As Senate Democrats prepared to use the Oregon shooting deaths as a political football to push gun control measures, one story capturing the scene showed their weapons grade-level of hypocrisy.
Because of the increased number of lawmakers attending the session held yesterday on the Capitol steps, security was beefed up with additional U.S. Capitol Police officers, a marked increase to the usual level of security.
Armed police officers. Multiple guns.
If they truly believed in guns being the enemy of safety, wouldn’t they hold session in a gun free building? Perhaps Congress could become a gun free zone.
Via the Washington Times:
Senate Democrats gathered Thursday on the steps of the Capitol surrounded by about a dozen armed guards to announce a new push for tougher gun-control laws.
The officers from the U.S. Capitol Police, who carried sidearms, were in addition to the regular detail patrolling the Capitol ground due the large number of elected officials attending the event, according to a officer on the scene.
About 27 Democratic senators attended the event.
Here is an AP file photo from 2014 which shows the scene as lawmakers enter the chamber:
New York Democrat Chuck Schumer said “We are asking, as the president said, to make their voices heard,” before adding “We expect there will be a groundswell.”
Schumer’s colleagues in New York produced the most stringent gun control measures in the nation known as the SAFE Act, but they didn’t actually want to stop there.
A document produced shortly after the SAFE Act was enacted with no debate, showed confiscation of ‘assault’ rifles was at the top of the list.
Comment: Should Democrats who want to push gun control measures and a gun free society practice what they preach?