Crossposted from DemocraticDiva.com
Legitimate candidate saying perfectly reasonable things, in a news studio
Since last week’s massacre at a community in Oregon, right wing pundits and GOP Presidential candidates have been out in full force explaining why it happened. Naturally, “too easy availability of guns” does not figure as a cause in these all too frequent heinous acts of violence by wielders of guns in their explanations. Rather, they are attributed, coincidentally, to the very things in modern society that just so happen to provoke conservative ire. Lou Dobbs points to a direct line from decline in school prayer to school shootings. Mike Huckabee blames “sin” (nothing specific but we’ve heard enough of his thoughts on everything from swear words to Beyonce to catch his drift). Bobby Jindal cast a wide net of culpability in a screed on his Presidential campaign site railing against, as you might guess, “cultural decay”:
I’m going to start today by venting, and I will warn you in advance that this is going to be a sermon, but someone needs to speak the truth for a change:
Another week, another mass shooting, another press conference by the President lecturing us on the need for gun control, and now Hillary and Obama are in a race to see which of them can be the most extreme in trying to destroy the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. Rinse and repeat.
But there is something missing from this discussion, and it’s a glaring omission that everyone knows deep down, but politicians are afraid to talk about.
I’m going to go ahead and talk about it, and I don’t care at all if some people don’t like it, the truth is important.
What is the root cause of all these evil acts? These people who go into classrooms and churches and murder innocent people? How did we get to this place?
These shootings are a symptom of deep and serious cultural decay in our society…
Followed by a list of evils and debaucheries that “we” are allowing, as if Jindal is implicating everyone, but:
…It’s the old computer axiom – garbage in, garbage out. We fill our culture with garbage, and we reap the result.
If anyone is at all serious about changing any of this, they must address the root problems, and those are cultural decay, the glorification of evil, the devaluation of human life, the breakdown of the family, and specifically the complete abdication of fathers.
Meanwhile, the shallow and simple minded liberals will continue to blame pieces of hardware for the problem, and they will long for the days before firearms were invented.
But the simple truth is, as long as we place no value on human life, as long as we glorify senseless violence and evil, we will get the exact same result.
Yeah, it’s really the fault of liberals (and he’s looking straight at you Hollyweird!), plus basically every Democratic constituency.
Traditional culture warriors like Jindal are not the only denizens of reactionaryism blaming whatever makes them personally seethe with rage for the gun massacres that cannot be blamed on guns. They’re being joined enthusiastically by libertarians and “Men’s Rights Activists” in this indictment. Here’s a handy list of some of their favorite culprits:
Obviously we belong at the top. See: Feminism, abortion, slut pills, and the breakdown of the nuclear family through lack of shotgun weddings and the obstinate refusal of many women to tolerate abuse. Conventionally “hot” looking young ladies directly cause “involuntarily celibate” men to go on shooting rampages by selfishly refusing to provide said bitter men with the sex, companionship, and domestic servitude which they’ve been promised they are entitled to by movies and TV. I’m probably only scratching the surface of the myriad ways that women are forcing the hands of would-be mass gun assailants but, since I am one of those treacherous female creatures, you should probably get all the facts straight from the many, many sources available on the internet.
This would seem like it should folded into the “ladies” category, since everyone knows that rearing children is the sole responsibility of mothers but, no, the father of the Oregon shooter had to go and ask outrageous questions, such as why was his son able to get so many guns and whatnot. This led Bobby Jindal (who knows everything about the family by osmosis) to denounce him as an absentee failure of a father who owes us all an apology. They’re not totally down on women, you see. When they remember to, conservatives also have plenty of blame to throw on pansy men who can’t seem to exert proper authority over their wives and children!
Cowardice of people being shot at
Sort of in keeping with their sneering at insufficiently domineering patriarchs, right wingers have shown themselves to be quite unsympathetic to those who find themselves at the wrong end of a firearm. Per Ben Carson:
And on Tuesday, Mr. Carson’s suggestion that he would have fought back in the face of an attack like the one in Roseburg, Ore., went viral, drawing widespread rebuke from his critics and reviving questions about his candidacy.
“I would not just stand there and let him shoot me,” Mr. Carson, who has been surging in recent polls, said on Fox News. “I would say: ‘Hey, guys, everybody attack him! He may shoot me, but he can’t get us all.’”
See, the problem isn’t guns. It’s your inability to transform instantly into Ray Donovan when a gun is pointed at your head!
A total cesspool of violence* and rappers and Lena Dunham, so obviously a cause of the mass shootings that simply cannot be blamed on guns, ever ever ever.
*Except for good, Godly, righteous violence like that in American Sniper!
Because, of course. Something, something Chicago…
All joking aside, there is a subtext to this that feels invidious beyond the obvious protect-the-gun-industry racket. It’s as if right wingers are treating mass shooters as an inevitable vigilante force dealing us our just desserts for not living exactly as they demand.