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'Joe the Plumber': Your dead kids don’t trump my gun rights

Samuel J. Wurzelbacher, better known as “Joe the Plumber,” is back in the spotlight and has weighed in on the mass shooting near the University of California, Santa Barbara that left six dead and 13 wounded.

While he offered up his condolences to the victims in a letter published Tuesday on Barbwire, he made it clear that nothing is going to get in the way of his right to bear arms.

“I am sorry you lost your child. I myself have a son and daughter and the one thing I never want to go through, is what you are going through now,” wrote Wurzelbacher. “But: As harsh as this sounds – your dead kids don’t trump my Constitutional rights.”

Wurzelbacher singled out Richard Martinez, whose son Christopher was one of the six students killed. Martinez has twice sounded off on the National Rifle Association and politicians for failing to enact harsher gun laws after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Wurzelbacher’s response to Martinez:

“There are no critical words for a grieving father. He can say whatever he wants and blame whoever he’d like – it’s okay by me. You can’t take a step in his shoes – at least I can’t. But the words and images of Mr. Martinez blaming ‘the proliferation of guns’, lobbyists, politicians, etc.; will be exploited by gun-grab extremists as are all tragedies involving gun violence and the mentally ill by the anti-Second Amendment Left.”

Wurzelbacher also says “Mr. Martinez and anyone calling for more restrictions on American’s rights need to back off and stop playing into the hands of the folks who merely capitalize on these horrific events for their own political ends.”

Mr. Martinez and anyone calling for more restrictions on American’s rights need to back off and stop playing into the hands of the folks who merely capitalize on these horrific events for their own political ends.

Read more at http://barbwire.com/2014/05/27/open-letter-parents-victims-murdered-elliot-rodger/#CqT4K4j3CTfQo9eB.99Mr. Martinez and anyone calling for more restrictions on American’s rights need to back off and stop playing into the hands of the folks who merely capitalize on these horrific events for their own political ends.

Read more at http://barbwire.com/2014/05/27/open-letter-parents-victims-murdered-elliot-rodger/#CqT4K4j3CTfQo9eB.99h/t: Talking Points Memo