Not too soon?

Today is a day to celebrate, but it seems that some people want to use this tragedy to their advantage. Whenever there’s a gun tragedy, gun rights activists push back against any new legislation by saying it’s too soon or we shouldn’t pass laws on emotion:

“It’s dangerous to do any type of policy in an emotional moment,” said Senator Mark Begich of Alaska, a Democrat up for re-election next year who voted with three other Democrats and 41 Republicans against the compromise. “Because human emotions then drive the decision. Everyone’s all worked up. That’s not enough.”

Of course that rule doesn’t apply to conservatives:

“How can individuals evade authority and plan such attacks on our soil?” said Grassley, the top Republican on the committee. “How can we beef up security checks on those who wish to enter the United States? How do we ensure that people who wish to do us harm are not eligible for benefits under the immigration laws, including this new bill before us?”

Others went further.

“It’s too bad Suspect No. 1 won’t be able to be legalized by Marco Rubio, now,” conservative commentator Ann Coulter wrote on her Twitter account, referring to the suspect killed in the shootout. Rubio, a Florida Republican, is one of the main Senate authors of the legislation.

Sure, it turns out, the two suspects were here legally and one became a US citizen last year, but … ok I don’t see how this applies to the current debate on illegal immigration. Ask Grassley, I’m sure he can explain it.

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