Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign is in big trouble, and it’s not difficult to see why. Aside from his lackluster performance on the campaign trail, he’s an unattractive and vulnerable candidate, and his response to the school shooting in Oregon is a perfect example why.
Of course, after this shooting, the gun control debate is back at the forefront. Jeb, like his GOP comrades, doesn’t want anything to do with that. Maybe in order to keep our Second Amendment freedoms, we have to accept that routine mass murder is just a part of the price we pay for that. His infamous “stuff happens” comment with regards to the shooting has been heard round the world and widely criticized, but now, he has said something even dumber.
Jeb compared these mass shootings to children accidentally drowning in swimming pools, and insisted that you don’t pass laws to force people to fence in their yards to keep the children out:
“A child drowned in a pool and the impulse is to pass a law that puts fencing around pools. Well it may not change it. Or you have a car accident and the impulse is to pass a law that deals with that unique event. And the cumulative effect of this is, in some cases, you don’t solve the problem by passing the law, and you’re imposing on large numbers of people burdens that make it harder for our economy to grow, make it harder to protect liberty.”
Except he did just that to prevent children drowning in pools when he was governor of Florida.
After the House voted 109-8 for the bill on Friday, Preston met Gov. Jeb Bush, who committed to signing a bill that requires new pool owners to pick a way to keep unsupervised children out of the water.
It’s a matter of public record that in response to tragedy, Jeb did something to try to prevent another. Let it be known on the 2016 presidential campaign trail, Jeb will make laws responding to pool tragedies, but will do nothing to stop gun violence.
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