According to MSNBC’s Jane Psaki, the people who want change aren’t gun violence advocates, but Republicans who want to maintain the status quo.
“If you don’t feel safe in schools or places of worship, you’re not alone,” Psaki said. If you feel unsafe at the grocery store, at parades, at movie theaters, you’re not alone. If you don’t feel safe at the mall, you’re not alone. If you’re sick of being told that calling for change is politicizing tragedy, you’re certainly not alone. The issue here is not that you are angry or afraid for your own life and the lives of your loved ones. The problem is not that you are calling for change and for leaders to do something. Here, people who promote misery in politics are not people who call for change, people who promote misery are those who fight for change. “
The MSNBC host later called out Republicans, saying, “For the NRA to show this.” Yes, they always basically have the right words to say. They always have the right talking points, lots of thoughts and prayers and they call everyone to stop talking politics. But when families are suffering, when communities are shaken, as they are today in Allen, refusing to act to protect the people in your state is fueling politics for fear of losing your base of support. When you refuse to support common-sense gun reform measures because you’re afraid you’ll lose your status with the NRA’s political woes, don’t be distracted by those who accuse you of politicizing mass shootings in the name of change. They want you to shut up, they want you to slip this out of the headlines so they can return to comfort rather than political courage. “
The next time a Republican complains about his calls for change because most of the country thinks we need to do something so people don’t get shot while trying to go about their daily lives, think about who’s really running the politics.
People who don’t want mass death don’t play politics. Gamers are the people who use every mass shooting as an excuse to scare the crap out of them and sell more guns.
Jason is the managing editor. He is also a member of the White House Press Pool and Congressional Correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor’s degree in political science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform activities.
Awards and professional memberships
Member of the Association of Professional Journalists and the American Political Science Association
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