There’s one line from today’s open letter by Joe “The Plumber” Wurzelbacher to the parents of Elliot Rodger’s victims that’s grabbing all the attention today: “your dead kids don’t trump my Constitutional rights.”

Sound harsh? Wurzelbacher himself prefaces the remark by saying “As harsh as this sounds.” “I am sorry you lost your child,” he writes. “I myself have a son and daughter and the one thing I never want to go through, is what you are going through now.”

So why write an open letter in the first place? Wurzelbacher cites Richard Martinez, father of one of Rodger’s victims, and his comments to the press that “craven, irresponsible politicians and the NRA” were to blame for Rodger’s killing spree. Wurzelbacher claims that remarks like that one “will be exploited by gun-grab extremists as are all tragedies involving gun violence and the mentally ill by the anti-Second Amendment Left.” He continues:

Mr. Martinez and anyone calling for more restrictions on American’s rights need to back off and stop playing into the hands of the folks who merely capitalize on these horrific events for their own political ends.

They don’t care about your family or your dead children at all. They sound like they do, whereas I sound uncaring and like I say, harsh. Don’t be fooled – I care about your family and mine. The future of our very liberty lies in the balance of this fight.

To soon? Too harsh? Many believe so.


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