The President Seeks a Scapegoat

As he has in the past when tragedy struck, President Obama didn’t wait to hear the facts about the horrific shooting at an Oregon community college before launching into a tirade aimed at advocates of gun rights. The president strode into the White House briefing room to make the following statement: “I’d ask the American people to think about how they can get our government to change these laws, and to save these lives and let these people grow up.” He also said his critics would accuse him of wanting to “politicize” the issue but followed that by claiming that this was something “we should politicize.” Of course, the president had no idea whether the 26-year-old man who committed this massacre had obtained his weapons in a manner that might have been prevented by a change in the laws. Indeed, in previous instances where he made such a call after a shooting, it turned out that the stricter restrictions on gun sales he advocates wouldn’t have stopped the slaughter. Faced with another shocking crime, his priority was, regardless of the facts, to establish a scapegoat for the Oregon shooting in the form of the National Rifle Association and its supporters.

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The President Seeks a Scapegoat

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