The Texas Democrat Twitter account really blew it. In typical Democrat fashion, they saw a shooting on a college campus and immediately blamed a piece of pro-gun legislation. In this case, it was campus carry in the Lone Star State.
They were immediately hammered over the fact that absolutely nothing the shooter did was legal in any way, shape, or form.
Now, they’re offering up an apology for their behavior.
The Texas Democratic Party apologized on Tuesday for a tweet it posted after a fatal shooting at Texas Tech University.
As news broke Monday night that a 19-year-old student had allegedly shot and killed a Texas Tech University police officer, the Austin-based organization posted the following tweet on its official account:
[Tweet appears to have been removed]
The Texas Democrats’ tweet quickly came under sharp criticism.
Stuart Williams, chairman of the Lubbock County Democratic Party, wrote that it was not the time to talk politics.
Which, of course, is the case whenever the Democrats screw the pooch. Up until then, it’s fair game apparently.
The report added:
In a statement issued on Tuesday, Manny Garcia, deputy executive director of the Texas Democratic Party, apologized for the tweet, which has been deleted.
“Our words were inadequate, hurried, and we apologize,” said Garcia.
Indeed, they were.
The shooting involved a 19-year-old who had been brought in when campus police, responding to a welfare check, found drugs and drug paraphernalia. By virtue of his age alone, he was unable to possess a handgun legally, much less the required carry permit that would allow him to possess a firearm on campus.
None of that mattered at the time. Instead, Democrats did as Democrats tend to do. They saw an opportunity to jump on this tragedy and capitalize on it for political gain.
Make no mistake, they’re not really sorry they politicized the tragedy. They’re sorry didn’t politicize it correctly. That’s it. Regardless of any criticism they’d have gotten, they’d be sticking to their guns (metaphorically). They’d be going on about how this proves whatever crap they want it to prove in hopes that someone in Texas would listen to them.
After all, how many apologies have we seen from Dianne Feinstein or Hillary Clinton regarding Las Vegas? None and we’re not going to see one from either of them. In their minds, they politicized Las Vegas correctly, so they take any outrage directed at them as proof they’re heading in the right direction, so they double down.
Don’t get me wrong, I give Texas Democrats credit for at least admitting they screwed up. It’s rare in politics as it is, and it’s very rare when it comes to anti-gun crusades. The fact that they did is remarkable, and I do give them credit for it.
I’m also realistic about just why they apologized.
They apologized simply because their stunt backfired on them. People had facts, they had information, and it was far too easy to refute the tweet, so they were backed into a corner. Doubling down wasn’t really an option, though many others would have tried it in their shoes, so they apologized.
The real question is, did they learn anything from it? I’m going to guess they didn’t.