“Out of the heartbreak of Parkland a new generation of Americans all across the country marched for our lives and towards a better, safer America for us all.” Someone in the White House who still has full command of the English language penned that line as part of a statement to be issued on the fourth anniversary of the Parkland shooting.
“Together, this extraordinary movement is making sure that the voices of victims and survivors and responsible gun owners are louder than the voices of gun manufacturers and the National Rifle Association.”
Exactly. Biden’s statement ticks all the boxes so he can say he made a strong stand for gun control to placate the civilian disarmament constituency that’s become an important part of the Democrats’ base. The only surprise is a lack of any mention of white supremacy or domestic terrorism.
As the AP reports . . .
Biden said he’s asked members of Congress to provide funding to help reduce violent crime and said they must pass legislation requiring background checks on all gun sales, banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines and eliminating immunity for gun manufacturers.
“We can never bring back those we’ve lost,” Biden said. “But we can come together to fulfill the first responsibility of our government and our democracy: to keep each other safe. For Parkland, for all those we’ve lost, and for all those left behind, it is time to uphold that solemn obligation.”
Conveniently left out of the White House’s statement, of course, is a recounting of all of the failures of existing gun control laws and government officials at almost every level that resulted in Nikolas Cruz murdering 17 people four years ago. There were the ignored FBI reports. The literally dozens of interactions with local police, none of which resulted in the murderer’s arrest or conviction.
There was the school district’s willingness to keep a violent, unstable kid in school despite dozens of red flags like fights, threats of rape and murder, bringing knives to school, and banning him from bringing a backpack into any Broward County school (that went well, didn’t it?).
And then there was this guy . . .
When all of the other system failures eventually led to a shooting inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, this armed individual on duty stood by and listened why seventeen people were murdered and fourteen more were wounded that day.
In other words, gun control laws and government functionaries failed in almost every possible way to stop the Parkland shooting.
I’ve asked Congress to pass a budget that provides an additional half billion dollars for proven strategies we know reduce violent crime — accountable community policing and community violence interventions. I have also requested increased funding for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the U.S. Marshals. And Congress must do much more — beginning with requiring background checks on all gun sales, banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and eliminating immunity for gun manufacturers.
All the same garbage regurgitated in all the same ways by the White House. Yadda, yadda, yadda. Give the old guy another pudding cup.
“Oliver climbed up to the top of a construction crane near the White House to demand action on gun violence on the Parkland anniversary. His family says he is protesting the Biden Administration’s lack of action on gun control.” https://t.co/pHgVnkOuV7
— Rob Romano (@2Aupdates) February 14, 2022
On this anniversary, during which the gun control industry takes such pleasure in dancing in the blood of the dead, the President will just have to forgive the rest of us who look at what actually happened in Broward County that day and fail to conclude that the solution is still more government and more restrictions on Americans’ ability to arm and protect themselves.