With the rage that had been fermenting on the left since Nov. 8 of last year, it was only a matter of time: On Wednesday, 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson shot several individuals at a Republican congressional baseball team practice in Arlington, Virginia, critically wounding House Majority Whip Steve Scalise.
CBS News reports that Hodgkinson was a Bernie Sanders volunteer who had posted numerous rants against Republicans in general and President Donald Trump in particular on social media. He had called the president a “traitor,” saying that “it’s time to destroy Trump & Co.”
So, needless to say, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, figured out the real cause of Wednesday’s attack — a lack of gun control.
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In comments that sounded like they were straight out of the Barack Obama playbook, McAuliffe — a gun control lifer and close associate of the Clinton dynasty — lost little time blaming the attack on a lack of gun restrictions.
“I think we need to do more to protect all of our citizens,” McAuliffe told reporters at a news conference just hours after the attack, according to The Hill. “I have long advocated — this is not what today is about — but there are too many guns on the streets. We lose 93 million Americans a day to gun violence. I have long talked about this. Background checks and shutting down gun show loopholes, and that’s not for today’s discussion, but it’s not just about politicians. We worry about this every day for all of our citizens.”
There’s quite a bit wrong with that, starting with the “93 million Americans a day” who are killed due to gun violence. (Gov. McAuliffe would later emend his statement down several orders of magnitude to 93 Americans a day.) There was also the preposterous statement that gun control “is not what today is about” for the governor in the middle of a sentence where he was declaring that pushing for gun control was exactly what today was about for him.
The governor’s hypocrisy, lamentably, did not end there… [CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE]