Nothing better than a terrorist attack to set off the Left. In less than twenty-fours since a radical Islamist slaughtered more than fifty Americans, senior Democrats are playing politics with the matter.
Perched at the Blue Goose in the White House press briefing room, the Instigator in Chief ignited another battle in the cultural revolution. Rather than calling it what it is – Jihad in Orlando – he initially characterized the terrorist attack as a “brutal murder — a horrific massacre.”
After perfunctory calls for mourning and prayers, the political buzzwords flowed freely: “hate,” calling the terrorist a “killer” and “shooter” rather than terrorist, “deadly shooting,” “most deadly shooting in American history,” as well as the punchline.
In a not so veiled and transparent political move, the President signaled to colleagues on the Hill and legions of special interests on K Street who support him to unleash the dogs of war, a political fatwa on Republicans and conservatives:
The shooter was apparently armed with a handgun and a powerful assault rifle. This massacre is therefore a further reminder of how easy it is for someone to get their hands on a weapon that lets them shoot people in a school, or in a house of worship, or a movie theater, or in a nightclub. And we have to decide if that’s the kind of country we want to be. And to actively do nothing is a decision as well.
As if on cue, a leading advocate of gun control in the Senate, Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey, said:
It’s time for Congress to finally act on gun violence and ban military-style weapons, put limits on clips and magazine sizes and require background checks on all gun sales. We know that the shooter in Orlando used a high-powered weapon that allowed him to fire a large number of bullets in rapid succession. This shooting is now the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
In The Washington Post this morning, a story linked a federal contracting and religious liberty issue in the House defense authorization bill to the shootings in Orlando:
The shooting incident Sunday that killed 50 people in a popular Orlando gay bar and dance club will only increase the attention on how Congress deals with LGBT issues and could have a big impact on negotiations about the defense bill.
Expect a lot more conflating of issues in the days ahead. This chatter will do absolutely nothing to get to the heart of what happened and what will likely happen again on U.S. soil. They will only confuse and anger an already fickle electorate.
The left-wing of the Democratic Party will work overtime to recast the terrorist attacks as a hate crime against LGBT people facilitated by guns and ammunition that should not be sold to civilians.
Republicans will be called hateful people, gun nuts, and homophobes. And much worse. It will be identity politics on steroids. In other words, the Democrats are gearing up for the November elections.
Let’s see if the Republican Party is up to the challenge and sticks to its, political, guns. They should take a cue from Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), the only national Republican leader that speaks truth to power on these matters that including combating radical Islamic terror around the world, but potential homeland security/US government contract issues already showing up in the media.