GOP asshats need to disappear. Shannon Watts photo.
At a New Hampshire State House public hearing for a proposed "red flag" law that would keep guns away from those posing a risk to themselves or others, mothers and relatives of those killed by guns tearfully avowed they "will carry this grief for the rest of our lives" as male GOP lawmakers sported long fake pearls to deride their concerns. For good measure, at least one particularly classy legislator also wore a large rifle pin on his lapel. Shannon Watts, who started the Moms Demand Action gun-control group after Sandy Hook, tweeted images of these asshats as she attended Tuesday's hearing on House Bill 687; it mirrors a law passed in nine other states that's proven effective in reducing suicides. Of the 13 person hearing committee, Watts noted, "10 of the lawmakers are men; half of them are wearing pearls to mock (constituents) in tears as they testify about gun suicides and domestic gun violence in their families." Happy Women's History Month!
The Live Free Or Die state's conservative Union Leader tried to paint a benign picture of what one critic called a "mercilessly cruel" spectacle. The paper noted that "both sides" turned up with their "symbols" - the bill's supporters wore red "Moms Demand Action" t-shirts seeking common sense limits on our insane, deadly arsenal, and the sorry clutch of oblivious old white male sociopaths wore fake pearls 'cause so what if a few more unhappy people unnecessarily die so they and their NRA sugar daddies can make a few bucks? The pearls were handed out by the Women’s Defense League, who explained they regularly wear them at state gun control hearings "in defense of women’s rights because we are moms just like they are only on different sides.” Umm. Okay then.
The both-sides narrative didn't go over well online, where folks quoted from the dictionary - "Clutch your pearls is to behave as if you are very shocked, especially when you show more shock than you really feel in order to show that you think something is morally bad" - and noted that "mocking gun violence survivors is not a good look" while women share their heart-rending stories. Margaret Tilton tearfully spoke of her son George, who killed himself at 23 after being persuaded to hand in one gun and later going out to get another. "My family and I will carry this grief for the rest of our lives," she said. "There can be no meaning to George's senseless death unless we create meaning. We know there are better tools out there we ask you to give us access to them."
Gun control advocates and other sentient beings lacerated GOP cretins mocking such pain and hopeful reason in the face of it. "Bitches, we gave birth to you. Literally made you," wrote one. And from #pearlsofwisdom, "Don’t start fights with moms. You will lose. Because we are fighting for our children." To support them, here's contact info for the GOP detestables who deserve to disappear from our woeful national landscape. Call soon, while they have still have their jobs.