Hey Britt Hume — watch your feet. You nearly tripped all over yourself in politicizing the Naval Yard shooting in Washington, D.C. on Monday. Perhaps as preemptive strike against those of us who see mass shooting after mass shooting as evidence of some common sense reforms being needed, the conservative talking head was quick to tell Fox News viewers watching that anyone using the Naval Yard shooting to bring up the need for gun reforms, “doesn’t mean very much at this stage.”
We’re not sure if Fox News pundits think they’re being subtle with this stuff or not, but it’s not hard to spot when the right-wing messaging machine spins up. Hume went on,
“It’s hard to believe that, after what happened in Newtown, and nothing came of it in Congress, that much on that issue is going to come of this.”
See, silly gun control advocates? If twenty massacred children can’t get the NRA to quit acting like jackalopes and can’t get the politicians in their back pocket to quit acting like bought and paid for stooges, then this most recent mass shooting won’t bring about any change either, so why bother trying? Now if any effort for new gun control measures fail, it’ll be a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Sadly, there is probably not a small amount of truth to what Britt said. Who didn’t see the Toomey-Manchin background check amendment fail and think it a crime against humanity that twenty small children were gunned down and nothing was changed as a result of it? What’s infuriating about Hume’s words in this case is that they are meant to simply squash any talk of gun control out of the gate, to shame people who see this shooting as just one more piece of evidence damning our obsession with guns in this country and who are willing to make small, logical tweaks to ensure more public safety into staying silent. But the question will become “who is going to remain silent and who will ignore people like Britt Hume and speak out?”
Watch Hume’s commentary below: