William S. Hart Union High School District board member and certified bad parker Joe Messina bloviated about the WDBJ shooting on his radio show The Real Side with Joe Messina on Wednesday. It shouldn’t be surprising to anyone who has ever listened to Joe Messina’s radio show or read his columns on SCVNews or spent like 2 minutes on his Twitter feed that he is no fan of gun control. Not. One. Bit. What is surprising is the tortured logic Messina uses to argue that the WDBJ shooting, and all mass shootings, are not about guns at all:
“The problem with every one of these killings, with every one of these shootings, you never hear a serious conversation around mental health issues. So we don’t have to do anything about the mental health problem because it’s strictly, and I mean strictly, it only has to do with the uhm, the gun. It’s the gun, the gun, the gun, the gun, the gun, the gun. It’s always about the gun. Now listen, I’ve done this before for you guys. Based on what you keep saying on the left, we have a little over 200 mill—and listen to this carefully—we have a little over 200 million guns that are registered in this country….
We have a little over 200 million guns that are registered that are legal, that people have. Where are all these mass killings? If it’s a gun issue, where are the mass killings? You’re right, they don’t exist because mostly sane people have guns.”
That’s a bizarre thought to throw out into the ether while you are literally talking about a mass shooting. It’s even more bizarre to claim mass shootings don’t exist when, again, you are literally talking about a mass shooting.
I had to listen to this like six times to try and unravel what he means. Here’s my best guess: he seems to be arguing that if guns cause mass shootings than there should be a lot MORE shootings in the U.S. because there are hundreds of millions of guns in this country. Got it?
You can listen to all of it here. Starts at the 5:38 mark.