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Huckabee goes political on guns. Draws fire at dangerous Little Rock.

Posted By on Fri, Oct 2, 2015 at 2:16 PM

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It didn't take a genius to predict that Mike Huckabee,  his presidential race in the toilet, would try to capitalize on the Oregon massacre and in the most predictable way possible: He'd play gun politics by accusing others of playing gun politics, the hated black President Obama particularly.

The Onion's satire wasn't about Huckabee specifically, but it could have been.

Huckabee's blast was so predictable, I was going to ignore it. But his blast managed to win some bad publicity for a state he once governed, after a fashion, between sticking his hand out for freebies for himself and family.

Mother Jones, in noting Huckabee's crass capitalizing on the tragedy (as opposed to suggesting, as the president did, that there are some common-sense ideas to reduce, if not eliminate, gun violence).

On Friday morning, he proceeded to criticize Obama for what Huckabee characterized as his "liberal, anti-gun agenda" and said gun-free zones were "sitting duck zones."

"Chicago," Obama's hometown, has become a buzzword, often sloppily used, to indicate "black on black crime." For Huckabee, the former governor of a state whose capital has the highest murder rate of any city with under 200,000 residents (and a higher rate than Chicago's), to invoke Chicago after a tragedy is as much of a politicization as anything. (Never mind also that UCC wasn't a gun-free zone, because it is impossible for public colleges in Oregon to ban guns.)

"This is something we should politicize," Obama said on Thursday. "It is relevant to our common life together, to the body politic." He just might not have chosen to politicize it the way Huckabee did.

I don't need to tell you how many people are packing around murderous Little Rock.

One other thing: Poll after national poll show that the majority of American people favor gun safety legislation. Think universal background checks; stronger means of weeding out those with mental problems.

Just because nothing will stop all crazies doesn't mean something shouldn't be done to discourage some of them.

PS: Also here from Vox, a more serious discussion of why tragedies are properly the time to talk about ways to discourage recurrences.

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