It was a disgrace that President Obama jumped immediately into politicizing yesterday’s shooting tragedy, even while the bodies were still warm. And as he took the opportunity to lecture our nation to further his own political agenda, what he conveniently left out of his narrative is yet another disgrace.
While President Obama wants us to believe there’s a positive correlation between more gun laws and less violence — “states with the most gun laws have the least violence” — he ignores the hard facts from his very own home state that prove this lie. While Chicago, Obama’s home town, has some of the strictest gun laws in the country, it continues to see a rise in gun violence — with more than 50 shootings just this past weekend alone.
Last night, Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly schooled President Obama on this very issue. Even if you’re not an O’Reilly fan, you just might find yourself thinking he’s spot on in this clip. Watch for yourself below.
Indeed, fresh off the pages of this morning’s Chicago Tribune come these striking statistics:
For the second straight weekend, more than 50 people were shot across Chicago, including a 10-year-old girl grazed in the neck in Woodlawn on Sunday afternoon.
The toll included four men killed and at least 53 people wounded between Friday evening and early Monday morning, according to police. Last weekend, nine people were killed and at least 45 were wounded.
Consider that the death toll from just the last two weekends alone in Chicago is TEN TIMES that from yesterday’s tragic school shooting. To be sure, each and every life lost is a singular tragedy — whether in Chicago or in Roseburg. So why does our president seize on one but not the other?
Over the last four years, there have been no other back-to-back weekends with more than 50 shot, according to data collected by the Tribune. This past August, there were four straight weekends with more than 40 shot.
Chicago has seen at least 2,300 shootings so far this year, about 400 more than the same period last year and more than 500 over 2013, according to data compiled and analyzed by the Tribune. Through Monday morning, there were at least 370 homicide victims in Chicago, about 50 more than last year and about 30 more than 2013, the Tribune found.
The shooting trend in Chicago only continues to rise, and yet President Obama continues to ignore it. Certainly, what is largely black-on-black crime doesn’t fit Obama’s narrative. Instead, our Divider-in-Chief seizes on shootings at the hands of white men — such as yesterday’s in Oregon or the shooting of black men by white police officers in the line of duty.
President Obama chastised us yesterday for having become “numb” to tragic mass shootings that happened yesterday. Mr. President, perhaps you are numb to what is happening in your hometown of Chicago. Or, perhaps more likely, you just choose to ignore it — and hope the rest of us will as well — as it doesn’t suit your agenda. Either way, shame on you.