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Bush's Former Ethics Chief Knows Exactly What To Do About Guns After Vegas

The horrific massacre in Las Vegas has sparked all kinds of emotions. It’s incredibly hard to understand how a man can simply lose it and inflict as much damage as he did, and that’s made all the more challenging by the fact that information is scant on 64-year-old Stephen Paddock. We’ve all heard the basics - financially well-off lone wolf that liked to gamble - but those basics provide little in the way of clues for why he did what he did. To that, we’ll have to wait and see how the investigation pans out.

By extension, it’s also prudent to take some time before engaging in passionate debate about the natural talking point that arises from the worst mass shooting in United States history. The debate over gun control is one of those hot-button issues that sparks a ton of passion, and that’s especially true right now. A madman got a hold of some high-powered weapons, apparently without putting all that much effort into it. As such, gun control advocates are going ballistic right about now. While we understand the passion, there’s a ton to be said for toning down the rhetoric in the face of tragedy. Unfortunately, we’ve seen the opposite in many cases.

As the Huffington Post shares, a former ethics chief in the George W. Bush White House is pretty fed up with the inaction on gun control from Congress, and he’s taken to social media to vent about it. Richard Painter dropped a tweet-storm in the wake of the shooting, and the fact that the details were still unfolding didn’t seem to matter all that much to him.

“Americans are sick of political hacks talking about condolences and sympathy while stuffing NRA blood money in their pockets. Do something,” read one post.

“We can all pray about it, but we elected you to do something to protect us. What are you doing to fix our permissive gun laws?” read another post later in the day.

Two posts weren't enough to get what he had to say off of his chest.

“Enough BS. For thoughts and prayers call a priest or rabbi. For decent gun laws call a congressman, and if he doesn't DO anything, sack him,” he wrote in yet another post.

“Follow the money. Has your U.S. Congressperson received donations from the NRA?” Painter shared.

For the last post, he shared a link to a Washington Post article that outlined the amount of donations that the National Rifle Association has dropped on members of Congress through the years. The clear implication is that Congress continues to drag its feet as the money continues to roll in. We can draw similar parallels to the healthcare debacle that Congress can never seem to navigate its way through, but that’s another story for another day.

As for Painter and what he had to say, we get the passion - but - this really could’ve waited. Just because you’re hopping mad about something doesn’t mean you have to hop on the Twitter machine and make it clear to the world how ticked off you are. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. When you feel like that, it’s best to stay away from social media until you’ve cooled off. Failure to do so will lead what you have to say to come across as the unhinged rambling of partisan talking points.

Source: HuffPost
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