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Does House Speaker Paul Ryan Care About Gun Victims Around Nation?

June 14, 2017

The House reconvened shortly after noon today, coming together in the wake of this morning’s shooting at the Republicans’ congressional baseball practice.  It was then that impassioned Speaker of the House Paul Ryan made the statement that “An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us.”

Members of the House on both sides of the aisle stood and cheered at the words as they reeled from the attack that injured Majority Whip Steve Scalise, Capitol Police officers Krystal Griner and David Bailey, Zack Barth, a staffer for Texas Rep. Roger Williams, and Matt Mika, director of government relations for Tyson Foods.

“My colleagues, there are very strong emotions throughout this House today. We are all horrified by this dreadful attack on our friends and our colleagues and those who serve to protect this Capital,” he said after calling the House to order and leading members in the Pledge of Allegiance.

You are correct, Mr. Speaker.  The attack that took place this morning, that had from first reports a political angle to it, is very disturbing and mighty deplorable.  I stand alongside you concerning the words you spoke and the tone in which they were delivered.   This was a dreadful day.

But Mr. Ryan these types of dreadful days–minus the political aspect of today’s gun shooting–are happening every day all over this land.  Scores are killed and more injured.

Are those acts of every-day violence due to shootings also part of your view that “An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us.”?  Or is the larger community of the American citizenry apart somehow from the elected officials who were targeted today?

And why do I feel that they are apart?

America bleeds every day, Mr. Speaker.  But you and your fellow congressman turn away and do not address the reasons for the gun violence or the ways to stem its continued headline making efficiency.

It is time Mr. Speaker that you ponder your own comment and connect it with the entire nation concerning the need for gun control.

One Comment
  1. June 14, 2017 3:12 PM

    Sorry, but it’s really hard to use the words “courageous” and “Paul Ryan” in the same sentence. Nice sound bite, but it amounts to crocodile tears.

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