Wait, you mean attacking legal gun owners and accusing them of having blood on their hands after a shooting they had nothing to do with doesn’t work to further discussion on gun safety?
David Brooks (we know, we’re shocked) gets this, and he wrote about it in his column:
If you want to stop school shootings, it’s not enough just to vent and march. It’s necessary to let people from Red America lead the way, and to show respect to gun owners at all points https://t.co/BBrlNIlzY3
— NYT Opinion (@nytopinion) February 20, 2018
From The New York Times:
So if you want to stop school shootings it’s not enough just to vent and march. It’s necessary to let people from Red America lead the way, and to show respect to gun owners at all points. There has to be trust and respect first. Then we can strike a compromise on guns as guns, and not some sacred cross in the culture war.
If you are a gun control advocate and your immediate reaction to a tragedy is to attack legal gun owners who had NOTHING to do with the shooting you’re only going to further drive the two sides apart. When one side says, ‘GIVE US YOUR GUNS,’ the other sides, ‘KISS OUR ARSE, NOT FROM OUR DEAD, COLD HANDS,’ there is no real discussion and nothing gets down.
But somehow being honest about the need for dialogue upset ThinkProgress editor, Judd Legum:
In which David Brooks argues that when 17 people get gunned down in a high school the most important thing is to be polite and deferential https://t.co/eskBvnyZLh
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) February 20, 2018
Man, Judd seems upset.
Brooks didn’t say that people have to be polite, he just said stop screeching at people who had nothing to do with the tragedy and accusing them of being responsible. This is not difficult, Judd.
David Brooks: You need to convince pro-gun people to support legislation.
Judd Legum: Nah. I'd rather just call them all child killers and then wonder why nothing gets done. https://t.co/9ocVWA5ivc
— neontaster ? (@neontaster) February 20, 2018
I think you should keep telling us we have blood on our hands.
— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) February 20, 2018
That’s been so successful thus far, right?
The fight is more important than actually changing things. Oh and much easier.
— Jerome Brown (@jerome_brown) February 20, 2018
And it makes for more clicks and taps, sure.
Judd has written clickbait 100x dumber than that one too.
— Mr. Groggo (@quicksand_robot) February 20, 2018
That’s what ThinkProgress does best.
That's the problem – too many people believe raw emotion is more important than critical thinking.
— Matt Saben (@mas7095) February 20, 2018
Which is understandable when something as horrible as Parkland High School takes place. But when your emotional reaction keeps anything from being done to prevent such tragedies in the future, you’re doing it wrong.