Res ipsa loquitur and signature significance, all in a family Christmas card.
Rep. Massie posted that heart-warming Christmas scene just four days after the Michigan school shooting, which came to pass because another family was so gun happy that it deliberately put a semi-automatic in the hands of a 15-year-old and allowed him to return to class after clear signs that he had murder on his mind.
I don’t have space on the blog to detail all of what’s wrong with that photo, but here’s a brief summary:
- It suggests to the public that wackos are making our laws in Congress. That grinning clan looks like a scene from a National Lampoon movie. Why are they armed? If there is a legitimate threat (to the Christmas tree?), why are they smiling?
- There would never be time when such a photo wouldn’t be tasteless, but within less than a week of a deadly school shooting even edges out the Christmas season for bad taste—and Massie posted this BOTH after a shooting and for Christmas. Is he trying to be obnoxious and to upset as many people as possible? Is a family behaving like a pre-raid vigilante hit squad a respectful context to celebrate “Peace on Earth, Good Will T’ward Men”? Choosing such an image while recognizing how many Americans will find it inappropriate would make Massey an asshole. Or does he not realize the photo is tasteless and obnoxious? That would mean he’s an idiot. Assholes are dangerous in Congress. Idiots aren’t qualified to serve.
- Massie appears to have his finger on the trigger, which means he might have inadvertently shot off his wife’s kneecap right after the photo was taken. He is clearly a student of the Alec Baldwin School of Firearms Safety.
- If he set out to announce, “I am in the National Rifle Association’s pocket!,” a full page ad in the Washington Post couldn’t have made the point more emphatically.
- This doesn’t help protect the Second Amendment at all. It portrays gun enthusiasts as obsessed lunatics.
Libertarian law professor and blogging legend Glenn Reynolds knocked himself a few more levels down in my estimation by writing that Massie’s ugly timing was fine because “he was pro-gun before and after this random event.” Reynold went on to say that what Massie’s critics are unhappy about “is that they weren’t able to cow him into not expressing his position, and accepting that guns are somehow evil. Good for him.”
Well, never let it be said that only progressive law professors have lost their ethics alarms during The Great Stupid.
I rate that photo as the conservative equivalent of a Pelosi Christmas card showing Nancy and the rest of the family in front of a Christmas tree and holding up duplicates of Kathy Griffin’s severed Trump head.