House Speaker Paul Ryan (NRA-Wi) made it clear today that guns shouldn’t be blamed when terrorists use guns. In an effort to push back against legislation to prevent someone on the terrorist watch list from purchasing a semi-automatic rifle, Ryan made it clear where Republicans stand on the issue.
“Look, I draw a straight line from a terrorist’s hateful ideology to his trigger finger, then the line sort of curves around whatever perfectly legal semi-automatic weapon he is using, and then it goes straight again, right to his innocent victims. Do you see what I did there? The guns terrorists use to shoot people are innocent, just like the innocent people being shot by terrorists with innocent guns. Honestly, I don’t understand why the vast majority of Americans don’t understand this.”
Ryan scolded Democrats for not joining Republicans in their moments of silence in the wake of violent acts like the one perpetrated against a gay nightclub in Orlando last weekend.
“It saddens me that Democrats refuse to work with us as we sit quietly and do nothing to honor the victims. But that won’t stop us. We’re going to sit quietly and do nothing over and over and over and over and over and over and over again, even if nothing ever comes of it. We owe it to the victims and their families.”