Thursday, February 15, 2018

Politicizing Tragedy

Once again, Republicans are out in force urging us not to politicize a mass shooting while wasting no time doing just that themselves. The Drudge Report (no link) has a picture of the shooter above a bold headline that says The FBI Was Warned, thus cleverly tying the Florida school shooting into its ongoing war against the FBI. Meanwhile, Ted Cruz appears on Fox News to send his thoughts and prayers to an anxious nation, sermonize about the inevitability of evil, and take a few swipes at the Democrats:
Fox & Friends host Ainsley Earhardt noted that “Democrats are calling for gun control, they’re talking about not allowing you to buy the AR-15 anymore.” …

“The reaction of Democrats to any tragedy is to try to politicize it,” Cruz complained. “They immediately start calling that we’ve got to take away the Second Amendment rights of law abiding citizens. That’s not the right answer.”
And since it was Fox and Friends, and since he’s Ted Cruz, there was the obligatory swipe at Obama:
Cruz also asserted that President Barack Obama shared the blame for a mass shooting that killed 26 at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

“Had the Obama administration simply followed federal law and enforced the law, existing gun laws made it illegal for the Sutherland Springs shooter to buy a gun,” he opined. “But the Obama administration failed to report his criminal conviction so he wasn’t in the background check system.”
Just like that, Republicans turn the focus away from gun control and throw the blame entirely on the Democrats, all while lecturing us about not politicizing the tragedy. It’s transparently hypocritical and dishonest, but it works: mass shooting keep happening and nothing is ever done about it. Democrats might make a few good speeches, as Obama did after Sandy Hook and Chris Murphy did yesterday, but in the end, they trudge to the podium like eunuchs and whimper about the need for “sensible” gun control, which, when translated, means any kind of cosmetic gun control law their donors and the Republicans will allow them to have.


The New York Crank said...

“The reaction of Democrats to any tragedy is to try to politicize it,” Cruz complained. “They immediately start calling that we’ve got to take away the Second Amendment rights of law abiding citizens. That’s not the right answer.”

Cruz is absolutely right. What's more important — a bunch of high school kids getting killed, or my right to buy a military assault weapon and blast the living bejesus out of anybody I please? I mean, what else would I need a weapon like that for?

Fortunately, we also have Marco Rubio, who doesn't want to discuss this "until all the facts are in." You know, there could be some missing critical facts that we don't know about that could make our discussions more reasonable, like whether the shooter at sugared cereal for breakfast.

I am so grateful to live in a nation where anybody can buy a semi-automatic rifle, not to mention a bump stock, not to mention a few thousand rounds of armor-piercing bullets, and shoot anybody he wants for as long as he can get away with it.

Oh, and while I'm at it, I'm with those right-to-life people. If we don't stop little babies from getting killed in the womb, we won't have enough people for shooters to blast to kingdom come.

Yours very crankily,
The New York Crank

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