Poor Jeb. He's stepped in it again. Responding to the possible need for new gun laws following the most recent school shootings and killings, this time Roseburg, Oregon, Jeb noted, "Look, stuff happens."
I suppose this "stuff happens" is a polite way paraphrasing the classic "sh-- happens." It does seem that Jeb is full of Bush "stuff."
And Jeb wasn't backing down. A reporter asked him if he thought what he said was a mistake, and Jeb replied, "No, it wasn't a mistake. I said exactly what I said...explain to me why what I said wrong."
I think I can explain it. This was the 45th school shooting this year in our nation. Add in movie theatres, military bases, churches, and other venues where more than four people were shot and you are at 294 mass shootings so far in 2015. That's a lot of "stuff." And we still have three more months left in the year.
It has often been said "Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it."
Perhaps it's time take an honest and open look at our gun laws. Maybe, just maybe, there is some room for improvement and compromise? That might be a better approach than the dismissive comment that "stuff happens." There may be a reason why Jeb's poll numbers are so dismal.
On the other hand, Jeb does rank high with the National Rifle Association. He certain has earned his reported A+ rating from the NRA. He was the governor of Florida who signed the "Stand Your Ground" legislation in 2005.
In his defense, Jeb was not completely insensitive to the Roseburg shooting victims. He did tweet this: "More importantly, go here to support OR victims through the Greater Douglas United Way and Umpqua Bank Relief Fund: http://www.gduway.org/announcements/ucc-relief-fund ..."