It’s The Guns, Stupid

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:



Filed under gun control, gun violence

6 responses to “It’s The Guns, Stupid

  1. democommie

    Well, on friday we will be treated to both Harry Reid and Weenie LaPutrid lying, both of them, like a speeding bullet.

    Some lady called into NPR this afternoon and said that Reid was Pro-gun because Nevada is mostly rural. Well, she’s right, if you look at a map. It’s a huge state with just about 2.7 million people. The fact that approximately 90% of the population of the state live Clark County (think Las Vegas) and Washoe County (think Reno) might make such a comment right and also VERY WRONG.

    Harry Reid is pro-gun because he’s convinced he can’t get elected if he doesn’t suck up to the NRA.


    thank you. i can’t tell you how good it is to hear someone say this out loud. when i say it, people point out yonder way and start talking about the mentally ill.

  3. democommie

    I was talking to someone a little while ago who is quite nervous about having his guns taken away or his use of them curtailed. This is a guy who’;s hunted since he was a young boy and knows fieldcraft and the woods, is careful and skilled.It pains me to know that though he thinks people that HAVE TO HAVE a gun 24/7 are fucking nuts he is still convinced that any movement in the direction of sanity will end with confiscation.

  4. Mnemosyne

    IIRC, a guy did die from playing video games — he got a blood clot in his leg that traveled to his lung and killed him.

    But until video game players can pull that clot out from their leg, fling it at other players, and kill them with it, I think the public is safe from the dire threat of video games killing people.

  5. democommie

    I haven’t heard what Harry Reid said today. Weenie LaPutrid blamed the parents of the dead children for their deaths and went after the press–that might not have the outcome he’s counting on.