Republican congressman blames mass shootings on women who have rights

In a sensible country that truly valued human lives, last week’s mass shooting in Texas — or the one in Buffalo before that, or thousands before that in the years before that — would have marked the moment of the elected officials refusing to pass the gun on. . control legislation looked in the mirror and decided to no longer be part of the problem.

Unfortunately, the US is not a healthy country, and instead of actually doing something to prevent these atrocities from happening all the time – in case you missed it, there have been 17 mass shootings ever since Uvalde, Texas — Republicans have launched a competition to see who can come up with the most ridiculous thing besides guns to blame mass shootings. So far, that’s included too many doors; not enough god† pot; single moms† unarmed teachers; and schools designed without “tripwires” and “human traps”.

It is clear that the competition is fierce. But that didn’t scare the Missouri Representative and the Senate candidate Billy Long, who rolled up to Wednesday’s interview with a local radio station with — and excuse the expression, though we assume he’ll appreciate it — the big guns. Requested by host Burn Rather as “Is there any interest in DC among Republicans in doing some things differently when it comes to guns,” Long replied that “no one has been able to come up with a suggestion that would have helped in any of these situations”— fact-check: not true! – and that implementing gun control measures is not the solution to the epidemic of gun violence. “Unfortunately, they are trying to blame inanimate objects for all these tragedies,” he said. Then he added: ” When I was growing up in Springfield you had one or two homicides a year Now we have two, three, four a week in Springfield, Missouri, so something has happened to our society and I’m going back to abortion When we decided it was It was okay to kill children in their mother’s wombs, life had no value for many of these people.”

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If Jezebel’s Laura Bassett noted, that’s a pretty elaborate statement, since you don’t normally hear about mass shootings being carried out by women who have had abortions, probably because mass shootings are almost exclusively the domain of men, a not insignificant number of whom are violent misogynists (and racists) and anti-Semites, etc.). The UK legalized abortion five years earlier than the US, but oddly enough, it doesn’t seem to have the same problem with mass shootings. If Long and his ilk were really serious about preventing thousands of Americans from being killed by guns every year, they’d wonder why. Hint: It has nothing to do with clotted cream or corgis. (Just so it’s clear, the real reason there are more mass shootings in the US than in any other wealthy country is the answer – the nothing but answer – is the “astronomical number of weapons” in this country.)

Elsewhere in conservative bullshit re: guns, on wednesday, Doug Mastriano, the Pennsylvania GOP nominee for governor shared and duplicated a 2018 video comparing gun control to Adolf Hitler’s policies. “It’s terrible to me that every time there’s a shooting, the left jumps on it as a way to put forward an agenda to remove our right to bear arms,” ​​Mastriano said in the clip. “We saw Lenin do the same in Russia. We saw Hitler do the same in Germany in the 1930s. Where does it stop? Where do the tyrants stop violating our rights?”

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