Another day, another shooting. This is America in 2019, and as shootings happen more frequently than the recent past, Democrats invariably call for more laws that will harm law abiding citizens without having the desired impact on criminals. Why? Because by their very nature, criminals are wont to possess and use firearms illegally. After all, they’re criminals.
Case-in-point: Wednesday’s gun battle in Philadelphia that left six officers wounded and another injured. A man barricaded himself in his home and opened fire on police. Democrats pounced with multiple calls for gun control. But the narrative didn’t match reality. As Beth Baumann at Townhall pointed out, the alleged shooter, Maurice Hill, has a long criminal history, a penchant for using firearms despite gun laws in place to prevent that, and a tendency to evade capture from law enforcement.
In other words, the current laws should have been more than enough to prevent Hill from acquiring the firearms used in Wednesday’s shootings. To say that more gun control laws would magically do the trick is disingenuous. The Democrats know this to be the case, but that didn’t stop them from taking advantage of another high-profile illegal use of firearms to call for more laws.
Before we show those reactions, let’s highlight three Tweets from Democratic candidates that were not instantly calling for gun control. They were actually quite lucid.
There are a lot of questions we don't have answers to right now. What we do know is that this will be a long night for too many families in Philadelphia. Our hearts are with them. Our resolve and commitment are with them in the long days to come.
— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) August 15, 2019
.@DrBiden and I send our prayers to the police officers injured today in Philadelphia, and to their families who wake up every day knowing that their loved ones are walking into harm's way when they put on the badge. We're grateful for the selfless work they do to keep us safe. https://t.co/0G4h7QcTrc
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 15, 2019
Thank you to the brave police officers and first responders in Philly doing everything they can to keep us safe. These scenes should not be possible in the US.
— Andrew Yang? (@AndrewYang) August 14, 2019
But the majority of Democratic candidates who responded did so as a way to call for more gun control. They weren’t specific about which laws they’d propose that would have somehow stopped Hill from illegally acquiring his firearms, but hey, those are just details to Democrats, right? Gun control must pass whether it’s going to prevent shootings or not. Gun control must pass whether it will harm law abiding citizens or not. That’s the modern Democratic mantra.
I'm heartsick for the Philadelphia officers and their loved ones, and grateful for the brave first responders helping people get to safety.
We don't have to live like this. We must pass gun reform laws to end the gun violence epidemic—now. https://t.co/r0OKa1tVnc
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) August 15, 2019
Another tragic shooting. This time in Philadelphia. We have to end this scourge of gun violence.
— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) August 15, 2019
When the shooting began in El Paso, first responders across our city ran towards danger. A reminder of what police officers across America risk to serve their communities each day. Thinking of Philadelphia, and everyone impacted by this gun violence epidemic we need to end. https://t.co/M68bREhkPp
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) August 15, 2019
We must take legislative action to stop gun violence. But we also need to understand the corruption that makes politicians protect the NRA over American lives—and how right-wing judges in our courts enable it.
We need to change that. https://t.co/9EeLzXBmpK
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) August 14, 2019
It is devastating that so many families are suffering, or losing the people they love, while we wait to make the substantial gun reform we need to keep people in our country safe.
Our hearts are with the people of Philadelphia tonight.
— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) August 14, 2019
We need more than thoughts and prayers to put end senseless gun violence. We need to act by:
✔Passing universal background checks
✔Limiting high-capacity magazines
✔Implementing red flag laws
✔Banning assault weapons#NotOneMore
— John Hickenlooper (@Hickenlooper) August 14, 2019
Listen to the man—please. https://t.co/yD3eDzw6Q4
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) August 15, 2019
Americans are tired of living in fear that they might be the next target of a shooting. We can take steps to fix this.
It’s been nearly 6 months since the House passed the Bipartisan Background Checks Act. When will Mitch McConnell & Senate Republicans have the courage to act?
— Kamala Harris (@SenKamalaHarris) August 15, 2019
We can't sit around waiting for others to take action on gun violence. Doing nothing is not an option. pic.twitter.com/sdPGVvEpQA
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) August 15, 2019
It doesn’t matter to Democrats that criminals break laws. All that matters is that they pass gun control regardless of how many law abiding citizens it hurts. Philadelphia demonstrated a crime problem Wednesday, not a gun problem.
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