Editor’s Note: After 9/11 Senator Joe Biden pulled a bill out of his desk drawer he’d held for a decade or so, dusted it off, and without ANYONE READING IT became “THE PATRIOT ACT.” It is what progressives do: they have something ready to move their agenda forward; wait for the right crisis; pull it out of the desk drawer; and desperate for anything so called conservatives buy it hook line and sinker. The term “conservative” no longer means ANYTHING. Most of those in political office are really only interested in conserving their political careers and power. That’s what we get when those we elect don’t have a the right standard by which to measure their activity. If the Constitution is not their standard then the next lobbyist with a thick check book is.
President Obama did not wait for the facts to emerge about Friday’s shooting in Colorado Springs before he used the tragedy as fodder for his anti-gun campaign.
“If we truly care about this – if we’re going to offer up our thoughts and prayers again, for God knows how many times, with a truly clean conscience – then we have to do something about the easy accessibility of weapons of war on our streets to people who have no business wielding them,” Obama said in a statement about the Colorado shootings issued Saturday. “Period. Enough is enough.”
As of Saturday, police had not publicly disclosed what kind of weapon was used in the attack or whether it was legally obtained. On Friday, the gun used was identified by police as a “long firearm” after being labeled as a rifle of various types in the initial media reporting.
In Colorado Springs itself, there was a different opinion.
“We need to do a much better job of screening for mental health situations,” said Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers Saturday. Suthers, a former Colorado attorney general, said he doesn’t believe that regulations on weapons make much sense. Suthers also said supports the Colorado state constitution’s “open carry” provision.
Also Saturday, Colorado Springs radio talk show host Jeff Crank told his listeners he was opposed to gun control.
After an October shooting at an Oregon community college, Obama called for gun restrictions, a stance that was opposed by Republican presidential Donald Trump, who said then that mass shootings are a mental health issue, not a gun control issue.
“The gun laws have nothing to do with this. This isn’t guns,” he said. “This is really about mental illness, and I feel very strongly about it.”
He called the push for stricter gun laws “political correctness.”
Trump said then the mental health system can’t ever catch all potential threats.
“You have sick people. They happen to be intelligent. And, you know, they can be sick as hell and they’re geniuses in a certain way. They are going to be able to break the system,” Trump said then.
h/t: The Hill