When I first heard the news of the horrific massacre at a gay club in Orlando, a lot of thoughts went through my mind. One of them being that I was certain Republicans were going to spend much of the day Sunday trying to blame this on President Obama. After all, what would a tragedy be without Republicans trying to blame it on this president.
Like with many things Republicans say and do, their pathetic attempt to blame President Obama for this attack doesn’t make a damn bit of sense.
First, let’s point out the obvious: ISIS only exists because of the incompetence of Republicans and the Bush administration.
And don’t even try to blame this president for the troop withdrawal, either. All President Obama did was enforce the SOFA agreement Bush signed with the Iraqi government which set the deadline for all American troops to be out of the country. And if you don’t want to believe me, just ask Dick Cheney who called the troop withdrawal a “sign of success in Iraq.”
But this massacre didn’t happen because of anything related to Obama’s foreign policies — not even close.
This monster who murdered all of these people was an American-born citizen who legally purchased weapons just days before the attack.
By the way, he was legally allowed to buy those weapons despite:
- The fact that he had once been on the terror watch list.
- Having a history of violence with his ex-wife alleging he was unstable, violent and often beat her.
- He had been questioned by the FBI… twice.
- Several people who know him said that he was “unhinged” and talked of killing people.
The guns he used on Sunday morning to massacre 49 people in Orlando were all legally owned. Hell, if he were living in an open carry state, he could have been openly marching around with them in plain view of the public before opening fire and law enforcement couldn’t have done a damn thing about it.
Just like in Colorado Springs when a madman murdered three people on Halloween after people had called 911 to report someone marching around their neighborhood with a gun — only to be told that because of the city’s open carry laws there was nothing law enforcement could do about him.
But why was the Orlando shooter able to buy these weapons despite the litany of red flags linked to him that clearly showed he was dangerous, mentally unhinged and violent?
Because Republicans refuse to even consider any sort of sensible gun regulations that could help keep them out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them.
Just a few months ago, congressional Republicans blocked a bill that would have prevented suspected terrorists who are on the “no-fly list” from being able to purchase guns.
Think about that for a moment.
Republicans oppose the idea of someone who’s been flagged as a potential terrorist being denied the right to buy a gun. Because Republicans blocked this bill, someone who the FBI knows could be plotting some kind of terrorist attack can’t do a damn thing to prevent that individual from stockpiling weapons and ammo.
So to try to blame this on President Obama is an absolute joke.
If President Obama had gotten his way, it’s very likely that this shooter never gets his hands on the very weapons he used to kill and wound all those innocent people. Regulations such as:
- Limits on magazine size (Though I haven’t found details on what size magazines he had, clearly a 30 or 40 round magazine loaded into an AR-15 makes it much easier for someone to kill people far more quickly and efficiently).
- Expanded background checks that include mental health provisions.
- A ban on military-style assault weapons, such as the AR-15 that was used.
- Keeping guns out of the hands of suspected terrorists.
But we can’t even begin to have a debate on any of that because Republicans live in some fantasy land where guns have nothing to do with gun violence. To ask them, this was all about ISIS and Obama’s incompetence. Even though it’s very likely if it wasn’t so easy for this animal to have purchased the weapons he used to kill these people, thanks to the GOP’s staunch stance against any gun regulations, this tragedy (as well as many others) might never have happened.
It’s absurd to deny that the easy access to guns people have in this country has nothing to do with gun violence. Just look at Australia which saw a 57 percent decrease in suicides and a 42 percent decrease in homicides after they banned certain guns in the mid-90’s. Just the fact that suicide rates plummeted proves that when people have access to guns they’re much more likely to use them.
And while there are many dynamics at play with this shooting (the target being a gay club, the possible links to ISIS, religious fanaticism), the fact that he purchased these guns just days before using them seems to at least suggest that had he not been able to get his hands on these weapons thanks to Republicans making sure they were as easy to purchase as possible, we might not be talking about the death of 49 people at the hands of a gun-wielding madman.
Republicans, you all might not like this president, but to try to blame him for deaths that he had nothing to do with simply to satisfy your never-ending quest to bash him any chance you get only proves once again why you people have become an embarrassment to this country.
Instead of trying to blame this president for this shooting, maybe you all should take a good look in the mirror. It’s the lax gun laws that are supported by by Republicans that made it easy and legal for this “terrorist” to kill 49 Americans by simply exercising his “Second Amendment rights” to legally purchase weapons that, if Democrats and President Obama had their way, he would have never been allowed to obtain in the first place.