President Barack Obama moved quickly to politicize the tragic shooting Thursday at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College, where it now appears there were nine victims, and the gunman is also dead from police gunfire.
The president essentially threw gasoline on a fire, asserting erroneously that places with tough gun laws have lower violent crime levels. Pro-gun-rights critics were quick to take him on, and take his comments apart.
Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly challenged the president’s statements. In comments that may be watched here, O’Reilly noted Obama’s selective outrage because the president routinely ignores the carnage in Chicago, his adopted hometown. In the process, he demolished the president’s assertion that places with the toughest gun laws have the lowest violent crime rates.
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“Obama dispensed with any pretense of accommodating his critics, rebutting predicted responses in unusually blunt terms,” the Seattle Times reported. “He noted that even as he spoke, he knew counterarguments were being prepared: that what was needed was more guns, or fewer restrictions.”
Then the president asked, “Does anybody really believe that?” As KVI-AM morning talk host John Carlson put it at 7:44 a.m. Friday, “Does anyone really believe you, Mr. President?”
The president has taken a page out of the proverbial “gun control playbook,” which actually exists. Indeed, in the book “Dancing in Blood: Exposing the Gun Ban Lobby’s Playbook to Destroy Your Rights,” co-authored by Bellevue gun rights advocate Alan Gottlieb last year, it is revealed there is more than one “how-to” guide for gun prohibitionists that tells how to exploit tragedies to push the gun control agenda.
Obama is not the only one to exploit Thursday’s tragedy.
Everytown for Gun Safety quickly jumped into action, sending out a mass e-mail over the signature of Anneliese Davis, Oregon chapter leader of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. Her message read, in part, “My blood is boiling. My frustration is deep. But what I’m feeling doesn’t even come close to what the friends and families of the victims and survivors are experiencing right now.”
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