WASHINGTON, January 6, 2016 – Yesterday, President Obama announced his renewed effort to tackle gun violence in the United States. Choking back tears, the Chief Executive announced a series of measures he would take to address the epidemic of mass shootings in this country.
It is an emotional subject, to be sure. Mass shootings call many to action, they grab the attention of voters, and they can bring a President to tears.
But what about all of the other victims of gun violence?
Where are the President’s tears for them?
Where are the President’s tears for Chicago? This weekend alone, four individuals were killed and thirty eight others were wounded in shooting incidents. We hear about this violence every single week, but we do not hear the President mourn for them the way he mourns for the victims of headline grabbing mass shootings.
After all, what is another weekend of mass violence to Chicago?
Perhaps there are no tears because of Chicago’s already severely restricted gun ownership laws, and there is no political capital to be gained there.
Where are the President’s tears for Baltimore? In 2015, as the rest of the country followed a trend that could see the lowest violent crime rate in years, Baltimore saw a record number of homicides.
We hear about the violence every single week, but we do not hear the President demanding that Baltimore change their gun laws and come down hard on criminals. Perhaps it is because Maryland and Baltimore in particular are home to extremely restrictive firearms laws, and there is no political capital to be gained there.
Even as President Obama seeks to pull on the emotional heartstrings of America with this public lament of gun violence, attentive Americans cannot help but laugh at the hypocrisy of this maneuver. The same man who sold guns to Mexican Cartels, and radical Islamic rebels, is telling the American people that they need to do something about gun violence.
Where were Obama’s tears for the Mexicans killed by individuals who purchased weapons as part of Operation Fast and Furious? Where were the President’s tears for Agent Brian Terry?
Where were Obama’s tears for those individuals killed by radical Muslims Obama armed to fight Assad in Syria?
Where was Obama’s concern when radical militants raided a supply depot in Libya stealing an arsenal of American weapons?
Where were Obama’s tears when he bombed a hospital owned by Doctors Without Borders? .
Where are Obama’s tears every time a drone takes the life of an innocent person overseas?
The answer to all of the above questions is simple: There is no political profit in it. President Obama can gain nothing by shedding light on the fact that murder rates are soaring in Chicago and Baltimore, two cities with strict gun control laws.
He cannot shed light on the fact that an operation he allowed to happen led to the deaths of dozens of Mexicans.
He cannot she light on the fact that he essentially armed one of America’s greatest enemies. He cannot shed light on the fact that he so severely destabilized Libya that he allowed for radical Islam to take hold there.
And he surely cannot appear to be too contrite about the Doctors Without Borders bombing, he is after all a Nobel Peace Prize winner.
But gun violence, which most indicators suggest is going down again from 2014 to 2015, is open season for the President. It is easy for the President to point to the NRA and the gun manufacturers and blame them for violent crime in America. It earns him the support of the super Liberal, of Mayor Bloomberg and Mothers Demand Action, and it makes it seem like he cares.
It is difficult to watch that man cry over mass shootings in the United States, and talk about curtailing rights to serve the greater good, when the only good that man serves is his himself.