It didn’t take long for liberal pundits to reignite the gun control debate after a gunman opened fire on Republican lawmakers and staff at baseball practice Wednesday morning, wounding Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise and four others.
Prominent liberal pundits and journalists used the Twitter hashtag “Gun Control”to bash Republican opposition on gun control and to push for more gun regulations not long after news of the shooting broke.
One freelance writer basically blamed Scalise for being shot. Other journalists immediately used the shooting to call for gun control.
The rep who was shot at the baseball game, Rep. Steve Scalise, introduced a bill to relax gun restrictions. https://t.co/GkR8bPt9HA
— Britni de la Cretaz (@britnidlc) June 14, 2017
Several journalists immediately used the shooting to call for gun control
— Kevin M. Levin (@KevinLevin) June 14, 2017
David Frum, a senior editor at the Atlantic, promptly noted that the shooting occurred in a state with no forms of gun control. When questioned by other Twitter users about his tweet, Frum doubled down.
No background checks
No permit req’d for concealed carry of long guns
Open carry long guns & handguns
— David Frum (@davidfrum) June 14, 2017
Others quickly jumped on board and began questioning if the GOP would alter its stance on gun rights in the aftermath of the shooting.
— Avital N. Nathman (@TheMamaFesto) June 14, 2017
— Sony Kapoor (@SonyKapoor) June 14, 2017
Alexandria police say they have the suspect in custody. Scalise was reportedly shot in the hip and is expected to survive.
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