In a Surprise to No One, an Illinois Congressman Politicizes the Highland Park Tragedy – Opinion

Illinois Rep. Sean Casten (D-6th District) is edging out Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-16th District) for the world’s most obtuse Congressman.

That’s no easy feat.

Casten posted an incredible Twitter account just 48 hours after Highland Park’s shooting tragedy. threadThat goes on for 14 more tweets. Casten also needs to update his avatar with a more recent photo (vanity?).), Casten needs some lessons on actual gun laws—especially the ones in the district and the state he is supposed to be representing.

“Assault weapons,” what are they? It is obvious that gun control advocates are simply spouting talk points rather than understanding the meaning of terms. The City of Highland Park also has had a ban on “assault weapons” since 2014—so how exactly would an additional ban have kept the shooter, Robert “Bobby” Crimo II, from planning and executing this attack?

Inquiring minds desire to find out.

Casten goes on.

It is perfectly possible to prohibit anyone who has a history or domestic violence to ever own a gun.*

Illinois law already has this provision. Casten or the intern working for Casten might do some research prior to posing and signalling virtue.

It is wrong to disregard the 13 first words of the second amendment. Nor should we assume that anyone who isn’t in a properly-regulated militia doesn’t need a gun.*

Casten ignores the Supreme Court decision in less than two days. NYS Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen.

The Amendment “was not intended to lay down a novel principle but rather codified a right inherited from our English ancestors.” Id., at 599 (alterations and internal quotation marks omitted). After surveying English history dating from the late 1600s, along with American colonial views leading up to the founding, we found “no doubt, on the basis of both text and history, that the Second Amendment conferred an individual right to keep and bear arms.”

The “well-regulated militia” has nothing to do with the citizen’s Constitutional right, but Casten would like that not to be the case.

It is not a sin to conduct universal background checks.*

What part of Illinois’ 72-hour waiting period for a federal background check and a Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) to purchase a firearm does Casten not understand? I wonder which universe Casten is referring to when he says he wants “universal background checks?” Certainly not this one, where they already exist.

Gun manufacturers should be held civilly liable for injuries and fatalities that result from their guns.*

Again, there are more guns-control zealot talk points that do not mean anything. Rudy Guiliani (ex-New York AG) failed to succeed. You’re welcome.

There is no reason not to copy Australia’s success and institute a gun-buyback program to remove the number of guns in circulation.*

Since the government doesn’t own the guns, and never sold them to American citizens, how exactly is the government going to buy them back? Just look at the COVID lockdowns in Australia to see that arming Americans are going full throttle Molon LabeIf you do try it.

Again, we wish you all the best.

It is not unreasonable to establish comprehensive federal anti-guntrafficking laws.*

Newsflash, Congressman Casten, YOU and your fellow congressmen should address the problem of lack of enforcement at the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms). They are charged with dealing in trafficking. “Operation Fast and Furious” is still an unresolved stain on that bureau concerning guns that They trafficked. House cleaning should be done by Congress.

Once again, an intern who didn’t do his or her research.

There is no reason to allow people who’s job does not require them to kill people to have weapons of war.*

James Bond and the CIA aren’t the only ones who have this job. They are requiredIs it possible to murder people? That’s the stupidest statement I’ve seen lately. Bobby Crimo used a standard, semi-automatic, legal-issued rifle in his perverse act. Except for antique or bolt action rifles, all semi-automatic firearms can be used daily by law-abiding citizens to protect themselves (which could include killing), hunting and sport shooting. How is this a “weapon of war?”

Casten and Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering cannot explain this.

High-capacity magazines should not be restricted to civilians.*

Casten wants to pull a Gavin Newsom, but the back and forth on California’s high-capacity magazine ban should indicate to him that it’s not a hill he wants to die on.

There is no reason to limit ourselves to “thoughts and prayers” when our loved ones get shot.*

Such a trait reveals a lack of understanding and respect for the power that is found in prayers and thoughts. Highland Park is considered a religious community. Casten mocks Highland Park with this single statement. A few weeks ago, Casten’s 17-year-old daughter died in her sleep. You would expect someone with such an extreme loss to show compassion.

Casten may not be smart, so this would seem like a good move. This is apparently an essential requirement to be elected as a Democratic Senator.

This tragedy should not be politicized.*

Cook County and Lake County may be separated by a mere block, but daily deaths across Chi-raq (and elsewhere) in Cook County are ignored while Lake County’s is politicized.

Casten still has not yet provided an answer to that question and likely will never.

This is not a reason to be miserable.*

* Unless you think the most important thing to protect in America today is the filibuster. /fin

Now we get to the heart of Casten’s rant. Democrats see temper tantrums as the only way they can get their desired results, so scorched earth is the only option. They want the filibuster to be removed to continue to infringe on civil liberties. The real democratic process has been relegated to the last century.

Strangely, Casten sailed to a win in the Illinois primary against an AOC-backed challenger because he was supposed to be the “moderate” Democrat. He isn’t, this is a rant.

Now that Casten has outed himself, he’s going to need some “thoughts and prayers” if he plans to win in November. As Maya Angelou said, “When someone shows you who they are believe them the first time“!

Casten’s Republican challenger Keith Pakau (R-Orland Park) is the mayor of Orland Park, voted the eighth safest city in the nation. Pakau, a veteran who is running for office on a pro-citizen platform which includes fighting crime and energy insecurity and fighting inflation. These are the top issues on Americans’ minds according to polls. Pakau’s campaign slogan is, “People over politics,” and it is quite clear that Casten is playing politics.

If the people of Illinois’ 6th District are smart, they’ll take note of that. In the meantime, Casten’s impassioned thread is receiving the ratio it deserves:

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