One of the new normals in our social media obsessed age is the tendency for any major event to be followed by numerous people taking to Twitter to give their super hot take on what just occurred. In the case of politicians and pundits, it is a way to promote their specific ideology or beliefs, especially if the event in question offers an opportunity to push a certain narrative or agenda.
On Friday, the world was rocked by news out of Paris, where at least eight terrorists set off bombs and used automatic weapons to kill around 150 people at numerous locations. More than 100 were killed at a theater during a concert. In response to the attack, former Republican Presidential candidate and evil cherub Newt Gingrich decided to use Twitter to push not only his neocon ideas for perpetual war in the Middle East, but to also promote some NRA talking points.
Imagine a theater with 10 or 15 citizens with concealed carry permits. We live in an age when evil men have to be killed by good people
— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) November 13, 2015
Yep, in one little tweet, Newty was able to push at least three pieces of NRA propaganda. First, we have the notion that people should be allowed to carry concealed weapons anywhere and everywhere. Second, you have the old chestnut about how only good guys with guns can kill bad guys with guns. Finally, we are presented with the idea that places that have strict gun control — like France — are more dangerous because only the criminals and terrorists will have guns.
Newt received one immediate response that probably summed up the feelings of most people reading the ex-Speaker of the House’s opportunistic tweet.
@newtgingrich Hey Newt shut the fuck up, people are dying. Thanks!
— Rob DenBleyker (@RobDenBleyker) November 13, 2015
Shut the fuck up, indeed.