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Biden Uses Shinzo Abe Assassination to Make Political Point On Gun Violence

President Joe Biden was sharply criticized Friday for using the assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as an occasion to denounce “gun violence.”

Abe, Japan’s longest-serving premier, was shot and killedwhile speaking at a campaign event in the city of Nara. The assassin used a homemade gun.

What did Biden say?

Nearly 12 hours after Abe was shot and almost six hoursafter officials confirmed Abe had died, Biden released a statement commemorating Abe, whom Biden worked with as vice president.

“I am stunned, outraged, and deeply saddened by the news that my friend Abe Shinzo, former Prime Minister of Japan, was shot and killed while campaigning. This is a tragedy for Japan and for all who knew him,” Biden said.

“I had the privilege to work closely with Prime Minister Abe. As Vice President, I visited him in Tokyo and welcomed him to Washington. He was a champion of the Alliance between our nations and the friendship between our people,” he continued. “The longest serving Japanese Prime Minister, his vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific will endure. Above all, he cared deeply about the Japanese people and dedicated his life to their service. Even at the moment he was attacked, he was engaged in the work of democracy.”

But it was the last part of the statement that drew intense criticism because Biden used the moment to mention “gun violence.”

While there are many details that we do not yet know, we know that violent attacks are never acceptable and that gun violence always leaves a deep scar on the communities that are affected by it. The United States stands with Japan in this moment of grief. I send my deepest condolences to his family. 

The inclusion of “gun violence” is particularly jarring because Japan imposes strict anti-gun laws, thus making gun violence in Japan almost nonexistent

What was the reaction?

Biden was accused of “hijack[ing]” Abe’s tragic death for “political expedience,” which was described as “governing by Twitter.”

  • “Calling the assassination of a major world leader ‘gun violence’ is governing by Twitter. Just the dumbest f***ing thing for a president to say,” Noam Blum reacted.
  • “Joe Biden says that assassinating Shinzo Abe is a problem of ‘gun violence.’ This is perhaps the stupidest thing he has ever said, and that is saying something,” Ben Shapiro said.
  • “Abe’s death is a tragedy for democracy and capitalism around the world, and Biden’s decision to hijack his death for domestic political expedience is more than malicious. It’s moronic,” conservative writer Tiana Lowe wrote.
  • “Say what you will about the Biden admin. You can call them crass, petulant, childish, self-indulgent, tone-deaf, etc. You can say they neurotically fixate on partisan battles at the expense of American statesmanship and interests. But you can’t deny their message discipline,” Omri Ceren, national security adviser for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), said.
  • “God, what garbage,” writer David Harsanyi reacted.
  • “Extremely cringe to work in ‘gun violence’ given the fact that Japan nearly completely prohibits gun ownership,” writer Brad Polumbo said.

Original Article: https://www.theblaze.com/news/biden-response-shinzo-abe-assassination

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  1. The left doesn’t care about protecting the life’s of anyone except themselves.
    Guns are bad because as long as the citizens have guns the left doesn’t have total control.
    If you think things are bad now wait until they take guns away from law abiding citizens.

  2. This proves that even with the strictest of laws if someone had an intent, they would get the gun from somewhere, even if (And I’m not saying this guy did), even if they make their own. But the democrats cannot get it through their thick skulls. Having a mule as their mascot is the perfect symbol for them.

  3. Yes you can call them crass, petulant, childish, tone deaf and self indulgence wit a neurotic fixated on partsnship on partanship. The is an exact analogy of the GOP.

    • But there can be no gun violence in Japan. They have a law where literally nobody can own a pistol of a rifle. Don’t you know, If you pass enough laws there is no gun violence, Just ask any NWO Marxist (democrat)

      Can this senile old twit understand that there is NO law that will prevent people killing each other, and Japan’s low homocide rate is by virtue of there culture, NOT because of their laws against firearms.

    • Hardly. The DNC is only truly interested in one thing and one thing only, the total control of every single aspect of your life. They want to control your healthcare, what you eat, what you drive, WHAT YOU THINK OR SAY, so before you attack the GOP or conservatives in general, take a long honest look at your party, you’ll see they’re not the compassionate people who you think they are, they’re as cold blooded and calculating as all totalitarian regimes throughout history.

    • Hardly. The DNC is only truly interested in one thing and one thing only, the total control of every single aspect of your life. They want to control your healthcare, what you eat, what you drive, WHAT YOU THINK OR SAY, so before you attack the GOP or conservatives in general, take a long honest look at your party, you’ll see they’re not the compassionate people who you think they are, they’re as cold blooded and calculating as all totalitarian regimes throughout history.

  4. This latest attempt to get one step closer to full gun confiscation should raise the red flag to every law abiding gun owner in our country. Because with every tragedy that happens, the Democratic communists are that much closer to gun free everywhere, except the government. Once this happens there’s no going back…

  5. I’ve read how the democrats don’t care about the United States, it’s people, most states, the security of our nation, the invasion of illegal immigration, inflation at a rate that we retirees can’t keep up with, our energy independence, gone, and it seems that with every passing day the democrats shove it even deeper up the anals of the American People. Without using any grease.
    So I guess what I’ve been reading was true. democrats have proven since the 1st rino ran the house. Y’all remember him, ryan. The self-proclaimed God of the republican party decided to GIVE AWAY the congress to the democrats just to try and stop Trump from Making America Great Again. But as We the People honestly know that when Trump put a brakes in things this country was prospering beyond belief. Our people as well as our country were well on it’s way to complete independence.
    But, due it lies, cheating and thievery and just not caring for the country or the people the democrat God obama and side-kick(feel the little girls) joe they almost did irreversible damage to this country. Remember when the democrat trash was running he. said he would bring back the obama era trash that put us in a recession to start with.. Guess what.
    The democrats have succeeded. We are back in an obama recession again. But this time it’s worse. An incompetent and irrelevant democrat is making NO attempt to help the country, it’s people or it’s economy. Since no one wants this dumbasses policies or his administration he’s decided to shove these policies deeper up the asses of the American People.
    I want January 2023 here so bad that I can hardly wait for the next Congress and Senate to undo all the bullshit this asswipe so called president and the trash that’s been running congress and senate.
    It will be way that WE THE PEOPLE will take back and KEEP OUR COUNTRY GREAT. And make it even GREATER than before…

    JOIN US
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    FOR A MUCH GREATER AMERICA
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  6. The assassination of Japan’s former Prime Minister should be even more proof that gun control laws don’t work and almost a complete ban, as exists in Japan, still allowed a criminal intent on committing a heinous act to carry it out! This is sad but not unimaginable! May he Rest In Peace, my thoughts and prayers to his friends and family!!

  7. Tony Barreda after reading your post STUPID would be the perfect analogy of the democrats. You’re a chip off the old VP block with a word salad that makes no sense

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