Golfer Bob Estes blamed a near mass shooting in Garland, Texas on the 2nd Amendment. An anti-Islam event in Garland, Texas drew fire from a couple of Muslims who were offended by the “blasphemous” event that ridiculed the prophet Mohammad with cartoons. The two Muslims who opened fire outside the building were shot and killed by security officers. The gunshot wounds that the security personnel sustained were not life-threatening. The Daily Caller reported on the event:
Sunday’s event was hosted by the American Freedom Defense Initiative, a group led by Islam critic Pamela Geller. [Dutch Lawmaker Geert] Wilders, who is head of the Party for Freedom, tweeted after the shooting that he had just left the venue.
Wilders and Geller presented a $12,500 check to Bosch Fawstin, the winner of the American Freedom Defense Initiative’s first inaugural “Draw the Prophet” contest.
Geller’s group developed the idea of the Muhammad Art Exhibit as a response to the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris earlier this year.
Just as this event was ending, shots were fired, and the security officers quickly neutralized the threat. Unlike in France, people here in the U.S. have guns. As a result, the only people who died were the criminals themselves. Everyone else was fine.
It seems that this sort of incident would offer even more support for the 2nd Amendment, but leave it to professional golfer Bob Estes to blame this entire thing on the 2nd Amendment:
PGA Tour golfer Bob Estes tweeted in response to the shooting outside a Garland, Texas “Draw Mohammad” event Sunday night that “Muslims may decide to exercise their [Second Amendment] rights” when others exercise their First Amendment rights.
“If you feel the need to mock Muhammad in a cartoon, just realize that Muslims may decide to exercise their #2A rights on you #truth #WWJD,” Estes tweeted, using the popular hashtags for “Second Amendment” and “What would Jesus do.”
Those comments of course drew quite a bit of criticism, prompting Estes to backpedal and apologize for bringing up the 2nd Amendment. He said people were missing his point, and that what he really meant was that if you choose to mock the prophet Mohammad, you can do that, but you can’t control how Muslims will react.
I think the way things turned out in Garland couldn’t have gone much better. Just imagine if citizens, security personnel, and police weren’t allowed to own guns. These two guys could have done a ton of damage. It could have been labeled a “mass shooting,” even a terrorist attack, and it would have provided the national media with a story they’d cover over the next year, and which would most definitely be used to enforce more gun control by the political establishment. But because here in America and especially in Texas where gun ownership is as high as it is, not much happened. And the only people who died were the ones who tried to wreak as much havoc as possible. They didn’t get very far.