It ought to go without saying that using the Aurora shooting to make hyperbolic political points is in poor taste. Unfortunately, that seems to be the variety of taste that Current TV’s Bill Press has.
Press, who has a history of taking cheap shots at conservative groups/individuals with whom he disagrees, lobbed what was (even for him) an uncharacteristically sharp accusation at the National Rifle Association (NRA) today, all but outright accusing them of supporting murder by virtue of opposing gun control.
“After a hurricane, we talk about what kind of new levees we might build. After 911, we invented TSA. But after a mass murder, we’re not allowed to talk about gun control. Why? Because the NRA might not like it. Well, guess what? I don’t give a damn about the NRA and I’m not afraid of them. By standing in the way of any sensible gun control, I think the NRA has blood on its hands. They ought to be called Murder Incorporated. How many more Columbines, how many more Virginia Techs, how many more Aurora, Colorados before we finally declare our independence from the NRA and stop worshipping the almighty gun?” Press snarled. “There’s no need for anybody outside the military to have an assault weapon.”
Watch Press’ outburst here:
Now, one could point out the problems with Press’ comments until the cows home. However, for now, the best response may be simply to quote from the Governor of Colorado, John Hickenlooper, who was asked about precisely the topic of gun control after the Aurora shootings, and had this to say:
If there were no assault weapons available and no this or no that, this guy is going find something, right? He’s going to know how to create a bomb.
Now, if even the Governor of the state where this tragedy happened doesn’t think this idea is a good one, where is Press getting his terror about people worshipping the “almighty gun” from? Who knows, but his comments clearly don’t bespeak a sober view of the evidence.