Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Keeping America Safe?

February 7, 2017: Press Briefing (Sean Spicer).
These comments appear about about 10:00 minutes in.

"There are a lot of examples between 2014 and 2016 that have occurred and many of them haven't got the attention they deserved.  It's becoming too often that we're seeing these attacks not get the spectacular attention that they deserve. And I think it undermines the understanding of the threat that we face around this country.

"He cares about making sure that we don't have attacks in this country, that we're protected, that we're ahead of the curve.  And I think what we need to do is to remind people that the earth is a very dangerous place these days, that ISIS is trying to do us harm. And the President's commitment is to keep America safe.

"Part of it is to remind the American people how prevalent some of these attacks are and how much time they have and have not gotten.  But more importantly that they understand the unwavering commitment the President has and the actions he will take to protect the American people."

It seems clear that the Republican strategy (and Trump's) is about distraction: distracting our attention from the epidemic of gun-violence in this country by stirring up the courts and the airwaves with talk about Muslim bans, and terrorist threats, and so on and so on and so on.

If these Republicans and this Administration really and truly cared about threats we really face, about actual (documented) attacks in this country, about protecting American kids and American cities and American night clubs...wouldn't they act boldly on meaningful, actionable gun control and insist that their Congressional stewards do the same?  It's just another piece of double talk for Trump and Spicer to offer themselves as caring, compassionate "protectors" of the people, when they refuse to address the real threats.  Once again, the NRA and its Congressional underlings are calling the shots.  And we're left paying for it...with the lives of our neighbors, our children, our friends.

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