In the aftermath of the recent mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas resulting in the deaths of at least 58 people and leaving nearly 500 wounded, many politicians and pundits have chosen to not let this tragedy go to waste, and instead push for more gun control just hours after the shooting.
In contrast, President Donald Trump, along with former President Barack Obama, and former Democratic Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders all responded to the incident, sending their prayers, condolences, and thoughts to the victims and families who have lost loved ones. Despite their differences in political ideology, each showed respect for the victims and their loved ones, and did not use this tragedy for political gain.
However, some politicians and media outlets, including Hillary Clinton, former Vice-President Joe Biden, Sen. Ed Markey, Sen. Chris Murphy, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the Huffington Post, Shareblue, and Salon, chose to use the tragedy for political gain.
Less than 12 hours after the shooting took place, and one minute after sending her condolences to the victims, former Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton attacked the NRA, tweeting: “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.” Followed by: “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.”
While Clinton ignored the fact that automatic weapons tend to melt silencers, and attacked the NRA, the former Presidential candidate was not alone in condemning the conservative organization.
This morning, Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) took to twitter at 8AM to argue that such attacks could be prevented if the GOP, “stops blocking gun control legislation” Sen. Markey went on to tweet: “And once and for all, we need to make NRA stand for “Not Relevant Anymore” in American politics.”
Clinton would be joined by Former Democratic Vice-President Joe Biden, who tweeted: “How long do we let gun violence tear families apart? Enough. Congress & the WH should act now to save lives. There’s no excuse for inaction.”
An hour later, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT), went so far as to call his colleagues on capitol hill cowards for not supporting stricter gun laws, tweeting: “To my colleagues: your cowardice to act cannot be whitewashed by thoughts and prayers. None of this ends unless we do something to stop it.”
Sen. Murphy went on to release a statement further attacking his colleagues who do not believe in further restricting American’s 2nd Amendment rights, stating:
“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. 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 ass and do something.”
Earlier this morning, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) also expressed her opinion concerning more gun control, tweeting: “Tragedies like Las Vegas have happened too many times. We need to have the conversation about how to stop gun violence. We need it NOW.”
Various media outlets joined the calls of politicians, in pushing for stricter gun control laws, such as the Huffington Post, who took issue with President Trump’s statements to the press in the wake of this tragedy, with an article titled: “Trump Offers Condolences To Las Vegas Shooting Victims, Doesn’t Mention Guns”.
Shareblue, the democratic propaganda outlet founded by Clinton Supporter and head of Media Matters, David Brock, also attacked President Trump’s remarks in an article titled: “Trump ignores guns in statement on deadliest mass shooting in US history”. Disobedient Media has previously covered Shareblue’s ties to the Chinese government, as well as other foreign special interest groups.
Salon attacked President Trump’s statements, claiming that: “The president was not quick to react stridently to this shooting, probably because the suspect was white”. With these statements, Salon seems to be attacking President Trump for not politicizing the tragic shooting.
According to the Daily Caller, Hayley Geftman-Gold, a top legal executive at CBS, took to Facebook to state that she is “not even sympathetic” for the victims of the shooting. Geftman-Gold went on to write:
“If they wouldn’t do anything when children were murdered I have no hope that Repugs will ever do the right thing…I’m actually not even sympathetic bc country music fans often are Republican gun toters.”
As the Daily Caller points out, this is not the first time that a CBS official has attacked Republicans, as CBS anchor Scott Pelley, in the wake of the attack on the GOP congressional baseball team last June, questioned whether the shooting was, “foreseeable, predictable and to some degree, self-inflicted.”
In the wake of the tragic events that transpired in Las Vegas, it is important to remember that there is a time and a place for everything. In the hours after such events American’s are searching for answers to try to explain what happened and why. During this time, strong words, prayers, and condolences from our nation’s most senior leaders are appropriate.
Prominent political figures from different backgrounds have abstained from using the event to advance political agendas, including Republican President Donald Trump, Democratic former President Barack Obama, and Democrat and often Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders. Their attitudes averted political dialogue in the hours just after the Nevada shooting.
This attitude is what the country should expect from it’s political leaders, as opposed to the partisan, political comments from Hillary Clinton, Biden, Warren and others who used the immediate aftermath of a tragedy to increase political division.