You gotta hand it to liberals. Not only are their minds locked onto a single, narrow narrative about the world and how it works, but the wheels turn instantaneously. No sooner does a tragic event occur than lefties are out in force politicizing it to support their myopic world view.

The bodies of the victims of this weekend’s deadly massacre in a Florida nightclub are not yet cool, and already the Washington Post is editorializing on the need for greater gun control in the nation.

Writing at Wonkblog, Max Ehrenfreund observes, “As America grapples with another mass shooting, we’re certain to face questions about the country’s unique gun culture and the prevalence of gun violence.”

Ehrenfreund never explains in what way he finds the country’s gun culture unique but gets the ball rolling with half a dozen bullet points for discussion:

“Shooting sprees are not rare in the United States.”

“Active shooter events have become more common in recent years.”

“America is an unusually violent country.”

“The South is the most violent region in the United States.”

“More guns tend to mean more homicide.”

“Shootings don’t tend to substantially affect views on gun control.”

Interestingly, Ehrenfreund also makes no reference as to shooter Omar Mateen’s religion (Islam) or to the admission by his father that he was angered by the sight of two men kissing, which — inconveniently for liberals — is a taboo in Islam that is punishable by death.

The WaPo column arrived simultaneously with the extremely attenuated official White House reaction to the shooting, which is almost certain (speaking of certainties) to precipitate another lecture by Barack Obama on “common sense” gun control measures.

 

Written by Ben Bowles and cross-posted at Liberty Unyielding