The Family Research Council celebrated the defeat of gun control legislation that would have instituted mandatory background checks for most gun purchases in Congress Thursday, just hours before an ongoing and massive manhunt was initiated in search of Dhokhtar Tsarnaev, a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing that killed three people and wounded dozens on Monday.
Tsarnaev, along with his brother Tamerlan, is reported to have killed an MIT police officer yesterday night, as well as have wounded a MBTA officer pursuing them from the scene. Tamerlan is reported dead following a shootout with authorities.
Dhokhtar remains on the run. He is rumored to be heavily armed and may be in possession of explosives.
Just hours before, guess what the FRC, a notorious socially conservative advocacy lobbying firm often described as a hate group, decided to do? Gloat over the defear of gun control legislation, and blame the unfolding tragedy on "sexual liberalism."
Read their statement here or below:
In the aftermath of horrible tragedies like Newtown, the government desperately wants to do something – even if that something is the wrong thing. There seems to be this notion, at least among liberals, that more laws will protect us – but as we all witnessed in Boston, that isn’t necessarily the case. The government can’t make us safer until it recognizes that the problem isn’t the instruments of violence – but the environment of it. Stronger background checks wouldn’t have prevented the deaths of three people at the finish line on Monday, any more than it would have stopped Floyd Corkins from walking into our lobby and shooting Leo Johnson.
If Congress wants to stop these tragedies, then it has to address the government’s own hostility to the institution of the family and organizations that can address the real problem: the human heart. As I’ve said before, America doesn’t need gun control, it needs self-control. And a Congress that actively discourages it – through abortion, family breakdown, sexual liberalism, or religious hostility – is only compounding the problem.