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‘Let’s Move On’: Republicans Prove Once Again They’re Beyond Caring About Mass Shootings

GOP politicians are blaming everything but guns after a 4th of July massacre in Chicago

Police crime tape is seen around the area where children's bicycles and baby strollers stand near the scene of the Fourth of July parade shooting in Highland Park, Illinois on July 4, 2022. - A shooter opened fire Monday during a parade to mark US Independence Day in the state of Illinois, killing at least six people, officials said."At this time, two dozen people have been transported to Highland Park hospital. Six are confirmed deceased," Commander Chris O'Neil of the city's police told journalists.The suspected shooter, who is still at large, has been described as a white male aged 18-20 with longer black hair, O'Neil said. (Photo by Youngrae Kim / AFP) (Photo by YOUNGRAE KIM/AFP via Getty Images)Police crime tape is seen around the area where children's bicycles and baby strollers stand near the scene of the Fourth of July parade shooting in Highland Park, Illinois on July 4, 2022. - A shooter opened fire Monday during a parade to mark US Independence Day in the state of Illinois, killing at least six people, officials said."At this time, two dozen people have been transported to Highland Park hospital. Six are confirmed deceased," Commander Chris O'Neil of the city's police told journalists.The suspected shooter, who is still at large, has been described as a white male aged 18-20 with longer black hair, O'Neil said. (Photo by Youngrae Kim / AFP) (Photo by YOUNGRAE KIM/AFP via Getty Images)

Police crime tape is seen around the area where children's bicycles and baby strollers stand near the scene of the Fourth of July parade shooting in Highland Park, Illinois on July 4, 2022.

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After seven people were killed in a mass shooting at a 4th of July parade in the Highland Park suburb of Chicago, Republican lawmakers are grasping at anything they can to avoid acknowledging America’s gun problem. 

The suspected gunman, Robert E. Crimo III, opened fire shortly after 10 a.m. on Monday, firing into the crowd from the rooftop of a building near the parade route. Crimo was apprehended several hours after the shooting and has yet to be charged.

Illinois gubernatorial nominee Darren Bailey went live on Facebook shortly after the shooting, offering prayers to the families of the victims before encouraging viewers to “move on and celebrate freedom.”

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene on Monday night pushed a dubious claim that antidepressant medications and SSRI’s are responsible for mass shootings. The Georgia congresswoman said she was “done with the political plays on this BS” and accused people of “covering for Big Pharma.”

Greene also blamed “alternate reality games” and accused law enforcement, as well as the gunman’s family and network, of withholding information about what “drugs and/or psychiatric drugs was he on.”

 

Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.), a staunch gun rights advocate, claimed that a mass shooting in Denmark on Sunday meant that it was “time to admit that gun laws DO NOT stop mass shootings!” Denmark, which has some of the strictest gun laws in Europe, hadn’t had a mass shooting since 2015.

Republican House candidate J.R. Majewski didn’t quite agree with Boebert. The Ohioan who has been endorsed by former President Trump tweeted on Monday that he doesn’t “care if countries in Europe have less shootings because they don’t have guns,” he cares “about THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and OUR 2nd Amendment Rights.” 

Majewski’s comments highlight the true nature of Republican gun policy: that Americans being shot dead while performing the day-to-day activities of their lives is simply the sunk cost of protecting a single sentence written by men who only had access to musket balls and gunpowder.

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