Of all the disgusting, empty, infuriating comments I’ve read about gun control since the Las Vegas massacre, the most frustrating and moronic has been that it’s wrong to ‘politicize’ it.
‘I think it’s particularly inappropriate to politicize an event like this,’ the Senate Majority Leader [Mitch McConnell] said. ‘It just happened in the last day and a half.’
‘…conservatives accused Democrats of politicizing a tragedy: “I just think is disgusting,” Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn said,’ CNN wrote.
How insensitive, they seem to be saying, to discuss a solution to a problem so soon after another example of the problem. But if your 3-year-old drowned in a pool, would it be insensitive to discuss what brand of pool fence to buy to prevent your 2-year-old from drowning, too?
It’s as though there’s a belief that politics is in a realm apart from human experience. What a twisted concept of politics that is. The very word ‘politicize’ comes from the word ‘citizen.’ Us, the people. It’s about us. And almost 600 of us just got murdered or injured. And almost 100 of us per day die by gun.
The same people who think it’s wrong to discuss legislation as a result of a real thing that happened to real people — to ‘politicize’ it — are many of the same people who can’t stand politics being discussed on Facebook or social media. They think it’s impolite, a downer, a drag. They prefer to wallow in their little worlds of restaurant and airport check-ins, sports brags, their sick kitty cat, another lovely sunrise.
Those things, the little things, matter, too. Post them. And I get it. Politics can be uncomfortable. But it’s time to take a look around. It’s time to widen that lens. Time to talk about the uncomfortable. Time to talk about what’s important. Time to get real. Time to politicize.