On Thursday, President Obama descended on Orlando, Florida to push for gun control while standing on the still-warm bodies of those slain by an open jihadist at Pulse nightclub. Posturing self-righteously, Obama called the jihadist at issue a “lone wolf” and added, “Our politics have conspired to make it as easy as possible for a terrorist – or just a disturbed individual like those in Aurora or Newtown – to buy extraordinarily powerful weapons, and they can do so legally.” He said that “the meaning of liberty” did not require “these repeated tragedies.”
Actually, our Constitution has guaranteed us the right to defend ourselves through gun ownership, and to require due process of law before the government can strip of that right. But to Obama, that’s a “conspiracy” designed to make life easier for the world’s worst people. And our “liberty” doesn’t require the exercise of the Second Amendment or due process rights.
And that conspiracy is designed, too, to harm American families. The families of the killed, Obama said – speaking for them with no express authority, apparently – “don’t care about politics. Neither do I. This debate needs to change. Those who defend the easily accessibility of assault weapons should meet these families.”
Of course, the notion that Obama doesn’t care about politics is absurd on its face. Only Obama is responsible politically for what happened in Florida. It was his Iraqi and Syria policy that made ISIS a regional force and an international threat. It is his continued insistence that “radical Islam” not be used rhetorically that discourages Americans from reporting actual threats. It is his misguided focus on gun control that prevents real measures from being taken to destroy the perverse philosophy of jihadism.
But “apolitical” Obama is all about saving lives.
As if that weren’t enough, Obama also implied that conservative Christians were responsible for a climate of hate that led to the terrorist attack: “It’s a good time to reflect on how we treat each other. We have to end discrimination and violence against our brothers and sisters in the LGBT community.”
Again, this is disgusting. Suggesting that somehow opposing same-sex marriage or transgender bathrooms puts you in league with jihadists who murder gay people is beyond reprehensible. But that’s typical Obama. Everyone must be blamed but radical Islam and himself for refusing to combat it.
It’s rather ironic that Obama lost his mind when Donald Trump implied earlier this week that Obama wanted ISIS to succeed. Obama accuses conservatives, Christians, and the NRA of exactly the same thing, and the media seem utterly complacent about it.
In the end, the left is engaging in deliberate mis-framing of this attack. Instead of looking to the closest comparables – Fort Hood, San Bernardino – the left seeks to put this attack in league with Newtown and Aurora. But the only thing those attacks have in common with this one is the gun. And there are 300 million guns in America. To combat terrorist attacks, it would be far easier to target terrorists than guns. After all, the FBI says there are only 1,000 people most at-risk of terror attacks – yet just 5 to 10 percent of those are on 24 hour surveillance. Which begs the question: why isn’t Obama focusing on that?
The answer, as always: he has a political agenda. That counteraction doesn’t fit his agenda. So he’ll ignore it, and instead pillory his political opponents as somehow in league with ISIS.