The elite have their versions of ambulance chasers. In the wake of a national tragedy, the insensitive calls from wealthy celebrities and journalists to join the bandwagon of liberal political activism showcases their complete lack of empathy.
After the “deadliest shooting in modern US history,” where more than 50 died and over 400 were wounded, the left was quick to take the moral high ground to talk about guns, gun control, and white supremacy. Atheist Oxford professor Richard Dawkins offered his insensitive two cents on the tragedy: “Durn tootin’, great shootin’. Cool dude sertin’ he’s 2nd Mendment rahts. Hell yeah! Every country has its psychopaths. In US they have guns.”
Comedian Michael Ian Black tweeted, “The NRA is a terrorist organization. There’s no other way to say it.”
Journalists and Black Lives Matter activists turned the tragedy into a pulpit to talk about white supremacy. Tariq Nasheed tweeted, “Terrorist Stephen Paddock being from Mesquite NV, the same place where armed white supremacists pointed guns are LE, is not a coincidence.” CBS analyst Jamelle Bouie tweeted “That Las Vegas authorities have ruled out terrorism at this early stage is another example of how the idea has all but been racialized.”
Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton tweeted that “We can and must put politics aside, stand up to the NRA…”
Durn tootin’, great shootin’. Cool dude sertin’ he’s 2nd Mendment rahts. Hell yeah!— Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) October 2, 2017
Every country has its psychopaths. In US they have guns
The NRA is a terrorist organization. There's no other way to say it.— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) October 2, 2017
Our grief isn't enough. We can and must put politics aside, stand up to the NRA, and work together to try to stop this from happening again.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 2, 2017
Top Chef’s Padma Lakshmi tweeted, “So sad to hear about Vegas. Perhaps this one is finally enough to convince the #NRA? You are slowly killing us for profit. #nomachineguns.” Actress and gun control activist Julianne Moore expressed the same sentiment, saying: “What will it take, #Congress, for you to act?”
Singer Sheryl Crow stated: “Can we discuss the loss of rights of people going to a concert because of the lack of assault rifle regulations?” Actually, could people offer sympathy, blood, or assistance instead of making this about politics?
Alyssa Milano stated, “Sensible gun control NOW.” Shameless actress Emmy Rossum called for her followers to call their senators in order to prevent legislation on gun silencers. Jeffrey Wright posted, “The fuck’s the argument from @NRA & the @DLoesch types? Arm yourselves at concerts w/ .50-cals., Kevlar & night-vision goggles? IGNORANCE!!!” MSNBC’s Joy Reid tweeted, “This country refuses to be rational about guns, even in defense of our children’s lives.”
Charmed actress Rose McGowan blamed the shooting on “lies and stupidity and greed. People are being slaughtered because of greed. F U I won’t say anything.” Orange is the New Black actress Danielle Brooks posted, “Gun control!!!! #LasVegas.” Actress Zoe Kazan tweeted “Ban assault weapons. Ban hand guns.”
New York Times columnist Charles Blow tweeted, in defense of his capitalizing on this tragedy, “Whenever someone shoots someone else, with a GUN, it is PRECISELY the right time to talk about preventing ppl from shooting ppl, with GUNS!” No, it’s about the same as telling a cancer patient how they could have prevented having cancer. But singer Idina Menzel (Frozen) retweeted Blow’s rant and added “we can mourn AND we can talk policy.”
A timely reminder that the shooting took place hours ago.