If Obama wants to convince us he’s not just exploiting tragedies for the purpose of gun control, he could start by actually helping the victims of gun violence.
After the massacre in Orlando, all we’ve heard is talk when it comes to trying to “help.” But when it comes to action, Obama has done just the opposite.
GOP Governor Rick Scott of Florida excoriated the Obama administration Monday for refusing a request for an emergency declaration after the terror attack in Orlando, which effectively deprives victims of $5 million in aid.
After the terror attack took place last week at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, Scott called on the Obama administration for an emergency declaration under the Stafford Act for $5 million to help support emergency medical care and supply additional resources to law enforcement.
That request has been denied, though the administration has sent over $253,000 to cover first responders who worked overtime during the crisis.
“It is incredibly disappointing that the Obama Administration denied our request for an Emergency Declaration,” Scott said in a press release. “Last week, a terrorist killed 49 people, and wounded many others, which was the deadliest shooting in U.S. history. It is unthinkable that President Obama does not define this as an emergency. We are committing every state resource possible to help the victims and the community heal and we expect the same from the federal government.”
And here’s the real kicker:
The Obama administration saw fit to the deny the request for funds, but it has approved other emergency declarations in the past, namely the Massachusetts water main break in 2010, the Boston marathon bombing in 2013 and the Flint water crisis in 2016.
Notice what all those tragedies and problems have in common? There were no guns involved. I guess for Obama to actually care about your death, it can’t be something he can exploit for political theater.
I’m sure the gay community is thrilled they’ve had a president so strongly in favor of gay rights. But I’m sure they’d rather be alive to enjoy them.
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]