Politicians just wouldn’t be politicians if they didn’t constantly try to weaponize tragedies for the sake of increasing their own or their party’s power.
That kind of slimy and disgusting behavior is to be expected—and of course, it’s also to be expected that their drive for power will come cloaked in caring and compassionate rhetoric.
Barack Obama is no exception to this rule. For power players like him, the answer to every problem, no matter what it is and no matter why it actually occurred, is to give politicians like himself more power.
Thus, after the recent shooting in Boulder, Colorado, it’s really no surprise at all that Obama would call for gun control, nor is it surprising that he would resort to the usual leftist grab bag of buzzwords—“racism,” “misogyny,” etc.—to describe and diagnose the event.
For people like Obama, the entire world is filtered through the lens of those sorts of terms and the ideology that they hold up. Regardless of why anything bad really happens, in his world, those things must always have a proper explanation.
A little thing like reality, complicated and messy as it always is, can never be allowed to stand in the way of that.
Narrative Over Reality
The immediate reaction of the media and of the entire American elite establishment to the shooting in Boulder should serve as an abject lesson in the power of narrative to triumph over reality.
Immediately after the shooting happened, before anything was known about the shooter or his motives, the chattering classes began pompously proclaiming that they knew what the reasons for the shooting were.
The shooter must have been some angry, entitled white man who hated women, was a racist, and probably was a Trump supporter to boot. How did they know this? They didn’t. How could they have when no one yet even so much as knew the shooter’s name? This narrative was completely fabricated. The people who fabricated it did so because it fits with and confirmed all of their preconceptions.
Of course, Obama just had to be one of the pompous windbags who made such baseless pronouncements. He said on Twitter that, “It is long past time for those with the power to fight this epidemic of gun violence to do so. It will take time to root out the disaffection, racism and misogyny that fuels so many of these senseless acts of violence.”
When Obama made that statement, he did not know any of it to be true. He did not know the shooter’s motives, nor did he know that tighter gun control laws would have prevented the shooting. He simply assumed so because he is wearing ideological blinders.
In truth, the shooter was a 21-year-old Muslim man named Ahmad Al-Issa who was inspired by ISIS, not some mythical white racist.
The narrative has collapsed, yet it keeps being pushed. When the narrative conflicts with reality, the narrative is supreme.