As much as those on the left try to make suspected D.C. Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis fit into the template of a right-wing gun nut, the evidence continues to confound them at every turn. According to one of his friends, the now-deceased gunman was more aligned with the progressive cause.
In an interview on CNN, Michael Ritrovato described Alexis as “more of a liberal type,” adding he was on board with Obama’s agenda. Ritrovato, a self-described conservative, said the two were close despite ideological differences.
Alexis “was more happy with this administration” than during George W. Bush’s two terms, he noted.
Though this revelation might come as a surprise to those who feel only right-wingers are capable of mass murder, the real shocker is that CNN allowed Ritrovato’s comments to air unedited.
Describing the man he knew as “good-natured” and “like a brother,” Ritrovato said he never imagined Alexis was capable of something so heinous. While talking heads scramble to rationalize his behavior or place blame on some nebulous bogeyman, Ritrovato said the only possible warning sign he could recall was Alexis’ affinity for violent video games.
His insight illustrates the fact that there are not always clear cut indicators of an individual’s propensity to commit random acts of violence. While leftists such as Piers Morgan hope to eradicate shootings through the prohibition of all firearms, conservatives understand that evil exists with or without legalized weaponry.
The only way to continue perpetuating a radical gun control agenda involves denying reality. None of the regulations supported by modern-day gun-grabbers would have prevented this tragedy. Even the full restriction of civilian gun ownership would have scarcely slowed his murderous plan, considering at least two of the weapons used were reportedly taken from authorized personnel on a military base.
What the left considers a panacea would result instead in a criminal element unencumbered by the possibility of retaliation. A potential murderer’s fear for his or her own life can serve as a powerful deterrent.
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