‘Your Dead Kids Don’t Trump My Constitutional Rights’

What a heartless, stupid man. Maybe I’m alone in struggling to keep the ‘mind and heart of Christ’ when reading things like this… if so, pray for me.

Samuel Wurzelbacher, better known as Joe the Plumber, insisted the deaths of innocent people “don’t trump” his constitutional rights in an open letter to the families of victims in Friday’s shooting rampage near the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Wurzelbacher’s letter was published on Barbwire Monday, days after one shooting victim’s father blamed “craven, irresponsible politicians” and the National Rifle Association for his son’s death.

Wurzelbacher said the words of Richard Martinez, whose son Christopher Martinez was a victim in Friday’s incident, “will be exploited by gun-grab extremists as are all tragedies involving gun violence and the mentally ill by the anti-Second Amendment Left.” The former Congressional candidate told Martinez to “back off.”

Wurzelbacher said his letter is directed “only to the families of the gunshot victims in Santa Barbara” and not to the families of three who were stabbed ahead of the shooting spree.

“I am sorry you lost your child. I myself have a son and daughter and the one thing I never want to go through, is what you are going through now. But: As harsh as this sounds — your dead kids don’t trump my Constitutional rights,” Wurzelbacher wrote.

Joe The Plumber: ‘Your Dead Kids Don’t Trump My Constitutional Rights’ To Have Guns


8 comments on “‘Your Dead Kids Don’t Trump My Constitutional Rights’

  1. I can understand why you feel this way but Mr. Wurzelbacher was responding to this quote from Richard Martinez, whose son was a victim.

    “I don’t care about your sympathy. I don’t give a s— that you feel sorry for me,” Richard Martinez said during an extensive interview, his face flushed as tears rolled down his face. “Get to work and do something. I’ll tell the president the same thing if he calls me. Getting a call from a politician doesn’t impress me.” Saying “we are all to blame” for the death of his 20-year-old son, Martinez urged the public to join him in demanding “immediate action” from members of Congress and President Barack Obama to curb gun violence by passing stricter gun-control laws.

    Feelings are obviously raw in the immediate aftermath of an event like this but Mr. Martinez was the first to politicize his son’s death. For the record, the shooter purchased his guns legally. He even waited the required waiting period.

    I think the fact that he had been under psychiatric care since the age of 8 and probably on a multitude of psychotropic drugs had more to do with this than gun laws. It should also be noted that he stabbed his first three victims so I suppose Congress should get to work on knife control as well.

    • The entire incident was tragic. And these type of horrible senseless crimes seem to be escalating Steve. Even here locally where i live. A few friends and i were just discussing this over Memorial day.

      I saw Mr. Martinez on TV and heard his statement..and i understood like most normal people would, he was speaking primarily from deep pain and anger at the loss of his child. Frankly, i don’t know how i would have reacted, if in his shoes. I don’t think any of us do. But Joe the Plumber’s statement was not coming from a broken heart. It was callous, ignorant, and self-serving. And unnecessary.

      These type of comments and the people who make them, have become commonplace in today’s world. They, above all other “signs” (if you can call them signs) show where we are as a people and what this world has become. I struggle with this, even knowing ‘these things must be’.

  2. many Americans will not even entertain the thought of stricter gun control. Many are against background checks for violence and mental disorders. If there had never been a 2nd amendment and in 2014 guns were unleashed on the culture with the results being the same there would be marching in the streets to remove them. As it is America’s fascination with guns continues to be pathological.

    • There is a fascination with guns…you’re sure right Henry. Sometime over the last couple days i saw a piece on our local news concerning the rise in gun sales over the past 6 years. It was astounding. It almost appears that every time some horrible murder spree happens, instead of people seeing this points to the need for “some type” of stricter gun control, they see it as a reason to run out and buy more guns. I don’t get the impression listening to those who are doing this, it’s because they fear for there lives as much as they fear “the latest spree” may cause congress to actually do something one day.

  3. While gun sales rise, homicides by guns continue to drop (about half of the rate it was in 1980). Clearly there is a disconnect between the availability of guns and murders by guns.

    Has humanity ever been faced with so much glorification of violence as it faces today?Commercials on TV (most often during prime time for kids) show graphic violence and draw people to even more violent games and shows. What happens to some minds as divorce rates rise, materialism rises, the rates of children being raised in fatherless homes rises, hedonism rises and people become more self-centered? Quite naturally these events will rise. It’s easy to remain focused on guns when none of us want to admit how incredibly deviant and toxic our culture has become and how much worse it’s becoming. Each of us has contributed something to the decline of our nations immorality.

    BTW suicide rates are rising and most gun deaths are suicides, again that’s a cultural issue not caused by guns. Suicides by gun are rising while homicides are dropping. Does anyone really believe that a person who is determined to end their live will stop if they can’t get a gun? Taking away our guns will not stop suicides, only love will.

    I see why people buy more guns. These sprees cause a sense of insecurity. We know the police or government will not and are not able to protect us from criminals. More and more we feel threatened by the government itself. The moves against guns, while homicides rates by guns drop while ownership rises, increases the sense that our government is being driven by irrational thinking and emotional responses (whether or not that sense is well founded is not my point, I understand the emotions). In school we all felt violated when the teacher punished us and took away our privileges because one person did something stupid. Gun owners feel the same today, our God given right (yes it was God who put those leaders to in place to write our constitution) to own guns is being threatened because an incredibly small percentage of the population did something that was against the law in the first place. Also, it’s frightening that many of the conspiracy theories of the 80’s and 90’s are being shown to be either true or not so far fetched today. This overwhelming sense of helplessness causes us to do something to feel protected. That may seem irrational to you but not to others, just as your emotional responses seem irrational to others but not to you.

    Let’s also not overlook the intentional dishonesty of the media in reporting this crime Which adds to the mindset of the gun owner.). The headlines read “Suspected California Gunman Identified as Son of Movie Director” or “Dad of California killing spree victim meets with dad of …” We are manipulated into overlooking or downplaying the fact that this murdered also killed three with a knife and attempted his car on 4 others. Take note that this killer was a victim of the very forces I described earlier.

    I believe Satan is very clever in the way he diverts attention away from what he has caused in this world and focuses it toward guns. Our sin is the cause of these sprees and the gospel is the cure, not government.

    • I believe the bottom line Steve, is lawlessness is increasing, and we are witnessing the rise.

  4. “That may seem irrational to you but not to others, just as your emotional responses seem irrational to others but not to you.”

    I didn’t do a very good job there, I made the views of those who don’t agree with me less important and valid than my own views. I apologize for that. I’m trying to overcome that part of the “old man” that is still in me, through prayer. The “old man” doesn’t go away as easily or quickly as I would like.

    • Know what you mean about the old man Steve. We can believe he is dead and buried, when suddenly he ‘pops up’ out of the grave. Even after almost 35 years, i still forget the flesh (the old man) must be crucified daily.

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