Republican Senator’s Dreadful Comments After Vegas Massacre Show How Useless GOP Has Become

As I’ve said numerous times over the past year or so, the more Republicans are forced to defend the indefensible, the more outlandish their answers are going to become.

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:

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.

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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  • Benjamin Edge

    For a group that seemed so intent to win the war on “terror” a few years ago, and who still think they can wipe out terrorism, they have completely punted when it comes to reducing homegrown domestic terrorism.

  • Eg Kbbs

    Uh, the concert venue was full of armed guards. Would also be typical to have security check at perimeter.

    So is Thune unintendedly saying that Airport TSA checks aren’t protective ? And having an armed guard is the same (with obvious extension that carrying your own weapon doesn’t protect you) ?

    Or is it part of the typical Rush Limbaugh / Infowar Jones / Donald Trump / Faux News / GOP practice at making sure you are consantly keyed up on terror so that you are easier to manipulate ?

    • noah vail

      Just beware of “radical Christian terrorists”…

  • anastasjoy

    These clowns love to talk about protecting “freedom” when they place the freedom of a minority to own any guns they want over the freedom of literally everybody to be safe rom being shot.

  • noah vail

    GOP …gloss over problems

  • Jim Park

    I agree with 99% of what is being said here but have, after six decades of observing the obsessive greed and grandiose hypocrisy of Republican politicians, have about thrown in the towel on any hope of meaningful gun reform in my lifetime. A tragedy of unimaginable proportions would have to happen to get them to see the horrific legacy they’ve left for our children.

  • Gage

    An example of “ignorance” is people like you who think that these are “military style” weapons… Military style weapons are fully automatic. The gun used in this shooting was NOT fully automatic, and the use of a bump stock still does not make it fully automatic. Expanding background checks is going to do nothing… People can buy guns from the black market, and they can also buy guns from private owners without anyone else knowing about it. Additional regulations are not going to stop some crazed loon from killing people… And why are suppressors so bad? They don’t “silence” a gun…

    One can’t realistically eliminate all guns, and if that’s not your goal, then you are perfectly fine with the majority of gun deaths (they happen with handguns in case you were unaware)… The real problem is the mental health of these people, but then again, there aren’t really any good SPECIFIC procedures one can take to help with this problem beyond what we already do and have on the books…