It goes without saying that Republicans would probably find some way to blame President Obama for the shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, and I’m sure many do. What I didn’t expect was for many of them to skip back thirteen years to try to blame former President Bill Clinton.
But that’s exactly what many of them seem to be doing. After some attacked the left for “politicizing” the shooting, the right-wing media seems to be taking that a step further to attack Clinton, someone who hasn’t been president in well over a decade.
So how is it they’re making this “connection” to levy attacks against the former president? Well, by acting ridiculous and not knowing their history. You know, two staples of the Republican party.
Apparently these people are going back to the 90’s in a feeble attempt to try to pin the blame on the former president, claiming that the first thing he did in 1993 was to sign legislation which created “gun-free” zones that disarmed all military personnel on bases except for the Military Police.
Well, thankfully the New Republic dug a little deeper and actually found that the legislation these conservatives are referring to was Department of Defense directive 5210.56 — which was passed on February 25, 1992.
You know, before Clinton became president.
Shocking, I know. Republicans trying to blame a Democrat for something that happened before they ever became president.
But it gets worse — the legislation these Republicans are referring to doesn’t even create “gun-free” zones. It simply specifies certain guidelines for who’s allowed to carry weapons on military installations.
The legislation says that all DoD personnel must carry a firearm when engaged in “law enforcement or security duties, protecting personnel, vital Government assets, or guarding prisoners.” What the legislation aimed to do was “limit and control the carrying of firearms by DoD military and civilian personnel.”
Again, legislation which was passed during the George H.W. Bush presidency, not the Clinton presidency.
But this pathetic attempt to blame “gun-free” zones is stemmed from the right’s ignorant belief that somehow more guns are the answer to gun violence. That somehow if everyone carried a gun, that would solve a lot of our problems. They always want to place the sole blame on “mental health.” I agree that someone must be suffering from some kind of mental health issue for them to kill anyone.
But that doesn’t mean guns aren’t also part of the problem. And it also doesn’t mean that the easy access to guns isn’t also part of the problem. You know, it is possible that both guns and mental illness are the problem.
And while Democrats like President Obama and Bill Clinton have supported sensible gun regulations, conservatives have stood fiercely against any such legislation.
“Radical” ideas like:
- Expanded background checks
- Magazine capacity limits
- Banning of specific guns that are often used in mass shootings
So while Republicans sit there, look liberals right in the eyes and say, “Guns have nothing to do with gun violence!” — all liberals like myself can seem to think is…
Anyone who believes that must be suffering from some kind of mental illness.
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