Rick Santorum Telling the Parkland Kids to Learn CPR is a Typical GOP Response

Yesterday, Rick Santorum, former Pennsylvania senator and Republican presidential candidate and current CNN Senior Political Commentator, said on State of the Union that the kids who marched in Washington over the weekend, pushing for stricter gun laws, have it all wrong.

If they really wanted to be proactive, Santorum argued, they should do something truly useful. Like learning CPR to help their classmates when they get shot.

If [this] is about keeping our schools safe, then we have to have much a broader discussion than the discussion that’s going on right now. How about kids, instead of looking to someone else to solve their problem, do something about, maybe, taking CPR classes or trying to deal with situations that, when there is a violent shooter, that you can actually respond to that?

The ignorance of his comment was clear to everyone who responded to it online (and there were many critics). Just to go through the obvious rebuttals…

CPR won’t save the life of someone whose internal organs have just been blasted away.

Kids need legislators to pass common sense gun laws, but NRA-funded politicians are currently standing in the way of real reform.

Those students at Parkland, by speaking out against the status quo, were dealing with the situation by galvanizing the country against the conservative groups that refuse to budge because they love guns more than they care about the safety of students.

Plus, students would rather not get shot than having to learn how to deal with classmates who have been. That’s what the march was all about.

But I don’t think it’s fair to pretend Santorum is uniquely dumb. He’s not. He’s a typical Republican saying the sort of mindless bullshit we’ve come to expect from every high-profile member of that party. Santorum’s response was, in effect, offering “thoughts and prayers” without saying those words.

He gave an idiotic response to a real problem while criticizing those calling for meaningful action. That’s practically the entire GOP platform these days.

How is learning CPR any different (or dumber) than Republicans who called for a fresh look at video games or the ability to arm teachers? None of them care to address the underlying gun problem in the country. Their conservative dogma frames gun ownership as a right, and no amount of common sense will ever cause them to deviate.

The only solution is to boot them all from office. That’s what the march urged people to do, and that would be far more effective than learning CPR, or wearing a bulletproof vest uniform, or whatever other crazy solution conservatives want to offer just so they don’t have to face the consequences of their gun fetish.

Voting out NRA-backed Republicans would save far more lives than using CPR on school shooting victims ever will.

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