Complicit in 20 Children’s Death, Mitch McConnell Claims He Can Do Nothing

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This afternoon, the man who will soon lead a filibuster against laws intended to lessen the chances that a massacre like Newtown will happen again had this to say for the people for Newtown.

So we stand with the people of Newtown today and in the days ahead. We can do nothing to lessen their anguish, but we can let them know that we mourn with them, that we share a tiny part of their burden in our own hearts. And that we lift the victims and their families and the entire community in prayer.

He said nothing in his speech about the personal responsibility he bears for not having acted to prevent this massacre and similar ones before 20 children died. He said nothing about immunizing gun manufacturers and making it easier to buy a gun. Indeed, he remained silent–simply clearing his throat once–when specifically asked about the actions he might take or obstruct to prevent similar massacres in the future.

No, Mitch McConnell. We may not be able to do anything to lessen their anguish, but we sure as hell can do more than your proposed solution–to pray.

I’ve been mentally responding to reactions like this much as The Economist’s Democracy in America did generally.

So unless the American people are willing to actually do something to stop the next massacre of toddlers from happening, we should shut up and quit blubbering. It’s our fault, and until we evince some remorse for our actions or intention to reform ourselves, the idea that we consider ourselves entitled to “mourn” the victims of our own barbaric policies is frankly disgusting.

Unless Mitch McConnell is willing to reverse his career of catering to the NRA, he has no business offering solace to the victims. Because he was one of the people ensuring the perpetrators of this gun violence would have easy access to their guns.

Note, McConnell is not the only one who followed bold words with silence (though he does have the NRA A rating, unlike these others). The White House today refused to say whether gun control was a top priority. And as Alec MacGillis notes, “in the decade since [2000], we’ve heard nary a peep from the side of the spectrum that had previously made this one of their causes.”

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bmaz Now saying two female victims. Shooter unclear. https://t.co/u2IMEnMlxk
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bmaz Whoa, local news says it was two females involved in the Glendale Independence High shooting
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emptywheel @elizabeth_joh As I noted when I made that same point, 702 minimization procedures effective already use it.
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emptywheel @lpackard Why not? It works for James Clapper.
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emptywheel By this logic LE can get into all encrypted emails (which is sort of how NSA works anyway). https://t.co/hDdXhizpoz
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emptywheel Congratulations, Bears fans: You've still got Cutler but you don't have Matt Forte anymore.
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emptywheel Or the emails on the private account that his official emails very obviously get forwarded to. https://t.co/wGY0gUDSFQ
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emptywheel Excellent choice (tho another important scholar who will now be silenced w/clearance) https://t.co/EcWYBpObVb
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emptywheel Rick Snyder's emails are like torture photos: We only get the ones that don't show the dead bodies. https://t.co/rQDFNxqXo3
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emptywheel @caulkthewagon I'm glad there's such a divide bt "but golly he's such a respected figure" & "holy shit we can finally call him war criminal"
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emptywheel Is there a special word for the nostalgia you feel when you have to change one of your favorite passwords?
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