While the nation once again gets to go through the motions of pretending to care that people died in a mass shooting, various politicians get another opportunity to parade their NRA-approved bromides. Since the Republican candidates are trying to out do themselves in seeing who can be the greatest walking cancer in the country right now, it’s only fitting some of the worst examples should come from them.
This week’s send up is Jeb Bush, and since his last name is Bush, you can be sure he knows all about mass murder and crimes against humanity.
In response to a question about gun control in the wake of the latest mass shooting this week, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush reportedly told a South Carolina crowd on Sunday that gun control won’t reduce gun deaths, because “stuff happens”.
Specifically, he said:
I had this challenge as governor. 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.
So why bother doing anything? Why bother trying to seal the border? If we build a wall to keep out criminals, than only criminals will jump the wall and get over, so why bother at all? Stuff happens, man.
The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza first published it, and in a video Lizza posted online, Bush even doubled down on the remark:
No, it wasn’t a mistake, I said exactly what I said. Explain to me what I said wrong. Things happen all the time. Things. Is that better?
Lizza posted the full text of Bush’s remarks on Twitter:
Bush’s statement is likely a Xerox of the Teflon Don’s response, as Donald said “these things happen” when asked how to prevent future shootings.
We are 274 days into this year, with over 290 mass shootings. They do happen. But there’s no reason for them to happen as often as they do.
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