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News & Comment

These FOX News Christians Agree: If They’re Going to be Killed in a Mass Shooting, They’d Like to be Shot in Church

OK, but watch Brian Kilmeades’s eyes at the 13-second mark, when Ainsley Earhardt begins holding forth about all the upsides of being killed in a mass shooting at church.

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Lawmaker Offers AR-15 as Fundraiser Door Prize

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Day after the worst mass shooting in American history, Rep. Andy Holt (R-TN), is firmly standing behind his decision to give away am AR-15 semi-automatic rifle as a door prize at his next fundraiser, the Memphis Commercial Appeal reports. Said Holt: “It has nothing to do with the style of weapon. It has everything to do with who’s behind the weapon.”

Poetic Justice

A Sound-Bite Fail

Marco Rubio seems to be rising in the polls,
But like any politician he can sound like a fool.
After the latest mass shooting,
He had us all hooting
When he tried to change the topic to “bomb control.”

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Rubio Tries to Change the Topic from Gun Control to ‘Bomb Control’

I don’t hear anybody talking about bomb control. They put bombs and left bombs behind on the scene of attack, intending to kill even more people than they did with guns.

— Sen. Marco Rubio, sounding dumber than usual in an interview with Fox News.

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Obama Reacts to the Latest Mass Shooting

This is not normal. We can’t let it become normal. If we truly care about this — if we’re going to offer up our thoughts and prayers again, for God knows how many times, with a truly clean conscience — then we have to do something about the easy accessibility of weapons of war on our streets to people who have no business wielding them. Period. Enough is enough.

— President Obama, quoted by Politico, after yet another mass shooting.

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When Massacres Become Normal

The regularity of mass killings breeds familiarity. The rhythms of grief and outrage that accompany them become — for those not directly affected by tragedy — ritualised and then blend into the background noise. That normalisation makes it ever less likely that America’s political system will groan into action to take steps to reduce their frequency or deadliness. Those who live in America, or visit it, might do best to regard them the way one regards air pollution in China: an endemic local health hazard which, for deep-rooted cultural, social, economic and political reasons, the country is incapable of addressing. This may, however, be a bit unfair. China seems to be making progress on pollution.

The Economist, in June

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U.S. Is Averaging More than One Mass Shooting Per Day in 2015

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Number of mass shootings in the United States in the first 238 days of 2015, through Aug. 26, including the journalists murdered in Virginia yesterday. Aug. 26 was the 238th day of the year, the Washington Post reports.