While he ignores problems of his own making, President Barack Obama used the South Carolina church shooting to climb aboard the gun control soapbox again, using the tragedy to call for limits on Second Amendment rights, just hours after the shooting took place. The President stated:
“We don’t have all the facts, but we do know that once again innocent people were killed in part because someone who wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting their hands on a gun.
Now is the time for mourning and for healing. But let’s be clear, at some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries. It doesn’t happen in other places with this kind of frequency. And it is in our power to do something about it.
I say that recognizing the politics in this town foreclose a lot of those avenues right now. But it would be wrong for us not to acknowledge it. And at some point it’s going to be important for the American people to come to grips with it.”
Although Obama insists this does not happen in other countries, he failed to remember tragedies where gun control did little good, like the 2011 Norway attacks, where a disturbed individual used a car bomb and a gun attack on a youth camp to kill 77 people, even with harsh gun control in the country. He also didn’t remember the countless terrorist attacks, including the Charlie Hebdo attacks in France (despite strict controls on gun ownership) or the 2001 mass stabbing in Osaka, where eight schoolchildren died at the hands of a man who resorted to a knife when he could not get a gun.
Watch President Obama’s comments here:
This tragedy can only teach us one thing: violence begins in the heart, not in the barrel of a gun.
H/T: The Weekly Standard