As news filtered in Friday from the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said "today is not the day," to engage in a policy debate over gun control. The shooting at an elementary school killed 27, the Associated Press reported Friday afternoon.
Bullshit. Today is exactly the day to discuss gun control. Because last week it wasn't timely and next week we'll be mourning... and the week after that it won't be urgent. When can we have the debate?
Carney ducked the question when asked when would be a good time to engage in a substantive debate on gun control, repeating that today isn't the time. Obama has drawn criticism for never making gun control an administration priority.
It's always jam tomorrow, jam yesterday... while these things keep happening regularly enough to set your watch.
Maybe this elusive debate would find that more gun control simply won't work, as the NRA is constantly bleating. But maybe—just maybe—sensible Americans believe that freedom isn't defined by the right for any of us to be shot to death at any moment, on purpose or on accident, just because everyone is entitled to casually carry around souped-up murder weapons.
UPDATE at 11:00 AM: Why have this debate now? Because the radical right is already having this debate today. Here's the a tweet from earlier (that now seems to have gone missing from his feed) from the American Family Association's Bryan Fischer:
Yes, part of this debate is that we should let seven year olds and teachers trot around school with concealed semi-automatic weapons, because that would solve everything. And it's not just Bryan Fischer's implication of arming teachers—folks like this Reuters commenter say it outright:
These nutters don't represent the entire discussion, of course. The entire discussion includes lots of rational people—including President Obama. If the left's leader is too scared to engage, the other side owns the debate and pushes it further into lethal crazy town.