Ocasio-Cortez Uses New Zealand Shooting to Push Anti-Gun Agenda in the US
Radical Democrat tries to blame Christchurch mosque terror attack on NRA
Shortly after news broke of the horrific terror attack on two mosques in New Zealand on Friday, radical Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez pounced on the events to use the mass shooting as an opportunity to push an anti-gun agenda in America.
Ocasio-Cortez used the mass shooting in Christchurch, NZ, that has so far left 49 people dead and at least 20 wounded, including children, to attack the National Rifle Association (NRA) and current firearms policies in the United States.
The New York socialist appeared to blame the American NRA and US gun laws on the shooting, despite the Australasian nation already having far stricter firearms legislation that the United States.
AOC took to Twitter by sharing a video statement from New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, in which the PM said her "thoughts" were with the victims and their families but appeared to mock the sentiment of sending "thoughts & prayers" to those affected during times of tragedy.
Following a backlash, the controversial congresswoman claimed the mocking was aimed at the NRA and not PM Ardern's condolences.
“At 1st I thought of saying, ‘Imagine being told your house of faith isn’t safe anymore.’,” she tweeted.
“But I couldn’t say ‘imagine.’ Because of Charleston. Pittsburgh. Sutherland Springs.
“What good are your thoughts & prayers when they don’t even keep the pews safe?” she concluded.
At 1st I thought of saying, “Imagine being told your house of faith isn’t safe anymore.”— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 15, 2019
But I couldn’t say “imagine.”
Because of Charleston.
What good are your thoughts & prayers when they don’t even keep the pews safe?pic.twitter.com/2mSw0azDN8
According to Breitbart, advocates of gun control on the left have begun to mass shooting events by disdaining the expression “thoughts and prayers,” treating it as an excuse for legislative inaction rather than as a genuine expression of sympathy and anguish.
Left-wing critics have also taken to using the phrase “thoughts and prayers” as a way to mock the NRA even outside the context of a shooting event.
Last year, for example, liberal celebrities wished “thoughts and prayers” to the NRA after reports that it was having financial trouble.
In that vein, Ocasio-Cortez added a subsequent tweet to clarify her meaning in the original one:
(“Thoughts and prayers” is reference to the NRA’s phrase used to deflect conversation away from policy change during tragedies. Not directed to PM Ardern, who I greatly admire.)— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 15, 2019
The NRA had not (and, as of the writing, still has not) reacted to the Christchurch attacks.
There is also no evidence that it invented the phrase “thoughts and prayers.”
Moreover, New Zealand already has gun control measures similar to those Democrats want to pass into law in the United States, including the universal background check bill that the Democrat-controlled U.S. House of Representatives passed last month.
My warmest sympathy and best wishes goes out to the people of New Zealand after the horrible massacre in the Mosques. 49 innocent people have so senselessly died, with so many more seriously injured. The U.S. stands by New Zealand for anything we can do. God bless all!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 15, 2019
The NRA has argued that a better way to stop mass shootings would be to encourage responsible gun ownership and make armed guards available to vulnerable targets like schools.
Early reports from Christchurch indicated that an armed Muslim man helped chase away assailants from the second mosque that was attacked.
Ocasio-Cortez also retweeted an attack blaming President Donald Trump for inspiring the New Zealand terrorists.