Anti-gunners, including President Barack Obama and several politicians, moved swiftly Sunday and Monday to exploit the massacre in Orlando by a home-grown terrorist who appears to have been at least inspired by ISIS.
Obama grabbed the opportunity to tell reporters at the White House, “This massacre is therefore a further reminder of how easy it is for someone to get their hands on a weapon that lets them shoot people in a school, or a house of worship, or a movie theater, or a nightclub. And we have to decide if that’s the kind of country that we want to be.”
Then perennial anti-gun Sen. Dick Durbin, the Illinois Democrat who hasn’t figured out that strict gun control has not been able to stem the violence in Chicago, played the guilt card in remarks Sunday to Reuters.
“The bottom line is that we allow dangerous people to buy guns in America and that has got to change,” Durbin asserted. “In the coming days, Congress must take a stand against hate, terrorism, and this horrific gun violence.”
He reportedly told Reuters that if Congress does not pass new gun control measures, his colleagues on Capitol Hill will be “complicit in the next killing.”
Hillary Clinton, stumping in Ohio Monday, said that this is not the time for politics, and immediately went political about gun control. On Sunday, quoted by The Hill, Clinton seemed to begrudgingly acknowledge that, “Yes, there is a right for law-abiding, responsible Americans to own guns. And yes, there are reasonable common-sense measures to try to keep people safe from guns. We’ve got to figure out the best way to move forward on that.”
None of these people used the term “Islamic terrorism.” The president seemed to strain but he did call Orlando an act of terrorism.
Only Republican Sen. Ted Cruz seemed to put things in perspective with a statement yesterday that seemed to pin down the anti-gunners.
“The next few days will be sadly predictable,” Cruz said. “Democrats will try to use this attack to change the subject… And they will try to exploit this terror attack to undermine the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms of law-abiding Americans.”
But in the blame game, it is guns, not terrorists, that are in the liberal crosshairs. Already, the gun prohibition lobby is pushing gun control schemes, including the Seattle-based Alliance for Gun Responsibility. They’ve got an initiative in the works for which they are gathering signatures. They’re contending that passing this measure will somehow reduce the violence, but how that has any remote connection to stopping an act of terrorism is not really clear.
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