Thursday, June 18, 2015

Unforced Error

President Obama's statement on the murders in Charlotte will, predictably as higher temperatures and floods, be fodder for the right wing screamers, and entirely negate the central truth of his message:

In a statement at the White House, President Barack Obama mourned the victims and lamented the steady stream of mass shootings he has had to address while in office. "Once again, innocent people were killed in part because someone who wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting their hands on a gun," he said. "At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence doesn’t happen in other countries." (emphasis mine.)

He did add this, but it won't matter:

"It doesn’t happen in other places with this kind of frequency. And it is in our power to do something about it. I say that recognizing the politics in this town foreclose a lot of those avenues right now. But it would be wrong for us not to acknowledge it," he said.

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