Earlier this week, Nikolas Cruz, a 19-year-old troubled teen from Parkland, Florida, opened fire on students and teachers attending Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County, killing 17 and wounding countless others.
Unfortunately, rather than spending the first few days focusing on those who were hurt or lost, many on the left are instead using the terrible tragedy to push their political agenda. For example, immediately after the shooting occurred, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) gave a speech on the Senate floor blaming it on the “inaction” of his fellow colleagues.
“As we speak, there is a horrific scene playing out at a high school in south Florida. Turn on your television right now, you’re going to see scenes of children running for their lives, what looks to be the 19th school shooting in this country, and we have not even hit March,” began Murphy.
“I’m coming to the floor to talk about something else, but let me just note, once again for my colleagues, that this happens nowhere else, other than the United States of America. This epidemic of mass slaughter, this scourge of school shooting after school shooting. It only happens here, not because of coincidence, not because of bad luck, but as a consequence of our inaction,” he complained.
“We are responsible for a level of mass atrocity that happens in this country with zero parallel anywhere else. As a parent, it scares me to death that this body doesn’t take seriously the safety of my children, and it seems like a lot of parents in South Florida are going to be asking that same question later today,” continued Murphy, noting, “we pray for the families and for the victims. We hope for the best.”
On Twitter, he added, “don’t tell me tomorrow isn’t the appropriate time to debate gun violence. If you’re a political leader doing nothing about this slaughter, you’re an accomplice.”
Don't tell me tomorrow isn't the appropriate time to debate gun violence. If you're a political leader doing nothing about this slaughter, you're an accomplice.
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) February 15, 2018
In addition to Murphy, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) also raced to politicize the incident. “Another mass shooting. Reportedly another AR-15. My bill to ban assault weapons is ready for a vote. How long will we accept weapons of war being used to slaughter our children?” she tweeted.
Like Murphy and Feinstein, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) also rushed to push the left’s anti-gun agenda, tweeting, “too many of these instances take place across the country. As leaders, we have a moral obligation to prevent them and protect our communities. We need more than thoughts and prayers.”
Too many of these instances take place across the country. As leaders, we have a moral obligation to prevent them and protect our communities. We need more than thoughts and prayers. #EnoughIsEnough https://t.co/gtGB0x7rua
— Nancy Pelosi (@TeamPelosi) February 14, 2018
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), however, cautioned against jumping to conclusions about what could’ve been done to prevent the shooting from happening.
“I think it’s important to know all of [the facts] before you jump to conclusions that there was some law that we could have passed that would have prevented it. And there may be, but shouldn’t we at least know the facts?” reasoned Rubio while speaking to reporters about the left’s renewed push for gun control.
“I think you can always have that debate. But if you’re gonna have that debate about this particular incident you should know the facts of that incident before you run out and prescribe some law that you claim could have prevented it,” he continued.
“I’ve seen a lot of that on TV, and maybe there is a law that could have prevented this instance,” added Rubio, noting, “but we don’t know that and neither do they.”
Sadly, though, the left’s attempt to politicize the recent school shooting is not surprising seeing as they’ve done it repeatedly in the past with other similarly horrific tragedies.
Several months ago, for instance, shortly after Devin Kelley, a 26-year-old man from New Braunfels, Texas, killed 26 people and wounded about 20 others when he opened fire on a crowd of people attending a church service at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Sen. Murphy 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 before 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.”
On Twitter, Sen. Feinstein 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”
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.
— Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) November 5, 2017
Even former President Barack Obama rushed to politicize the incident. “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.”
Those who rush to politicize the recent mass shooting in Florida, like Murphy, Feinstein, and Pelosi, should be ashamed of themselves. This is because, when a horrific tragedy like that occurs, the primary focus should be on mourning, not politics.