While the nation mourns over the senseless school shooting in Parkland, Florida that resulted in the killing of 17 individuals, Democrats were swift to politicize the tragedy by calling for more “gun safety” legislation.
This “gun safety” call for legislation sounds ideal to most Americans, but what these Democrats refuse to acknowledge is that these sorts of mass shootings are committed by mentally unstable individuals. This was again the case with Nicolas Cruz, the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School shooter.
Democrats will use these gun tragedies to push for restrictive gun legislation aimed (pun) to limit guns and ammo from Americans, instead of specifically calling for mental health and background checks.
The key to all of these shootings is addressing the mental health of individuals who own guns, or seek to possess firearms.
I spoke on the House floor about our nation’s critical need for immediate common sense gun safety legislation and more resources for mental health. @realdonaldtrump – are you listening? The American people are demanding action, not just “thoughts & prayers.” #EnoughIsEnough pic.twitter.com/Er0MwwXGHu
— Rep. Lois Frankel (@RepLoisFrankel) February 15, 2018
Another Democratic member of congress who supports restrictive gun laws is Florida Rep. Ted Deutch (D), who up until this point should be commended for his efforts in the hours following the school shooting in Parkland. Deutch tried to keep the public informed of the developing event by posting informative updates and grief support for victims and their families.
Deutch, as many of us do, supports a broader mental health initiative to keep unstable individuals from possessing firearms.
But Deutch’s valiant efforts have now been overshadowed political expediency, as the four-term member of the U.S. House of Representatives is once again pushing for restrictive gun control measures.
We are grieving with Parkland. But we are not powerless. Caring for our kids is our first job. And until we can honestly say that we're doing enough to keep them safe from harm, including long overdue, common-sense gun safety laws that most Americans want, then we have to change.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) February 15, 2018
Again, in the spirit of full disclosure, I am strongly considering a run for congress against Rep. Deutch this year. While I am critical and suspect of his “gun safety” motives, I hope that Rep. Deutch continues to do his job of keeping us all in the loop with this developing story.