Joe Scarborough, one of the few more Right Conservative, have finally seen that this massacre makes all previous attempts of defense of laissez faire gun policy untenable. It means that going forward this event will mark the change many have been waiting for.
While some have been saying that now is not the time for this discussion, we must make this the time. America has a very short attention span. As such this is the moment. On this issue Joe must be applauded.
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Joe Scarborough said on Monday that the massacre in Newtown had forced him to rethink his "long-held" belief about gun rights.
In a lengthy monologue, Scarborough talked about how shaken up he had been by the killing of 20 children at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday. He noted that his children’s ages averaged that of some of the murdered victims.
"From this day forward, nothing can ever be the same again," he said. "… Let this be our true landmark … politicians can no longer be allowed to defend the status quo."
He said that he was a "conservative Republican" who had been solidly aligned with the NRA during his time in Congress, and had previously held libertarian views on the Second Amendment. But he added that Friday "changed everything":
"I knew that day that the ideologies of my past career were no longer relevant to the future that I want, that I demand for my children. Friday changed everything. It must change everything. We all must begin anew and demand that Washington’s old way of doing business is no longer acceptable. Entertainment moguls don’t have an absolute right to glorify murder while spreading mayhem in young minds across America. And our Bill of Rights does not guarantee gun manufacturers the absolute right to sell military-style, high-caliber, semi-automatic combat assault rifles with high-capacity magazines to whoever the hell they want.
Joe Scarborough: Newtown Shooting Made ‘Ideologies Of My Past’ On Guns Irrelevant (VIDEO)
What the hell did he think would eventually happen with every nut having unlimited access to weapons
Scarborough misses an important point — he is complicit in this massacre as he was in the others. Mindlessness with blather, he supported every aspect of this violent side of America while pretending to be a patriot. Now, and only now, and only because he finally, finally, was able to relate personally to this particular massacre did he actually begin to think. He finally admitted in his indirect way, that for the first time he actually THOUGHT about the positions that he has been wedded to and championed his entire adult life. He didn’t say that he had finally grown as human being by these comments; he didn’t admit that he is wedded to abstractions without regard for their consequences; he didn’t say that he finally has begun to think empathically from other’s viewpoints and experiences. He simply said, that in now affects HIM. “HIM” is still all he knows and all he cares about.
Then he went further. He pointed the finger at Washington politicians as the problem. He didn’t point back at himself. He demands that others act. He didn’t promise that he himself would act.
No, his expertise remains the spew mindless chatter. Being right finally does not make his position any more mindful. He didn’t even say that being this profoundly wrong over the course of his adult life has made him commit to questioning everything he thought he knew and understand. He can’t be this profoundly wrong and still hold dear to his other positions, but I’m sure he will.