BELLEVUE, WA – The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms has just identified the “assault weapon” gun banners don’t want to ban, but when it comes to mayhem, this one has quite a body count to its credit, including eight people killed Sunday at a bus stop in Brownsville, Texas.
A man identified as George Alvarez drove a motor vehicle into a crowd of pedestrians outside a migrant center in Brownsville, killing eight and injuring ten other people, say published reports. The suspect has been charged with eight counts of manslaughter and 10 counts of “aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.”
“Brownsville was just the latest outrage which proves people intent on mass murder and mayhem don’t always use firearms,” said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb, “but in none of these cases has anyone ever tried to blame, and then ban, motor vehicles. Yet, the victims are just as dead.”
Gottlieb pointed to other cases of mass murder, but each time, the perpetrator was held responsible. Their choice of weapon was never demonized in the media the same way firearms have been singled out.
“Remember the six people murdered by Darrell E. Brooks when he drove an SUV through the annual Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin in 2021,” Gottlieb noted. “Sixty-two other people were injured in that rampage.
“Eight people were killed on a New York City bike path in 2017 when an Islamic extremist deliberately ran them down with a rented pickup truck,” he continued. “The driver was punished, not every truck owner in America.
“Who can forget the 2016 mass murder in Nice, France when a man drove a large truck into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day,” Gottlieb recalled. “He killed 84 people and injured hundreds more.
“The charges in Brownsville properly identify the vehicle as a deadly weapon,” Gottlieb said, “but neither Joe Biden or his colleagues on Capitol Hill are screaming to ban cars or trucks, which aren’t protected by the Constitution and never have been. Firearms, on the other hand, are specifically protected, and they know it.
“The double standard at work here is staggering, and it underscores what we’ve been saying all along,” he observed. “It’s not the tool, but the person using it. Penalizing people who didn’t commit any crime, and banning guns that weren’t involved might be good for a headline, but it doesn’t accomplish anything.”