October 29, 2018
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) mocked President Donald Trump for speaking in favor of armed security in places of worship following the October 27 attack on the Pittsburgh synagogue.
The Tree of Life Synagogue had no security at the time of the attack, and Trump lamented the absence of good guys with guns.
Trump said, “If they had protection inside, the result would have been far better. This is a dispute that will always exist, I suspect, but if they had protection inside the synagogue maybe it could have been a very … different situation.” He observed that the lack of security allowed the attacker “to do things, unfortunately, that he shouldn’t have been able to do.”
Murphy responded to Trump’s statement by tweeting, “Trump wants gunmen armed w semi-automatic rifles in every single public place – every school, church, synagogue, shopping mall, restaurant.”
Note Murphy’s reference to “semi-automatic rifles,” which is where Democrats have finally placed their focus when it comes to bans. That reference is not only a dog whistle for other gun controllers but also allows Murphy to present Trump’s position in the most ominous tones.
Murphy said that while Trump wants armed security in churches, Democrats want to pass more gun control: “The rest of us want to keep dangerous weapons away from dangerous people. His idea works in action movies. Our idea works in real life.”
This article was posted: Monday, October 29, 2018 at 7:03 am