(Freedomjournal.org) – Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is known for being outlandish, but her most recent comments about the attempted assassinations of two police officers in New York City are truly beyond the pale. On Sunday, following the attack, the freshman congresswoman suggested that the Senate Majority Leader mitch McConnell, along with the National Rifle Association, was responsible for the attack.
As opposed to, you know, the person who actually attempted to kill innocent people.
The incident occurred over the weekend when one gunman, over a period of 12 hours, twice attempted to kill New York Police Department officials. He fired at, and wounded, uniformed officers who were stationed in the Bronx. They were considered assassination attempts.
The gunman shot one officer in the chin and neck on Saturday. Then, on Sunday morning, that same gunman opened fire in the NYPD Bronx headquarters. In the Sunday attack, one lieutenant was shot in the arm. He surrendered himself and his gun when he ran out of bullets.
When columnist David Webb asked why Ocasio-Cortez had not offered comment about the attack, which occurred near her district, she said something shocking.
“This is not my district, but our thoughts are with all officers & people impacted by this shooting & the epidemic of gun violence in this country. Perhaps you would get less mixed up if McConnell stood up to the NRA & passed common-sense gun safety measures to reduce shootings.”
The man who was really responsible for the attack was described by Police Commissioner Dermot Shea as a person with a “lengthy violent criminal history.” The attacker had served more than 10 years in prison for a previous attempted murder charge.
Any suggestion by Ocasio-Cortez that Mitch McConnell is responsible, therefore, is wrong. This incident would not have been stopped by gun law reform, as the person who committed the attack was already not eligible to own or purchase a firearm.
Change the laws, and men like this will still find ways to purchase guns. If Ocasio-Cortez had taken a moment to read reports about the incident, perhaps she’d have realized just how wrong she was.