The worst school shooting in our nation's history and Bush has this to say:
"The president believes that there is a right for people to bear arms, but that all laws must be followed," spokeswoman Dana Perino said.
31 people are dead so far at VTU, and we don't have all the info on it yet and that dickhead is making gun control statements? *sigh* Yeah, that's the leader of our country. Doesn't it just make you proud?
I firmly believe in the rights of Americans to bear arms. I also firmly believe in gun control. These two things don't have to be mutually exclusive. But less than 8 hours after this tragedy? There is no excuse for Bush to have made that statement. There is a time and a place. This wasn't it. Bush is a fucking asshole.
This tragedy should not be used for a political agenda. These weren't numbers that were killed, they were people. And unfortunately fucking Bush will probably never see them as human beings but rather as "talking points."
I still think Bush is an asshat but it has been pointed out to me that the quote is slightly out of context. I was told that NPR manipulated the quote, but it appears to be the AP Newservice's release (which NPR used) that put the quote right after the president's reaction rather than noting that it was in response to a reporter's question. Here's the exchange from the White House transcript:
Q Dana, going back to Virginia Tech, what more does this White House think needs to be done as it relates to gun issues? The President says current laws need to be strengthened, anything beyond that — you had a conference on school violence with guns — what more needs to be done? MS. PERINO: I would point you back to the fact that President, along with Secretary Spellings, hosted last October — October 10, 2006 — a conference on school gun violence after the Amish school shooting and the other shootings that had happened, because the tragedies are the ones that just collectively break America's heart and are ones that we deeply feel, because all of us can imagine what it would be like to have been at your own school, your own college, and to have something happen. And those of us who are parents, or brothers or sisters of people at the schools have to take that into consideration. As far as policy, the President believes that there is a right for people to bear arms, but that all laws must be followed. And certainly bringing a gun into a school dormitory and shooting — I don't want to say numbers because I know that they're still trying to figure out many people were wounded and possibly killed, but obviously that would be against the law and something that someone should be held accountable for.
Still not a Bush fan, but now annoyed at the AP for putting out such an obviously biased account which appears to have the purpose of inciting anger.