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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez isn’t exactly setting the stage for her elevation to the ranks of elder statesmen. If there’s anything most folks expect from her, including many Democrats, it’s stupid comments.
The aftermath of the shooting at a California synagogue is, of course, no different as radio host Michael Knowles points out that AOC joins the ranks of anti-gunner stupidity.
So [Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez] tweets out, right after this happens, quote “heartbroken to hear of the San Diego synagogue shooting particularly so on this final day of Passover. We have a responsibility to love and protect our neighbors. The longer the Senate delays holding a vote on H.R. 8 the more we put Americans at risk.”
“Heartbroken to hear about this. We should protect our neighbors.” If you don’t vote for the very specific gun control legislation that I want you to vote for, you are basically responsible for shooting up a synagogue — that’s an inappropriate way to respond to a tragedy — inappropriate way to respond to a shooting in part because it’s just not true.
H.R. 8 is some more gun control legislation to expand background checks. No evidence whatsoever that this would have prevented this shooter from getting a gun. No evidence whatsoever that this would have prevented any of the other mass shootings that we have seen in recent years.
So, we ask ourselves, “How could we have prevented this shooting? How could we have stopped this, more gun control?” No. There is no evidence that any major gun control law that’s been proposed would have stopped any of these things. How about if law enforcement had somehow caught this guy earlier? I guess that would have stopped it, but how would they have caught the guy? The guy who did it had no prior contact with law enforcement…Maybe if we were able to catch mental illnesses earlier. Again, there’s no evidence this guy has a mental illness.
The killer in Poway, California had a plethora of gun control laws that did nothing to prevent him from obtaining a firearm, nor did it stop him from using that firearm in service to an evil cause. Claiming that federally-mandated universal background checks would have somehow prevented the senseless slaughter in the name of bigotry is only slightly less ignorant than the ideology that drove the murders in the first place.
California already requires background checks on every purchase.
Further, so far nothing in the killer’s background has shown any reason why he would have failed such a background check. Something might be there, but I haven’t seen it so far, which suggests there isn’t. In other words, he’d have passed any background check given.
Ocasio-Cortez–or Occasional Cortex, as she’s known amongst my crowd–is spouting stupidity in the name of advancing an agenda. Hardly surprising.