Waco shooting about crime — not racism, sexism, and gun control

James Heiser, writing for The New American, broke down some fallacies in the reporting of the Waco shootings. He reports:

The stunning violence that erupted last weekend between rival biker gangs at a restaurant in Waco, Texas, has proven once again that almost any tragedy may be subject to politicization by various left-wing special interest groups.

Nine of the individuals involved in the shooting have died, and over 170 have been arrested on a variety of charges. According to media accounts, most have been charged with felonies stemming from the classification of the shooting as organized criminal activity, raising the question of how many of those who have been so charged may face a charge of capital murder.

The scale of the incident seems horrific enough, but the May 17 shooting has become a left-wing Rorschach Test, with one writer after another seeing the events that took place at the Twin Peaks restaurant as “proof” to substantiate their particular hot button issue. Thus, for example, the Houston Chronicle saw the incident as one more opportunity to editorialize on a point that has been infuriating opponents of Second Amendment liberties for months: the looming passage of “open carry” legislation in the Texas legislature.

He references a recently published editorial on the shootout, which presents a hypothetical scenario, apparently to using Waco to hurt the passage of open-carry legislation. You can read the full editorial from the Houston Chronicle by clicking here.

As Heiser correctly notes in response, though,

What would have happened to innocent bystanders left to fend for themselves as time dragged on with no means of defending themselves? Second, what about concealed carry permit holders? What the Chronicle is actually calling for is a ban on all legal carry — open or concealed — because precisely the same fictional scenario applies in the case of a concealed carry permit holder who defends himself…..The Waco story is a crime story, and it is a story that will weigh down the court system in that city long after the pundits have turned their attention elsewhere.

Read Heiser’s full story at The New American.