We’re now living in a day and age where if something can be politicized, rest assured it will be. So it shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone that GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson tried to politicize the San Bernardino shooting to levy an attack on whether or not we should accept refugees from Syria.
“If that vetting resulted in missing someone who could carry out such a horrendous crime, that should be the end of the argument right there,” Carson said at an event on Friday. “We shouldn’t even have to talk about this anymore.”
This is a guy who wants to be president, yet doesn’t even understand that there’s a difference between the visa screening process and what we make refugees endure before coming to this country. The visa screening process is much easier to navigate through and usually takes less than a year. Meanwhile, for a refugee to enter the United States, they’re typically vetted from anywhere between 18-36 months.
Again, these two processes are very different.
Not only that, but it’s completely asinine to say that we should scuttle an entire program – completely unrelated to the one with which you’re comparing it – based on one incident involving one person. Especially coming from someone who represents a party that doesn’t seem to think we need to do anything to combat gun violence – even when there are literally thousands of Americans dying every single year due to our everyday gun violence epidemic.
This ridiculous “thought process” (though I use that term loosely when talking about someone like Carson) is astounding. In his mind one person coming here on a visa program committing a horrific act of violence should “end the argument” about Syrian refugees – but one American citizen legally buying assault rifles to help that person commit mass murder doesn’t validate an argument for tighter gun control and bringing back the assault weapons ban.
That’s a special kind of stupid – which Carson most definitely is.
Last I checked, an anti-abortion radical opened fire on a Planned Parenthood clinic and the Republican party doubled-down on their anti-Planned Parenthood rhetoric, deflecting any blame put on the party’s lies – even though the shooter used words taken specifically from talking points Republicans have been using. Interestingly enough, I don’t see Carson or any Republicans saying we need to target and monitor anti-abortion groups.
Furthermore, how many millions of gun-loving Americans do we have in this country right now, many of whom are supporters of the GOP, who have stockpiled guns and ammunition preparing for an instance where they might need to “overthrow” the government? What would Republicans be saying right now if we had Muslim groups consisting of American citizens openly discussing situations where they might be prepared for an armed revolt against our government?
Hell, Kory Watkins, a prominent open carry advocate and criminal, has suggested on numerous occasions that politicians should be arrested and hung for treason because they don’t agree with his radical beliefs. And this is a guy who marches openly harassing police officers with an AK-47.
Yet, where’s the right-wing outrage? That’s right, those are white conservative gun nuts… Republicans are perfectly fine with their hostile and aggressive anti-U.S. government rhetoric.
Ben Carson’s comments do nothing but add to the ever growing list of examples showcasing why he’s completely unfit to be president.
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