Two deadly tragedies grabbed national attention this week. Last Saturday, a man shot dead five people and injured at least 25 at Club Q, an LGBT nightclub in Colorado. A week earlier, four University of Idaho students were brutally stabbed to death by an as-yet-unknown killer. Both murders were grotesque, traumatizing their respective communities and drawing national headlines and grief. However, only one of these mass killings was addressed by President Joe Biden.
“While no motive for this attack is yet clear, we do know that the LGBTQI+ community has been subject to horrific hate violence in recent years,” Biden said in a statement about last Saturday’s nightclub shooting. “We must address the injustices that contribute to violence against LGBTQI+ people. We cannot and must not tolerate hate.”
We now know that Biden and other Democrats were hasty in claiming the shooting was the result of LGBT “hatred.” It was reported on Tuesday that the 22-year-old alleged nightclub shooter identifies as “non-binary” and uses the plural pronouns “they” and “they”, making himself a member of the LGBT coalition.
The President also used the shooting to promote his anti-Second Amendment agenda. “We must address the public health epidemic of gun violence in all its forms,” Biden said. “Earlier this year, I signed the most significant gun safety law in nearly three decades, in addition to other historic measures. But we must do more. We must enact an assault weapons ban to remove weapons of war from America’s streets.”
Perhaps Biden is ignoring the tragic deaths of four young Idaho college students because no gun was involved in their murders. Madison Mogen, 21, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Xana’s boyfriend Ethan Chapin, 20, were brutally stabbed to death with what police are calling a Rambo-style knife.
The killings took place sometime after 3 a.m. while the students were sleeping in a house near the university campus. Mysteriously, two roommates and a dog who also lived in the house were spared by the killer. The killer is still at large and local authorities have yet to name a suspect, alarming the local community.
The students are so disturbed by what happened that many have left campus early for the Thanksgiving holiday. The university’s president even announced that students and professors will have the opportunity to take advantage of distance learning for the remainder of the fall semester.
Heartbreaking old photos and TikTok videos of the young friends enjoying life and the college experience have surfaced since their deaths. The victims of this crime don’t tick intersectional boxes. They were white college kids living in a transition state. Her cause of death won’t help Congressional Democrats pass gun laws or score points with minority or LGBT Americans. Speaking publicly about these killings and showing compassion for the victims and their families will also not give them the advantage of blaming Republicans for somehow “inciting” violence.
The truth is, tragedy can and will strike no matter how many gun laws are passed. Chicago has some of the toughest gun laws in the country. But every week countless, mostly black residents are shot. Just this morning, a teenager was murdered in the Windy City. Chicago is a left-wing utopia, complete with a radical mayor, tough gun laws, and an attorney general who refuses to prosecute violent criminals, including murderers, in the name of justice, leaving the President and the corporate media with no comment on Chicago’s bloody streets Chicago. It’s not politically beneficial.
If guns are illegal, a criminal will always find a way to get one, just like they do in Chicago, and those who can’t use a gun will use a knife or a car. There is evil in our fallen world and there always will be. It is ugly to put tragedy on the shoulders of a political opponent.
It is also rude for the President of the United States to make statements only about national tragedies that are politically useful to him. “I promise you,” Biden wrote before taking office, “I will be a president for all Americans.”
If Biden were sincere, he would recognize the murders that happen every day in Chicago, and he would treat the deaths of the four young Idaho college students with the same compassion and urgency that he brought to those who died at Club Q died in Colorado.
Evita Duffy is a contributor to The Federalist magazine and co-founder of the Chicago Thinker. She loves the Midwest, logging, writing and her family. Follow her on Twitter at @evitaduffy_1 or contact her at [email protected]