Republican Rep. Claudia Tenney of New York claimed on Feb. 21 that “so many of these people that commit mass murders end up being Democrats.”
Tenney made her unfounded claim during an interview on Albany’s Talk 1300 Radio — hosted by Fred Dicker — during a conversation about the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, notes ThinkProgress.
Tenney told Decker how she feared gun safety laws:
What scares me most is that a lot of these legal gun owners are going to be targeted now. In their demographic, they have the least amount of crimes of virtually any other demographic.
In response, Decker tried to blame most crimes on “minorities”:
Yeah, but they tend to vote Republican, they tend to be white. Most gun crimes are occurring in what’s euphemistically called the “inner cities” involving minorities, and they’re the ones that Democrats generally going to bend over backwards to protect, so you don’t hear about mandatory prison sentences for people involved in gun crimes say in Albany, New York, or downtown Utica.
Yeah, well, obviously there is a lot of politics in it, and it’s interesting that so many of these people that commit the mass murders end up being Democrats, but the media doesn’t talk about that either.
The Parkland shooter, Nikolas Cruz, reportedly wore a Trump hat on his Instagram page and a Trump hat in school.
After being quoted correctly by the media, Tenney told the New York Post that her comments were taken out of context:
I am fed up with the media and liberals attempting to politicize tragedies and demonize law-abiding gun owners and conservative Americans every time there is a horrible tragedy.
While we know the perpetrators of these atrocities have a wide variety of political views, my comments are in response to a question about the failure to prosecute illegal gun crime. I will continue to stand up for law-abiding citizens who are smeared by anti-gun liberal elitists.