Authorities have not formally made any connection between Monday's bombing at the Boston Marathon and international terrorism but some elected officials have used the incident to push their views on “radical Islam” and gun control. Speaking to The Blaze, Congressman Louie Gohmert suggested that the incident could be what, “Osama Bin Laden charged Chechens to do many years ago…and that is train so you can go kill Americans and other Westerners.” State Rep. Debbie Riddle also weighed in:
We must stand against those who would see us destroyed and under the thumb of radical Islam. We must eliminate “political correctness” and our government must put the safety and security for Americans as first priority.
Gohmert cited a 2011 report by the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch that showed, “the Chechen, as pushed by Osama Bin Laden, had set up camps there with the goal of hitting America.” He says in response the US should first “secure the border”, and then “take a look at Chechens who have come in here — because if there is anything violent in their background like those killing Americans they need to be deported.”
Judicial Watch also blames the Obama Administration for what it calls a “missed opportunity” to deport the now dead suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev whose brother is still at large. Tamerian was arrested back in 2009 on a domestic violence charge but it's not clear if he was convicted.
Gohmert and some state legislators also used the opportunity to take a shot at gun control advocates:
Let me ask you, if you're sitting in your home and you know there are only two possibilities for people coming, one is law enforcement and the other is somebody who has already killed Americans and continues to do so, how many rounds do you want to be limited to in your magazine as you sit in your chair and wait? – Louie Gohmert
I bet some of the folks in Boston wished they had a gun as they had to stay in their own homes and not go outside because of the danger. We must never allow our 2nd Amendment be eliminated or compromised. – Debbie Riddle
While Bostonians were locked in their homes during an intense manhunt, Arkansas State Rep.
Nate Bell tweeted, “I wonder how many Boston liberals spent the night cowering in their homes wishing they had an AR-15 with a high-capacity magazine?” He received a strong backlash from Boston residents and he then apologized for the, “poor timing of my tweet” he then repeated, “I regret the poor choice of timing”, but made no reference to its content.