Had Alex Jones’ interview with Megyn Kelly taken place yesterday, I can only imagine what he would have said about the shootings of Congressman Scalise and his colleagues. Megyn, judging by your chummy pictures with Alex, I’m sure there’s still time to call him for an update.
Wednesday’s latest horror illustrates our gun problem and the divide that poisons our country. When I heard the news, I was sickened and angry as I am after every mass shooting. The anger came knowing what the response would be from Republicans ― the boiler plate “thoughts and prayers.” That’s usually as far as they go, but this time they blamed democrats for fomenting acts of violence. A predictable reaction.
Rather than engage in real dialogue to enact legislation that would save lives, they doubled down on their instance that guns in the hands of the wrong people isn’t the problem. Their solution is more guns.
Now you’re hearing Republicans like Chris Collins will start carrying a gun at all times, as if that would have prevented this tragedy. The real “good guys” with guns were there—the Capitol Police. I’ve got news for you, Congressman Collins—by the time you pulled out your concealed handgun, you’d be too late.
Collins is one of the hypocrites suggesting Democrats tone down the rhetoric. “The rhetoric has been outrageous ... the finger-pointing, just the tone and the angst and the anger directed at Donald Trump, his supporters.”
Gabby Giffords’ call for sympathy and understanding was embraced by normal thinking human beings. But it was also met with a subset of angry internet trolls, attacking her on Twitter and accusing her of all manner of wrongs. Sorry, Congressman Collins. This is what you and especially your president encourages, and blaming this shooting on the Democrats is beneath contempt.
This is where we are as a country. Wayne LaPierre is in ecstasy, because his pawns in Congress are going to drive more gun sales legal or otherwise. And there are millions of Trump supporters who believe whatever nonsense he spouts is a fact.
Which brings me back to Megyn Kelley’s interview with Alex Jones. Incredibly, Jones has a larger audience than Megyn could ever dream of. She’s bringing him on mainstream media because like it or not, he is newsworthy. This reprehensible excuse for a human being has the ear of the president. But that’s no surprise.
For her part, it seems to be a desperate attempt to resuscitate her ratings. For many on the left, for Sandy Hook parents, for me, it’s providing a forum for a reprobate. I don’t like, but preventing this interview from airing is akin to the demonstrators in Berkeley that stopped Ann Coulter from speaking. Just because you don’t agree with it, it’s still the first amendment we must respect. Republicans seem to have as much difficulty interpreting this one as they do the second.
Reasonable people who decide to watch this maniac will probably come away thinking, “This guy’s a maniac.” But there are enough knuckle draggers and conspiracy addicts out there that will soil themselves over his blathering. Amidst all the lies Donald Trump has proclaimed, and he does it daily, there is one truth—he could shoot someone in the middle of 5th Avenue in New York and his supporters wouldn’t care.
And as for Congressman Scalise, I truly hope that he will have an epiphany after his horrific brush with death. Maybe this episode will change his mind about the need for sensible gun legislation, but I’m not betting on it. I hope I’m wrong.