Republicans don’t like it when Democrats act like Republicans

State Republicans have criticized Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy for trying to exploit the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas. At Murphy’s website a person may contribute to anti-gun organizations along with his 2018 re-election campaign.

Good for him!

It’s about time some Democrat reached into the Republican playbook—yes, the one authored by the same Republicans who have no shame about fear-mongering their way to the banishment of Mexicans and Muslims, about castigating black Americans who question the National Anthem, about imposing severe travel bans on people from Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen. These Republicans have appealed to Americans’ basest instincts and found a willing audience; but apparently they don’t like it when Democrats play the same game.

In fact, they react with outrage, like this from Manchester’s Matthew Corey:

“Using victims to raise money, and then shaming and guilting innocent, law-abiding citizens that own firearms? I think you pray for the families and let them heal first.”

(Corey has filed papers to run against Murphy in 2018. Oops, sorry, did I bury the lead?)

Memo to Mr. Corey:

I don’t know you, but I don’t care one iota what you think. If you want to believe that praying for the families in Las Vegas, Orlando, Newtown, et al., is going to make a difference, then by all means, pray on. And if you’d rather not take steps to prevent such tragedies in the future, then just get out of the way so that others can.

It’s long past time for Democrats to stop worrying about what Republicans like Matthew Corey think or say. These people march in lock-step with Washington, and they don’t have our backs until after we’re dead, at which time their concern is couched in presidential visits, moments of silence, thoughts and prayers, and flags at half-staff—while they continue to cash their checks from the NRA.

Good for Chris Murphy! Get these hypocritical Republican shills really angry so that they might actually be forced to take a look at themselves. I doubt if they’ll ever accept the blood on their hands, but at least they might realize that others can see it.

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