MI GOP Spokesperson, Ari Adler, Posts Then Deletes Callous Statement on CT Shooting

Even the MI GOP had second thoughts about the statement below after it attracted several comments.  Ari Adler wanted the GOP in Michigan and gun owners everywhere and Michigan legislators not to back down on passing Senate Bill 59 which would concealed weapons in Michigan’s schools.  Adler believes well trained gun owners can prevent tragedies such as what happened in Connecticut.

Adler concludes his statment by saying, “However, any posts considered to be against our standards of decorum or violating rules regarding political statements may be removed.”

In other words, free speech may be limited by Republicans, but the right to kill little children with firearms must protected at all costs.


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  1. If you’re going to tell a story, tell the whole story, which you would have gotten had you bothered to contact me. I’ve attached a screen shot of what I posted on Facebook after removing the initial post (and saving it and all the comments that were made so we’d still have the input.)

    Many inquiries were made by the media and the public last Friday regarding the contents of Senate Bill 59 and how it might relate to the horrific shooting in Connecticut, even though there was no direct connection. In addition to responding to emails from the media, I thought it would be helpful to post something on our caucus Facebook page that would help people understand why our members supported SB59 but, at the same time, try to minimize the anticipated gun-rights debate. As part of that message, I encouraged people on both sides of the debate not to politicize the tragedy.

    What I realized soon after posting the item on Facebook was that in doing so, I had inadvertently created an outlet for people to start having that debate and, by sharing our position, had wandered into the politics of it. Instead, we all should have been focused more on the victims in Connecticut and the grief that we, as a nation, should have been sharing in order to offer our support to those in mourning.

    I should have done more to avoid being drawn into a debate on issues on the day of a national tragedy. That’s why I removed the original Facebook post and replaced it with an explanation of why I did so. The time for the debate on gun rights has already come for some, while others still believe it’s too soon. I suspect the national conscience will eventually guide us on how we should be handling this discussion. ~aba

  2. Ari you outta your mind? says:

    In the words of Ezra Klein “…after the Aurora, Colo. shootings, and the air was thick with calls to avoid “politicizing” the tragedy. That is code, essentially, for “don’t talk about reforming our gun control laws.”

    Let’s be clear: That is a form of politicization. When political actors construct a political argument that threatens political consequences if other political actors pursue a certain political outcome, that is, almost by definition, a politicization of the issue. It’s just a form of politicization favoring those who prefer the status quo to stricter gun control laws.


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