Over the weekend, Devin Kelley, a 26-year-old man from New Braunfels, Texas, opened fire on a crowd of people attending a church service at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. He killed 26 people and wounded about 20 others.
Unfortunately, rather than spending the first few days focusing on those who were hurt or lost, many on the left are instead using it to push their political agenda. For example, in response to the tragic shooting, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) released a statement calling on legislators to reform our country’s gun laws.
“The paralysis you feel right now – the impotent helplessness that washes over you as news of another mass slaughter scrolls across the television screen – isn’t real,” began Murphy. He then started ranting about an outrageous conspiracy theory between the gun lobby and Republicans. “It’s a fiction created and methodically cultivated by the gun lobby, designed to assure that no laws are passed to make America safer because those laws would cut into their profits,” he rambled.
“None of this is inevitable. I know this because no other country endures this pace of mass carnage like America. It is uniquely and tragically American,” continued Murphy, noting, “as long as our nation chooses to flood the county with dangerous weapons and consciously let those weapons fall into the hands of dangerous people, these killings will not abate.”
By saying this, Murphy is basically blaming lawmakers for the terrible shooting in Texas. This is because, according to him, if we had stricter gun laws, then incidents like this wouldn’t happen. However, his reasoning is utterly ridiculous. If the laws prevented Kelley from getting a gun, then he simply would have obtained one illegally.
In fact, stricter gun laws may have made the situation worse seeing as an armed good Samaritan who was nearby helped save the day. If he hadn’t had quick and easy access to his firearm due to strict gun regulations, it’s likely that countless others would’ve died.
Later in his statement, Murphy directly addressed his fellow lawmakers. “As my colleagues go to sleep tonight, they need to think about whether the political support of the gun industry is worth the blood that flows endlessly onto the floors of American churches, elementary schools, movie theaters, and city streets,” stated Murphy. “Ask yourself – how can you claim that you respect human life while choosing fealty to weapons-makers over support for measures favored by the vast majority of your constituents,” he pressed.
“The terrifying fact is that no one is safe so long as Congress chooses to do absolutely nothing in the face of this epidemic,” added Murphy before concluding that “the time is now for Congress to shed its cowardly cover and do something.”
Once again, by saying this, he’s essentially implying that lawmakers who support the Second Amendment have blood on their hands. He’s also suggesting that they only oppose strict gun regulations because they’re bought by the gun industry.
But clearly, this is completely absurd. The reason there’s an overwhelming amount of support for the Second Amendment isn’t that people are paid off by the gun industry. Rather, it’s because many people understand that without private gun ownership, freedom isn’t guaranteed.
In addition to Murphy, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) also called for stricter gun laws shortly after the horrific massacre. Specifically, in a tweet published on Twitter, she wrote, “this shooting comes 1 month after the deadliest mass shooting, and we’re still trying to get support for basic steps to reduce gun violence”
In a follow-up tweet, she asked, “when will we decide that we can’t accept massacres in our places of worship, schools, or at concerts? When will we actually DO something?”
Even former President Barack Obama rushed to politicize the shooting. “We grieve with all the families in Sutherland Springs harmed by this act of hatred, and we’ll stand with the survivors as they recover,” he tweeted, adding, “may God also grant all of us the wisdom to ask what concrete steps we can take to reduce the violence and weaponry in our midst.”
Unsurprisingly, the race to bring up politics in the wake of the shooting outraged many, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). “Look the investigation has not even been completed, and I think it’s premature to be discussing legislative solutions, if there are any,” argued McConnell when asked if he supports the left’s push for new gun restrictions. “I think it’s particularly inappropriate to politicize an event like this,” he explained, noting, “it just happened in the last day and a half.”
Those who rush to politicize the recent mass shooting in Texas, like Durbin, Feinstein, and Obama, should be ashamed of themselves. This is because, when a horrific tragedy like that occurs, the primary focus should be on mourning, not politics.