In the wake of the suspected terror attack on the campus of Ohio State University, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) quickly posted on Twitter that his prayers were with what he said were victims of “senseless gun violence.” However, the attack by a Somali immigrant was not carried out with firearms but with a knife and a car. Kaine tweeted, “Deeply saddened by the senseless act of gun violence at Ohio State this morning. Praying for the injured and the entire Buckeye community.”
The attack began at approximately 9:30 am local time when a man purposely drove his vehicle onto a sidewalk on campus, bowling over several persons. He immediately descended from his vehicle wielding what was reported to be a large knife or a machete. He wounded one person critically and eight more were hospitalized for non-life-threatening injuries. The perpetrator was shot to death by police in a campus parking garage.
Democrats and gun-control advocates have frequently sought to pin murder and terrorist attacks on the constitutional right to bear arms. In the wake of the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California, last year, Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman expressed dismay in an email when the identity of one of the shooters became public, according to an email hacked by WikiLeaks. "Better if a guy named Sayeed Farouk was reporting that a guy named Christopher Hayes was the shooter," campaign chairman John Podesta emailed on December 2, 2015 to Karen Finney, a campaign spokesperson.
In the email, Podesta was referring to MSNBC news host Christopher Hayes, who had posted on Twitter that an American citizen, “Sayeed Farouk." was believed to be one of the people involved. Farouk and his Pakistani wife murdered 14 people and wounded 22 more in a rampage that was investigated as an act of terror. Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, were killed by police.
The attack on Columbus today was reported in the media as an “active shooter” situation. However, police on the scene have since reported that no firearm was found with the perpetrator, who was shot to death on a campus sidewalk by officers. The car involved in the incident is registered to a person named “Mohammad Ali.” The dead suspect has been identified as a 20-year-old Somali male.
The Brady Campaign, which is one of several organizations identified with the gun control movement, tweeted that it was actively “monitoring the situation.” Bearing the hashtag #ENOUGH, the tweet read: “We're monitoring a situation at Ohio State University where there are reports of an active shooter.”
Emails hacked from the Clinton campaign also showed that staffers would discard from consideration those shootings that do not match with their gun control narrative. For example, while Jordan Davis -- a black teenager -- was shot to death, the Clinton campaign did not include his death in a gun violence essay because his killer was white. De’Ara Balenger, Clinton’s director of engagement, wrote of Clinton’s gun control essay:
“This is great. My edits are attached. The only flag here is that Jordan Davis was killed by a white man, so arguably – this crime was racially motivated, which takes this outside the discussion of gun violence. Was there another mother in the Chicago meeting where the shooting was NOT racially motivated? If yes, we should use that story instead of Jordan Davis.”
The racial element in Democrats’ thinking was again on display recently. Mayor Mike Rawlings of Dallas, Texas, recently said that he fears white men with guns more than the terrorists of the Islamic State.
Some elements of the media also reacted reflexively to the news of the attack with anti-gun analysis. For example, IBTimes ran an article entitled, "OSU Active Shooter Update: Ohio gun laws are some of the most relaxed in the nation." Before there was any official verification of whether or not the attacker had a firearm, IBTimes wrote, "There aren't any state requirements for permits or registration of rifles, shotguns or handguns in Ohio, and residents can carry concealed weapons with a permit. Background checks are not performed at Ohio gun shows, and the state does not restrict the limit of weapons one can purchase." It cited Toby Hoover of the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence, who said, "Since Ohio does not require criminal background checks on all firearm sales, including those at gun shows, gun traffickers don’t need to leave the state to funnel illegal guns to felons and gang members." The article also noted that Gov. John Kasich (R) has further "relaxed" the gun laws in the state.
Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.