Brent Welder is a popular and outspoken progressive candidate bidding for the Democratic nomination to face Kansas Third District Congressman Kevin Yoder in November.
The email from the Welder campaign blaming the NRA for the shooting deaths of two sheriff deputies in Kansas City, Kansas, has to be read to be believed. Hat tip to Tony’s Kansas City. Here goes:
“Our office in Wyandotte County was locked down because of a shooting a few blocks away at the courthouse.”
In this first paragraph, the Welder people establish that they too are victims, sort of like the kids at Parkland who did not get shot. This next sentence would make sense only if someone like, say, Nikolas Cruz had done the shooting:
“I’m grateful our staff and volunteers are safe, but two sheriff’s deputies were killed yesterday because someone who shouldn’t have had a gun had one.”
Reportedly, that “someone” took the gun from a professional who even the left entrusts with guns, a law enforcement officer.
After some palaver about other shootings, Welder shows his uncertain grasp of the Democratic mantra, “Never let a good crisis go to waste,” with a stunningly misguided attempt at crisis exploitation.
“This has got to stop. Click now to sign on to our petition calling for Rep. Kevin Yoder to stop taking NRA and gun lobby contributions. He may say nice things, but he won’t do anything as long as he is in the pocket of the NRA.”
According to early reports, two Wyandotte County sheriff’s deputies were in the process of transporting murder suspect Antoine Fielder from the county courthouse back to jail when Fielder managed to seize one of their guns and shoot both officers.
Deputies Patrick Rohrer, 35, and Theresa King, 44, died as a result of the shooting. Rohrer had served 7 years with the Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office and King 13 years.
Even if there were some useful point to be made about the shooting, the wise candidate would at least wait until after the officers were properly mourned and buried.
But not even by the most twisted progressive extrapolation can Welder reasonably lay this shooting on the NRA’s doorstep.