July 22, 2015 by Chris Kite
A day after the shootings at the Chattanooga recruiting stations, Jeb Bush decided it would be a good idea to politicize the tragedy. You know how the right is always saying how wrong it is to try to “politicize a tragedy to implement gun control?” Well Jeb Bush decided to blame Bill Clinton for the shootings. He said, “A law was passed, apparently in the Clinton administration, about whether, in recruiting offices … Marines or other military should be able to have guns. Apparently it is prohibited.”
Frankly, given the right and the current pack of GOP candidates (at 17 and rising), I’m a little surprised he didn’t blame Barack Obama. It would have been just as accurate.
You see, there was never a law. It wasn’t political. Policy didn’t change under Bill Clinton. And the military has tightly controlled guns outside of battle zones for a very long time. Well before Bill Clinton. The change Jeb Bush is referring to was actually when his dad was President. But it wasn’t driven by anyone in politics, it wasn’t a law, it wasn’t an executive action, and guns on military bases was already tightly controlled. It was purely a military decision.
Now I’m no military officer. But I’m going to guess that the military knows a thing or two about guns and about what is the best policy on who should have possession of guns and when they should have possession.
Shame on Jeb Bush and the Republicans for trying to politicize this. Shame on Jeb Bush and the Republicans for trying to blame Bill Clinton (or any politician).
But the right will keep telling this lie until enough people believe it that it is “true.” Like they’ve done with welfare queens, global warming being a myth, guns being useful in the hands of civilians for protection, birth control being abortion, gay marriage being wrong, and people of “great religious belief” being perfectly free to discriminate at will.