In the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in US history, many politicians are issuing their responses to the tragedy.
While some, like President Trump, sought only to provide comfort and condolence to the victims, others used the opportunity to push politics. According to Hillary Clinton’s response on her Facebook page, she wants the NRA to be held accountable for the deaths.
The contrast between the two former presidential candidates couldn’t be more distinct. On Twitter, Trump expressed his deepest sympathy, putting the focus on the victims of the tragedy, “My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!”
Admittedly, Clinton expressed her condolences for a brief moment in the beginning of her response: “Las Vegas, we are grieving with you – the victims, those who lost loved ones, the responders, and all affected by this cold-blooded massacre.”
But the sympathy wasn’t to last, and she immediately launched into a liberal tirade against the NRA, “The crowd fled at the sound of gunshots. Imagine the deaths if the shooter had a silencer, which the NRA wants to make easier to get. Our grief isn’t enough. We can and must put politics aside, stand up to the NRA, and work together to try to stop this from happening again.”
According to Fox News, Clinton wasn’t alone in using the tragedy to fuel a political agenda. Many other Democrat politicians swooped in to demand gun control and criticize President Trump.
Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), attacked congressmen for failing to restrict Americans’ Second Amendment rights. “Nowhere but America do horrific large-scale mass shootings happen with this degree of regularity. This must stop. It is positively infuriating that my colleagues in Congress are so afraid of the gun industry that they pretend there aren’t public policy responses to this epidemic.”
He went on to criticize Trump’s response to the tragedy: “There are, and the thoughts and prayers of politicians are cruelly hollow if they are paired with continued legislative indifference. It’s time for Congress to get off its a** and do something.”
Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CN) similarly attacked Congress, saying, “It has been barely a year since what was previously the largest mass shooting in American history – the deadly attack at Pulse nightclub. In the interim, thousands more have been lost to the daily, ruthless toll of gun violence. Still, Congress refuses to act. I am more than frustrated, I am furious.”
It’s appalling that anyone would seek to use this tragedy, which occurred mere hours ago, for their own political pursuit. Many, at this moment, are in the hospital fighting for their lives; yet instead of seeking to provide sympathy or a call to action to assist the dying, leftist politicians seek to further their own goals.
The NRA supports responsible gun ownership. Do you think they are partially to blame for the Las Vegas shooting?
It’s also dangerous to make assumptions without facts. No one knows if the ten rifles in the gunman’s possession were obtained legally or illegally. CBS News also raised the point that ISIS has claimed the attack as one of their own. If so, it is very possible that the guns were obtained through questionable channels and gun control legislation would have had very little affect in preventing the tragedy.
Instead of jumping on the tragedy like political vultures, there needs to be more time spent grieving for the dead and wounded and seeking to provide assistance wherever and however possible. Once answers behind the massacre are obtained, then assumptions and statements for change can be made, if applicable.
Until then, political agendas have no business trying to take the front stage of this terrible tragedy.