Former Obama Chief of Staff and former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel once famously said, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.” Whether Emanuel meant that for good intentions or not, it’s an obviously manipulative attitude that advocates exploiting tragedy for personal and/or political gain.
Frustratingly, many anti-2A politicians have taken that quote to heart.
Take, for example, the ridiculous statements that one major city’s mayor said at a press conference discussing the shooting of a police officer. Chris Enloe writes,
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney (D) contended Tuesday that supporting gun control is a prerequisite for supporting law enforcement officers.
At a press conference addressing the fatal shooting of Temple University police officer Christopher Fitzgerald, Kenney used the moment to push a narrative that suggested lenient gun laws were responsible for Fitzgerald’s murder.
“You can say you back the blue but if you don’t back gun control and gun availability, you don’t back the blue,” Kenney said.
Let me be blunt: that is one of the most idiotic statements that I’ve ever heard. This clown is saying if I want to protect my family due the fact that law enforcement officers simply cannot physically be in every place at all times, that I want police officers injured or killed.
That’s an attempt to manipulate people, plain and simple, and it’s simply a false statement.
The fact of the matter is that, statistically, the people who want to injure law enforcement officers are overwhelmingly people who aren’t getting their firearms through legal means anyway. Criminals can’t legally get firearms, and how many antifa members seem to be either homeless or minimum wage workers who have no clue about reality and, therefore, not enough income to buy a firearm (And are often convicted felons, too.)?
But, like typical anti-2A politicians, this guy is trying to manipulate emotions instead of looking for the truth or for real solutions.
The people of Philadelphia deserve better.