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 @WerlySportsLaw Absolutely agree. Though want it by natural pressure, not federal govt insertion into the issue in face of 1st Amendment
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JimWhiteGNV RT @VanessaBeeley: Rinse and repeat: 82 new US-trained Syrians prepare for fighting — RT Op-Edge https://t.co/bLREm1zfv4 @snarwani @navsteva
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bmaz @Prof_Holland @TAMULawSchool Yes, now send them to represent some indigent defendants, whether at trial or appellate level...or both!
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bmaz @WerlySportsLaw So, change the name and waive RGIII? Frankly, think Snyder too bullheaded and stupid to do either one.
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bmaz This is most common when county attys overcharge+overreach with sex crime defendants b/c they can. Usually cravenly works, sometimes not.
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bmaz @WALLACHLEGAL Agreed! All good anyway, and many would not know Clune's longer history (I may be getting old...).
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bmaz The Labrie/NH sex asslttrial produced a weird but not uncommon inconsistent verdict. Will be interesting to see how state ct judge sentences
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bmaz @WALLACHLEGAL And really, I have long known him from that and §1983 cases. It was a smaller group of us who did that at one time.
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bmaz @WALLACHLEGAL Hey, where did that other tweet go?!?! Anyway, just carping b/c Clune has done some great crim defense trial work
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bmaz @WALLACHLEGAL @RachelAxon Jeez, went through this yesterday - Clune far more than a Title IX+Winston accuser atty. Long time great litigator
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bmaz Texas, boy I don't know https://t.co/hqmv8s6XTk
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emptywheel @TimothyS Whatever the answer is it must be something extraordinary bc terrorterrorterror even if it makes more terrorterrorterror.
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