We might be becoming inured to the tragedy of mass shootings, but the breathtakingly thoughtless comments from the left and some in the mainstream media have not lost their power to shock.
After at least 59 people were killed and more than 500 wounded in Las Vegas on Sunday night, Hayley Gerftman-Gold, a legal executive for CBS News, demonstrated the network’s attitude toward the shootings with a twitter conversation.
“If they wouldn’t do anything when children were murdered I have no hope that the Repugs will ever do the right thing.” Gefrtman-Gold wrote on Twitter. “I’m actually not even sympathetic bc country music fans often are Republican gun-toters.”
To which her friend, Erin Fagan Silber, replies, “Yeah … I was thinking that since this directly hits the country-music population … maybe they will actually do something now. But after Sandy Hook, Republicans reacted by wanting to arm teachers. So lets see what today’s response is. I’m sure it will be just as pathetic.”
Doing the right thing means a ritualistic slaughter of the Second Amendment, of course. If only guns were illegal, as they are in Chicago, no one would ever get shot. And if they attend a country music concert, they must be Republican gun toters and thus unworthy of sympathy.
This was too much even for CBS News, which fired her later in the day.
Hillary Clinton, trying to stay relevant after her humiliating loss to President Trump last November, sounded a familiar theme in a series of tweets.
“Our grief isn’t enough. We can and must put politics aside, stand up to the NRA, and work together to try to stop this from happening again,” she led off. “The crowd fled at the sound of gunshots,” she railed in Tweet No.2. “Imagine the deaths if the shooter had a silencer, which the NRA wants to make easier to get.”
Clinton’s opportunistic quotes, coming just hours after the shootings, met a wall of opposition from conservatives and others. Many pointed out how quickly she turned this into an opportunity to attack NRA. Others, such as radio personality Dana Loesch, pointed out, “Suppressors only reduce by a few decibels, still same decibel level as a jackhammer,” which, even 32 stories down, would have been heard by the crowd.
Trevor Noah, host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, said this time it is time to talk gun control. “I almost know how it’s going to play out,” he said on the program. “We’re shocked. We’re sad. Thoughts and prayers, and then almost on cue, people are going to come out saying, ‘Whatever you do when speaking about the shootings, don’t talk about guns.’”
“I almost know how it’s going to play out,” Noah said on the program. “We’re shocked. We’re sad. Thoughts and prayers, and then almost on cue, people are going to come out saying, ‘Whatever you do when speaking about the shootings, don’t talk about guns.’”
He took issue with the statement from Sarah Huckabee Sanders, President Trump’s press secretary, who said, “There is a time and place for political debate, but now is the time to unite as a country.”
“When is the time?” Noah asked. “And also, if you say after a mass shooting is ‘never the time,’ you’ll never have the conversation in American because there is a mass shooting almost every single day. So when is the time?
“When a plane crashes, we talk about plane safety immediately. When a bridge collapses, we talk about infrastructure immediately. We seem to do everything to avoid talking about guns.”
To Noah’s question about when is the right time to talk about liberal politics, the answer is not when the nation is trying to make sense of why one of us had so much contempt for the rest of us that he started shooting as many of us as he could from a hotel window.