Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., listens during questioning at a House Oversight and Reform committee hearing on facial recognition technology in government, Tuesday, June 4, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez threw something of a narrative hail mary when she attempted to put the blame for the attempted assassination of police officers in New York City at the feet of Mitch McConnell.
AOC was awfully silent when it was reported that a single gunman had fired upon and wounded uniformed officers that were stationed in the Brox in separate attacks.
“One officer was shot in the neck and chin Saturday night when the suspected gunman fired several rounds into a marked police van and then fled, authorities said. At 7 a.m. Sunday morning, police say, the same man walked into the Bronx precinct headquarters and opened fire again, striking a lieutenant in the arm and surrendering after his 9mm handgun ran out of bullets,” reported The Washington Post.
Radio show host David Webb tweeted out that he checked both of AOC’s Twitter feeds and found that she hadn’t uttered a peep about the shootings despite them being in her district. AOC tweeted back that it wasn’t her district, and suggested that the blame for the shootings lies with McConnell, the NRA, and America’s gun laws.
“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,” tweeted AOC.
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.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 9, 2020
According to the Daily Wire, stricter gun laws wouldn’t have stopped the criminal in question as he has had a history of violent crime and was already restricted from owning firearms:
Ocasio-Cortez’s suggestion that the alleged attempted targeted assassinations could have been stopped by restricting Americans’ Second Amendment rights with legislation is laughably false because the alleged attacker had a history of violent crime and thus would have been banned from owning or possessing a firearm, meaning no law would have stopped him.
Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said on Sunday at a news conference that the man had a “lengthy violent criminal history,” including serving over a decade in prison for attempted murder.
The problem is with the person, not the laws. Putting down more restrictions would only punish law-abiding gun owners who did absolutely nothing wrong. Also, it’s rather disgusting that AOC took the chance of turning a sad day for NYC police officers into an ad for a gun control agenda.