How do you distill all the stupidity spouted after the Orlando terrorist attack down to the seven dumbest? A good place to start is by limiting yourself to only federally elected representatives of the people. At least that narrows the potential emitters down to 535 Senators and Congressmen plus the prez and veep. But even confining yourself thusly is still kinda like drinking from a firehose.
Red Alert Politics’ Ryan Girdusky, though, has gamely taken on the task.
Rangle’s display of naked elitism is certainly an excellent start. The rest of the list, however, doesn’t really hold up as top-seven material. Just off the top of our heads, we can think of this this top-of-the-pops gem from Tailgunner Joe Manchin:
“The FBI did everything they were supposed to do but there was no way to keep him on the nix list or keep him off the gun buy list. There was no way to do that. So can’t we say that if a person under suspicion, there should be a five-year period of time that we have to see if good behavior, if this person continues the same traits, maybe we could come to that type of an agreement. But due process is what’s killing us right now.”
And maybe Girdusky missed Connecticut’s favorite son, Chris Murphy, accusing Republicans of aiding and abetting terrorists:
“We’ve got to make this clear, constant case that Republicans have decided to sell weapons to ISIS,” Murphy said, using an alternative term for the Islamic State militant group. “That’s what they’ve decided to do. ISIS has decided that the assault weapon is the new airplane, and Republicans, in refusing to close the terror gap, refusing to pass bans on assault weapons, are allowing these weapons to get in the hands of potential lone-wolf attackers. We’ve got to make this connection and make it in very stark terms.”
So while we certainly appreciate Red Alert Politics’ effort, the list seems, well, incomplete at best. What’s the stupidest thing you’ve heard an elected official utter about guns in the last ten days?