Following the arrest of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, national news outlets switched from speculating about the injured teen’s whereabouts to speculating about the environmental pressures that played a role in fueling his actions. The latest organization to jump on the insanity bandwagon is The Family Research Council, who now believes Massachusetts’ “sexual liberalism” and “family breakdown” are to blame.
In a letter posted to the organization’s blog, the FRC celebrated Wednesday’s Senate filibuster of a bill that called for more rigid background checks for gun sales, claiming the legislation could not have stopped the Boston Marathon bombing or the tragic mass murder in Newtown in December.
FRC President Tony Perkins claims strict gun control is the government’s natural jerk reaction to any tragedy, and the real issues at the heart of the matter are “the government’s own hostility to the institution of the family,” encouraged by “abortion, family breakdown, sexual liberalism, or religious hostility.”
From the open letter:
In the aftermath of horrible tragedies like Newtown, the government desperately wants to do something–even if that something is the wrong thing. There seems to be this notion, at least among liberals, that more laws will protect us–but as we all witnessed in Boston, that isn’t necessarily the case. The government can’t make us safer until it recognizes that the problem isn’t the instruments of violence–but the environment of it. Stronger background checks wouldn’t have prevented the deaths of three people at the finish line on Monday, any more than it would have stopped Floyd Corkins from walking into our lobby and shooting Leo Johnson.
If Congress wants to stop these tragedies, then it has to address the government’s own hostility to the institution of the family and organizations that can address the real problem: the human heart. As I’ve said before, America doesn’t need gun control, it needs self-control. And a Congress that actively discourages it–through abortion, family breakdown, sexual liberalism, or religious hostility–is only compounding the problem.
There’s nothing quite as and despicable as using a national tragedy to advance your extremist ideals. Trés douche, Tony! You look fabulous in our fancy ribbon of shame.