Dear Matzav Shmooze,
After every tragedy that is either gun or terror related, we can turn off our news apps for a few days, knowing exactly what we’re about to inundated with.
“This is why we need tighter immigration security,” Fox News will shout after a terrorist drives his van into pedestrians. “Gun control, gun control, gun control,” was CNN’s refrain following the most recent Texas shooting.
Invariably, the counter response from both sides will be to reprimand their opponent’s politicization of a tragedy. After time passes and the nation’s passion for change is cooled, they both settle into their old arguments.
Right wingers will say that while gun attacks happen, the issue is a minority of bad people who, if they wanted to carry out the attack, would have gotten the gun through illicit means anyways. Why let a few bad apples ruin it for everyone else who use the Second Amendment to protect their homes and families?
Meanwhile on the left, the argument is as follows: while terror attacks do happen, the issue is a minority of radicalised people, who could have smuggled their way into this country anyways. Why let a few bad apples ruin it for everyone else who makes their way to this country to find safety and prosperity for their families?
Does anyone else see the double standard from both sides? Yes there are other arguments from both sides (i.e Second Amendment was passed before the advent of assault weapons, immigrants aren’t a terror issue they are an economical burden etc.) but essentially both parties are saying that the majority of good outweighs the minority of deaths they cause. And each side gets mad when the other uses this argument, failing to recognize the similarities it holds to their own argument!
Are we all just hypocrites or is there something I’m not seeing?
But are both sides