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After Las Vegas, Can We Take a Moment to Agree Not to Politicize Tragedy?

The deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history happened late last night in Las Vegas, and Americans everywhere are in shock.

At least 50 people are dead, and more than 400 were wounded after a gunman opened fire from the 32nd floor of a Vegas hotel. Thousands of people were enjoying a concert that was part of the Route 91 Harvest Festival; Sunday night was the last night of the three-day country music event.

We’re struggling over at TheBlaze to make sense of this tragedy just like the rest of this country. Doc took a moment while standing in for Glenn on Monday’s show to talk about how the shooting will inevitably be politicized and to give some perspective.

This article provided courtesy of TheBlaze.

DOC: It may sound simple. But how do you know if something is being politicized, a tragedy, that is? How do you know? Well, you may say, it's pretty obvious, or whatever. No, I don't think it is.

Is it okay to discuss a tragedy after the tragedy? A day? A week? A month later? A year later?

CHRIS: Yeah. Yeah.

DOC: Of course, I can discuss it. Can you discuss it and assign some blame, when there is blame? Mistakes. Let's say there were failures that led to it.

CHRIS: Like you say, maybe there was a note left by the police officers, and they forgot to follow up or something like that? Yeah, you can discuss that.

DOC: Whatever. Yeah, you can discuss those things.

And in an effort to assign blame, not just for vengeance, but to try to stop failures in the future. Of course, you can do that.

I think you know when it's being politicized, if the criticisms happen like they have already this morning, before we know all of the details. We don't know all of the details about the shooting in Las Vegas. We know very few. The numbers keep changing. The numbers dead and injured, the way this rolled out, what room he was in.

That stuff is changing constantly. So that's one way you know.

Number two, if blame is being assigned without all of the facts being displayed. Maybe a week from now, somebody points to this tragedy and blames whoever. I don't care if they blame somebody on the left, the right, the president, past presidents. It doesn't matter. If they're doing it without telling you all of the facts, without full disclosure, only letting you see a little bit, what that's doing is showing you they are crafting a message for you or anybody else who is viewing it, reading it, whatever, that they only want you to know a little bit in order to drive the narrative in a political direction.

That's what's been happening with Puerto Rico over the weekend. That's what's been happening before the mayor of San Juan and the president. We'll get to that later on in the program. But let me share with you what Piers Morgan tweeted out. And, again, I'm not being political -- I'm just pointing out how ridiculous -- this is what politicizing it is. What did Piers tweet out, Chris Cruz?

CHRIS: So he tweeted about an hour ago. He said: Big test for Donald Trump. The NRA helped him get elected, now worse ever US mass shooting has happened in his watch. #Vegas.

DOC: So the worst mass shooting has happened on Donald Trump's watch. He's right.

CHRIS: He is right.

DOC: On his watch. While he's president. He's right.

The second now most deadly mass shooting was the Pulse Nightclub.

CHRIS: Yes, 49 dead.

DOC: Prior to today, it was the most deadly. Whose watch was that on?

CHRIS: Obama.

DOC: Prior to that was Sandy Hook.

CHRIS: Yep. The childrens of the school.

DOC: Right. And whose watch was that on?

CHRIS: President Obama.

DOC: Do you see what I'm saying? I'm not saying it's Obama's fault. I'm not saying it's Trump's fault today. I'm saying these numbers always change. New situations, new circumstances. And what would Piers have them do?

Gun control is not a solution to this. He simply wants you to believe it is, before he even knows the facts.

There could be significant facts to come out that Piers doesn't know, but he's happy to jump to that political arena.

CHRIS: And then if you go down that rabbit hole of let's blame President Trump, it is his fault, what can you blame him on? Like, seriously, what can you blame any president when a mass shooting happens like this?

DOC: It's asinine.

CHRIS: It's not like Donald Trump was right there sitting next to the idea or Obama was sitting next to the other guy saying, hey, hey, are you going to push the trigger? Hey, hey, are you going to push the trigger right now? Hey, hey, do it right now.

It's not that. I blame society before I blame any president.

DOC: Including Obama. Including others.

CHRIS: Yes.

DOC: You know what, I think today I've made a realization about the politicizing of those issues. That needs to be something that we discuss all the time. We need to start calling out the politicizing of tragedy. And I just shared with you some of the ways you know it's being politicized. If they're not sharing all of the facts, if they're discussing and pointing the finger of who is responsible, who is to blame, before we know any of the details.

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