Diane Roberts: ¿Jeb? Bush comes up numb and dumb again

In case there’s anyone left who thinks ¿Jeb? Bush is a fine man running a fine campaign for president, I give you his remarks after the latest mass shooting, this one in Oregon:
“I don’t think that more government is necessarily the answer to this,” he said. “I think we need to reconnect ourselves with everybody else. It’s just, it’s very sad to see. But I resist the notion – and I did, I had this, this challenge as governor, because we have, look, stuff happens, there’s always a crisis and the impulse is always to do something and it’s not necessarily the right thing to do.”
Under the limp leaves of this tasteless and nutritionally void word salad, lurks something rotten and nasty: “stuff happens.”
Nine people dead – 10, if you count the guy doing the shooting – in America’s latest example of gun violence and ¿Jeb? dismisses it as just one of those things, you know, real sad, but no reason to actually DO anything.
¿Jeb? tried to explain himself, saying that if a kid drowns in a pool, we shouldn’t infringe on “liberty” by passing laws to put a fence around the pool – even though that’s exactly what happens: hotel and club pools must have barriers and other safety features. Why? Because people drowned without them.
We also infringe on “liberty” by making people wear seat belts in cars so they’re not squashed to a bloody pulp in a crash.
Yeah, stuff happens. There’s one gun per person in the United States and, well, some people are just going to get shot.
Still, I’d be careful about quoting Donald Rumsfeld who famously shrugged at the violence and looting in Baghdad in 2003 after we invaded. Not a good memory for most Americans. Not a proud moment.
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