The Marksman And The Lawmaker

It’s unfortunate Republicans politicians were the victims of gun violence this morning. Five people, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, were hospitalized. The gunman, reported to be anti-Trump, died in custody.

The attack itself was horrible, and I feel for the friends and family of those caught up in this tragedy. Yet I can’t let the moment pass without pointing out that the politicians and caught in the crossfire are of the party that has zealously obstructed any and all attempts at gun control. Mass slaughter after mass slaughter was met with a shrug and “maybe it would have been different in teachers/office workers/whoever were armed.” Obscene yearly gun death statistics didn’t change their minds. Not even the murder of 20 children and 6 adults at the Sandy Hook massacre swayed them.

I doubt today’s events will deviate from the script, but were this to be the incident that led GOP lawmakers to disentangle themselves from the NRA, it would be the rankest sort of hypocrisy. It would also be welcome.

(Year Zero/Day One Hundred and Forty-Six)