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 @Archtype There is no one "solution". But cams, body and otherwise, such as van, are absolutely an important factor to police accountability
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bmaz This, absolutely this. Cop cams are not worth much w/o insurance they will work for the public as intended. https://t.co/mh9zRXr0Ue
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bmaz @peterdaou It is a horrible thing, but such is nature of money in politics these days. Without direct quid pro quo, it is now usual business
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bmaz @peterdaou Frankly, don't think many care about the newer, seemingly daily, drivel on speeches and foundation donations either.
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JimWhiteGNV RT @AlanColmes: How About We Stop Tying The National Anthem To Sporting Events http://t.co/GfXObe58Wn #p2
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emptywheel Dunno how many times we'll smile as the Saudis arm jihadist groups before we'll learn.
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emptywheel "Aides of POTUS as increasingly concerned arms may end up w/indivs & groups that have questionable motives" http://t.co/z25xnmPHT3 AKA AQAP
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bmaz RT @MotherJones: The inside story of the complicity of docs and psychologists in America's torture program. http://t.co/B0FTKeERuz http://t…
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bmaz @Pachacutec_ The least criminal option anyway.
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bmaz @chriswnews @Rachel__Nichols Either that or all press should ignore Mayweather and act like he is not there.
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bmaz RT @chriswnews: (Cont) 2nd, 3rd, 4th ?s should be the types of ?s the banned journos would ask. #MayPac @Rachel__Nichols
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