It’s become an involuntary incantation…a verbal talisman uttered after every atrocity involving a firearm by those who would degrade and destroy Americans’ right to keep and bear arms. ‘Are you insane? More people there with guns would have made the situation even worse!’ The latest anti-gun automaton to mindlessly mumble a version of this mumbo-jumbo: the finger-wagger himself, President Bill Clinton.
From The Hill:
In an interview with Bloomberg TV, the former president was asked to respond to Donald Trump’s claim that fewer people would have died at the club if they had firearms.
“Did you see how dark it was?” Clinton said. “It’s likely that more people would have been killed.”
Omar Mateen managed to shoot 102 people in a club packed with about 350 souls early Sunday morning. Is it possible to imagine that situation being much worse? Can anyone — without an agenda he’s trying to further — honestly contend that even one or two armed individuals in that crowd firing back at the terrorist would have resulted in more dead and wounded? That more people might not have escaped while Mateen was engaged?
Remember, though, we’re talking about a Clinton here. When asked about the ‘assault weapon’ ban he signed into law, he had this to say:
It worked pretty well,” Clinton said of the ban. “Then when it was allowed to expire. For a while we didn’t seem to have uptick in crime, but look at what happened with big weapons at Sandy Hook and Aurora, Colorado and most recently in Orlando and San Bernardino, California.”
I guess it depends on what the meaning of ‘well’ is.