Watching a big chunk of the Republican Party dance around this school shooting issue is nothing short of astounding. The contortions they’ve gone through to blame everything but the obvious has been jaw-droppingly impressive. For a party trying to prove to the nation they are not hopelessly out of touch and living in an airtight bubble, they sure have dug themselves into one helluva hole.
A quick rundown:
• Top conservative magazine The National Review, which earlier editorialized that mass shootings are the price we have to pay for the Second Amendment, ran a column blaming the shooting on a lack of men in the building. The school was “a feminized setting is a setting in which helpless passivity is the norm.” And they wonder why they have a problem with women voters?
• Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander blamed violent video games and movies. Except as I pointed out elsewhere, nobody ever died playing a video game — except maybe this Tennessee three-year-old, who mistook a loaded handgun for the Wii controller.
• A pastor in Fayetteville, TN blamed the shooting on “government schools” teaching evolution and “how to be a homo.”
• Tea Party Nation, based in Tennessee (are we beginning to see a pattern here?) blamed everything from teacher’s unions to sex in the media to “an over-bureaucratized society, one run ultimately from a far-away central location.”
• Mike Huckabee, former Arkansas governor, Republican presidential candidate and current Fox News host, first blamed the removal of God from our schools, then doubled down and basically blamed gays, abortion, and secularism in general.
Okay, here’s the thing, guys: some, none or all of these things may or may not be contributing factors in a mass shooting. Mass shootings are all unique. But the bottom line is, none of these things would have resulted in tragedy and mass loss of life if the shooter didn’t get his hands on weapons in the first place!
One more time with feeling:
IT’S THE GUNS, STUPID.