Guns are the problem. Period. But in the right-wing media bubble, the reasons behind the mass shooting of 20 children and six adults in Newtown, Connecticut have nothing to do with guns and everything to do with, well, everything else. By avoiding the root of the problem — America’s lax gun laws — conservatives have taken the NRA slogan “guns don’t kill people, people kill people” excuse to an entirely new level (never mind that in China, on the same day of the Sandy Hook massacre, a deranged knife-wielding man injured — not killed, injured — 22 schoolchildren).
Now, there are some moderate, sane people who wrongly believe gun control is not the issue. There are some who believe this is strictly a mental health issue. Many of them cite this story, titled “I Am Adam Lanza’s Mother,” by a Boise mom dealing with a son who has a mental illness. It is important to not only talk about, but take action on, America’s broken mental health care system, and catch angry depressives with a grudge — who are usually young, suburban, white males — before they act out (for more on that, watch “Columbine” author David Cullen discuss the three main types of people who commit mass murder). But to say this is a mental health issue and not a gun control issue is just wrong.
Here are the five wackiest mass-shooting excuses from the right-wing noise machine:
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