Today was no different.
The social media were bashing KellyAnne Conway, for the audacity to accuse the previous president, Barack Obama, for not introducing regulation of the so-called bump stocks - devices that transform semi-automatic rifles into automatic rifles.
I will pass on vulgarities spewed towards Kellyanne Conway.
It is understandable why Conway is the target of such vulgar ire from anti-Trump commentators - she was retained as the leader of now-President Trump's election campaign and won that campaign for him.
Of course, she must be the worst, and must be bashed relentlessly - about her intellectual and mental abilities, her looks etc.
The avalanche of sewer language that commentators endowed Kellyanne Conway with was incredible.
But, what really caught my attention was a discernible thread of argument, repeated again and again, by different people - that former President Obama asked, begged and tried to cajole the U.S. Congress to regulate bump stocks, and even cried (on camera) because Congress refused to do so - and, for that reason, Kellyanne Conway's finger pointing at Obama who could have prevented the tragedy in Las Vegas was not pointing in the right direction.
Here is how this argument was presented:
Note the focus - "Obama had no support from a Republican controlled legislature".
The same idea, "Congress blocked him at every front", with some insult thrown in for good measure.
Here is yet another variation of the same idea:
I do not know whether George Voinovich said anything of the kind, or whether anything in this statement is true.
But, let's assume that what #TimAdkins, #JesseKershaw, #NancyRuthKeener and those who "liked" or "loved" their statements, believe - is absolutely and positively true.
So, let's agree that the following is true:
Former President Barack Obama wanted "dearly" to introduce a sensible gun control legislation - and specifically, to control bump stocks - but, Republican-controlled Congress did not let him.
And that's why bump stocks remained unregulated.
A good, convenient argument, right?
Well, there is an 800,000 people-strong hole in that argument, and its name is - #DACA.
Because, the same as gun regulation reform, the "Republican-controlled Congress" refused to introduce immigration reform legislation, too.
But, that did not stop Barack Obama from turning around, grabbing a sheet of paper into his fidgety fingers and signing DACA as an Executive Order.
Which takes us to a question - why Barack Obama could not do the same with regulating bump stocks.
Selective hand paralysis?
By the way, for purposes of full disclosure - I voted in presidential elections in this country only once.
For Barack Obama.
And, what I do agree in criticism of Kellyanne Conway for her finger-pointing into the past is - Barack Obama is a former president now.
And, the power to issue executive orders, as well as the choice to put pressure upon the Legislature to introduce
- real gun control legislation that will ban once and for always automatic and semiautomatic weapons in possession of civil population, as well as all devices that turn rifles into such weapons - is in the present President's court, AND
- real increase in efficiency of law enforcement preventing proliferation of illegal weapons through the Mexican border and selling them within the U.S.
People DIED. A lot of people died. A lot of people were injured.
We cannot bring back the dead.
We cannot, in many instances, health to the wounded.
But, we can help victims' families pay for the funerals, support children and dependents left without support, help the wounded help their medical bills.
And we sure can put pressure on BOTH our Legislature AND our current President to come together, drop infantile behavior and introduce effective measures to make sure such shooting would not happen again - or at least to significantly reduce the likelihood of it happening.
President Trump must shed his own selective hand paralysis, grab that pen NOW, while bump stock is selling like there is no tomorrow after the tragedy in Las Vegas, and issue an Executive Order to ban bump stocks NOW, as an interim measure.
And then, U.S. Congress owes to us to introduce sensible gun-control and anti-illegal-weapon-proliferation legislation - which the President must enforce.
Because, without such legislation - for many of us who would want to just peacefully spend time with friends, listen to the music and celebrate family events, like many people who went to that Las Vegas festival did - there may be no tomorrow.