Details are still scarce about the shooting this morning at a GOP congressional baseball game practice. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., and several others – including two Capitol Police officers – were shot. But scarcity of details hasn’t stopped some social media pundits from immediately pouncing on the situation for precious political points.
Yes, folks, the old adage never to waste a good crisis still holds true, and the gun-control hot takes – some mixed with a dash of anti-GOP schadenfreude – started before the proverbial smoke had even cleared, even before the identity of the apprehended shooter was made public.
See? Ain't gonna be no gun control. https://t.co/qAO6eK062m— April (@ReignOfApril) June 14, 2017
I wonder if after today's shooting the GOP will be more in favor of gun control?— JoCo🗽 (@Okie_Resister) June 14, 2017
THIS IS WHY GUN CONTROL POLICIES MATTER.— PrestonMitchum (@PrestonMitchum) June 14, 2017
Shots fired in Alexandria where republicans were practicing for a charity baseball game.
Republicans have no desire to have gun control laws and I'm sure this targeting won't change their mindset either. They'll still be arrogant— Brian Witherspoon (@Spoony29) June 14, 2017
Others were less inclined to immediately politicize this tragedy.
No hot takes, I beg you. Wait.— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) June 14, 2017
No hot takes please; just say a prayer for Scalise and others who were shot— Tim Alberta (@TimAlberta) June 14, 2017
Maybe let the gun cool to room temperature before the hot takes?— Bob McGovern (@BobMcGovernJr) June 14, 2017
Additionally, in a pair of tweets, David Frum, a senior editor at The Atlantic, grossly mischaracterized firearms laws in Virginia, where the shooting took place.
In view of reports of many, many shots, also worth noting— David Frum (@davidfrum) June 14, 2017
No restrictions on large-capacity magazines https://t.co/YLG1mRGnMO
Virginia:— David Frum (@davidfrum) June 14, 2017
No background checks
No permit req’d for concealed carry of long guns
Open carry long guns & handguns
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