San Bernardino shootings ignite gun control debate

03 December 2015 1:50 pm

It was inevitable. Just hours after the terrible shootings in San Bernardino, that killed at least 14 people, the debate has erupted about gun control and the right wing media has come out totally unhinged.

President Obama has called for "common sense gun safety laws". He has urged lawmakers to pass a law to prevent individuals on the "No Fly List" who are barred from boarding commercial flights from legally purchasing firearms. Hillary Clinton took to Twitter and said: I refuse to accept this as normal. We must take action to stop gun violence now

Well, the right wing media reacted by attacking liberals and by attacking Muslims. Some even attacked the victims.

Fox News contributor Erick Erickson tweeted “People keep blaming the NRA for mass shootings, but they weren't so common until after Obama told people to take guns to knife fights.

Right wing radio host Alex Jones tweeted that the whole thing seems to have been staged. “The shooting at the Inland Regional Centre in San Bernardino California does not fit the pattern of a typical mass shooting and appears to be geared to elicit widespread public outrage.

After tweeting his prayers, as you do, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee told reporters that that nearly every such incident involves “a mentally unstable person” and “a gun free zone”: That was very much like fellow GOP presidential long shot aspirant, Rick Santorum who said that if the nurses at Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs had been armed they could have prevented Robert Dear from murdering three people last Friday."

“Where do you think these people commit crimes?” Santorum said. “They go to places — these people who are ill, they go to places where they know no one’s going to have a gun.”

All of this is predictable. It’s victim blaming. It’s a lot easier than doing the hard work and bringing in gun control laws.