Former Obama White House chief of staff and current Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s famous credo government action when the worst happens: never let a crisis go to waste. Take advantage of a bad tragedy to get something passed in the heat of the moment that wouldn’t stand a chance when Congress and the voters have more time to consider it.
So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shooting, which cost the lives of twenty children and teachers, Emanuel’s advice was to go for broke. Use the shock over the atrocity to reinstitute an assault weapons ban.
Just two days after the murders, Education Secretary Arne Duncan turned to Emanuel for advice on how to make the most of the tragedy. Here’s an email exchange obtained by the Baltimore Post through a FOIA request:
At 6:57PM EST on December 16, 2012, Duncan wrote to Emanuel in a message titled “CT shootings.”
Duncan asked the Chicago mayor, “What are your thoughts?”
Five minutes later, Emanuel responded, “Go for a vote this week before it fades. Tap peoples emotion. Make it simple assault weapons.”
Duncan responded immediately, “Yup- thanks.”
“When I did brady bill and assault weapons for clinton we always made it simple. Criminals or war weapons,”Emanuel said in the email to Duncan.
“Gun show loophole?” Duncan responded. “Database? Cop-killer bullets? Too complicated?” he said.
“Cop killer maybe,” Emanuel responded. “The other no.”
The exchange ended when Duncan concluded with, “Got it.”
It would be shocking if it weren’t already so very much in keeping with everything we already know about Emanuel and how he’s always operated.
When confronted with the emails about how to handle the Sandy Hook shootings, neither Mr. Duncan, Mayor Emanuel nor their office staff chose to respond.
Never forget; They don’t support the Second Amendment. They really do want to take your guns. And they’ll use every opportunity they can to get the job done.