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59 people are dead and over 500 are left injured following Sunday night’s Las Vegas shooting massacre, making it the deadliest shooting in modern US history. The motives of 64 year old Stephen Paddock remain unknown as investigators continue to work on the case.

As with any current event or tragedy, individuals, specifically politicians, wasted no time getting on their soapboxes and turning a tragedy into a political talking point. Perhaps the most classless of all politicizations of the Las Vegas shooting was former US Presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton.

Taking to Twitter this morning, Clinton began her tweet thread with a typical and appropriate response to a mass shooting.

Her tone, however, dramatically shifted as she sent out her next two tweets.

The above tweet shows Clinton’s first act of politicizing the Las Vegas shooting. She used it as a chance to advocate against gun silencers and the National Rifle Association. Finishing off her tweet storm, the former First Lady made a rather bold statement regarding the event.

Instead of expressing her condolences and urging others to pray or help out in any way the city of Las Vegas needs, Clinton took the opportunity to turn the deaths of 59 people into political props. Not even 24 hours had passed before she took advantage of families losing loved ones. The aftermath of a tragedy is not the time to ask “what if” questions or create political talking points. You are actively disrespecting their memory when instead of focusing on what they leave behind. You focus only how their death can aid your political agenda. Hillary, you have pushed aside the victims and are distracting from not only their well-being but the ongoing investigation as well. I can only imagine how maddening and disheartening it would be to lose your loved one and have a politician use their grave as a talking point to push their own agenda before their blood even turns cold.

The act of politicizing a tragedy not only appears incredibly insincere, it is insincere. Mrs. Clinton, you cannot send off one tweet expressing your condolences and then expect it to be fine to use 59 deaths as a way of pushing your anti-NRA agenda. You cannot convince American citizens that you fully care about a devastating event such as this one when you try to use it to you and your party’s advantage.

One of the most ironic parts of Clinton’s tweet storm was when she urged her followers to “put politics aside and stand up to the NRA.” Is advocating against the NRA and calling for gun controlling not the exact opposite of “putting politics aside”? Mrs. Clinton, you are the one bringing politics into an area that, while unavoidable, could really do without political hot takes as families grieve.

Hillary Clinton has disrespected the lives of over 500 individuals and their families. She has turned 59 deaths into her own talking point. In fact, she has seemingly used a tragedy to her advantage. The former first lady saw this shooting as an opportunity to push her own agenda and personal vendetta against the NRA. Instead of grieving for the victims with the rest of the nation, she has turned the spotlight on herself in one of the most cruel and disgusting ways possible. Hillary, if you really want to help and respect victims, urge others to pray or donate blood if they can. Do not turn this tragedy into your own soapbox.

Alana B
FFL Contributor
Alana is an undergraduate student at Washington State University studying communications. She aspires to work in either journalism or communications and aims to empower young women to feel confident in sharing their political views. Her favorite things include Jesus, capitalism, politics, yoga, and traveling.

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