Last week, Alabama Political Reporter published a story about the latest idiotic idea by Huntsville, Alabama, Rep. Mo Brooks, who is chock-full of idiotic ideas. His latest half-baked scheme is in response to the shooting a couple of weeks ago at the GOP charity softball game practice in Alexandria, Virginia. Brooks now proposes that all members of Congress should be allowed to pack sidearms. It is the typical response of NRA-fellating gun fetishists everywhere to the dishearteningly-frequent mass shootings in America. The gun nuts believe that more guns will reduce gun violence, because if “good guys” are walking around armed, they can shoot the “bad guys” with guns before the bad guys can mow down a bunch of people with readily-available military-style assault rifles.
As an aside, how long do you think Ted Cruz would last in an armed Congress? (A joke. We do not advocate violence against anyone, even an obnoxious twerp with as punchable a face as Ted Cruz has).
Our friend Joey Kennedy, the Pulitzer Prize winner who was fired from the college football/bikini pic blog AL.com for doing actual journalism, wrote a column for APR after the Virginia shooting. Kennedy pointed out that mass shootings are an inevitable result of our gun-crazy culture. He said:
[A]re we, as a nation, content to simply allow [endless mass shootings] to continue, undeterred, because we’re so wedded to our gun culture and the Second Amendment? Have we gotten used to so many innocent lives being taken in mass shootings and, yes, in individual shootings all across the nation?
Is this our normal?
It must not be. It must not ever be.
Nobody is arguing that guns ought to be banned. That will never happen. Guns are too interwoven into the country’s fabric.
But surely, something – some reasonable action, some reasonable idea – can eventually lead to lowering the level of gun violence in this increasingly violent nation.
Brooks, unlike Kennedy, doesn’t have Pulitzer prize-level thoughts in his thick head. His thoughts on the gun violence issue are best expressed as bestial grunts: “Bad guy bad. Good guy good. Good guy shoot bad guy before bad guy shoot. Then good guy hero.”
Old Mo was at the scene when shots rang out in Virginia, and I’m sure he fantasizes about what he would have done if he’d had a gun (there was no need since the Capitol Police, doing their job, shot and killed the unhinged gunman).
The half-witted testosterone-fueled notion that more guns will lead to less gun violence is everywhere in this state, even among journalists. APR‘s Brandon Moseley, who reported the story about Brooks’s dumb idea to arm Ted Cruz so he doesn’t get his face shot off, is so anti-gun control that he apparently forgot he was reporting a news story and started the article with an opinion instead of a lede:
Washington, DC has one of the most restrictive gun laws in the entire country. That infringement on the civil liberties of the Capitol’s citizens very nearly resulted in the slaughter of two dozen GOP congressmen, including Alabama’s own Representatives Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) and Gary Palmer (R-Hoover).
We disagree that reasonable gun control measures are an “infringement on the civil liberties” of Americans. Rather, we think that gun violence grows as guns become more readily available.
Congress doesn’t need to arm itself. What it needs to do is to to quit kissing the NRA’s ass and do something to reduce the level of gun violence in this country. That doesn’t mean “banning” guns. It means reasonable laws designed to reduce the threat of heavily-armed maniacs committing mass murder.