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MSNBC’s Joy Reid was outraged by efforts to depoliticize the mass shooting that occurred at a Texas elementary school.
On Wednesday’s episode of “The ReidOut,” Reid opened his show by condemning Republican politicians for refusing to pass gun control legislation in the wake of Tuesday’s shooting.
“Please spare me the ‘don’t politicize this’ because these deaths, these record numbers of massacres of Americans are political. They are happening because of uniquely American politics. They are happening because 327 millions of Americans are essentially hostages to a moral and financially bankrupt gun lobby and the heartless, gutless politicians they buy and own,” Reid said.
She also demonized Republicans by suggesting their “blood tolerance” is bottomless and will therefore never be moved by the deaths of several children, echoing her MSNBC colleague saying Republicans are now “the enemies”.
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“So honestly, to hell with anyone who says don’t politicize this because these deaths, until we change, until we stop letting this minority of ghouls rule us, that’s who we are” , said Reid.
Arizona congressional candidate Daniel Hernandez Jr. appeared on his show and also denounced efforts to depoliticize the shooting, suggesting it’s part of the “same tired playbook.”
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“Republicans do this thing where they say, number one, don’t politicize. We need respect for families and step two is to create a smokescreen and distract from the real problem which is the gun lobby. Washington fire,” Hernandez said.
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A mass shooting at Ross Elementary School in Texas left at least 19 children and two adults dead. In the aftermath of the shooting, several Democrats, including Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, called for the passage of HR 8, the bipartisan background checks law of 2021. Critics say the bill would not have likely did little, if anything, to stop Uvalde’s shooter and is unlikely to pass without Republican support.