Before many Americans had even read the news of the disgusting act carried out in Las Vegas Sunday night, failed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was politicizing the tragedy. Her party wasn’t far behind.
Clinton took to Twitter Monday Morning, excoriating the 2nd Amendment and the National Rifle Association.
Our grief isn't enough. We can and must put politics aside, stand up to the NRA, and work together to try to stop this from happening again.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 2, 2017
Soon after Clinton politicized the murder of 58 Americans, other Democrats began coming out of the woodwork with anti-2nd Amendment messages.
“Nowhere but America do horrific large-scale mass shootings happen with this degree of regularity,” said Connecticut Democrat Sen. Chris Murphy, whose district includes the geographic region surrounding the location of the tragic 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
“Last night’s massacre may go down as the deadliest in our nation’s history, but already this year there have been more mass shootings than days in the year.”
Sen. Richard Blumenthal, also a Connecticut Democrat, said he’s furious that Congress hasn’t yet created stricter gun laws, adding “there’s no excuse for inaction.”
“It has been barely a year since what was previously the largest mass shooting in American history – the deadly attack at Pulse nightclub. In the interim, thousands more have been lost to the daily, ruthless toll of gun violence. Still, Congress refuses to act,” he said.
Senate Minority Leader Nancey Pelosi of California, meanwhile, called Monday for House Speaker Paul Ryan to organize a House Select Committee on Gun Violence.
“Congress has a moral duty to address this horrific and heartbreaking epidemic,” Pelosi said in a letter to the Speaker. “Charged with the solemn duty to protect and defend the American people, we must respond to these tragedies with courage, unity and decisive action.”
The California Democrat added: “Today is a day for prayer, mourning and love, but it must also be a day for action. As Members of Congress, our words of comfort to the families of the victims of the Las Vegas massacre will ring hollow unless we take long overdue action to ensure that no other family is forced to endure such an unimaginable tragedy.”
Meanwhile, social media on Monday became littered with hate-filled remarks suggesting that the country music fans attending the concert somehow deserved to be brutally murdered because of the GOP’s protection of 2nd Amendment rights.
One of the most disgusting remarks came from a top legal executive at CBS, Haley Geftman-Gold, who said via Facebook: “If they wouldn’t do anything when children were murdered I have no hope that Repugs will ever do the right thing. I’m actually not even sympathetic bc country music fans often are Republican gun toters.”
At the White House press briefing Monday, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters the Trump administration isn’t talking gun control policy until more is known about the tragedy.
“I think before we start trying to talk about the preventions of what took place last night, we need to know more facts, and right now we’re simply not at that point,” Sanders said. “It is very easy for Mrs. Clinton to criticize and to come out, but I think we need to remember the only person with blood on their hands is that of the shooter, and this isn’t a time for us to go after individuals or organizations. I think we can have those policy conversations but today is not that day.”
Given Trump’s past positions on gun control– especially support for the federal assault weapons ban he expressed in his 1994 book, “The America We Deserve– and his more recent willingness to hand victories to top congressional Democrats on issues like immigration and spending, Sanders’ remarks shouldn’t be taken to mean the administration is unwilling to entertain the idea of stricter gun regulations.
In other words, there’s a good chance that this senseless tragedy is going to serve as the catalyst for a new assault weapon ban.
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