What a difference a mass-murder of kindergartners makes…
…especially on the heels of Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly on America Live joining in the conservative clamour calling for NBC Sports to fire Bob Costas for daring to inappropriately suggest during half-time that it’s time for our nation to have a serious conversation about gun violence.
Last Friday, the day of the Sandy Hook School mass-murder, the NRA Twitter feed fell suddenly silent — save for the very angry tweets directed at the organization. Among them we find:
@NRA Please never tweet again
On the tenth day of Christmas the @NRA gave to me, an elementary school slaughter
@NRA <– They are posting stuff about a contest while children lay dead from legislation they back. Nice.
@NRA Go fuck yourselves
FOX News slammed Bob Costas for not obeying some imaginary protocol to wait twenty-four hours after bloody tragedies before discussing the causes of such gun-related violence. This must be what occurred with the NRA — they were simply practicing exquisitely good manners. After all, they wrote the book on gun etiquette. (Seriously)
Not everyone obeyed the twenty-four hour rule after Sandy Hook. The perennially boorish Rush Limbaugh was on-air slamming liberals just minutes after those children were gunned-down, claiming Democrats would blame Republicans and use the massacre as a political lever to erode second amendment rights. Limbaugh complained that the mainstream media would heap blame for almost anything, including hurricanes, on innocent conservatives.
Twenty-six people dead, twenty of them aged 6 to 7, and blow-hard Limbaugh plays the victim card. He doth protest too much.
We are a murderous nation. In 2010, we killed nearly 13,000 people on our own soil, with nearly 9,000 of those crimes involving a smoking gun. The United States blood-bath has no end in sight with its population awash in firearms — 270 million guns in private ownership, making it number one in the world, having 88.8 guns per 100 people.
Accuse Republicans? Sure, they seem to be secretly blaming themselves anyhow. Just like a child who’s been naughty, they are trying to distract attention from the carnage caused by their 2nd amendment excesses by doing something “nice” for the Democrats. Take Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell — he suddenly found it a reasonable idea on the day of the killings to consider allowing the tax breaks to expire on millionaires while maintaining them for the middle-class. (Coincidence or guilty conscience?) They know they will lose the fiscal cliff bluff because they really are…
…guilty as sin. And the nation is not in a forgiving mood, no matter how well-mannered Republicans pretend to be.
(Stay tuned: Will Michigan’s Gov. Snyder (R) sign into law the bill passed by state lawmakers, the same morning as the shooting, that would allow concealed weapons in Michigan schools? He’s already in political hot water over his Right-to-Work flip-flop.)
Amy Kerr Hardin This article also appears in Voters Legislative Transparency Project