Mike Huckabee really has a knack for saying the most disgusting thing possible at the worst time. The Huckabee campaign tweeted out for prayers for the victims and survivors of the nearly 30 people shot in San Bernardino, California today. But, while suspects were still on the loose and blood running in the streets, Huckabee turned to reporters on the ground in Iowa and blamed two things for today’s shooting. “One: A mentally unstable person. Two: A gun-free zone. And those seem to be the common denominators.”
“I don’t know if that’s the case in San Bernardino but if it turns out to be it’ll be one more horrible tragedy that we’ll have to grieve through as a country,” Huckabee continued.
Digital Journalist Alan He from CBS News is on the ground in Iowa and tweeted out the full statement
This isn’t the first time Huckabee has blamed gun-free zones for a mass shooting. After the UCC shooting in October Huckabee tweeted
Obama can shamelessly try and exploit any tragedy he wants, but it's clear that gun free zones are sitting duck zones. #UCCshooting
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) October 2, 2015
A Pew Research Center survey from July shows 88 percent of Americans “favor expanding background checks, up slightly from the 81 percent of Americans who supported the measure in May 2013.” Pew went on, writing “currently, 50 percent say it is more important to control gun ownership while 47 percent say it is more important to protect the right of Americans to own guns.” So, Huckabee isn’t exactly the voice of reason to mainstream America when it comes to weapons.
President Barack Obama, by contrast, told CBS News something entirely different. According to him, there can be individuals on the “No Fly List” for being suspected of some form of sketchy activity, but that person can turn around and buy a semi-automatic weapon in any gun store in America.
“We don’t yet know what the motives of the shooters are but what we do know is that there are steps we can take to make Americans safer,” Obama continued. “We should never think that this is just something that just happens in the ordinary course of events because it doesn’t happen with the same frequency in other countries.”
The contrast is stark. One statement is presidential while the other is dripping with NRA talking points and insensitivity. Huckabee is truly a repulsive human being.
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