Yesterday, Barbara Comstock, above, a Republican congresswoman in Virginia and a Christian ‘extremist’ who opposes women’s reproductive rights and gay marriage, sent out the following tweet in response to America’s latest mass shooting:
I am heartbroken by the mass murder that took place last night in Las Vegas and I am praying for the victims, families, and first responders.
Now here’s a thing: Comstock received $10,400 from the NRA during the 2016 election cycle. And in 2010 she supported a law allowing concealed handgun permit holders to carry loaded handguns into any establishment that has a liquor license; including bars, nightclubs, restaurants, pizza parlors and bowling alleys.
Her support of the gun lobby did not go down too well with some Virginians, as the photo above show.
I learned about Comstock from the Splinter website, where Rafi Schwartz revealed that she was among a number of senators and congresspeople who received cash from the NRA for their political campaigns, but only responded to the tragedy by calling for prayers.
Americans woke up on Monday morning to learn of yet another horrific act of gun violence in the United States –this time a mass shooting in Las Vegas that left at least 58 people dead and more than 500 injured. But it seems unlikely that the politicians in a position to actually change our gun laws will actually do something about it, because they never do.?
So, in lieu of any substantive gun control, what do America’s senators and congresspeople have to offer? That tried and true chestnut of noncommittal national mourning: ‘Thoughts and prayers.’
And just as in the past, those thoughts and prayers seem to have been paid for in part by the National Rifle Association, whose campaign donations and scare-mongering have effectively blocked any life-saving legislation which might prevent a person from getting their hands on a fully automatic machine gun they can then use to pump bullets into dozens of innocent people.
This is what he said yesterday:
Violence in the streets, ladies and gentlemen. Why is it happening?” The fact that we have disrespect for authority; there is profound disrespect for our president, all across this nation they say terrible things about him. It’s in the news, it’s in other places.
There is disrespect now for our national anthem, disrespect for our veterans, disrespect for the institutions of our government, disrespect for the court system. All the way up and down the line, disrespect.
Until there is biblical authority there has to be some controlling authority in our society and there is none. And when there is no vision of God, the people run amok … and we have taken from the American people the vision of God, the whole idea of reward and punishment, an ultimate judge of all our actions, we’ve taken that away. When there is no vision of God, the people run amok.
Robertson didn’t explain why so many mass shootings occurred before Donald Trump entered office and the NFL protests against racial injustice began … I’m sure there’s a logical explanation.
Though I should mention that, when a man murdered people in a Sikh temple in 2012, Robertson blamed atheists who ‘hate God’. And last year, after the Pulse nightclub massacre, Robertson urged conservatives not to get involved and let LGBTQ people and radical Muslims ‘kill themselves’.
But this time? This time, it’s the fault of liberals for criticizing a man so beholden to the Right, he let Pat Robertson conduct one of the only one-on-one interviews he’s had with the press.
Hat tip: BarrieJohn (Robertson report)