I’m a bit under the weather at the moment, so I’m sitting at home getting a little TLC from Nurse Luke. Before I left work earlier, though, I got our first letter about the mass shooting at the Navy Yard.
While it was still on lockdown. With few facts.
And yet this person felt he had more than enough information to get a jump even on the NRA on the “liberals/Obama want our guns and are coming for you next/institute concealed-carry everywhere, dammit” bandwagon with the usual scripted points that usually turn out to be false or not really applicable to the situation.
Here’s an idea in a few easy, cliche-laden phrases:
Look before you leap.
Don’t count your chickens before they hatch.
Wise men speak because they have something to say, fools because they have to say something.
Better to remain quiet and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.
Whatever your political stripe, until you have facts, just keep your mouth shut about specifics, especially if the specifics you’re talking about haven’t happened yet.
It’s safer for all of us, but especially you … because I may just have to slap you into another time zone.
- BuzzFeed Counting the Days of NRA Twitter Silence After Navy Yard Mass Shooting (mediaite.com)
- Obama laments shooting as gun debate has gone cold (seattletimes.com)