The White House didn’t wait an hour before using the murders committed by Vester Flanagan in Virginia as an excuse to push for gun control. Josh Earnest began his press conference with this soliloquy:
The precise details of that incident continue to be under investigation.
At the time Earnest was speaking, little was known about the murderer, and nothing about how he acquired the firearm used to commit the murders. But the facts make no difference, so why wait for them?
But as you’ve heard me say in the past: This is another example of gun violence that has becoming all-too-common in communities large and small.
Violent crime, and homicide in particular, has been cut by approximately half since the mid-1990s, a time that coincides with liberalized gun laws in many states and more widespread ownership of handguns. Why do gun control advocates never acknowledge these basic facts?
And while there is no piece of legislation that can end all violence in this country, there are some common sense things that only Congress can do that we know will have a tangible impact on reducing gun violence in this country.
Liberals are always calling for “common sense” gun control measures. But what are they? Josh Earnest isn’t telling us. And since we don’t know what these laws are, how do we “know [they] will have a tangible impact on reducing gun violence”?
And Congress could take those steps…
…in a way that will not infringe on the Constitutional rights of law-abiding Americans. And the president has long advocated Congress taking those steps, and the president continues to feel they should do so.
The president has long advocated that Congress ban cosmetically scary semiautomatic rifles, which are almost never used to commit crimes and were not used in this instance. What else do Barack Obama and Josh Earnest have in mind? Don’t hold your breath waiting for any constructive ideas. This is all just political opportunism.
Here is the video:
One thing we have learned is that some murders are important and others aren’t. White policeman kills black person: important! Black person kills white policeman: unimportant. White lunatic kills black people in South Carolina: important! Gay black lunatic kills white people in Virginia: something tells me this one is going in the “unimportant” column. It doesn’t advance the narrative. Except, of course, the gun control narrative.
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