It did not take long for journalists on Twitter to start politicizing the Alexandria shooting that targeted a group of Republican Congressmen on Tuesday, as Atlantic Editor David Frum was quick to make a gun control argument.
“There was a terrible fire in London.. Would any British person say in the aftermath ‘this is not the time to discuss fire safety?” said Frum in a tweet, just more than an hour after the news of the shooting broke.
John Podhoretz, the editor of Commentary Magazine, admonished Frum in a responding tweet.
“Seriously, David, wait an hour before you start wagging your finger and delivering a lecture,” said Podhoretz.
Undeterred, Frum doubled down: “Given the non-stop carnage in [U.S.] due to our inability to acknowledge our national firearms pathology it is always the right time to raise it.”
Podhoretz continued, “did it make you feel all warm inside to type this? Good. I’m glad you gave yourself a nice pat on the back for your evolved views there.”
“What inappropriate condescension,” said Frum. “Does it make you feel better to pontificate directly or indirectly in defense of the indefensible?”
“I’m not condescending to you,” said Podhoretz. “I’m repulsed by you. There’s a difference.”
I’m not condescending to you. I’m repulsed by you. There’s a difference.
— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) June 14, 2017
You can read the entire exchange here. Majority Whip Rep.
Steve Scalise was injured in the attack, in addition to a congressional staffer and two Capitol Police officers. One of the officers was able to fire on the suspect, disabling him.
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