Feds will seek death penalty in Pittsburgh attack; anti-gunners pounce

CBS News is reporting that federal prosecutors will seek the death penalty against the man accused of slaughtering 11 people in a Pittsburgh synagogue over the weekend, while anti-gunners wasted no time in pouncing on the opportunity to blast gun rights groups, and push a gun control initiative now on the ballot in Washington State.


Pittsburgh police cars block the streets around the synagogue where 11 people were murdered in an apparent hate crime Saturday. (YouTube, CBC)

Town Hall reported that prominent gun prohibitionist Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, was quick to attack the National Rifle Association via Twitter in the aftermath of the shooting. This correspondent would have seen that but we’ve been blocked by Watts from her Twitter feed.

President Donald Trump on Saturday suggested that if there had been armed security at the temple, the alleged killer might have been stopped from killing so many people.
In a tweet reported by Townhall, Watts asserted, “Soon, @NRA lapdogs will say that the Jewish Americans celebrating a bris in the basement of their Pittsburgh synagogue should have been armed. Shame them. Shun them.”

She also contended, according to Townhall, that, “The Second Amendment is a framework for lawmaking, not a suicide pact. Our lawmakers have the power to stop this.”

Second Amendment activists and scholars might disagree, explaining that the Second Amendment is actually a safeguard that prohibits government from disarming the populace via excessive regulation.

While some have tried to use the synagogue shooting as a launch pad for more criticism of the president, Rasmussen Reports said Monday that the daily presidential tracking poll shows Trump with a 50 percent approval rating from likely voters, heading into the final week before the midterm elections.

That upcoming election is weighing heavily on the minds of Second Amendment activists in Washington State, where the only gun control measure in the country is on the November ballot. Supporters of Initiative 1639 quickly sent an email blast Sunday trying to capitalize on the Pittsburgh tragedy to raise funds for their campaign, and to convince voters to pass their measure.

However, I-1639 has been, up to now, marketed as a school safety effort aimed at preventing young adults from buying or possessing so-called “semiautomatic assault rifles.” It would make it impossible for 18-to-20-year-olds to purchase any semi-auto rifle, even a .22-caliber target or small game hunting rifle.

But the Pittsburgh suspect is 46 years old. He has a clean criminal record, according to published reports.

As to whether the gun control lobby needs any money, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms issued a statement Friday criticizing the initiative backers for claiming poverty when they just received a $600,000 windfall from five wealthy donors. So far, the gun prohibitionists backing the measure have outspent grassroots Second Amendment activists 10-to-1, raising more than $5 million against approximately $500,000 raised by the gun rights groups.

CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb asserted that the I-1639 camp’s complaints about the money being raised to fight their initiative are “disingenuous, deceptive and dishonest. But, what else is new about anti-gunners?”


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