Early Monday morning an armed assailant took position over a country music festival in Las Vegas, Nevada. The shooter, Stephen Paddock, opened fire with a fully-automatic weapon on an unsuspecting crowd of concert goers in what appears to be an overt attempt to kill and/or injure as many people as he possibly could before turning the gun on himself. While the motive of the shooter is still unclear at this time, ISIS is claiming responsibility via their news agency, Amaq. ISIS claims the attack was carried out by a “soldier of the caliphate” whom converted to Islam months ago, though the FBI claims they have found no ISIS connections as of yet.
Before a motive is established, before the bodies and bodily injuries are accounted for, many Americans are looking to immediately politicize this staggering tragedy. Hillary Clinton sent out the following message via Twitter Monday morning:
“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.”
The irony contained within Hillary Clinton’s message is startling. She states that we are to put politics aside and with the mere placement of a comma, immediately injects politics into the discussion. Without the knowledge of whether or not this madman was a member of the NRA, Hillary Clinton attacks the NRA as if they facilitated this tragic massacre. The NRA is an advocate for legal and responsible gun ownership which clearly puts a lot of distance between this madman and their organization. To blame or even cite the NRA with regard to this tragedy is nothing more than a poorly veiled attempt to politicize a staggering loss of American lives.
NPR has decided to go right after gun control laws, as if fully-automatic weapons are not already heavily regulated if not illegal in the vast majority of the United States. The left will never let a tragedy go to waste, hens the reason they are making inane suggestions that current laws already address. Suggestions that will go unnoticed and unrecognized due to them stemming from “knee-jerk” reactions rather than waiting for facts to emerge.
According to the Daily Caller, a CBS legal executive by the name of Hayley Geftman-Gold wrote the following on Facebook:
“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.”
We can only hope that CBS has enough sympathy for the victims to address the hatred that resides within their own executive culture, especially the hatred dwelling within one Hayley Geftman-Gold.
We can make more and more laws, but it will not stop a madman’s intent to kill innocent people. The reason why we call these people “criminals” is because they do not follow the laws Congress passes. We have laws against bank robbery, however the FBI reports over 5000 bank robberies each year. We have laws against rape, still we have over 100,000 rapes reported every year. Laws will only make an act illegal, it will not stop those whom want to commit the act; it merely gives us a reason to put them away for committing any act through which Congress deems illegal.
Before political policy can even be considered, facts must be drawn from this event in order for any future matters to be addressed. As of 1:45 pm Monday afternoon not many facts have been divulged to the public other than the shooter’s name, which makes this a time to mourn and reflect on the victims rather than casting blame in attempts to dictate the narrative.