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Worst reactions to Sandy Hook shootings?


6 Worst Reactions to the Newtown Massacre

By Jeff Fecke

The horror of the massacre in Newtown, Conn. is still fresh, and yet already, there are people out making fools of themselves in its wake.

It’s not particularly surprising that gun fetishists would be resisting calls to consider — just consider — some reasonable changes in gun safety policies. But that’s not what elevates a reaction to the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School to truly reprehensible. No, the men and women who make this list reached it trough a combination of bigotry, cluelessness and an almost pure lack of empathy for those people grieving sons and daughters and parents in Newtown. Here, without further ado, are the six worst reactions to the killings in Newtown.

6. “My friend Jim Riley posted: ‘Wasn’t the Connecticut killer just doing what abortionists do every day?’” –Former Comic Victoria Jackson

Victoria Jackson, like some other SNL cast members from the mid-80s, has gone full metal wingnut. Still, her anti-abortion post on Facebook was only the start of a series of disturbing, odd and downright disgusting remarks from the formerly famous actor.

Jackson said that Barack Obama was personally responsible for every abortion, and mocked him for shedding a tear when reacting to the news. She also blamed the teaching of evolution, saying, “TV News can’t figure out why all these 20 year olds are murdering. The school system taught them they are animals (evolution) [sic] for the last 20 years. Survival of the fittest. They’re just acting like animals.”

The pièce de résistance, however, was Jackson posting an image of Timothy McVeigh that explained helpfully that domestic terrorist “Timothy McVeigh didn’t use a gun.” So because there are bombs, guns should always be legal, no matter how many people are shot and killed. Well. Okay then!

5. Westboro Baptist Church to Protest

Nate Silver writes on the Statistics of gun ownership.

In Gun Ownership Statistics, Partisan Divide Is Sharp

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