AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli When it comes to anti-gun folks, I don’t expect all that much. They might be people I can get along with when the subject of guns isn’t on the table, but far too many of them expose themselves to be horrible, ghoulish people the moment a mass shooting happens.
They’ll use any horrific tragedy to advance an agenda, even if nothing in that agenda would have averted the tragedy in question.
A prime example of that is Salon’s Amanda Marcotte, who we’ve written about before . She’s notorious for using whatever she can get away with to justify gun control.
The thing is, she actually believes folks like you and me actually want mass shootings. What made the South Street shooting particularly nerve-rattling was how unhinged the situation seems to have been. Current reports suggest it started as a fight between two young men, but at least three other civilians and a police officer whipped out guns and sent bullets flying everywhere. There’s a very Wild West quality to the whole thing, except, you know, it happened in a 21st-century crowded city, with advanced gun tech, making the body count much higher than someone like Billy the Kid would have experienced. This is all by design. As Melissa Ryan wrote Monday morning in the Ctrl Alt Right Delete newsletter, “For the Right, mass shootings are a feature, not a bug.” And as I have been arguing for at Salon, mass shootings are effective for Republicans at demoralizing their opposition and training their base to unlearn any lingering sense of empathy. Historian Ruth Ben-Shiat argued in October in the Washington Post, that gun violence “fosters political, social and psychological conditions that are propitious for autocracy.” A major GOP campaign message going into the midterms is that “woke” Democrats are letting […]
They’re Trying to Shut Us Down
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