What was it that Senator Chuck Schumer accused President Trump of doing after the New York terror attack? Oh, that’s right, he said the president was “politicizing” the tragedy. Apparently, his fellow Democrats didn’t get the message. Shortly after the fatal shooting at a church in Texas, they began calling for gun control.
According to reports, 26-year old Devin Patrick Kelley opened fire on worshipers at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Dressed in all black gear, Kelley reportedly used a Rutger-type rifle to kill at least 27 people. All we know about the suspect for certain is that he received a bad conduct discharge from the Air Force.
Among the dead is church pastor Frank Pomeroy’s 14-year old daughter, Annabelle. Other victims range in age from five to 72. President Trump addressed the shooting from Japan. In a time of crisis, he said, “Americans will do what we do best-we pull together and join hands and lock arms, and through the tears and sadness we stand strong.”
Democrats, on the other hand, were less supportive in their remarks.
In fact, they saw an opportunity well before authorities even identified Kelley. While family and friends were waiting to learn the fate of their loved ones, they were pushing an agenda. Senators Bob Casey Jr. (PA.), Dick Durbin (Ill.), and Kamala Harris (CA.) was the first to urge Congress to act in response to the deadly shooting:
In addition to offering my prayers and thoughts I also believe Congress must take action on gun violence (2/2)
— Senator Bob Casey (@SenBobCasey) November 5, 2017
Durbin posited that “America is in the grips of a gun violence crisis.”
The shooter turned his gun on people — kids — in a place of worship. America is in the grips of a gun violence crisis. Congress must act. https://t.co/CIJX3jM3Tq
— Senator Dick Durbin (@SenatorDurbin) November 5, 2017
Harris, who is rumored to be considering a presidential bid in 2020, also condemned the violence asking “when do we say enough is enough?” Senators Richard Blumenthal and Dianne Feinstein joined their colleagues in pushing Congress to act. Additionally, Senator Chris Murphy issued a statement that seemingly blames 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. As my colleagues go to sleep tonight, they need to think about whether the political support of the gun industry is worth the blood that flows endlessly onto the floors of American churches, elementary schools, movie theaters, and city streets.”
Unfortunately, Murphy and his colleagues’ “concern” for America’s safety doesn’t extend beyond gun control. After all, any loss of life to violence regardless of the weapon, should matter, right? They are always opposing President Trump’s efforts to address any crime that doesn’t involve a firearm.
Why is that exactly?
The Second Amendment guarantees a citizen’s right to protect their family and property. And a good-guy with a gun stopped this crime. If Democrats are willing to take those rights away in the name of safety, what comes next? You can bet it has nothing to do with securing the borders or issuing fewer visas to people like the terrorist, Sayfullo Saipov.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Sutherland community and to all those affected by this horrific attack.