After a gunman killed 12 people inside a bar in Thousand Oaks, California, Donald Trump did his duty as puppet of the NRA, and put the blame on something other than guns, this time choosing mental illness as the scapegoat:
As investigators worked to figure out why an ex-Marine slaughtered 12 people at a country music bar, President Donald Trump on Friday blamed mental illness, describing the gunman as “a very sick puppy” who had “a lot of problems.”
At the White House, Trump touted his efforts to fund work on PTSD among veterans. He declined to engage on questions on whether the nation needs stricter gun control laws.
It was the nation’s deadliest such attack since 17 students and teachers were killed at a Parkland, Florida, high school nine months ago. It also came less than two weeks after a gunman massacred 11 people at a synagogue in Pittsburgh.
Mental illness is an interesting scapegoat for Donald Trump to choose, especially considering the fact that in 2017, Donald Trump signed a bill to reverse an Obama administration regulation that would have made it more difficult for someone with a mental illness to purchase a gun:
President Donald Trump quietly signed a bill into law Tuesday rolling back an Obama-era regulation that made it harder for people with mental illnesses to purchase a gun.
The rule, which was finalized in December, added people receiving Social Security checks for mental illnesses and people deemed unfit to handle their own financial affairs to the national background check database.
Had the rule fully taken effect, the Obama administration predicted it would have added about 75,000 names to that database.
President Barack Obama recommended the now-nullified regulation in a 2013 memo following the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, which left 20 first graders and six others dead. The measure sought to block some people with severe mental health problems from buying guns.
The original rule was hotly contested by gun rights advocates who said it infringed on Americans’ Second Amendment rights. Gun control advocates, however, praised the rule for curbing the availability of firearms to those who may not use them with the right intentions.
The National Rifle Association “applauded” Trump’s action. Chris Cox, NRA-ILA executive director, said the move “marks a new era for law-abiding gun owners, as we now have a president who respects and supports our arms.”
While blaming mental illness for yet another mass shooting, did Donald Trump forget that he signed a bill that made it easier for someone with a mental illness to buy a gun?