As the active shooter situation continues in San Bernardino, California, the thoughts and prayers of many Americans are with those who are confronting this evil and with the victims and families of the victims of the shooting.
As is often the case, at this early stage, we know little about the facts surrounding the shooting.
As is also often the case, however, liberals who crusade for civilian disarmament have raced to capitalize upon this tragedy to further their unconstitutional agenda and call for increased anti-Second Amendment measures to be enacted (or unconstitutionally created via executive orders).
Offering a link to the reliably-liberal New York Times, Democrat 2016 presidential contender Hillary Clinton tweeted during the bloodbath, “I refuse to accept this as normal. We must take action to stop gun violence now.”
She, of course, neglected to mention that California maintains some of the strictest anti-gun laws in the nation and that the shooting occurred in a “gun-free” zone.
Democrat 2016 presidential candidate and former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley echoed the sentiments and in a tweet, dutifully parroted the anti-NRA mantra beloved by dogmatic liberals: “Horrifying news out of #SanBernardino. Enough is enough: it’s time to stand up to the @NRA and enact meaningful gun safety laws.”
Bernie Sanders refused to be outdone by his fellow candidates and chimed in with a tweet: “Mass shootings are becoming an almost-everyday occurrence in this country. This sickening and senseless gun violence must stop.”
Barack Obama maintained his standard go-to response to tragedies like this and told a reporter,
“There are steps we can take to make Americans safer. We should never think this is something that just happens in the normal course of events.”
Obama also claimed that the pattern of shootings in the U.S. “has no parallel anywhere else in the world.”
Because Mexico, for example, even with strict anti-gun laws, remains a bastion of peace and serenity…
Obama was more-measured than usual in his eagerness to exploit tragedy. After the shooting at UCC in Roseburg, Oregon, as families tried to ascertain details about the victims, Obama took to the media to shamefully exploit the tragedy and proudly claimed that he intended to “politicize” these kinds of tragedies to further his unconstitutional, anti-Second Amendment agenda.
Though the adoring media did nothing to call-out Obama’s political vulturism, the president did receive substantial criticism from Roseburg citizens who created a PR nightmare when Roseburg residents repeatedly reminded Obama that they were not interested in hearing from him and that he was not welcome in the small town.
The Republican field, in comparison, utilized a more respectful tactic and offered condolences– you know, how civilized politicians used to act.
California shooting looks very bad. Good luck to law enforcement and God bless. This is when our police are so appreciated!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 2, 2015
Praying for the victims, their families & the San Bernardino first responders in the wake of this tragic shooting.
— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) December 2, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with the shooting victims and their families in San Bernardino.
— Dr. Ben Carson (@RealBenCarson) December 2, 2015
Praying for those impacted by the shooting in California today.
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) December 2, 2015
Praying for the victims and first responders in #SanBernardino for a quick resolution.
— George E. Pataki (@GovernorPataki) December 2, 2015
My thoughts & prayers go out to those impacted by the shooting in San Bernardino, especially the first responders. -John
— John Kasich (@JohnKasich) December 2, 2015
Praying for all those victimized by the shootings in San Bernardino, California today.
— Governor Christie (@GovChristie) December 2, 2015
Thoughts & prayers are with #SanBernardino
— Lindsey Graham (@GrahamBlog) December 2, 2015
Our prayers are with the victims, their families, and the first responders in San Bernardino who willingly go into harm’s way to save others
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) December 2, 2015
It has, somehow, escaped the attention of the anti-Second Amendment zealots that these kinds of shootings appear to happen overwhelmingly in “gun-free” zones. While gun violence is not a problem unique to liberal states, one can easily identify a pattern of gun violence occurring in states that remain hostile to Second Amendment rights.
Cities like Chicago, Washington, D.C., New York, Newark, Los Angeles- what do they all have in common? They are cities with incredibly-stringent anti-Second Amendment laws and yet, they possess the highest gun violence rates in the country.
But, of course, for the modern liberal, exploitation of grief and suffering to attempt to achieve a political goal is infinitely more important than offering condolences and mounting a substantive, fact-based discussion at a later time.