Tom Reynolds, President of Shooters Committee On Political Education, Inc. (S.C.O.P.E.), has issued the following statement in response to the recent tragedy at the Tops Supermarket, in Buffalo, Erie County, New York:
The shooting at Tops in Buffalo, on Saturday, was a tragedy that will impact lives forever. In its wake, the proper responses are condolences, sympathy, remembrances and prayers.
Good leaders know that bad decisions get made in the heat of emotion. But like vampires poised over the still warm bodies of the victims, Joe Biden, Kathy Hochul and Chuck Schumer chose to drain every bit of advantage from the emotions around this tragedy. Shame on them. They are willing to exploit the suffering of others in order to push their own discredited ideology on America.
There was no need for immediate action by any of those three politicians as the killer was immediately apprehended. They should have used their offices to start the healing process. Instead, they almost immediately rushed to the like-minded media and restarted their campaigns against the 2nd Amendment.
They seem to believe that they can bring America together by dividing it. That more racism is the solution to racism. And most important to them, that no tragedy goes to waste.
In the days and weeks ahead, we will learn more about what drove the murderer to this inhuman act. Then, in a calm deliberative manner we can seek the truth. There is an old military adage, “The first reports of the scouts are usually wrong”. Basing unnecessary action on the breathless reporting of those first on the scene and on politicians, intent on shoring up support for their next election, is wrong.
This trio of politicians will try to focus on an inanimate object that is incapable of action without human input and the obvious mental health issues of the human that used it. But the degeneration of our culture where human lives are tossed away must be included in that conversation. We can’t begin to solve the issue without deliberate consideration of where our moral and religious values have gone.