With the grief and terror still very fresh, and the realization that we’ve once again been reminded how fragile life is – particularly young life – and how dark the deep recesses of some minds and some hearts in this country still remain settling over the land like a dense fog, and with the perpetrator sufficiently dead, it is understandably common for people to cast about for someone to blame. At a time like this, it is unwise to paint a target on yourself by throwing up comments like this:
Shooters attack an elementary school in CT – another “gun-free zone.” Makes children sitting ducks.
A tweet from Bryan Fischer, “the extreme right-wing “Christian” radio jock who hates, you know, everyone.” Charlie Pierce agrees, naming Fischer “bloodthirsty schmuck of the year,” and adding, “I dearly wish I believed more strongly in a hell.”
Unwise, you raging lunatic asshole. Very unwise. You seem like the type who might like to lead a lynch mob, but if you see one forming up, I wouldn’t be so quick to run towards them…
(Just discovered that his ill-advised tweet wasn’t nearly enough for Lord Hatemonger. He went much farther. Click at your own risk.)
Mike Huckabee has jumped on the opportunist-asshole bandwagon with an assertion that, to my mind, is just as bad as Fischer’s, arguably worse. Nothing like a school shooting to get everybody pushing their pet issues. If I were a much lesser person – an un-thinking, simpleminded jackass – I would engage with Huckabee in order to make the opposite assertion. But I can’t help but think I’m superior to this line of thinking, as is anyone else who rejects it.