Stop politicizing this! conservatives cry. Reacting to the shooting by calling for gun control is no more political than reacting to the shooting by pointedly not calling for it.
It is a political issue. Period. The only difference is one side is passionately arguing for common-sense measures to help cut down on the number of senseless tragedies while the other side is more concerned about the freedom to have, own and use any kind of firearm there is.
Some of the worst exchanges:
Convicted felon Dinesh D'Souza, who is listened to for reasons that escape me, tweeted about the Florida legislature defeating a procedural move to try to bring to the floor a measure to ban assault rifles in this way:
These young people were involved in a mass shooting that killed people they knew, and D'Souza proudly (he hasn't removed the tweet) believes that it is acceptable to mock them as privileged and sheltered?
Meanwhile, Trump Jr. liked on social media tweets that went after 17-year-old shooting survivor David Hogg, tweets that suggested Hogg may not have really been a survivor and was only attacking Trump and the GOP because his dad is an FBI agent.
Via The New York Post:
At Mar-a-Lago over the weekend, as the president polled his family and friends about possible changes in gun laws, Trump Jr. vehemently argued against advocating for even modest reforms, saying it could alienate his base and inflame the National Rifle Association, which gave $30 million to his campaign.
Why is he fucking polling his fucking family and friends?!
An aide to state Rep. Shawn Harrison (R-Florida) dismissed two of the most visible Parkland survivors as crisis actors. He was shit-canned for his outrageous comments.
An aide to state Rep. Shawn Harrison, using state email, sent me this: "Both kids in the picture are not students here but actors that travel to various crisis when they happen." https://t.co/UFD1ZXGNjr— Alex Leary (@learyreports) February 20, 2018
Bill O'Reilly has tweeted that the Parkland survivors may be too emo for the media to speak with, while conservative commentator Ben Shapiro asked:
What, pray tell, did these students do to earn their claim to expertise?
How about: They hid in closets while someone they grew up around blew away a bunch of other people they grew up around?
The victims being attacked is yet another sign a solid 35% of Americans are garbage people.