[guest post by Dana]
In the aftermath of the mass shooting at Umpqua College, President Obama has been politicizing the tragedy and lecturing us about the need for more gun control as he prepares to take executive action on the matter. Meanwhile, Gov. Bobby Jindal has been thinking deeply about the root causes that lead up to such evil acts. He asserts that they are part and parcel of the ongoing downward slide of “cultural decay, the glorification of evil, the devaluation of human life, the breakdown of the family, and specifically the complete abdication of fathers.”
After citing examples of our cultural and moral decay, Jindal zeros in on the role of the Umpqua College shooter’s father:
Now, let’s get really politically incorrect here and talk specifically about this horror in Oregon. This killer’s father is now lecturing us on the need for gun control and he says he has no idea how or where his son got the guns.
Of course he doesn’t know. You know why he doesn’t know? Because he is not, and has never been in his son’s life. He’s a complete failure as a father, he should be embarrassed to even show his face in public. He’s the problem here.
He brags that he has never held a gun in his life and that he had no idea that his son had any guns. Why didn’t he know? Because he failed to raise his son. He should be ashamed of himself, and he owes us all an apology.
When he was asked what his relationship was with his son, he said he hadn’t seen him in a while because he lived with his mother. Case Closed.
Reactions to Jindal have been about what you would expect, ranging from the absurd to the violent and pathetic. Jezebel accuses Jindal of blaming the killings in Oregon on abortion and single mothers, and over at Esquire, Charles Pierce calls Jindal a charlatan and asks “[W]ould I be uncivil if I were to suggest that somebody punch this man right in his dick?”