The dead have not yet been buried, and already President Barack Obama, along with Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and others, have begun leveraging the criminal shooting of church-goers in South Carolina against law-abiding gun owners nationwide. From the Associated Press:
Obama, who knew the pastor killed in the Charleston attack, said he has been called upon too often to mourn the deaths of innocents killed by those “who had no trouble getting their hands on a gun.”
“Now is the time for mourning and for healing,” the president said. “But let’s be clear. At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries. It doesn’t happen in other places with this kind of frequency. And it is in our power to do something about it.”
The president went on to bemoan “the politics of this town,” referencing the inviability of strict federal gun control laws. Gun restrictions have trouble getting passed even when Democrats hold majorities in Washington. Obama, who stands closely protected each and every day by armed Secret Service agents, would nevertheless like to deprive law-abiding citizens of the right to protect themselves.