cretin who took an assault weapon into Pulse, an Orlando nightclub,
on “salsa night” is beneath contempt. Was his
target the LBGTQ community, Latinos, or simply human beings?
After all, it is somewhat reductive to simply describe Pulse as a
“gay club”. It catered to the LBGTQ communities and
allies. Some of those who were massacred were not gay.
They just wanted to dance.
the wake of the massacre of 49 people, and the injury of another 53,
the networks have offered sunup to sundown coverage. Analysis
and opinions have been more than plentiful. Some of the most
disgraceful comments came from Senator John McCain (R-AZ), who blames
President Obama for the massacre in Orlando. To be sure the
Senator quickly retracted his words and said that he “misspoke”.
But he started out by saying that he held President Obama “directly
responsible” for the massacre in Florida. He explained
that because President Obama pulled US troops out of Iraq, he created
the vacuum that ISIS came to fill.
was harsh in his excoriation of President Obama, and his harshness
was misplaced when it was issued, on the same day that President
Obama visited Orlando to meet with the families of those murdered.
If you look into a dictionary under “sore loser” you will
find a photograph of Arizona Senator John McCain. He still has
not recovered from the whipping he took when then-Senator Barack
Obama beat him for the Presidency. While he can only blame
himself, his poorly executed campaign, and his poor choices (Sarah
Palin, anyone?), he is far more comfortable venting against President
Obama than he is exploring his own failures.
governor, the Republican Rick Scott is another who has made
unfortunately inappropriate statements. Deflecting questions
about assault weapons, he says he prefers to talk about eliminating
ISIS. He behaves as if legislators have only a one-track mind.
While it is appropriate to talk about managing ISIS, it is also
appropriate to talk about the easy access that anybody has to assault
weapons. If you are on the no-fly list, the adage goes,
you ought to be on the no-buy list. Not that it helps as much
as it should – there are too many ways to buy guns, ammunition,
and body armor both over and under the table.
does not erode anyone’s second amendment rights to restrict
their right to assault weapons. One does not need a weapon with
multiple rounds to protect oneself or, for that matter, to “hunt”.
Whenever those NRA folks start talking about hunting, though, I
really want to know what (who) it is they want to hunt. It is
entirely appropriate to restrict access to assault weapons, but for
some reason rabid Republicans resist.
Barack Obama has had to take on the role of Empathizer-in-Chief
several times during his Presidency. In the last year, he has
had to deal with the killings at Emanuel AME Church (June 2015, 9
casualties), at the Chattanooga Recruiting Center (July 2015, 4
casualties), the Roseburg Community College shootings (October 2015,
10 casualties), the San Bernardino Community Center shootings
(December 2015, 14 casualties), and now the tragedy in Orlando.
He has been consistent in calling for assault weapons bans, and his
opponents have been consistent in opposing such bans. And they
have been irresponsible in their rhetoric of opposition.
Senator John McCain stands at the tip of the iceberg.
Trump is worse than Senator McCain. He has said that our
President is sympathetic to ISIS terrorists. Like McCain, he
quickly suggested that President Obama has some culpability in the
Orlando massacre. What nonsense! Trump should be ashamed,
if he is capable of such, for turning a tragedy into political
manipulation. So should McCain.
says he “misspoke”, but what he really needs to say is
that he apologizes. He has no right to accuse President Obama
of being “directly responsible” for the Orlando
killings. He was wrong, simply wrong. His statement was
not a slip of the lip, but a calculated attempt to disparage our
President, and for partisan purposes. McCain has been a victim
of Donald Trump’s venom.
the wake of a tragedy, our nation’s leaders ought to follow our
President’s leadership in offering empathy. We ought also
look at ways to prevent further tragedy. Banning assault
weapons is one way to offer some solutions, and some Democrats have
attempted to deal with that, despite resistance. Loose lips are
inappropriate in the wake of this tragedy. Shame on you, Donald
Trump and John McCain, for attempting to turn tragedy to your
political advantage with your foolish words.