Whenever there’s a widely publicized shooting in America, especially when it does not involve a radical Islamic terrorists, Democrats are quick to call for more gun control. That was the case with Democratic Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe following the attack on congressmen at a baseball practice on Wednesday in Alexandria, Virginia.
Except that he sabotaged his own argument by making a huge, embarrassing blunder.
Republican House majority whip Steve Scalise, two Capitol Hill police officers, and two other people were injured when a gunman opened fire on Republican congressmen practicing for a charity baseball game set for Thursday. The attacker was killed after police officers fired back.
At a press conference that CNN attended, Gov. McAuliffe was asked by a reporter, “Governor, in general, do you think anything more needs to [be done] to protect politicians?”
That’s when McAuliffe switched from talking about the shooting to getting atop his soapbox to discuss one of his favorite topics.
“Let me say this,” he began passionately. “I think we need to do more to protect all of our citizens. I have long advocated — this is not what today is about — but there are too many guns on the street.”
Then he made this statement: “We lose 93 million Americans a day to gun violence. I’ve long talked about this.”
Whoops. At that rate the population of America would be gone in four days.
“Background checks, shutting down gun show loopholes,” McAuliffe continued unabated. “You know, that’s not for today’s discussion, but it’s not just about politicians. We worry about this every day for all of our citizens.”
“If it’s not the day for it, why do you bring it up?” one reporter actually asked. “People are going to criticize that you’re bringing up gun control at this time.”
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