Unlike Jesse Jackson Senior, who commented immediately, influential Democratic strategist, media personality and also activist and hoax perpetrator Al Sharpton finally mentioned the murder of Chris Lane, a white Australian student, shot in the back of the head while jogging in Oklahoma.
He saved his reaction for his little watched show on little watched MSNBC so we present it to you just in case you missed it.
Calling it a “tragic” story, Rev. Sharpton explained why he hasn’t covered or issued a statement on the shooting.
“I protest when I’m called in, and when there’s an injustice,” he said on the show. “The three were arrested. There was nothing to protest. The system worked there.”
“Not only did the police not say it was racial, but one of the three were white, but you have people feeling that I wouldn’t go in because it was three blacks that killed a white and no justice was done,” he added, taking on his critics in the media, many of whom have inaccurately reported that all three suspects were black, when one is white and one, bi-racial.
He only protests when he’s “called in”? Uhm, no. Given his American right of freedom of speech he protests whenever he wants, asked or not. And in the Tawana Brawley white on black false rape accusation case over 15 years ago, which ruined the life of the falsely accused, Sharpton protested loudly and often, knowing the incident was a lie; he certainly was not interested in justice. And yes one of the suspects is bi-racial. So?
Although Obama hasn’t said anything, apparently satisfied with his assistant press secretary’s description of the incident as “pretty tragic,” Bryan Preston thinks he picked up on Obama’s feelings in one of his tweets.
Retweet if you agree: It’s time for Congress to make gun violence prevention a priority. #WhatWillItTake
Aha! The murder wasn’t the fault of these untamed adolescents; the guns made them do it.
Predictably, the president is blaming the weapon for the choices made by those who chose to wield it.
The facts of the case do not support any gun control measure short of full confiscation of all firearms in the United States. All three of the accused are underage, so firearm ownership is illegal for them in most circumstances. They cannot legally purchase a firearm without assistance from someone over the age of 18. The shotgun that was recovered from the car that the boys used had its serial numbers filed off, which is a felony. Current gun laws against possession of guns by minors, and against filing off serial numbers, did not stop the boys from doing either one, just as laws against gang activity did not stop the boys from self-identifying with the Crips gang. Laws against murder did not stop them from murdering.
The president had the chance to deplore rap and gang culture which appear to have heavily influenced the boys. That would have been a unifying gesture that might have saved untold numbers of lives. Instead, he chose to blame guns, which will accomplish nothing.
But of course Obama doesn’t want to blame some of the kids who look like the sons he might have had. Or their culture. Blaming guns is an easy out; much easier than grappling with–and antagonizing supporters–by asking such questions as just how did these kids get their weapons, where were their parents and just why did they use the guns the way they did?