Obama Takes Veiled Jab At Trump Following El Paso And Ohio Shootings
Former president joined other Democrats in politicizing the tragedy
Former President Barack Obama broke his silence with a statement following the aftermath of the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio over the weekend.
After Obama finished expressing his family's condolences for the attack victims, he joined other Democrats in politicizing the tragedy before taking a veiled jab at President Donald Trump.
"No other nation on Earth comes close to experiencing the frequency of mass shootings that we see int he United State. No other developed nation tolerates the levels of gun violence that we do."
The former president took aim at people who claim "tougher gun laws won't stop all murders" because "the evidence shows that they can stop some killings."
He then highlighted what appears to be motive for the El Paso shooter, who alleged manifesto expressed hatred for Hispanics, as "troubled individuals who embrace racist ideologies and themselves obligated to act violently to preserve white supremacy."
Obama had previously state that said not passing gun control as one of his biggest regrets.
He also went on to take subtle jabs at President Donald Trump:
"We should soundly reject language coming of the mouths of any of our leaders that feeds a climate of fear and hatred or normalizes racists sentiments; leaders who demonize those who don't look like us, or suggest that other people, including immigrants, threaten our way of life, or refer to other people as sub-human, or imply that America belongs to just one certain type of people," he said.
Obama's statement came after Trump vowed action against mass shootings as he denounced the weekend's two attacks, saying, "hate has no place in our country."
Until all of us stand up and insist on holding public officials accountable for changing our gun laws, these tragedies will keep happening: https://t.co/reTnmcg3xo— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 5, 2019
As President Trump spoke out, top Democratic presidential candidates called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to recall Congress from its recess to vote on initiatives to curb gun violence.
In June, Obama slammed US gun laws while speaking an event in Brazil by falsely telling his audience that 'anybody can buy a machine gun.'
The gun laws "don't make much sense," Obama said before claiming anybody "can buy machine guns" while speaking at VTEX Day.
But contrary to what the former president told his audience in Brazil, regulations make it difficult for anyone to own a machine gun.
According to The Washington Free Beacon, its writer Stephen Gutowski highlighted the regulations after the 2017 Las Vegas shooting.
"First, the sale of new fully-automatic firearms was effectively banned in 1986 under the Hughes Amendment."
"Fully-automatic firearms that were registered under the National Firearms Act before 1986 were grandfathered in & are still legal," Gutowski tweeted.