing media outlets Wednesday, CNN's Don Lemon took a very personal approach with a message to viewers: it is only a matter of time before they or someone they love is murdered with a gun.
Lemon's statement was ludicrous:
"The story is this: this is a sickness that has infected the country. Unchecked and unfettered gun violence...Do you feel safe tonight? There's another fact that we need to face -- every single one of us is just playing the odds at this point.”
Really? So, we're unsafe because we can arm ourselves? No, Don -- we would be less safe if we had no means of personal protection.
Next, the leftist pundit puzzlingly invoked the mathematics of the situation:
"The odds that in a country of 325 million souls that we won't be the ones who get hit by the next bullets that start flying. We won't be the one that gets that phone call about someone you love who did. Your son, your daughter, your brother, your sister, your spouse, or your parent, even a friend. Anyone you know. The phone call that changes your life. But with every deadly shooting in this country, the odds get worse and worse and worse."
Since Lemon's anti-gun reaction was -- as par for the course with the Left -- to a mass shooting:
Depending on one's definition of "mass shooting" two such incidents occurred in 2017: the murder of congregants in a Texas church, and the Las Vegas massacre at a country music festival. The death toll for those horrible incidents combined was 84. Therefore, 84 out of 325 million people were killed in mass shootings during that year. In 2016, 82 people were attacked by sharks. Does Lemon believe it's only a matter of time before we're all bitten? He surely must. And, according to him, bizarrely, the odds are against us:
“Are you really willing to keep playing those odds? Your life is too precious for that. The lives of our loved ones are too precious. The lives of the people in our cities and towns are too precious. Have we forgotten that life is a gift?"
Lemon's hysterics continued:
"This is what we are right now. But is this really who we want to be? A country where anybody, at any time, could be shot to death?”
Anyone at any time could be shot to death? If Lemon is right, then we should all exercise our right to pack some heat: according to him, armed mass murderers are coming for us. His fear mongering rant seemed to be aimed at driving people to gun stores as soon as possible. And don't forget to wear your firearm in the ocean: Jaws is coming for you, too.
Lemon was right about one thing, in his opening statement on the topic: "This is a sickness that has infected the country." The murderous desire to kill innocent people is indeed sick, and it reflects a lack of respect for life, in a culture that seems to increasingly devalue human life. If Lemon wants to find the source of such an illness, given his side's favor of euthanasia and abortion, perhaps he should look to the Left.