Marco Rubio Totally Ignores Charleston Tragedy In Massively Insensitive Speech

This week, the Faith & Freedom Coalition is holding the Road to Majority Summit in Washington, D.C., and every announced or potential GOP presidential candidate is slated to speak there (except The Donald). Among them is Florida Senator Marco Rubio, who holds onto True American Values™ as any patriotic American should do. When he spoke on Thursday, he completely ignored the massacre in Charleston, and chose instead to affirm his commitment to the Second Amendment.

According to The Guardian, Rubio specifically said:

“If I am president of the United States, we will appoint justices and we will have an attorney general who will protect our second amendment rights.”

Which Second Amendment rights are those? The right to keep and bear arms? Or the right for anybody, no matter their criminal history, their mental state, or other factors, to own whatever kind of weapon they wish? These days, any and every push for even the slightest new gun legislation (or even research) is pushed down over the manufactured fear that it will hurt law-abiding gun owners, and lead to total gun confiscation and dictatorship and the fall of the good ol’ U.S. of A.

Despite the fact that Rubio tweeted his sorrow over Charleston’s massacre, this was a massively insensitive thing for him to say. This is the reason conservatives are seen as not caring about real issues. The Second Amendment is a hot-button issue precisely because its current interpretation allows for things like this.

CBS News’ White House correspondent Mark Knoller tweeted that, by his count, this was the 14th time that President Obama has had to address gun violence in the U.S. Yet, the gun rights nuts keep saying that this will be the thing that Obama uses to justify a gun grab. Who’s politicizing here? The people who believe it’s long past time to do something about our gun problems? Or the paranoid conservative lunatics who claim a Democratic president will use such a tragedy to realize their absolute worst fears?

What we really need is to help the CDC, in partnership with sociologists and public health experts, do their work in exploring the causes of, and defining solutions to, our gun violence epidemic. However, we can’t even do that because the gun rights nuts don’t want this kind of research receiving funding. It might lead to fewer people wanting guns, and a perception that guns might be dangerous in the wrong hands. Oh. Noes.

Rubio wasn’t the only one to talk about the Second Amendment, despite the horrid tone-deafness of doing so. Rand Paul also did it, however, according to the National Journal, he said that it’s time Republicans start talking about more of the Bill of Rights than the Second Amendment. While one might construe that as insensitive, too, at least he didn’t totally ignore the shooting with a “moar gunz” segment of his speech.

Rubio needed to say something about the massacre in his speech, and he needed to stay away from even appearing to support the type of gun rights that conservatives these days think is good. He’s too worried about making his paltry B+ rating with the NRA worse, though. Republican candidates tend to be very oblivious and overtly selfish, but this is absolutely beyond the pale for a presidential candidate.

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