Just a few short hours after a lone gunman opened fire killing nine people in an historic South Carolina church, President Obama took to the airways to politicize the tragedy.
Predictably, after paying lip service to the victims and those in mourning in his now familiar community organizer fashion, the president wasted no time warping the heinous tragedy into a call for more gun control.
We don’t have all the facts, but we do know that once again innocent people were killed in part because someone who wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting their hands on a gun.
See? It’s the guns, guns, guns that are the problem here. If only the bad guy had not gotten a gun. Oh wait…he did get a gun and legally as far as we know. Well, if only the church had been a gun-free zone then these nine would still be alive. Oh wait…it was a gun-free zone. Only the bad guy had a gun, not the nine law-abiding innocent citizens.
Now is the time for mourning and healing, but let’s be clear…
Read, “Forget what I just said. Here’s what I really mean…”
…at some point we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries.
Really? Mass violence is strictly an American phenomenon, Mr. President, really? Have you by any chance heard of the Holocaust? What about the mass atrocities of the Khmer Rouge? What about summer camp shootings in Norway? What about school sieges in Russia? What about school shootings in Pakistan? What about knife attacks in China? What about knife attacks in Great Britain? What about bombings in the UK and London? What about mass shootings in Canada?
You see, Mr. President. Mass violence does happen in other countries and it is frequent. And by the way, did you notice it doesn’t even take a gun to happen? No, weapons like knives, machetes, gas, bombs, buses, trucks, and even airplanes will work just fine. Need I go on here? Really.
It doesn’t happen in other places with this kind of frequency and it is in our power to do something about it…but it’d be wrong for us not to acknowledge it.
Acknowledge it? You know what I acknowledge, Mr. President? I acknowledge that nine innocent Christians were gunned down in cold blood by an obviously sick and demented young man in a gun-free zone otherwise known as a church. I acknowledge that they were killed in part because of your liberal gun control policies. If even one of the nine victims in that church had had a gun, the outcome would likely have been much, much different.
At some point it’s going to be important for the American people to come to grips with and for us to shift how we think about the issue of gun violence collectively.
Read, “Soon I’m going to use my pen and my phone to create more gun-grabbing gun control laws because only I know what’s best for the American people even if they and the Constitution do not.”
This is not the first time black churches have been attacked and we know hatred across races and faiths pose a particular threat to our democracy and our ideals.
Hatred? You mean like the hatred ISIS has for Christians, Mr. President? What about the threat Islamic extremists pose to our democracy and ideals? We can all rest easy knowing the nine Christians shot yesterday in South Carolina are being consoled by the thousands upon thousands of slaughtered Jews and beheaded Christians you have done nothing to help in the Middle East and Northern Africa. Surely these acts of mass violence are threats to our democracy and ideals as well, are they not Mr. President?
Truly, the fact that President Obama effortlessly warped this tragedy into an opportunity to gun-grab is disgusting and despicable, but sadly not unexpected. What all his moral preening and misplaced righteous indignation fails to comprehend is that if a person like this young man has his heart poisoned by hatred and his head twisted by mental illness, no laws will keep him from inflicting harm on others be it with a gun or any other available weapon.
President Obama should be ashamed of himself for using the victims and the grief of their families and community to further his gun-grabbing agenda, however, never one to let the death of Americans or mourning get him down, the president quickly jetted off to California for multiple fundraisers, speeches, interviews, and rounds of golf immediately after making his statement about the shooting; tragically, as expected.
Video source: White House YouTube