Jeb Bush’s ‘Stuff Happens’ Comment on Shooting is Even Worse in Full Context

jeb-bush-scienceWe need to be honest about the fact that this country probably can’t survive another Bush in the White House. While George H.W. Bush wasn’t all that terrible, his two sons (Jeb and George) are absolute morons. Putting aside the disaster that was the George W. Bush presidency, even from an image standpoint he made Americans look like bumbling idiots. This is a man who somehow managed to screw up reading speeches straight from the teleprompter. 

Now we have Jeb Bush running for president, a man once called “the smarter Bush.” Over time, I think it’s become clear that even the “smarter Bush” is still infuriatingly stupid.

Take for instance his asinine comment regarding the tragic school shooting in Oregon at the hands of another psychopath who had easy access to guns, thanks in large part to the NRA and the Republican party making sure guns are easier to get than a driver’s license.

“I had this challenge as governor. Look stuff happens, there’s always a crisis and the impulse is always to do something and it’s not always the right thing to do,” Bush said.

Now, so far I’ve seen most of the media focusing on the “stuff happens” aspect of his comment, playing it up like he just gave the shooting a shrug of the shoulders as if he didn’t care. In context, that isn’t how he reacted. Jeb Bush is an idiot – not a monster.

But the truth is, in context his quote is much worse than what most of the media is focusing on. Jeb Bush just told us that we shouldn’t do anything to address horrific acts of violence because, well, you can’t prevent them all – so why even try.

If you recall, this is a similar attitude Marco Rubio had during the second GOP presidential debate when he discussed climate change. During that debate Rubio insisted that, since the United States can’t reverse climate change on its on, then we shouldn’t even bother trying to do anything.

While the subjects about which both men were talking are clearly different, the idiocy displayed by both is basically identical. As Donald Trump might say – they’re losers.

Why try if you won’t always succeed.

But what Bush’s comments really reflect is how devoid of reality many Republicans are when it comes to gun violence in this country. Sure, if mass shootings in the United States were a once every 2-3 years event, he might have a point – but they’re not. Not only that, but school shootings are becoming more common. To say nothing about the insane amount of gun violence that plagues this country every single day.

Let me be clear about this: Gun violence is not a singular “crisis” – it’s an everyday occurrence in the United States.

Republicans often say guns aren’t the problem, it’s mental illness. The reality is, it’s both. As much as Republicans love to downplay guns, while mostly focusing on the mental health aspect that pushes someone to commit a mass shooting, they’re not doing a damn thing to prevent mentally unstable people from being able to purchase a gun.

Then again, the truth is, Republicans and the NRA don’t want to prevent these shootings. Hell, mass shootings and gun violence are great for gun sales. What’s the go-to rhetoric for these gun fanatics?

If there were more guns, this wouldn’t have happened. 

Yet, no matter how many guns saturate this country, we continue to lead the modern world in gun violence.

Jeb Bush and all of these gun nuts should answer these two questions:

  • How many guns do we need in this country before we eliminate gun violence?
  • How many mass shootings need to happen, and how frequently, before Republicans will finally admit that we need to do something about them?

Judging by history, I’m sure the answers they would give wouldn’t make one bit of sense.

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Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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