While most Americans are grieving and coming together, some have wasted no time in politicizing this tragedy. As we saw after Sandy Hook, leftists are using the shooting to appeal to emotion in an effort to ram through gun control.
At first, it seemed as though the terrorist was using a fully automatic weapon which are essentially banned. It has now come to light that the terrorist, Stephen Paddock, was in possession of two “bump stocks”. A bump stock allows a semi-automatic to essentially be modified into an automatic weapon. In the coming weeks, expect a debate over the merits of banning these kinds of stocks.
That aside, several leftists made absolute fools of themselves in the immediate aftermath of the shooting. Some of these statements are utterly heartless and deplorable, others are downright hilarious due to the pure ignorance behind them. Here are the top ten, and believe me, it was tough to pick ten.
The crowd fled at the sound of gunshots.
Imagine the deaths if the shooter had a silencer, which the NRA wants to make easier to get.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 2, 2017
Leave it to Hillary Clinton to be completely insensitive while also sticking her foot in her mouth. Hillary called for “putting politics aside” while attacking the NRA in her previous tweet. Absolutely astounding! The notion that silencers would have made any difference is just completely ignorant. Silencers don’t completely silence a gun like they do in the movies. A silencer essentially lowers the volume of a gun to that of a jackhammer.
Still though, the spineless Paul Ryan shelved the upcoming bill. Ryan managed give Hillary a political victory on a completely irrelevant tweet that she could have been blasted on. Typical.
If guns don't kill people, then I suppose nukes don't kill people? How long until the @NRA is lobbying for the right to own personal nukes?
— William LeGate (not Devin Nunes’ cow) (@williamlegate) October 3, 2017
Willie thinks that the government is gonna let us all have or very own fat-man. We should probably just start stocking up on Rad-X now as a precaution.
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This was the effort required to fire ONE BULLET when Second Amendment was written! This is time accelerated + modern replicas! pic.twitter.com/yAhC3Tkg9U
— Timothy Castantine🕴 (@Castantine) October 3, 2017
Ah, the good old “the founders wrote that when they had flintlock pistols and muskets” argument. I love how this argument assumes that the founders had absolutely no idea that guns would get more advanced. Anyone familiar with Thomas Jefferson knows that he was very well read and surely knew that guns would become more advanced. The founders never intended weapons to be simply for hunting; they wanted them as a last resort against a tyrannical government.
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) October 2, 2017
Lady Gaga says the blood is on the hands of those who refuse to legislate. Not those who, you know, pull the trigger. I wonder if Lady Gaga will be willing to waive all the armed officers who protect her at her shows? You see, Lady Gaga believes in security for herself but not us silly peasants. We simply cannot be trusted.
I post something about Australia every time. But this is for those who say gun control doesn't work… https://t.co/jqmLgOmXu4
— John Legend (@johnlegend) October 2, 2017
Ah yes, the classic “Australia argument”. This stance leaves out so many factors including culture and the sheer amount of guns in the U.S., not to mention that pesky second amendment. Suicide rates are actually on the rise in Australia, though suicides by firearm are down since the 1993 ban.
The simple reality is what works for Australia will not work for the United States. Guns have been firmly embedded in this country’s framework since it’s inception. Some statistics suggest there are more guns than people here. A buyback program would not significantly reduce the amount of weapons like it did in Australia.
Did you ever hear a story about a civilian with a semi automatic gun who saved the day? Me neither.
For God's sake REGULATE.
— Corbin Bleu (@corbinbleu) October 3, 2017
Just last week buddy.
sick to my stomach. we have a show tonight & i don't know what we're supposed to tell people. other than WE NEED GUN CONTROL.
— hayley from Paramore (@yelyahwilliams) October 2, 2017
You don’t need to say anything! People pay you for your music, not your political views.
Seriously man, nothing is worse than being lectured about politics at a concert. Besides, does anybody even listen to Paramore anymore?
The NRA is a terrorist organization. There's no other way to say it.
— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) October 2, 2017
Nope. The NRA is simply a lobby who’s sole purpose is to defend the second amendment. This type of rhetoric is not only stupid, it is dangerous. Comparing the gun lobby to an organization like ISIS is just asinine.
Tragedies like Las Vegas have happened too many times. We need to have the conversation about how to stop gun violence. We need it NOW.
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) October 2, 2017
Good to know that Pocahantas got over her “heartsickness” in a matter of seconds. Never let a good crisis go to waste I suppose.
has there ever been a "feel good or positive" story about a regular person owning machine guns? I never hear of any great "machine gun" news
— MichaelRapaport (@MichaelRapaport) October 3, 2017
You can’t legally own a machine gun in the U.S. unless it was purchased before 1986 dumb ass. Stick to making your cheesy videos where you stand in a park and yell at the camera as mothers huddle their children in.