Right Wing Needs to Stop Crazy Explanations for Newtown Slaughter
by John Avlon Dec 18, 2012 4:45 AM EST
The rush by some conservatives to blame the absence of God and guns in schools for the Newtown carnage needs to be called out—and is one reason we can’t build coalitions to fix the problem, says John Avlon.
It’s definitely not too soon to condemn this craziness. The visceral shock of the Newtown school slaughter has provoked a reassessment on gun laws among many on the right—including Joe Scarborough and Rupert Murdoch.
But there are still those on the far right who, when confronted with the killing of classrooms full of 6-year-olds, reached for alternate explanations that could preserve their ideological purity and avoid common sense.
These are not just fringe figures but elected officials and other leaders of the Tea-vangelist wing of the GOP.
Former presidential candidate and Arkansas ex-governor Mike Huckabee instinctively blamed the separation of church and state for the mass murder. “We ask why there is violence in our schools, but we have systematically removed God from our schools,” Huckabee said on Fox News. “Should we be so surprised that schools would become a place of carnage? … Maybe we ought to let in on the front end and we wouldn’t have to call him to show up when it’s all said and done at the back end.”
1. But any talk about gun regulation is "politicizing the tragedy".
Huckabee can bleat about prayer and bible reading in schools and that crazy Jackson woman can bleat about abortions and gun groups can say this proves there are not enough guns but let one person bring up gun control and we are politicizing the tragedy.