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San Bernardino shooting: Man shoots holes in editorial that called for gun control; image goes viral

DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Dec 7, 2015, 12:23 am IST
Updated Mar 26, 2019, 8:17 pm IST
Even Barack Obama acknowledged that it was getting easy for dangerous people to get their hands on guns
The image was tweeted by the blogger
 The image was tweeted by the blogger

Washington: Following the San Bernardino Shooting, in the US, that left 14 people dead, the New York Times published a front page editorial regarding gun control and it has not gone down well with many. A blogger posted a picture of the New York Times editorial riddled with bullet holes in protest and it has taken Twitter by storm.

In his blog article titled "I shot holes in the New York Times Editorial" Erick Erickson said "The United States suffered its worst terrorist attacks since September 11 and the New York Times’ response is that all law-abiding citizens need their guns taken away. Screw them. The New York Times  wants you to be sitting ducks for a bunch of arms jihadists who the New York Times thinks no doubt got that way because of the United States."

Rallying support for his rant against the newspaper's stand, the blog post further said "It should be striking to every American citizen that the New York Times believes the nation should have unfettered abortion rights, a right not made explicit in the Constitution, but can have the Second Amendment right curtailed at will though it is explicitly in the Constitution."

 

"It is a moral outrage and national disgrace that civilians can legally purchase weapons designed to kill people with brutal speed and efficiency," the New York Times editorial article claimed, and blamed the politicians of abetting would-be killers by creating gun markets for them. 

US President Barack Obama also pushed for gun control laws as a remedy for the increasing number of shooting incidences, and may yet try to introduce by executive order. Such a move would prompt a political and legal storm in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election. 

 

"We know that the killers in San Bernardino used military-style assault weapons, weapons of war, to kill as many people as they could. It's another tragic reminder that here in America it's way too easy for dangerous people to get their hands on a gun.... Right now, people on the No-Fly list can walk into a store and buy a gun. That is insane... If you're too dangerous to board a plane, you're too dangerous, by definition, to buy a gun," Obama had said.

Officials have seized thousands of rounds of ammunition from the home of the couple, who were armed with assault rifles and handguns, all legally purchased. Republicans who vehemently oppose gun control measures have accused Obama of politicizing a tragedy that was the result of radicalism. 

 

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