By now, you’ve probably heard or read about the tragic shooting at a Boulder, CO grocery store. If you have, you’ve probably also heard politicians with an agenda blame it on a lack of gun control, and not the yet-to-be known motivations of the murderer.
Of course, the media and other friends of progressive politicians immediately churned-up the spin machine.
With the mass shootings providing the perfect “never let a crisis go to waste” opportunity to advance the gun control agenda, the “woke” crowd pushed many of the popular narratives of the day, with “white privilege” coming in at number one.
The shooter is was taken into custody.
In other words it was almost certainly a white man (again). If he were Black or Brown he would be dead.
— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy_Siskind) March 23, 2021
The fact that this dude gunned down 10 people, and the police didn’t shoot his a**
that means HE’S WHITE.
We ain’t gonna start playing games just because he was born in Syria.
The suspect is white enough to benefit from the privileges of whiteness https://t.co/Qq1o0G9mgU
— Tariq Nasheed 🇺🇸 (@tariqnasheed) March 23, 2021
Within hours of the tragedy, Rep. Joe Neguse, an Eritrean-American who represents Colorado’s Second District encompassing Boulder, CO, referred to the shooting as the “new normal” — where have we heard those words before? — and expressed his sympathies.
Yesterday, he released a statement where he called for . . . wait for it . . . more gun control.
“While there is still a lot we do not yet know, one thing is very clear — tragic incidents of gun violence have plagued our country for far too long.
“Enough is enough.
“Americans should feel safe in their grocery stores. They should feel safe in their schools, their movie theaters and in their communities. While Congress dithers on enacting meaningful gun violence prevention measures, Americans — and Coloradans — are being murdered before our very eyes — day after day, year after year.
“It doesn’t have to be this way. There are steps we can take — and must take — to protect our community; common-sense, broadly supported proposals that will save lives. If we are truly invested in saving lives, then we must have the willpower to act and to pass meaningful gun reform. The time for inaction is over.” (emphasis mine)
Using the phrase “new normal” is actually quite relevant based on the documented increase in violence and mental illness resulting from COVID lockdowns and mandates. Perhaps Neguse should look at controlling government instead of guns . . . but I digress.
Dismantling the Second Amendment is a key issue for the Colorado Congressman. On his website, Neguse lists “gun violence prevention” as a key priority.
One area receiving a lot of his focus over the past two years has been a full-court press on expanding government’s power over gun ownership under the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). This expansion is a key part of the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021 recently passed in the House with Republican support.
Before the investigation into the tragedy had even begun, Chuck Schumer proclaimed yesterday that “The Senate is going to debate and address the epidemic of gun violence in this country” using a checklist of gun control priorities being created by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin.
“We have a lot of work to do. I’ve already committed to bringing universal background checks legislation [Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021] to the floor of the Senate. There is a hearing today in the Senate Judiciary Committee under Chairman [Dick] Durbin’s leadership to examine several commonsense proposals.”
Joe Biden joined-in on the gun-control fun in a statement released yesterday where he used the Boulder, CO tragedy to call for immediate passage of the Bipartisan Background Checks Act along with a ban on “assault weapons.”
“I don’t need to wait another minute, let alone an hour, to take common-sense steps that will save lives in the future,” he continued. “And to urge my colleagues in the House and Senate to act. We can ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines in this country once again.
“That’s one of the best tools we have right now to prevent gun violence. The United States Senate — I hope some are listening — should immediately pass the two House-passed bills which close loopholes in the background check system.”
Even before any details were available, the Far-Left fed the gun control agenda narrative by blaming the Boulder, CO shooting on the favorite target of “woke” America: the American white male. However, we’ve since learned in a New York Post article that the shooter was of Middle Eastern descent and was likely motivated not by the alt-right, but by radical Islam.
Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, 21, of Arvada, Colo., now faces 10 counts of first-degree murder for the rifle rampage he unleashed Monday afternoon in a King Soopers grocery store in Boulder, Colo.
Alissa’s now-deleted Facebook page said he was “born in Syria in 1999 came to the USA in 2002,” the Daily Beast reported.
He included postings about Islam, such as its prayers and religious holidays, on his account — and shared another person’s thoughts the day after the mosque massacres in Christchurch, New Zealand, that killed 51 people in 2019.
“The Muslims at the #christchurch mosque were not the victims of a single shooter,” read the post on Alissa’s page, according to the Daily Beast. “They were the victims of the entire Islamophobia industry that vilified them.”
And here’s a piece of inconvenient truth to add to the puzzle: Joe Biden knew about Alissa’s background, including his sympathies for ISIS, prior to making his demands for more gun control:
BREAKING: Biden has been briefed the Colorado shooter had ISIS sympathies, per WH official
— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) March 23, 2021
Something tells me that even if we find out the shooter was motivated by radical Islam and a love for ISIS, it won’t make any difference. Most likely, the Far-Left will simply change the narrative to Islamophobia while still blaming the shooting on white privilege. In fact, they already have:
Such demands are never made on me, a white man w/a Christian background. I have never been asked to condemn Anders Breivik, Dylann Roof, the Capitol attackers, or other violent actors sharing my racial & religious background. I am given the benefit of the doubt. 2/2 #Islamophobia
— Todd Green (@toddhgreen) March 23, 2021
The appeasement of radical Islam was big business during the Obama presidency. It was Joe Biden’s former boss who decided that giving money to ISIS not to take hostages was a better policy than fighting them. And it was during the latter part of Obama’s second term that pro-Muslim/anti-American sympathies in the judicial system made being “anti-Muslim” a justifiable reason to deny someone their constitutional rights.
Early in his presidency, Trump also leaned in the direction of appeasing radical Islam. In a speech given to a Muslim audience during a visit to Saudi Arabia in 2017, Trump avoided using the words “radical Islamic terrorism” while calling Islam “one of the world’s great faiths.”
In the end, it doesn’t matter if the shooter is white or purple, or if he’s mentally ill or an ISIS cheerleader, because the motivation behind Alissa’s deplorable shooting spree is secondary to the agenda of anti-Second Amendment Far-Left radicals to leverage the tragedy into an opportunity to advance gun control.
If we don’t figure this out . . . and soon . . . mass shootings like the one in Boulder, CO will be small potatoes compared to what we’ll be experiencing when only the government has the guns.
David Leach is the owner of the Strident Conservative. He holds people of every political stripe accountable for their failure to uphold conservative values, and he promotes those values instead of political parties.