Must we blame all shoot­ings on Don­ald Trump?

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Why, when there is a tragedy like the Cal­i­for­nia bar shoot­ing leav­ing 12 dead, do those on the left want to blame Pres­i­dent Trump?

There were 14 mass shoot­ings dur­ing the eight-year Obama pres­i­dency. Ma­jor Ni­dal Hasan at Fort Hood, Omar Ma­teen at the Or­lando night­club, and Adam Lanza at Sandy Hook El­e­men­tary School, just to name a few.

I don’t re­call any­one blam­ing Pres­i­dent Obama for the ac­tions of a men­tally ill per­son.

Re­al­ize there are mil­lions of Amer­i­cans on the right that dis­liked Pres­i­dent Obama and his poli­cies just as much as those on the left dis­like Pres­i­dent Trump and his.

But does ev­ery tragedy in Amer­ica have to be politi­cized?

It’s not the car­a­van that threat­ens us, but the crazy Yanks with guns

Last night, a Cana­dian friend phoned. We have our usual ex­change of opin­ions about the pol­i­tics of our two coun­tries. Then he said, “How about that CAR­A­VAN head­ing for your bor­der?”

I re­torted, “Frankly, I worry more about our home-grown gun-crazy guys.”

This morn­ing I turned on the TV and saw that an­other 12 peo­ple were mowed down in a Cal­i­for­nia bar.

So, yes, I am much more about the “home-grown” guys. wor­ried

With so many guns out there, dis­turbed peo­ple are get­ting them

An­other mass shoot­ing, an­other in­ves­ti­ga­tion that ex­plains noth­ing, and we all sit won­der­ing when and where the next gun homi­cides will hap­pen.

I said long ago that an event like Columbine was the for­mat and di­rec­tion for ev­ery dys­func­tional, dis­af­fected wingnut to gain at­ten­tion even if lethal to them­selves.

“I’ll show those peo­ple ... they’ll never for­get me now” is the mind­set they carry to lethal con­clu­sion.

Too bad we are so will­ing to shrug at the news and shake our col­lec­tive heads and hope for NIMBY.

Not once does any­one bring up the fact the very best men­tal-health screen­ing and care is right here on our own soil. Un­for­tu­nately, it’s far too ex­pen­sive for any­one who isn’t wealthy. The out­come is “break­ing news!” ev­ery night.

I’m a 30-year Demo­crat, raised in Colorado and own a closet full of guns. I’m the first per­son to say, “It’s not the gun, it’s the per­son hold­ing it.”

Line up a ran­dom 100 peo­ple off the street and give them a pis­tol and a box of ammo. Good chance you just gave a loaded gun to 2-3 peo­ple you shouldn’t have.

The phony video show­ing CNN’s Jim Acosta lay­ing hands on the White House in­tern is fake news.

It’s the White House and Mr. Trump him­self who are spew­ing the lion’s share of lies that we la­bel fake news. The phony video that Sarah San­ders posted was clearly doc­tored by In­fowars, one of many Trump sup­port­ing, hate mon­ger­ing, lie ma­chines.

You want to stop fake news? Put a muz­zle on the bloated, or­ange men­ace and you’re half­way there. This bla­tantly al­tered video shows to what lengths this ad­min­is­tra­tion will go to sti­fle free speech while turn­ing it around to find any in­no­cent scape­goat.

Jim Acosta de­serves to be at ev­ery

In spite of what the be­lieves, there was no blue wave. The Democrats won a small ma­jor­ity in the House and a lost 3-5 seats in the Se­nate. If they choose the “in­ves­ti­gate Trump “route, in­stead of try­ing to leg­is­late, they will cre­ate a greater di­vide in Congress and get noth­ing done for two years. The coun­try will not stand for hate and in­ves­ti­ga­tion for two more years. The fall­out in 2020 will be mas­sive. The red wave will take place.

You can reach Steve Ben­son at 602-444-8035 or steve.ben­son@ari­zonare­pub­

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