Saturday, October 3, 2015

Poll finds Republicans prefer dead children over gun control

Well, not really. But it is hard to see it any other way. Here are snippets from a New York Times piece on the reactions to the latest mass shooting. Judge for yourself.

An August report on guns in the United States by the Pew Research Center found that 50 percent of Americans thought it was more important to control gun ownership, while 47 percent thought protecting the right to own guns should be a priority. Opinions are split deeply along partisan lines, with nearly three-fourths of Democrats favoring gun control and 71 percent of Republicans saying gun rights are most important.

The study found, however, that there was broad support for expanding background checks for private gun sales and for legislation preventing the mentally ill from buying guns among people who want gun ownership rights.

However: the same story has this gem.

Gun control advocates continued to say they have given up on Congress, which has more pro-gun lawmakers now than at the time of the Newtown massacre.

The latest media flap comes from Jeb Bush's flip remarks and President Obama's retort.

Jeb Bush drew a sharp rebuke from President Obama on Friday after the Republican presidential candidate shrugged off any need for government action in the wake of the massacre of nine people at a community college in Oregon.

"Look, stuff happens," Mr. Bush, the former Republican governor of Florida, said at a campaign event in South Carolina. "There’s always a crisis, and the impulse is always to do something and it’s not always the right thing to do."

Mr. Obama, who in remarks the night before had denounced Congress and the entire American political system for what he called its numbness to repeated gun massacres, responded: "The American people should hear that and make their own judgments based on the fact that every couple of months, we have a mass shooting. They can decide whether they consider that ‘stuff happens.’ "

In characteristic damage control mode, Bush later substituted "things" for "stuff."

"Things happen all the time. Things. Is that better?"

Only Jeb! could make the control worse than the damage. (On second thought, there must be a genetic component.)

The President summed it up this way.

"When Americans are killed in mine disasters, we work to make mines safer," he said on Thursday night as early reports of the dead and injured in Oregon reached the White House. "When Americans are killed in floods and hurricanes, we make communities safer. When roads are unsafe, we fix them to reduce auto fatalities. We have seatbelt laws because we know it saves lives."

But when children die, America has its head where the sun don't shine.

And on the lighter side ... uh ... well ... there is not a lighter side but this Australian comedian takes well-aimed shots at America's gun culture.

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