Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Politics as UsualMrs. du Toit
After receiving a quick email from my sister about the events unfolding at Virginia Tech, Kim and I turned on Fox News, just in time to hear a reporter at the White House Press Conference ask “Is the President reconsidering his opinions on gun control NOW?”
And, as usual, the Press Secretary responded calmly and politely.
That is not how I would have responded (which is why I’m not the White House Press Secretary).
Here is how I would have responded:
Listen, you heartless cow, you’re turning this into politics before the bodies have been identified and the next of kin notified. What kind of human being ARE YOU? Do you have ANY sense of compassion AT ALL? Can you turn off your agitate-for-all-things-stupid-machine EVER?
OK, you want to talk the politics of gun control? We’ll talk about it then.
No, the President is not reconsidering his stance on gun control because Virginia Tech is yet another reminder of how counterproductive and counterintuitive gun control is. Over 30 human beings have been added to the death toll, caused by gun control, and your side’s continued efforts to turn America into a nation of victims, instead of a nation of responsible adults. On the contrary, anyone who watched the events in Virginia and thinks that one more law would have made a difference is delusional. (link)
Please read it all. That's what I'd like to hear in response to reporters questions :)