"Blood" isn't on Republican hands

"Blood" isn't on Republican hands
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In the wake of Uvalde, a lot of people are upset. That makes perfect sense. After all, 19 children and two teachers were murdered by a maniac. If that doesn’t upset you on some level, you’re probably either not human or should go and seek psychological help.

However, some are lashing out irrationally at those who disagree with them on matters of policy, as Democrats tend to do to Republicans.

Take Rep. Jasmine Crockett of Texas, for example.

Rep. Jasmine Crockett, D-Texas, attacked Texas Republicans as being responsible for the deadly school shooting in Uvalde that killed 19 children and two adults in May, saying they had blood on their hands.

While appearing on MSNBC’s “The ReidOut” on Wednesday, Crockett condemned her state’s governor and other Texas Republicans as culpable for refusing to pass gun control.

“Listen, I think where you’re going wrong is you’re looking for some logic to come up out of Greg Abbott. We have seen over and over and over, I mean in, your intro, what did you talk about? You talked about the things that they called special sessions,” Crockett said.

“You talked about their priorities, and listen, let me be clear. I don’t want anybody to have any questions. The blood of these children is on the hands of the Republicans in the state of Texas period. No question about it because let’s talk about who has been in control in the state of Texas for at least the last 30 years. It’s been Republicans and their failed policies,” she added.

No, the blood of the children isn’t on anyone’s hands except for the maniac who murdered them and, arguably, the police who waited outside while innocent children were being slaughtered like cattle.

For Crockett to be right, Republicans would have to actually believe gun control works, but simply oppose it anyway without any regard for the loss of life.

That’s not what happens.

For those of us on the gun rights side of the debate, it’s not a matter of thinking gun control works and simply refusing to allow it to pass. It’s that we realize it doesn’t work.

At best, gun control limits the actions of law-abiding citizens while doing nothing to prevent bad actors from committing crimes. Yes, that includes mass shootings.

Following Parkland, many of us, myself included, were talking about the need to harden our schools, to make it more difficult to launch an attack at a school.

Democrats shouted us down. They didn’t want to hear it. Instead, all they’d talk about was gun control, and any refusal to side with them was tantamount to shooting kids yourself.

Yet look at what happened at Robb Elementary for a moment. The gunman had all the time in the world to enter that school and slaughter children. Can Crockett honestly tell me that hardening that school would have made no difference? None at all?

If I played her game, I could easily make the case that the blood is on Democrats’ hands, but I won’t.

The killer is the one who has the blood on his hands.

If you want to find solutions and work with the other side to make them happen, though, it’s probably not a great idea to start off by blaming them for such an atrocity. Especially when I suspect you know it’s total bull.