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Republicans Respond to Uvalde Shooting by Ignoring Gun Control

Conservative media coverage of Tuesday’s massacre in Uvalde, Texas, has been rife with crude speculation and calls for the conversion of elementary schools into military-style facilities overseen by armed teachers. The reaction of Republican politicians was just as disgusting.

The GOP has worked for years to block the passage of meaningful gun control legislation, with their obsession (and misinterpretation) of the Second Amendment only intensifying as mass shootings have become more common. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) was literally asking his Conservative colleagues to take the issue seriously in Congress. He repeated his request on Wednesday morning. “This is an issue that is endemic in the Senate,” he said. “We just can’t get enough Republicans to join us on something that the American public supports 90 percent of the time. Maybe that will change this week.”

However, Republicans have made it clear that this is not going to change anytime soon. The GOP unfortunately had many opportunities to hone its diversions, excuses and frivolous solutions when asked to comment on mass shootings, and party lawmakers once again pulled out their worn-out answer playbooks in response to Tuesday’s shooting.

Here’s some of what they had to say:

thoughts and prayers

The old reserve.

“Appalled and heartbroken by reports of sickening violence against innocent school children in Uvalde, Texas,” wrote Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). “The whole country is praying for the children, families, teachers and staff and the first responders on the ground.”

“Horrified and heartbroken to learn of the significant loss of life in the Uvalde, Texas shooting,” wrote Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.). “Please join me as you lift up your loved ones in prayer. Thank you to the local first responders working on site.”

“There are no words adequate to express the horror at Robb Elementary.” said Sen. Ron Johnston (R-Wisc.). “My sincere condolences to these families. Something so horrible, kids being slaughtered in their school, it doesn’t get any worse.”

However, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) topped everyone, writing that he and his wife are fervently pray for the families of the victims of the, you guessed it, “terrible” shooting.

Thoughts and prayers are not enough. That being said, thoughts and prayers

Offering thoughts and prayers has become so cliche that half-conscious politicians are now practically apologizing for offering them. Here’s Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) trying to set himself apart from his Conservative peers by stating that such expressions of condolence are “grossly inadequate.”

There is nothing inherently wrong with a politician offering thoughts and prayers to the victims’ families. The problem is when that’s all they’re willing to offer. Romney seems to take the need to “find answers” really seriously, but when it comes down to it, he probably won’t do much about it. The Washington Post points out that Romney spoke at the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting while taking millions from the gun group.

Can we talk about something else? How about nothing at all?

Republicans may credit themselves for sincerity on their Twitter accounts, but they’ve largely ducked when confronted with reporters. Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), who has received millions from the NRA, said she was too focused on her work on the Environment and Public Works Committee to consider the 19 children and two adults slaughtered on Tuesday became.

Some senators flatly refused to offer even a distraction.

McConnell too allegedly dodged questions about the wake of the massacre.

We should not politicize a tragedy

Republicans have avoided doing anything about mass shootings for years, arguing that such attacks should not be “politicized.” Exactly what that means is unclear. Democrats have largely responded to Uvalde and other mass shootings by asking Republicans to help them pass gun control legislation, which is the most sensible remedy for what has become an epidemic in America. The other option is to just do nothing or make things worse increasingly the amount of guns near schools that Cruz and others have suggested.

Cruz went ahead anyway and beat the Democrats. “When there is a murder of this nature, you inevitably see politicians trying to politicize it,” he said. “You see Democrats and a lot of people in the media whose immediate solution is to try and limit the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens.”

Now is not the time to talk about action

Rep. Tony Gonzales (R-Texas), who represents Uvalde in Congress, said CBS morning on Wednesday, now is not the time to discuss measures closely related to accusing one’s opponents of politicizing mass shootings. “I’m happy to debate politics, not today,” he said. “I mean, today hurts us, my community. You know, politicians like to divide us. Leaders unite us, and we must be united now as Americans, because what happened in Uvalde, Texas can happen anywhere. Right now I have families who don’t, who can’t identify their children. I have people who have to bury their children. I mean, those are the things we work with.”

Gonzales hasn’t specified exactly when he thinks Congress should start thinking about ways to prevent mass shootings, but the answer is likely never. He has proudly touted his record-breaking vote against gun control legislation. “I voted NO to two gun control measures in Parliament today,” he said tweeted last year. “I am a proud supporter of the Second Amendment and will do whatever I can to oppose the gun grabs of the far left.”

Can’t we just take a deep breath and turn to God?

“We don’t need more gun control,” Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) wrote Tuesday. “We Must Return to God”

A rampant conspiracy theorist, Greene once agreed with people who claimed the 2018 Parkland High School shooting was a false flag. She even molested Parkland survivor David Hogg when he went to the Capitol to lobby for gun control. “He’s a coward,” Greene said at the end of the confrontation about the then-teenage activist.

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/republican-response-uvalde-shooting-1358411/ Republicans Respond to Uvalde Shooting by Ignoring Gun Control

Sarah Ridley

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