Wednesday Short Cuts

Joy Reid wonders, "The NRA is soaked and bathed in blood. How do its adherents sleep at night?" Quite well.

Political Editors · Nov. 8, 2017

The BIG Lie: “Nobody cares what Donna Brazile has said in a book. Nobody.” —Terry McAuliffe (Millions of Bernie Sanders voters beg to differ.)

You’ve been warned: “The Virginia governor’s race is an example for how future elections will be run by Democrats. The days of ‘when they go low, we go high’ are dead.” —Siraj Hashmi

Food for thought: “It’s a useful thought experiment to ask what America would look like if the gun controllers started to rack up policy victories, confiscating guns from law-abiding gun owners. Aside from the massive financial windfall for the NRA, millions of Americans would have their darkest suspicions confirmed, and the deep resentment already felt in much of ‘red state’ America would intensify beyond anything we’ve experienced lately.” —Jonah Goldberg

Non Compos Mentis: “When men feel disenfranchised, and usually it’s white men, they will find a way to feel enfranchised — and killing … people is them trying to fill that empty feeling. That drive is motivated by a toxic masculinity and a person who is deeply affected by that toxicity can fall prey to any kind of fanaticism. It can be rabid white, misogynistic nationalism and it can be ISIS. There’s a similarity in how America and ISIS teaches men to be: men must be virile, strong, powerful. And men are convinced that the reason they don’t have that [power] is because of gains made by women.” —Kutztown University of Pennsylvania professor Colleen Clemens

Alpha Jackass: “[The Texas massacre victims] were in church. They had the prayers shot right out of them. Maybe try something else.” —actor Michael McKean

Vile contempt: “The NRA is soaked and bathed in blood. How do its adherents sleep at night?” —Joy Reid (Given that a former NRA instructor stopped the shooting, and NRA members don’t perpetrate them, we’d venture to say NRA “adherents” remain confident in their God-given Second Amendment rights.)

And last… “Each time an evil human being decides to attack innocents, it isn’t the Twitter battles that stand between the monsters and children. It’s heroes. It’s men like Stephen Willeford.” —Ben Shapiro

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