On Monday, September 16, 2013, a gunman entered the Washington Navy Yards and began a shooting rampage in which a dozen were killed and still more were wounded. As America watched in horror, President Barack Hussein Obama delivered a televised rant, attacking Republicans, conservatives, and of course, the law-abiding firearms owners who might have helped to stop the carnage, had they been allowed.
The National Rifle Association has a practice of not talking politics on the day that such events unfold. Even though such occasions are invariably excellent examples of the need for gun ownership by the law-abiding – in particular, the need for both open carry and concealed carry – both the Second Amendment lobbyists and most conservative politicians try to avoid political arguments during these shootings. They try to give the country time to absorb, time to breathe, sometimes time to mourn, before discussing the political implications.
Democrat politicians feel bound by no such rules of decorum. President Obama’s Monday speech shocked countless Americans with its naked partisanship, delivered while victims just blocks from the Capitol were still on the brink between life and death, while emergency responders were still combing the buildings for perpetrators, transporting the wounded to neighborhood hospitals. A topic for the week, for awhile equal in volume to the coverage of the shooting itself, was how peculiar it was to hear such rank partisanship and vitriol in the very hour in which real Americans were coming together in mourning and shock.