In the roughly four seconds it takes to pull one’s cell phone out of one’s pocket and fire up the Twitter app, anti-gun race-baiters over on the left were immediately jumping to condemn "white supremacy," anti-Asian “hate” and “assault rifles” while emergency crews were still on the scene in Monterey Park, California, where a gunman killed 10 and wounded another 10 in a shooting Saturday night during a Lunar New Year festival at a dance studio.
Noting that the area’s population is predominantly Asian, liberals obsessed with finding racism in every shadow were quite to blame “white supremacy” and “bigotry” for the mass shooting, well before a single detail was publicly known about the shooter – including his motive, or his own race.
“We must stand up to bigotry and hate wherever they rear their ugly heads, and we must keep working to stop gun violence,” tweeted New York Sen. Chuck Schumer.
I'm heartbroken by the news of the shooting in Monterey Park amid Lunar New Year celebrations— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) January 22, 2023
I'm praying for the victims, their families, the 1st responders
We must stand up to bigotry and hate wherever they rear their ugly heads, and we must keep working to stop gun violence
Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff pointed to “bigotry toward AAPI individuals as a possible motive” without having any actual facts to back that up.
Ten dead in Monterey Park. I am sickened.— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) January 22, 2023
A horrific example of needless gun violence. With bigotry toward AAPI individuals as a possible motive.
The families are in my prayers as we seek information by law enforcement.
We’ll never quit demanding real action on gun safety.
In a blast that ignored grammar rules in their entirety, Biden delegate Victor Shi demanded we “reform our nations broken gun laws & condemn anti-Asian hate in all its forms.”
I don’t want to hear a single thought or prayer from Republicans about the mass shooting in Monterey Park. I just want action. I want Republicans to finally act to reform our nations broken gun laws & condemn anti-Asian hate in all its forms. Until then, spare me the condolences.— Victor Shi (@Victorshi2020) January 22, 2023
Writer Alisha Grauso (she/her pronouns in bio) ranted, “F*** the NRA. F*** the right’s obsession with guns. F*** white supremacy.” Los Angeles City Councilman Bob Blumenfield called to “stop gun violence and condemn racist hatred towards any groups.”
My heart is broken with the senseless deaths and violence in Monterey Park. I stand with the AAPI community united against hate on what should be a day of joy and celebration. We must come together as a nation to stop gun violence and condemn racist hatred towards any groups.— Bob Blumenfield (@BobBlumenfield) January 22, 2023
New York Democrat and House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries blamed “hatred and intolerance.”
Deeply saddened and horrified by the mass shooting in Monterey Park on a weekend of Lunar New Year celebrations.— Hakeem Jeffries (@RepJeffries) January 22, 2023
We must crush the rise of hatred and intolerance whenever and wherever it is found.
Maryland’s newly inaugurated governor, Democrat Wes Moore, tweeted, “We must root out hate and ensure no one has to live in fear of violence due to ethnicity or faith.”
And, perhaps taking the proverbial cake with their assessment, the local CBS affiliate fingered the shooter's weapon as an "assault pistol" when the presumed AR-15 narrative fell apart.
“Luna said a magazine-fed semi automatic assault pistol with extended large capacity magazine was recovered from the Alhambra location.”— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) January 23, 2023
Monterey Park shooting suspect dead from self-inflicted gunshot wound, sheriff says - CBS News https://t.co/cUlMKecgfJ
As it turned out, however, the shooter was identified as a 72-year-old Asian man whose name isn’t worth mentioning - and whose race shouldn’t be either, except that leftists who love seizing every opportunity to scream “racism!” have decided to make it a thing.
It's also worth noting that the definitively non-white shooter killed himself in a standoff with police the day after the massacre at the Star Ballroom Dance Studio, which he reportedly carried out with the same handgun that was likely wrestled away from him by bystanders at another dance location about 20 minutes after the first shooting. That gun was a 9mm handgun – not an assault rifle, or a rifle of any kind.
Or an "assault pistol," for that matter.