President Obama has, once again, nauseatingly capitalized upon death and destruction in an effort to shame Americans who wish to retain their Second Amendment rights. On Thursday, as Americans mourned with the citizens of Charleston, South Carolina, Obama heeded the advice of his former adviser, Rahm Emanuel, who once advised, “Never let a serious crisis go to waste.”
In his remarks of faux-condolences, the most-divisive leader in U.S. history attempted to shame those who fought to retain their rights, saying that Americans will have to “reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence doesn’t happen in other advanced countries.”
Of course, that’s not true. Months earlier, the employees of Charlie Hebdo were slaughtered by gunmen who took issue with their cartoons of Muhammad, the Muslim prophet.
Further, it was in 2011 that Norway endured the slaughter of 77 people by a deranged gunman.
But for President Obama, it was more convenient for his anti-Second Amendment narrative to pretend that violence is uniquely an American problem.
“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,” Obama said, joined by Vice President Biden. “But let’s be clear: 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. It doesn’t happen in other places with this kind of frequency. And it is in our power to do something about it.”
That “something” to which Obama referred is the relinquishing of our Second Amendment rights- a move that will empower both the government and criminals who, as the title suggests, do not follow laws.
“It is in our power to do something about it. I say that recognizing the politics in this town foreclose a lot of those avenues right now. But it would be wrong for us not to acknowledge it. At some point it’s going to be important for the American people to come to grips with it, and for us to be able to shift how we think about the issue of gun violence collectively.”
Obama speaks as if there is an absolute moral truth behind the notion that gun control saves lives. In reality, it is the opposite: some of the greatest death on a massive scale happened in disarmed countries at the hands who spoke these words, who urged citizens to relinquish their arms.
The one truth related to gun violence that has been proven time and time again is this: the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.