Twelve people were killed by a crazed gunman in a shooting rampage at the Navy Yard in Washington DC yesterday. The gunman was also killed. He was identified as Aaron Alexis, a 34 year old Navy veteran from Fort Worth Texas. His motive for the rampage is unclear at this point. He was discharged for unspecified misconduct, had mental health issues and has had run-ins with the law for firearms related offences, which may be clues about why he did what he did. Terrorism has also not been ruled out at this time and several Jihadists suggested online that Jihadists were behind the attack and Islam was, by extension, the motivation.
Time will tell.
The bodies weren’t even cold before advocates of gun control tried to take advantage of the tragedy and push their anti-gun agenda forward. That includes President Obama, who no doubt saw the shooting as a political opportunity to be used and reacted like the opportunist he is, the cold, calculating opportunist he is.
After the shooting was over Obama said that even though he didn’t have the facts, “We’re confronting-yet another-mass shooting. And today it happened on a military installation in our nation’s capital.”
Here are a few facts for Obama, courtesy of the Washington Times. Obama certainly should have been aware of them, although its safe to say he would never acknowledge them publicly because they show that his gun control rhetoric is just that, rhetoric, and is meaningless and ideology driven, not factually driven
Mass shootings are in fact very rare in the United States, the previous one being over nine months ago.
There have been seventy eight mass shootings in the past thirty years, an average of two point six per year, which is hardly an epidemic in a country with a population of well over three hundred million people.
These shootings claimed five hundred and forty seven lives, an average of eighteen victims per year.
Gun crimes have decreased, that’s decreased, every year for the past twenty years.
The nonpartisan Congressional Research Study which was released in April of this year stated that “While tragic and shocking, public mass shootings account for few of the murders related to firearms that occur annually in the United States.” and that because these events are so rare “potential perpetrators cannot be identified accurately, and no systematic means of intervening are known to be effective.”
President Obama and his minions and fellow ideologues should not be presenting falsehoods to Americans and trying to take advantage of a tragic occurrence to further their political agenda. His reaction to the shootings at the Navy Yard in Washington reeks of falsehoods, opportunism and insincerity and is all too typical. Falsehoods, opportunism and insincerity have marked his time in office from the beginning and they marked his reaction to the tragedy in Washington too.
The shooting in Washington was tragic for the innocents who were killed and their families. It was made even more tragic by a President who sought to take advantage of the situation to advance his agenda. For shame. The dead deserve to be mourned, not used, and Obama and his minions and fellow ideologues tried to use them…that’s shameful and beneath the dignity of the Office of President.
The little that’s left of it anyway.
By the way, the last mass shooting on a United States military base took place in November, 2009, almost four years ago, in Fort Hood, Texas.
An army Major who was also an Islamist killed 13 people and wounded 30 others, all in the name of Jihad and Islam.
What has Obama done to prevent such occurrences in the future?
Nothing at all.
That’s shameful as well.