For example, comments Senator John Thune (R-SD) apparently made to MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson while discussing guns, gun regulations, and the heinous mass shooting that took place in Las Vegas over the weekend.
Here’s the tweet sent out by Frank Thorp of NBC News:
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) October 3, 2017
First, for any Republican to say that they’re going to do everything they can to prevent tragedies such as what we saw in Las Vegas is preposterous. This is the same party that not only opposes any mention of new regulations, including reinstating the ban on military-style assault weapons and expanding background checks to include all gun purchases, but they’re currently in the process of trying to pass legislation that would make suppressors (aka “silencers”) and armor-piercing bullets much easier and perfectly legal to own.
Because what could go wrong with making it easier for mentally unstable people to purchase firearm suppressors and armor-piercing bullets?
Then the part where he says because it’s an “open society” that makes it difficult to prevent massacres like this from happening is flat-out not true.
Countries like England, Germany, Japan, Australia — they’re all “open societies” with strict restrictions on gun purchases/ownership. They also happen to have a fraction of the gun violence as the United States.
Australia, in particular, is a perfect example proving that gun regulations work. Not only did the country completely eliminate mass shootings after implementing strict new gun laws in the mid-90’s, banning automatic and semi-automatic weapons, but they also saw a drastic reduction in the number of gun-related homicides and suicides.
And, trust me, even many Republicans don’t buy this nonsense that gun regulations don’t work.
But, please, tell me more about how none of these regulations would work. I’ll take all the nations with strict gun laws and a fraction of our gun violence, and you can take the United States, the global leader among major nations when it comes to gun-related violence.
Though, without a doubt, the most shameful part of Thune’s comments are when he said that Americans should just basically learn to live with these acts of violence, take precautions and learn to “get small.”
Really, let that sink in for a moment.
That’s a United States senator saying that instead of lawmakers passing common sense laws to protect Americans from harm, we should all just learn to be more careful when we go out. In essence, we should live our lives in fear because, well, you never know when a madman might be in a hotel room waiting to unload hundreds of rounds of ammunition into a crowd of people at a concert — and he doesn’t think our elected officials should do anything to try to stop that from happening.
This is what the modern day GOP has become. They’re not even really trying to argue that guns aren’t a problem. They’re now essentially saying that this is our reality, they’re not going to do anything to try to stop it, so just deal with it — and remember to “get small” if you hear gunfire.
I’m confident that history is going to look back on this time in this country absolutely dumbfounded at the fact that there were millions of people who were this ignorant.