Well, I think we all knew where this was inevitably going. In response to the tragic Wednesday night killing of nine black church patrons in South Carolina by Dylann Storm Roof, a 21-year-old white male, President Obama made a statement regarding the killings. While the President noted that there was something particularly heinous about a large group of people being slaughtered in a place of worship, POTUS also mentioned that he had made way too many of these kinds of statements during his tenure and that something needs to change.
“I’ve had to make statements like this too many times. Communities like this have had to endure tragedies like this too many times. Innocent people were hurt because someone who wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting a gun. Some time as a country we’ll have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence doesn’t happen in other advanced countries. It doesn’t happen in other places with this frequency. It is within our power to do something about it.”
Below is video of his remarks, via the White House’s YouTube channel:
Of course, anytime we have a tragic mass shooting in this country — which is quite often — and Obama or others discuss gun control or other measures, there is certain segment of our society whose anuses automatically clench up and who start getting super defensive about their prized inanimate objects. That portion of our country need not fear, though, because Fox News will always be there to give voice to their concerns.
During a panel discussion on Fox’s Outnumbered, the hosts and singular male guest Alex Ferrer openly complained that Obama was being “opportunistic” in his remarks about the need for tighter gun control. Lead host Harris Faulkner claimed that Obama was misleading by saying that these types of tragedies don’t happen in other advanced countries, stating unequivocally that they do. (Of course, the Prez said they don’t happen with the kind of frequency that we see here, which is absolutely correct.)
We also got the same tired tropes we always here after some nut goes buck wild on a bunch of people with an easily obtained firearm. Ferrer said that perhaps things would have ended differently if the people in the church also would’ve been packing. Because, as we all know, the answer to tragic gun violence is MORE GUNS. At least, that’s how we’ve been dealing with it these past 10-15 years. Seems to be working so far.
Faulkner pointed out that Roof, who has a criminal record, received a gun for his 21st birthday as a gift. In her mind, since he got it as a gift, there is just nothing that can ever be done legally moving forward. Apparently, because we should never ever EVER make a law that would restrict the giving away of guns to fucking lunatics. I mean, a gift’s a gift. Can’t do nuffin’, time to move on.
Essentially, the mindset during the conversation was that now is not the time to talk about it, and even if we have to talk about guns and gun control, we really shouldn’t do anything about it anyway. These are all just one-offs. As one panelist said, if we take away guns, these people will just go about using other weapons, like bombs or knives or whatever. And, as we all know, we need our guns to protect us from all the others that have guns because guns are so easy to get so please don’t take away my gun, Obummer!
Below is video of part of the discussion, courtesy of Fox News: