Oh Sorry, Sarah didn’t hold that one. It was this one she really held.
The first is funny. The second is offensive. It is offensive, not because Sarah considers herself to be Christian, but because of what the sign represents. This picture was posted on Sarah’s Facebook yesterday. The picture was inspired by Ben Carson’s response to the shooting of 17 people in Oregon.
It was the Oregon shooters targeting of Christians, that inspired these signs.
What a misguided, absurd, and offensive response to the Oregon shooting. It’s as if Ben Carson and Sarah Palin feel that victims should have been proud to stand up and declare their religion to be Christianity,and be glad to be shot for that decision to declare their religion as Christianity. It is Sarah Palin declaring that the Second Amendment right of the deranged shooter was more important than the 1st Amendment rights of those he killed. When the child played dead during the Sandy Hook massacre, nobody suggested that the child was a coward. We marveled at her composure,insight, and intelligence demonstrated during a life-threatening confrontation to play dead to avoid being targeted by the shooter. If any of these students in Oregon had opted not to stand up and proclaim their Christianity, nobody would tell them that they should have stood up and taken the bullet to prove their devotion to their religion. If they had realized that Christians were the targets the shooter sought, surely all of them would have remained seated.
The Republican response to the Oregon shooting was predictable, but no less tolerable. The Donald offered his advice that the teachers should have been armed, and then everyone would have been “a hell of a lot better off.” It is a typical response of all Republicans to suggest that restricting firearms from the mentally ill is not appropriate. The ironic thing is that the Republicans seem to feel it should be the responsibility of our teachers to defend their students with their lives. Yet those same Republicans don’t feel it is their responsibility to defend their voters when they are having a campaign rally. Republicans refuse to allow people to bring guns to their campaign events, thereby limiting the chance that they will be shot, but limiting the Second Amendment rights of their supporters. Republicans, including Sarah Palin, are glad to have their pictures taken with guns, but they don’t “come packing” to their campaign events.
After each of the recent spate of mass shootings that have haunted America over the past several years, Republicans’ delusional response has remained the same: More guns would have allowed the good guys to stop the bad guys. Yet even at the GOP debates the members of the audience were not allowed to carry, and the debaters didn’t bring their guns.
- As Governor of Florida Jeb Bush passed the “Stand Your Ground” laws that played a role in the shooting deaths of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis in 2012.
- Donald Trump has advocated an end to “gun-free” zones, though his own hotels and golf courses have a different policy.
- Ted Cruz — who recently released a video of himself proudly cooking bacon by wrapping it around the barrel of a machine gun — has advocated for soldiers to be able to carry concealed weapons on military bases; at least until he was rebuffed by John McCain and military leaders who informed him such a plan would bring greater danger to soldiers.
- After 20 students and six school employees were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, as New York and Connecticut legislatures approved stricter gun control legislation, Rick Perry actively sought to recruit gun manufacturers from those states to come to Texas.
- Chris Christie is the one hold-out of the group. Christie opposes concealed weapons permits and called opponents of an assault weapons ban “crazy.” (Between that and the Bridgegate controversy, is it any wonder Christie has failed to gain any steam in the primary?)
So why is the Republican Party, which loudly espouses the safety benefits created by average folks packing heat wherever they go, holding its debates in venues that don’t allow concealed weapons? If Trump, Cruz, Bush, and their ilk think unlimited access to guns makes the general public safer, why do they take such a different stance on their own safety?