It Never Seems to Be the Right Time to Discuss Gun Policy

Here we go again (CNN photo)

White House spokesperson Jay Carney on the shooting in Connecticut:

“I think it’s important on a day like today to view this as I know the president, as a father does and I as a father and others who are parents certainly do, which is to feel enormous sympathy for families that are affected and to do everything we can to support state and local law enforcement and support those who are enduring what appears to be a very tragic event. There is, I’m sure, will be, rather, a day for discussion of the usual Washington policy debates but I don’t think today is that day. [Emphasis added]

In what universe is entertaining the idea of limiting the public’s exposure to guns, “the usual Washington policy debates?” When was the last time Washington debated this topic? When Jimmy freaking Carter was president? Like 80 or 90 or several hundred mass shootings ago?

We never think today is the right day to stand up to the National Rifle Association and the Gun Owners of America, but it’s always a fine day for multiple funerals.

And the first person who says, “If those little kids or the teachers had their own guns, this never would have happened,” is going to get blasted — verbally — by me. The answer to too many guns is not more guns.


  • Violet
    December 14, 2012 - 4:38 pm | Permalink

    Yeah Trish. We need to march on Washington and the headquarters of the NRA> AV

  • Rocky D.
    December 16, 2012 - 8:27 am | Permalink

    I’m hearing that our “leaders” are afraid of the NRA. I’m asking, are they “terrorized” by the NRA. Has the NRA become a terrorist organization? My husband was a member for most of his life but ditched them when their dunning for membership renewal became threatening and abusive. Sick sick people, who are somehow the oppressed.

  • Quade Winter
    December 17, 2012 - 8:32 am | Permalink

    Abolish the antiquated 2nd Amendment. That will automatically kick the problem down to the states. (Remember that darling of the conservatives, 10th amendment?) That’ll wipe out the worst roadblock to everybody doing something about it. Whipe out the 2nd amendment. When you hear that talked about, you’ll know they’re serious. Till then, duck and cover.

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