During a Wednesday House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on gun violence, Democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez told colleagues the escalation in the frequency of school shootings, which she established is unique to the U.S., is “internationally embarrassing and delegitimizing.”
The congresswoman from New York asked National Education Association President Becky Pringle, “Between 2009 and 2018, how many school shootings did the United States have?”
Pringle replied, “288.”
Clearly grandstanding, Ocasio-Cortez repeated this number and said, “Now let’s look globally. Our G7 partners, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom – combined, how many school shootings did those countries have?”
Pringle answered, “Five.”
“288 versus five. This is not normal. Not only is it not normal, it is internationally embarrassing and delegitimizing to the United States. Because for all the billions and trillions that this body authorizes in the name of national security, we can’t even keep our kids safe from their schools being turned into a war-zone,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
“Now, let’s talk about why,” she said, launching into an angry rant about how profits for gun manufacturers have soared in recent years.
Correlating the U.S. gun industry’s rising profits with the increases in gun deaths, she concludes, “This is about blood money.”
“This is about blood money…” @AOC says the most important thing to lobbyists and the gun industry is profit — and that there is a correlation between gun profits, and gun deaths.
— The National Desk (@TND) June 8, 2022
It should be noted that Ocasio-Cortez was repeating statistics originally reported by CNN in a May 21 article entitled, “The US has had 57 times as many school shootings as the other major industrialized nations combined.” I’m not disputing the numbers. I’m simply pointing out the source of the former bartender’s data.
On Thursday, Business Insider reported that Ocasio-Cortez had “characterized the rate of school shootings in the US as a mark of global shame.”
The story of the lawmaker’s fiery words was immediately — and enthusiastically — seized upon by Chinese state media outlet Xinhua and other CCP-run sites and trumpeted to the nation.
Chinese state media loves to see U.S. politicians preaching this sort of self-hatred.
The deepening divide between political groups in America is no longer just a domestic issue. Our adversaries pounce upon these divisions and exploit them at every opportunity.
When progressive politicians bash our country, they need to be aware that it’s not just Americans who are listening.
It’s the entire world.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.