The initial statement issued by the White House this morning on the Orlando gay nightclub massacre was the usual thoughts-and-prayers boilerplate. You can bet your bottom round of .22LR, though, that the President will be out with more deep thoughts on the matter before the day is done. Does anyone want to lay any cash on the tenor of the CinC’s remarks after what’s being described as the worst mass shooting in American history?
With a reported 50 dead and another 50+ injured, every effort will be made to frame this not as an act of jihadi murder of more infidels on their own soil, but as another example of America’s sick gun culture run amok. In fact there’s probably no need to bother his speechwriters on a weekend when he can easily recycle so much of what he said in December of 2014.
I offered Governor (Scott) my condolences on behalf of the nation, and made it clear he will have every single resource that he needs to investigate this heinous crime, care for the victims, counsel their families. …
We’ve endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years. And each time I learn the news I react not as a President, but as anybody else would — as (an American). And that was especially true today. I know there’s not a (person) in America who doesn’t feel the same overwhelming grief that I do.
As a country, we have been through this too many times. Whether it’s an elementary school in Newtown, or a shopping mall in Oregon, or a temple in Wisconsin, or a movie theater in Aurora, or a street corner in Chicago — these neighborhoods are our neighborhoods….
After acknowledging the obvious horror of what happened, look for the emphasis of his carefully curated outrage to be on the tools that Omar Mateen used, rather than the noxious ideology that motivated him to mow down a crowd of infidels…almost all of whom were members of a group that radical Islamists find even more vile than your typical, garden variety decadent American.
So Obama’s focus will be on Mateen’s guns. As you can be sure candidate Clinton’s will be as well. Never mind that such an attack is exactly the kind of eventuality that moves so many Americans to avail themselves of their Second Amendment rights, no matter how low their odds of being victimized. Never mind that as the leader of the most prominent orgainization of armed LGBT Americans has cautioned against another knee-jerk call for civilian disarmament.
“This is exactly the kind of heinous act that justifies our existence. At such a time of tragedy, let us not reach for the low-hanging fruit of blaming the killer’s guns. Let us stay focused on the fact that someone hated gay people so much they were ready to kill or injure so many. A human being did this. The human being’s tools are unimportant when compared to the bleakness of that person’s soul. I say again, GUNS did not do this. A human being did this, a dead human being. Our job now is not to demonize the man’s tools, but to condemn his acts and work to prevent such acts in the future.”
Instead, just as after Newton, they’ll try to turn Orlando into a rallying cry to replicate here what happened in Australia after Port Arthur. That would seem to be more than a little problematic in an election year, not that such inconveniences will give them any pause. They can’t let an opportunity like this pass when it presents itself. Never let a crisis go to waste.
They’re nothing if not predictable.