Thursday, June 25, 2015

Walker Misses Mark, Shoots Campaign In The Foot...Again

People have pointed out that one of Scott Walker's biggest drawbacks is that he comes off as tone deaf and insensitive.

A prime example of that insensitivity came in May. After a tragic mass shooting in Appleton, Wisconsin, which left three people - including an 11 year old girl - dead, Walker thought it would be a good time to run a campaign ad promoting his support of the Second Amendment.

On Wednesday, Walker again decided that pandering to the NRA was more important that showing even a modicum of class.

Just a week after the domestic terrorism in Charleston, South Carolina - and after waffling on the Confederate flag - Walker felt that he needed to make it even easier for people to get guns. Walker signed laws that eliminated a 48-hour waiting period because who needs to calm down before shooting someone in the heat of passion?

Walker also signed a law to allow retired and off-duty cops to carry guns into schools. Not that cops have ever shot anyone without due cause or anything.

To add insult to injury, Walker then came up with this excuse on why he signed these laws just a short time after Charleston while the rest of the nation is discussing the need to tighten gun laws:
Walker told reporters on Wednesday that holding off on signing the waiting period and school grounds bills into law would have signified that laws like those had something to do with the Charleston shooting, adding that the shooting had more to do with racial issues.

Republicans supporting the repeal of the 48-hour waiting period have equated the requirement to a "time tax," noting that 42 other states have no such waiting period. Democrats, opposing the repeal, have said it acts as a "cooling off period," especially in domestic violence situations.
Ah, so unrestricted access to guns had nothing to do with the Charleston massacre or any other shootings. Just like you hear about the mass killings with spoons and elbow straws, which are also very easy to access.

Besides, what's a few dead people compared to a large contribution from the NRA anyway?

1 comment:

  1. "Time tax"? Really?
    So what do they call it when voter ID laws force people to take time off from work/spend money to drive or take public transportation to increasingly scarce DMV offices with fewer hours to get that voter ID? Excuse me?