Well, this is awkward …
Count Martin O’Malley among the many Democrats and liberals trying to pin the deadly Jacksonville shooting on Florida Gov. Rick Scott:
Another tragic mass shooting in Florida. Republican Governor Rick Scott proudly boasted that he passed more Pro-gun, NRA legislation than any other governor. Time to close the chapter on deadly pandering. #WinBackYourState, Florida.
— Martin O'Malley (@MartinOMalley) August 28, 2018
In case you’ve forgotten who Martin O’Malley is — and we honestly wouldn’t blame you if you did — he’s a former Democratic governor. Of Maryland.
Um… Governor, he bought it in MARYLAND under the "common sense gun control laws" you wrote! https://t.co/ag78T7yVGe
— Larry O'Connor (@LarryOConnor) August 28, 2018
Back in fall of 2015, he ran for president on those laws:
ROCHESTER, N.H. — Former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley on Sunday touted a package of gun-control measures passed during his tenure and challenged his two leading rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination to embrace several initiatives on the national level.
“We banded together. We drove consensus,” O’Malley told a gathering of the Strafford County Democrats as he recalled legislation passed in Maryland in 2013. “We need to apply the same persistence today as a nation.”
The Maryland legislation, prompted by the 2012 school shootings in Newtown, Conn., included new fingerprinting and training requirements for handgun purchasers, as well as a ban on 45 types of assault rifles and magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.
O’Malley, a former mayor of Baltimore, called for four reforms on the national level: a ban on “combat assault weapons”; a requirement that those who purchase guns get licenses and be fingerprinted; a law making gun trafficking a federal crime; and a commitment from the federal government to purchase firearms only from companies that use “the latest and best safety technology.”
Just like his presidential campaign, Martin O’Malley’s gun control crusade was a colossal failure.
Its already been said many times… but the gun was bought in Maryland.
— Gen. Chang's Chicken (@Chowdertron) August 28, 2018
Remind me, Governor of Maryland, in what state and under whose laws did the shooter access his murder weapon?
— SMOD C137 (@PaulWDrake) August 28, 2018
he bought the gun in your own damn state you dishonest hack.
— big daddy Triple Red X (@jsalicea00) August 28, 2018
He bought the gun in MARYLAND where YOU instituted restrictions on hand gun purchases. Get your facts straight.
— KayDee 🌸 (@ally_gardener) August 28, 2018
I'm by no means pro-gun/NRA but good Lord, the shooter with well documented mental illnesses legally purchased the guns in Maryland. You know, the state you goverened for 8 years. #clown
— Joe Murk (@Joe_Murk) August 28, 2018
A tragic mass shooting w/ guns purchased in Maryland, a state with restrictive gun control laws. MD Governor Martin O'Malley proudly boasted that he passed more anti-gun, anti-freedom legislation than other governors. Time to admit gun control doesn't work. #WinBackYourState MD.
— Chris (@Vanasdalan) August 28, 2018