Democrats us­ing Texas tragedy to ad­vance agenda

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary - BY CHARLES HURT

What kind of de­monic soul walks into a church a mur­ders 26 in­no­cent peo­ple, in­clud­ing sev­eral chil­dren, at point-blank range? What kind of heart­less mon­ster in­stantly seizes on such sense­less tragedy to ad­vance a per­sonal po­lit­i­cal agenda?

Sen. El­iz­a­beth War­ren, Mas­sachusetts Demo­crat, for one. Au­thor­i­ties iden­ti­fied the killer as a se­verely de­ranged and vi­o­lent re­ject il­le­gally in pos­ses­sion of guns, but Ms. War­ren some­how ac­cused the Repub­li­can Party of per­pe­trat­ing the atroc­ity.

“We must end this vi­o­lence. We must stop th­ese tragedies,” she said in a mes­sage to the “GOP.” “Peo­ple are dy­ing while you wait.” Wow. Ms. War­ren, who is gear­ing up to run for pres­i­dent, also blamed God for not an­swer­ing prayers as she sees fit. Talk about sick and de­ranged. At least you can­not blame her for not seiz­ing an op­por­tu­nity.

Such is the state of pol­i­tics in Amer­ica to­day that one en­tire wing of elected politi­cians is dom­i­nated by peo­ple who ea­gerly sali­vate ev­ery time a whacko gun­man goes on some sense­less ram­page.

And it is not just daffy fringe can­di­dates, like Ms. War­ren, who think they are God grasp­ing at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity for per­sonal po­lit­i­cal gain amid suf­fo­cat­ing mis­ery.

Former Pres­i­dent Barack Obama, whose po­lit­i­cal legacy is in tat­ters, sprang to cash in on the tragedy as well.

“May God also grant all of us the wis­dom to ask what con­crete steps we can take to re­duce the vi­o­lence and weaponry in our midst,” he said.

Com­pared to Ms. War­ren, Mr. Obama’s state­ment was al­most states­man­like. But it still as­sumes that pre­vent­ing this heinous crime is a sim­ple po­lit­i­cal choice — a po­lit­i­cal choice that his po­lit­i­cal op­po­nents refuse to make. Be­cause, as Ms. War­ren said, they would rather sit back and watch peo­ple die.

What is kind of amaz­ing here is how in­cred­i­bly stupid two peo­ple can be who grad­u­ated from some of Amer­ica’s most highly re­garded ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions. And one of them, with the aid of af­fir­ma­tive ac­tion for Na­tive Amer­i­cans, even man­aged to teach at one of th­ese es­teemed uni­ver­si­ties.

De­spite the loony claims of Ms. War­ren and Mr. Obama, the hor­rific shoot­ing in a Texas church last week does ab­so­lutely noth­ing to prove that some­how the fed­eral gov­ern­ment needs more guns laws. In fact, it proves the op­po­site.

First, the shoot­ing shows how tooth­less gun laws can be in their abil­ity to pre­vent this kind of may­hem from a mad­man hell­bent on mur­der. Af­ter all, it was al­ready against the law for this fiend to buy, own or pos­sess any gun based on his con­vic­tions for vi­o­lent crimes against his ex-wife and her child.

Se­cond, gun laws are es­pe­cially tooth­less when gov­ern­ment func­tionar­ies fall down on the job. In this case, it was the U.S. Air Force that failed to en­sure the mon­ster was flagged for his vi­o­lent con­vic­tions each time he tried pur­chas­ing a weapon.

If politi­cians, such as Mr. Obama and Ms. War­ren, are se­ri­ous about curb­ing this kind of vi­o­lence, they would chan­nel all of their po­lit­i­cal en­er­gies into en­forc­ing cur­rent gun laws al­ready on the books and doggedly striv­ing to pre­vent crim­i­nals from il­le­gally get­ting their hands on guns.

In­stead, Mr. Obama used some of the fi­nal power of his pres­i­dency to par­don more than 100 fed­eral prison in­mates who had been charged with gun crimes. Th­ese in­cluded crim­i­nals who had used firearms while deal­ing drugs or car­ry­ing guns de­spite hav­ing been con­victed of felonies, ac­cord­ing to a Washington Times re­port in Au­gust 2016.

Still oth­ers par­doned by Mr. Obama were caught ly­ing to gun deal­ers or car­ry­ing weapons with the reg­is­tra­tion num­bers filed off — sug­gest­ing an even deeper level of gun crime.

This sort of dis­dain for ex­ist­ing fed­eral gun laws sug­gests that Ms. War­ren placed re­spon­si­bil­ity on the wrong politi­cians when she blamed Repub­li­cans for the Texas church mas­sacre. Charles Hurt can be reached at [email protected]­ing­ton­ and on Twit­ter @charleshur­t.

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