I haven’t written a blog post in quite a while. But I woke up this morning, the day after hundreds of thousands (maybe millions) marched around the world to protect their right to live, and I couldn’t believe the headline on this CNN tweet:
My initial reaction was to share this stupidity on FB with an angry post, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized that Rick Santorum deserves to be taken to the woodshed for this one. So I’m going to break down a few points here. Thanks for sticking with me.
First of all, this man shouldn’t have a platform to spew his stupidity. He is a failed politician and a weak presidential candidate. It’s an embarrassment that CNN even allows him on-air, but you can be damn sure it’s only to fill a conservative quota. But let it be known that I would rather listen to Sean Spicer inaccurately tout inauguration attendance numbers from the White House bushes than listen to the BS that comes out of this man’s mouth.
Here’s are Santorum’s quotes from CNN’s State of the Union program:
“How about kids instead of looking to someone else to solve their problem, do something about maybe taking CPR classes or trying to deal with situations that when there is a violent shooter that you can actually respond to that,”
“”They took action to ask someone to pass a law,” Santorum said. “They didn’t take action to say, ‘How do I, as an individual, deal with this problem? How am I going to do something about stopping bullying within my own community? What am I going to do to actually help respond to a shooter?’… Those are the kind of things where you can take it internally, and say, ‘Here’s how I’m going to deal with this. Here’s how I’m going to help the situation,’ instead of going and protesting and saying, ‘Oh, someone else needs to pass a law to protect me.'”
Okay, let’s tear into these mountains of moronic garbage. If Rick Santorum was an intelligent human being, he would understand that people asking for someone to “solve their problem” and to “pass a law” is the foundation of REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT. Elected officials are voted into the office to represent the very people who did the electing. It’s not exactly working as planned these days thanks to lobbying and big money donors, but you can’t criticize people for exercising their first amendment rights and seeking a solution from the very people who can make a change. That’s how representative government works. Just like it did when the people of Pennsylvania told you to kick rocks.
I really don’t see the merits of criticizing a group of concerned citizens (some of which just had to watch their classmates gunned down in front of them during Algebra class) when the cause they’re pushing for is sensible gun control, but okay let’s hear his argument out. Oh, so instead of exercising first amendment rights, Santorum would prefer that students do something productive and learn CPR or other ways of being protective during a school shooting.
This will come in very handy in the event your 5th-grade teacher can’t use her school-issued Glock to defend against a school shooter. At least you can at least keep your classmates alive until more help arrives. Maybe one of your other 11-year-old classmates can act as a human shield or come up with a Kevin McCallister style boobie trap to slow down the gunman. Good luck!
Now don’t get me wrong, I think there is plenty of merit in efforts to reduce bullying in schools, but that’s not really the root of the issue here. That’s like bringing a garden hose to a forest fire.
Rick Santorum is a moron. There isn’t a way to sugarcoat this. But he’s not the only one. I wish this was a one-off case of stupidity, but it’s not. There are thousands of voices who not only victim shame the survivors of school shootings but blatantly discredit their cause. Here’s the thing though. You can’t cling to your second amendment while criticizing someone else for enjoying the benefits of the first amendment. That’s not how it works.
Contrary to what Santorum might think, going to a rally and “asking someone to pass a law to protect me” is how this should work. We shouldn’t even be here in the first place! And if you’re criticizing kids for asking adults to pass a law (adults who actually can make a difference because they are LAWMAKERS), then you’re on the wrong side of history.
I do hope some of these kids learn CPR though because Rick Santorum might need it. He seems pretty brain dead to me.