I’ve never heard of Celeb Boutique before but I promise you, I will never, ever shop there:
— Celeb Boutique (@celebboutique) July 20, 2012
I’ve seen a lot of things about the Aurora shootings on Twitter today — perhaps the best was John Aravosis’ observation that,
When for political reasons we permit guns to be bought and sold at epidemic proportions in this country, this shooting is per se political.
That is exactly right. Cries not to politicize the tragedy are just another way of saying “shut up!” And yes, that means Rep. Louis Gohmert has as much a right to spout his latest idiocy as the gun control people have a right to spout theirs. The alternative, which we’ve seen play out a thousand times before, is everyone refusing to have the hard conversation — first out of resepect for the victims, then out of pure cowardice.
So yes, please politicize this. Because it is absolutely, 100% political. When the head of the NRA repeatedly gets up before the microphone and claims President Obama wants to take your guns so you better run out and stock up now, this issue is definitely political.
But one thing I simply cannot stand, and will not tolerate, is using a tragedy to sell cheap Kim Kardashian-inspired crap. That is beyond crass. It’s sickening.