Last week Americans were witnesses to a new low in gun violence when two journalists were shot and killed and another wounded, on live television. That brought the number of mass shootings to one per day so far in 2015. The NRA, with help from Congress, has largely blocked statistics on shootings, but a number of independent groups and individuals now keep a running tally, a trend that began when David Waldman started tracking them over at Daly KOS. (You can see his latest entries here.)
As with every mass shooting in America, the NRA went silent the day of the shooting, but then came out swinging soon after to attack anyone and everyone who dared to point out the role that the gun played in those deaths.
Also, as with every shooting, right-wing bloggers joined in on the attacks, but only after following their familiar formula for reactions to gun violence: First, check the race, sexual orientation, and political affiliation of the shooter, or if that doesn't fit their narrative, find anything that can be used to blame the victim for his or her own death, followed by just a general trashing of the victim, and/or the victim's family. In the case of the shooting of the Virginia journalists, they went with all of the above.
Andy Parker, father of slain journalist Alison Parker, responded in interviews soon after his daughter's death by saying he would do "whatever it takes" to end gun violence, and went on to write an op ed for the The Washington Post, where he rightfully called out members of Congress for their inaction and support of the NRA: