“You never want a serious crisis to go to waste . . .”
Those words came from the mouth of then-President Barack Obama’s Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel.
Now it’s President Joe Biden who is using a tragedy as an excuse to break yet another promise he made to the American people.
Never trust a donkey or a RINO
The GOP has a bad habit of trusting the Democrat Party.
Democrats offer a compromise, Republicans agree, then the blue team renews their efforts and demands more.
Last summer, following two mass murders in quick succession, Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell, tasked his fellow Republican Senator John Cornyn of Texas to team with Republican Senator Thom Tillis of North Carolina to work with Democrats on a bipartisan compromise bill to curb so-called “gun violence.”
GOP Senators Cornyn and Tillis were successful working with Democrat Senators Chris Murphy of Connecticut and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona.
They reached a deal that included money to incentivize states to pass so-called “Red Flag” laws, add a waiting period, of between 3 and 10 days, and additional background investigations for people under 21 to purchase a firearm and expand the definition of a “relationship” for the purposes of the enforcement of the laws to include, basically, anyone whom they’ve ever had a fling.
14 Republicans voted in favor: Blunt (MO), Burr (NC), Capito (WV), Cassidy (LA), Collins (ME), Cornyn (TX), Ernst (IA), Graham (SC), McConnell (KY), Murkowski (AK), Portman (OH), Romney (UT), Tillis (NC) and Young (IN).
— CSPAN (@cspan) June 22, 2022
15 Republicans joined all 50 Democrats in voting to pass the bill in the Senate and send it to the House, including: Mitch McConnell (KY), John Cornyn (TX), Thom Tillis (NC), Richard Burr (NC), Roy Blunt (MO), Shelley Moore Capito (WV), Bill Cassidy (LA), Susan Collins (ME), Joni Ernst (IA), Lindsey Graham (SC), Lisa Murkowski (AK), Rob Portman (OH), Mitt Romney (UT), Pat Toomey and Todd Young (IN).
The bill then passed the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives and was signed into law by President Joe Biden.
An end to mass murders?
President Biden celebrated the bill in the lead up to the 2022 Midterms – calling it historic and monumental and saying it would save lives.
“It does include actions I’ve long called for that are going to save lives,” Biden said. “Today, we say more than ‘enough.’ We say more than enough. This time, when it seems impossible to get anything done in Washington, we are doing something consequential.”
The President went on to say that now that his gun-grabbing legislation had passed, Washington, D.C. could move on to other issues.
“If we can reach compromise on guns, we ought to be able to reach a compromise on other critical issues, from veterans’ health care to cutting edge American innovation and so much more,” Biden added. “I know there’s much more work to do, and I’m never going to give up, but this is a monumental day.”
But Biden isn’t moving on, he just waited for the next tragedy to exploit.
Of course, there is no evidence suggesting taking guns out of the hands of law-abiding citizens and only allowing criminals to carry reduces murders or violence.
But that’s not stopping Biden from pushing for more violations of the second amendment.
Never let a crisis go to waste
There have been two recent mass shootings in California.
In Monterey Park, California, a 72-year-old Asian man allegedly killed 11 people at a Lunar New Year celebration.
According to NBC News, authorities now believe he may have been targeting his ex-wife.
That was followed by another shooting, this time in Half Moon Bay, California, where a 67-year-old Asian male allegedly took the lives of seven people and put an eighth in the hospital with life-threatening injuries.
NBC News is reporting he was targeting Chinese farmworkers.
Statement from President Biden on the Shooting in Half Moon Bay, California.
"… I once again urge both chambers of Congress to act quickly and deliver this Assault Weapons Ban to my desk…" pic.twitter.com/yniwAinCcb
— Moshe Schwartz (@YWNReporter) January 24, 2023
Biden wasted no time in exploiting the tragic events and pushing for his gun-grabbing agenda.
“Yesterday, Senator Feinstein — alongside Senators Murphy, Blumenthal and others — reintroduced a federal Assault Weapons Ban and legislation that would raise the minimum purchase age for assault weapons to 21,” Biden said in a statement. “Even as we await further details on these shootings, we know the scourge of gun violence across America requires stronger action. I once again urge both chambers of Congress to act quickly and deliver this Assault Weapons Ban to my desk, and take action to keep American communities, schools, workplaces, and homes safe.”
The first takeaway from the President’s statement – he admits he’s acting before knowing the details of the tragedies.
Second, he wants to raise the minimum purchasing age of a firearm to 21, despite both the alleged shooters being senior citizens – so it wouldn’t have prevented them from obtaining a gun if the law was already on the books.
And third, there is no definition to the bogeyman term Democrats and their allies in the media love to throw around, “assault weapon.”
And finally, wasn’t less than a half-year ago – while trying to win seats for his party – Biden was telling Americans his gun-control measures would stop exactly these types of tragedies?
Democrats are still following those words from Rahm Emanuel, “never let a serious crisis go to waste.”