After rising to national prominence during Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, Samuel Wurzelbacher became the public voice for millions of disillusioned Americans. Commonly referred to as Joe the Plumber, Wurzelbacher has remained a fixture among many conservative circles through speaking engagements, political activism, and a 2012 congressional campaign in Ohio.
He most recently made headlines after releasing an open letter this week in response to a recent shooting and stabbing spree in Santa Barbara, Calif. that left six students – and the suspect, Elliot Rodger – dead.
While Rodger’s father and Richard Martinez, whose son was killed in the rampage, have used the tragedy to call for stricter gun control legislation, Wurzelbacher called for a more reasoned approach.
“I myself have a son and daughter, and the one thing I never want to go through is what you are going through now,” he wrote. “But: As harsh as that sounds – your dead kids don’t trump my Constitutional rights.”
He went on to say that Martinez has every right to speak out against whomever he likes, noting there “are no critical words for a grieving father.”
The tragic consequences of Rodger’s actions, however, are compounded when gun-grabbers seize on such incidents of unexplainable violence to further their unconstitutional agenda.
Wurzelbacher concluded that “the words and images of Mr. Martinez blaming ‘the proliferation of guns,’ lobbyists, politicians, etc.” are sure to be used by “extremists as are all tragedies involving gun violence and the mentally ill by the anti-Second Amendment Left.”
As any father and compassionate human would recognize, Martinez is experiencing unfathomable agony as a result of one man’s reprehensible actions. Wurzelbacher’s letter included plenty of supportive words for the grieving father; however, he ended by reiterating the crux of his message.
“In conclusion, I cannot begin to imagine the pain you are going through, having had your child taken away from you,” he wrote. “However, any feelings you have toward my rights being taken away from me, lose those.”
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