Obama: Let’s start politicizing shootings, okay?

posted at 7:21 pm on October 1, 2015 by Ed Morrissey

Shouldn’t we at least wait to get all the facts before doing so? In fact, even before President Obama urges people to politicize the shooting in Oregon this afternoon, he admits that “we don’t know all the facts yet,” and in fact don’t know whether the myriad of laws surrounding gun ownership already were violated. It’s not much short of calling for mob action, a scene that has already popped up too often in American life this year too:

President Obama made an impassioned case that the issue of gun violence is “something we should politicize” following a mass shooting on Thursday at a community college in Oregon.

A visibly angry Obama blasted Congress for being unwilling to change the nations gun laws in response to a wave of mass shootings that have cast a cloud over his presidency.

“This is a political choice that we make, to allow this to happen every few months in America,” Obama said. “We collectively are answerable to those families who lose their loved ones because of our inaction.”

Let’s recall that Obama’s solution to the Newtown shooting and every shooting since has been to expand background checks and banning so-called “assault weapons,” and in every case since then, his proposal would have been a non-sequitur anyway. “My response here at this podium end up being routine,” Obama protests, and then lists a litany of incidents in which the knee-jerk immediate reaction to the shootings demanded solutions that would have done nothing to address the shootings that had taken place.

Did this shooter pass a background check? Did he use an “assault weapon”? We don’t know yet, and neither does Obama. But hey, let’s pass a bunch of laws and see what sticks, or something. (Note: News reports at the moment say the shooter used “three pistols and one long rifle.”)

In fact, while this venting undoubtedly provided some catharsis for the President, he still didn’t have any solutions to fit the previous shootings, let alone make a case that more gun laws — which Oregon passed not long ago anyway — would have prevented this one. The only solution which would address Obama’s righteous indignation would be widespread confiscation of firearms, which actually was the “solution” implemented in a couple of the countries Obama cites as responsible examples. That’s the solution Obama actually wants, but for some reason he’s not quite ready to demand it. I wonder why.

Instead, we get the March of the Straw Men about how the US has no gun laws that restrict their use, no laws that allow that allow the federal government to control access to firearms, and most importantly, no laws that make shooting people a crime in the first place. You can probably guess what he’ll say, because this kind of vapid chest-beating has become routine at the White House. Maybe Obama can put some effort into following up on failed gun checks, a point made after Newtown, and which the White House has not mentioned since.

Update: Obama makes a Freudian slip by mentioning Tucson, and he realizes it immediately. Democrats rushed to politicize that as a Tea Party attack on one of their own inspired by Sarah Palin rather than wait for the facts. That effort at politicization didn’t turn out so well, did it?

Update: One other point.  In the last 24 hours, we’ve seen Democrats screaming about the politicization of four Americans killed more than three years ago in a woefully unprotected consulate in the middle of a failed state created by the policies of a Democratic president and their leading presidential contender, and at almost the same time the leader of the Democratic Party demanding we politicize a shooting that just ended without bothering to wait for any facts at all. Try wrapping your mind around that.


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you guys are truly disgusting people. just die off already. we don’t need you.
everdiso on May 20, 2015 at 1:23 AM

Ha ha, you know that will incur your deaths invariably

Mr Soames on October 2, 2015 at 1:08 PM

The Democrats are anxious to outlaw guns and make them as ‘hard’ to acquire as illegal drugs, which are much more easily available than obtaining a legal firearm.

RJL on October 2, 2015 at 2:52 PM

And if the Perp has a gun….

Torcert on October 1, 2015 at 8:44 PM

Then I’ll take it away from them after incapacitating them.

Tlaloc on October 1, 2015 at 8:48 PM

You’ve never been shot at, have you? Never had someone point a loaded gun your way, right?

GrumpyOldFart on October 2, 2015 at 4:04 PM

Then I’ll take it away from them after incapacitating them.

Tlaloc on October 1, 2015 at 8:48 PM

You’ve never been shot at, have you? Never had someone point a loaded gun your way, right?

GrumpyOldFart on October 2, 2015 at 4:04 PM

Once you’ve watched enough Jackie Chan movies, you get a feel for the art of doing that duck-back-and-to-one-side-right-when-they-fire thing that eliminates the range advantage afforded by a firearm.

The Schaef on October 2, 2015 at 4:23 PM

Obama: Let’s start politicizing shootings, okay?

Hell when has he ever stopped???

DanaSmiles on October 2, 2015 at 5:06 PM

Obama: Let’s start politicizing shootings, okay?
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Posted at 7:21 PM on OCTOBER 1, 2015 by Ed Morrissey

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The politicizing from the right and cons and folks here began much sooner.
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verbaluce on October 2, 2015 at 9:49 AM

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Detailed specifics, or that statement is worthless.
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Why shouldn’t/wouldn’t a President be focused on policies and solutions when it comes to an endemic national tragedy?
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verbaluce on October 2, 2015 at 9:49 AM

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I really don’t believe anyone here is holding grudges against the President for being “focused on policies and solutions when it comes to an endemic national tragedy.”

They and I are angry, because the “methods of strategy/ideology” being IMPOSED by our politicians (ALL of them), and agreed to by people such as yourself, will cause the United States to cease being “the land of the free, and home of the brave.”

That’s totally worth getting very angry over.
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But of course now we have to suffer through paranoid fantasies about gun grabbers and jack booted thugs and internment camps.
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verbaluce on October 2, 2015 at 9:49 AM

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Like the ones that already exist in other countries with Socialist/Communist governments?
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Hopefully the public can become numb to all that and find some enthusiasm for common sense.

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verbaluce on October 2, 2015 at 9:49 AM

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“Common sense,” as you used it, is in the eye of the beholder.

I’m for “common sense” as the Founding Fathers saw, and defined it. What anyone else thinks about it be damned.
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But in the meantime, lock your doors hide your ammo!! / / /
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verbaluce on October 2, 2015 at 9:49 AM

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Most people today already lock their doors, because of other people, and NOT because they’re afraid the BATF is going to raid their home.

Ammo should be hidden away … from CHILDREN, if a gun owner doesn’t have a gun safe.

listens2glenn on October 2, 2015 at 8:19 PM

Once you’ve watched enough Jackie Chan movies, you get a feel for the art of doing that duck-back-and-to-one-side-right-when-they-fire thing that eliminates the range advantage afforded by a firearm.

The Schaef on October 2, 2015 at 4:23 PM

Given the intelligence level of liberals, he’d probably use the Daffy Duck option.

malclave on October 2, 2015 at 9:44 PM

But of course now we have to suffer through paranoid fantasies about gun grabbers and jack booted thugs and internment camps.
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verbaluce on October 2, 2015 at 9:49 AM

They might be fantasies if we hadn’t had to rescue Europe in two World Wars specifically because their disastrous experiments with socialism produced precisely those things.

Star Bird on October 2, 2015 at 10:24 PM

Whatta ghoul.

The comparison to Dems blaming Palin for the Arizona shooting is appropriate.

waelse1 on October 2, 2015 at 11:40 PM

Then I’ll take it away from them after inconceivable them.
Tlaloc on October 1, 2015 at 8:48 PM

Kenosha Kid on October 3, 2015 at 1:22 AM

Maybe for the sake of Consistency president failure should demand a gun ban in Benghazi

Brock Robamney on October 3, 2015 at 7:22 AM