It is insane to me that conservative politicians are so invested in their Second Amendment rights that in the wake of mass shootings, they not only refuse to acknowledge the role that guns play in shooting people, they try to divert attention away in a manner that often sounds painfully callous.
Take Jeb Bush, for instance. He’s running for President, and he’s apparently so afraid of alienating guns right’s advocates that underplays real, honest-to-God tragedy.
Here’s what Jeb Bush said when asked if prayer in school might help prevent school shootings:
It’s a—we’re in a difficult time in our country, and I don’t think more government is necessarily the answer to this. I think we need to reconnect ourselves with everybody else. It’s very sad to see, but I resist the notion—and I had this challenge as governor, because we had—look, stuff happens. There’s always a crisis, and the impulse is always to do something, and it’s not necessarily the right thing to do.
“Look, stuff happens.”
That’s his contribution to the conversation. “Stuff happens”? It’s just one of those things, huh? Whaddya gonna do?
President Obama didn’t think much of the statement, either.
Obama on Jeb Bush’s “stuff happens” remark: “I don’t even think I have to react to that one… The American people should hear that.”— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) October 2, 2015
Asked later about the remark, an irritated Jeb Bush offered clarification. What he meant was “things happen, is that better?”
I actually don’t think that Jeb Bush is a terrible person, but he’s doing a really bad job of not coming off sounding like one. Does anyone else get the sense that he can barely hide his self-disgust? He seems irritated with the media for pushing him into a corner where he has to say things that make him feel like a lousy human being.
Or maybe he just is a lousy human being.