In a eulogy for the Navy Yard shooting victims on Sunday, President Obama used the opportunity to promise that he would not accept inaction after this recent mass shooting in Washington. He blamed the political process for not being able to push through his recent gun control ideas, but then he went on to blame Americans for not “caring enough”.
The president said the question is not, “whether as Americans we care in moments of tragedy. Clearly we care. Our hearts are broken again. The question is do we care enough?”
Do WE care enough Mr. President? The question is do YOU care enough to stop using mass shootings in gun-free zones as open season for political power points? Do you care enough to stop the disarmament of our men and women who work on military bases instead of making them sitting ducks? Do you care enough to reverse the 1993 Clinton decision that made people who work on bases defenseless?
The audacity to blame the failure of gun control laws on the apathy of gun owners is alarming. It’s the gun owners and gun rights supporters that are actually advocating we be able to protect ourselves from such mad men as the Navy Yard shooter. And it’s the same kind of gun-free zone mentality that has lead to such a tragic massacre.
To say we don’t care enough and then to ignore the 13 who were shot in the gun control haven of Chicago last week is enough evidence to see that it’s more about promoting gun control than it is promoting safety against violence. And no, those 2 ideas are not equal to each other.
“It ought to be a shock to all of us, as a nation and a people,” Obama went on to say. “It ought to obsess us. It ought to lead to some sort of transformation.”
And by transformation we know what the president is talking about. After every mass shooting he has used the occasion to sell the nation on more gun control measures, which have been proven NOT to work.
The president spoke in front of a crowd of 4,000 as he remember the 12 victims in this tragedy. While it is horribly sad and somber to know what these families have to endure, it’s also very disturbing to know that they will now be used as pawns in the president’s plans to take away more gun rights while making us less safe.
If you think Obama will let this tragedy go to waste you are mistaken. But he is a bit more hesitant now after having gun control law defeated in the Senate after the Newtown shooting. Remember after that shooting he said,
“In the coming weeks I will use whatever power this office holds to engage my fellow citizens — from law enforcement to mental health professionals to parents and educators — in an effort aimed at preventing more tragedies like this.”
After the Navy Yard shootings in Washington, President Obama did not specifically promise the same thing in his eulogy. But he did imply a reenergized push for more gun control and brought back his motto of “change” from his 2008 campaign.
“It may not happen tomorrow and it may not happen next week and it may not happen next month,” he said. “But it will happen, because it’s the change we need. Our tears are not enough,” he added. “Our words and our prayers are not enough.” If Americans want to honor the 12 men and women who died at the Navy Yard, he said, “we’re going to have to change. We’re going to have to change.”
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