McAuliffe’s ‘Man Up’ Dismissal of Parker Threat Arrogant and Hypocritical
“Come on, Bill, you’re tougher than that,” Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe chastised Republican Sen. William M. Stanley during a radio appearance. “Man up. Come on. This is ridiculous.”
He was responding to reports Stanley had obtained a concealed carry permit and filed a police report after being threatened online by former Democrat House of Delegates candidate Andy Parker, father of the TV journalist slain on camera by a former TV newsman co-worker / gay prostitute / Obama supporter.
“Listen, if I called the police every time someone went online and said much worse than ‘I’m going to be your worst nightmare,’ I would spend 24/7 on the phone calling the police,” McAuliffe explained, unable to resist lying about something that can be easily fact-checked by those who care to try. But he was relying on the “progressive” lynch mob mentality to demand stringing up his enemies based on whatever accusations he threw out there. If nothing else, the man knows his constituents.
Because that’s not why Stanley filed a police report. He did so because, after repeated harassment on Facebook following the announcement of an NRA endorsement, Parker threatened him:
“WHEN YOU SEE ME AGAIN, YOU BEST WALK THE OTHER WAY LEST I BEAT YOUR LITTLE @$$ WITH MY BARE HANDS.”
That differs from merely wishing someone harm. It’s coming from someone with means, motive and opportunity, requisites for a crime to take place. And importantly, beatings are crimes that pose a significant lethal threat:
According to the FBI you are TWICE as likely to be beaten to death by someone using their hands or feet than you are being killed by a rifle.
This business of “manning up” and duking it out with assailants may make for good film action scenes, but real fights almost never look like the fictional ones, victims stand a good chance of being seriously injured, maimed for life or killed, and no one is under any obligation to go mano a mano simply because Terry McAuliffe wants to employ Alinsky Rule 5 ridicule to gain a political advantage. If someone comes at you and you can’t get out of it, my “Any chair in a bar fight” rule — or lack of rules — comes into play, and your opponent is asking for whatever it takes to stop him.
Besides, Parker has already gone on record saying he was thinking about buying a gun. Curiously, he cited a fear that gun owners meant him physical harm without providing any evidence of a credible threat for police to investigate. Funny, how McAuliffe didn’t disparage that and tell him to man up…
On top of that, filing a report is a smart legal move on Stanley’s part. He has now created a police record of a threat, so if he is forced to defend himself, that ought to go far in clearing him of criminal wrongdoing and relieving him of civil liability.
For his part, Parker has since “apologized for [his] words,” illustrating how someone who would see everyone else controlled can’t — or won’t — control himself. It’s natural to be sympathetic to a human being whose life has been shattered by a permanent, soul-shredding grief most of us will never be able to imagine, but that cannot shield him from repercussions for the irrational hatred and accusations he is now directing toward gun owners. Regardless of what drives him, he doesn’t get any more of a pass than any other monopoly of violence fanatic should get. As such, he merits the same “No — your move” response we’d give to any other coercive control freak who feels like getting froggy, generally by proxy, and by putting others at risk.
Stanley actually proved to be the most considerate and humane of all the players in terms of what he wants for Parker, urging McAuliffe & Co. to stop exploiting the man’s grief and using him “as a ‘pawn’ in the push for gun control.” Instead he advises to help with healing instead of agitating.
As for McAuliffe, he packed another easily-discernible lie in his indictment of Stanley, when he talked about calling the police on the phone. The guy doesn’t have to — he’s got 24/7 taxpayer-funded armed bodyguard protectors who even accompany him to anti-gun events in DC, where “authorities” are the “Only Ones” carrying firearms. What do you think they’d do if you threatened to assault one of them, or the “little @$$” they’re protecting?
Jeez, Terry, man up.