Anti-gun New York Senator Charles Schumer’s hypocrisy is taking center stage in the wake of Tuesday’s murderous Manhattan terror attack by proclaiming in response to a tweet from President Donald Trump that, “I guess it’s not too soon to politicize a tragedy.”
This is the same man who, almost immediately after the Oct. 1 Las Vegas mass shooting declared on the Senate floor that Congress should “confront the deeply troubling issues that are raised by this atrocity.”
Apparently, Schumer is opposed to politicizing a tragedy but he’s all for exploiting one.
The New York career politician was serving in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1990 when he was one of the prime movers of a piece of legislation called the Diversity Visa Program. President Trump took to Twitter, alluding to the law as “a Chuck Schumer beauty.”
Even while investigators were still scouring the Las Vegas crime scene, Schumer stood up on the Senate floor to demand: “How did this monster acquire the arsenal he used to rain down death on crowded innocents? Were those guns purchased and compiled legally? What was this person’s perverted motive? Was there any history of mental health issues? What circumstances could lead a man to commit such violence upon his fellow human beings?… But some will have answers and will have to reckon with the fact that this man was able to assemble an arsenal of military-grade weapons.”
Does Sen. Schumer have some timing formula about when it is appropriate to “politicize a tragedy?”
Gun rights activists are already busy on social media, wondering why the Manhattan suspect, identified as 29-year-old Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, is being called a “lone wolf” while every owner of a modern sporting rifle and certain those who own “bump fire stocks” are facing penalization because of Steven Paddock.
Alan Gottlieb, founder and executive vice president of the Second Amendment Foundation, weighed in Wednesday morning: “When are the gun control zealots going to admit that the problem we’re facing isn’t guns, it’s violence. While most Americans are alarmed and saddened by Tuesday’s horrible events, the gun control crowd, including Mayor Bill de Blasio, hasn’t immediately started screaming about ‘truck violence’ or ‘truck control.’
“Only when a firearm is used do these extremists focus on the weapon,” he continued. “Nobody’s talking about banning trucks. There hasn’t been a rush to the microphones to demand background checks for people who drive pickups. But if a gun had been this madman’s weapon of choice, you would already be hearing shouts for more restrictions on the Second Amendment.”
Schumer’s political fingerprints are on the legislation that made it possible for Saipov to come to the United States.
In a statement, Schumer accused the president of trying to divide America because of the New York mayhem. However, couldn’t the same be said about Schumer’s demonization of gun owners and gun rights after any high-profile shooting incident?