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Why Trump Isn't Demanding Obama's Resignation for Allowing the Orlando Shooter to Buy an AR-15

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | June 13, 2016 |

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | June 13, 2016 |

Here’s what we know, so far, about the man who killed 50 and injured another 50 in a mass shooting yesterday in an Orlando nightclub. He was 29 years old. He was an angry, violent bigot. He abused his ex-wife. Before the shooting, he called 911 and pledged allegiance to ISIS. We also know he was investigated by the FBI twice for potential affiliations with ISIS.

How is a guy like that able to buy an assault rifle and a gun? Should we be congratulating Donald Trump for being right about identifying the killer as an Islamic terrorist?

Should President Obama immediately resign?

This guy was on the FBI’s radar. How does President Obama even let a guy like this buy an assault rifle? Why isn’t Trump demanding Obama’s resignation for allowing this man to secure a weapon capable of mass killings?

Why? Because there’s not a goddamn thing President Obama could do about it, as he told a man during a PBS town hall meeting just last week when asked why he wants to “control and restrict and limit gun manufacturers, gun owners, and responsible use of guns and ammunition.”

“I’ve got people who we know have been on Isil websites living here in the United States. U.S. Citizens,” Obama said. “And we’re allowed to put them on the No-Fly list when it comes to airlines, but because of the National Rifle Association, I cannot prohibit those people from buying a gun. This is somebody who is a known Isil sympathizer, and if he wants to walk in to a gun store or a gun show right now and buy as many weapons and as much ammo as he can, no one can stop him, even though the FBI knows who that person is.”

Look: The Constitution will not allow us to arrest people with evil minds, and that’s the way it should be. You can’t be arrested for contemplating evil. Until you act to put a plan in motion, there’s nothing law enforcement can do. But shouldn’t we at least be able to prevent someone with a history of violence, who the FBI has investigated, from buying a fucking assault weapon capable of killing and injuring over 100 people?

A little common sense can’t be that much to ask, can it?

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