18 April 2007

The Politics of a Massacre

I don't often know how soon is "too soon", but this seems like a clear-cut case of not allowing heals to wound.

Today, both John McCain and Rudy Guiliani alluded to the Virginia Tech massacre in their campaigns, but in very surprising ways - arguing against gun control.

I'm not here to debate the Second Amendment. I have mixed feelings on it. However, I am here to say that the second day after the most atrocious shooting in American history is not the time to refer to it for political gain. I am well aware that politicians need to keep their campaigns up-to-date and use current issues. But to, before the week is out, use the Virginia Tech slayings as a campaign argument is truly disgusting.

Any politician who so quickly takes advantage of such a grotesque act ought to be ashamed of himself and his supporters should second guess his commitment to represent the American people.