Inhofe on Mass Shootings: Immigrants Did It

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Ask any Republican or conservatives if we have a gun problem in America and they say'll no, we have a cultural problem.

Senator James Inhofe (R-Climate Denial) is one of those Republicans and he apparently believes our cultural problem can be found in sanctuary cities.

Inhofe spoke to Vox Media reporter Tara Golshan and said mass shootings happen because we're too "permissive."

INHOFE: There’s a cultural problem. There are a lot of problems in this country having to do with permissiveness. Having to do with — what about all these states that have laws that protect people who break laws? I mean, the cities that support [a culture of permissiveness] — that is something that certainly has a profound impact on people’s behavior. You can go ahead and break a law and you can come to a sanctuary city, and they wouldn’t enforce the laws.

GOLDSHAN: So you’re saying the presence of sanctuary cities is perpetuating the culture of the Las Vegas shooting?

INHOFE: I’m saying we’re inundated with permissive laws — that has a lot more to do with it than gun [ownership] laws. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. That’s what I’m saying.

If you're going to tell me the "permissiveness" of modern society is the cause of mass shootings, I'm going to ask you to explain your support for Donald fucking Trump; an amoral, thrice-married celebrity TV host who bragged about sexually assaulting women. "When you're a star, they let you do it." And that's just one example of Trump's "permissiveness."

Inhofe's description of so-called sanctuary cities is wrong, of course. Cities are not responsible for enforcing federal immigration law and they're under no obligation to do so under federal law. In fact, a federal court recently ruled that the Justice Department under Jeff Sessions cannot deny safety grants to sanctuary cities.

And in any event, a city refusing to act as immigration enforcement officers leading a 64-year-old retired white man to open fire on a country music festival is quite a fantastical stretch.

What happened to personal responsibility? Is that dead too, just like fiscal responsibility?

There's actually no daylight between saying we have a "gun problem" and a "cultural problem." Our problem is gun culture. Guns are the culture, and the culture is death.

  • Christopher Foxx

    What happened to personal responsibility? Is that dead too, just like fiscal responsibility?

    Something that never existed can’t be “dead”.

  • Victor the Crab

    Brainless Boob; thy name is Jimmy the Jerkface Inhofe.

  • Aynwrong

    I’m not remotely surprised by this. He’s the natural evolution of a party that was once led by Newt Gingrich. A man so pathologically craven that in 1994 he attributed a women drowning her children to liberals and said such an event could be prevented in the future by voting for Republicans.

    In 1999 he blamed the Virginia Tech mass shooting on all things liberal.

    “I want to say to the elite of this country — the elite news media, the liberal academic elite, the liberal political elite: I accuse you in Littleton…of being afraid to talk about the mess you have made, and being afraid to take responsibility for things you have done, and instead foisting upon the rest of us pathetic banalities because you don’t have the courage to look at the world you have created.”


    • Scopedog

      Good point.

    • Christopher Foxx

      I want to say to the elite of this country

      How did “elite” become a word meaning “bad”?

      If Gingrich ever was taken hostage he certainly wouldn’t be insisting “Whatever you do, don’t sent the elite SEAL team to get me out.”

    • Christopher Foxx

      of being afraid to talk about the mess you have made, and being afraid to take responsibility for things you have done

      I really wonder if a Republican politician is ever able to say something that isn’t just dripping with projection.

  • 1933john

    Was Paddock a member of the NRA?

    • MadJuana

      Good question!

    • Aynwrong

      I have not heard that question even asked in the media yet.

  • ninjaf

    We have a culture permissive of gun ownership and gun violence.

  • Badgerite

    Exhibit A. James Imhofe. Your modern day GOP. The shooter in Vegas was expecting to die. He had barricaded himself in and took his own life. Other than the culture of death that is the gun lobby and the gun industry these days,
    what “permissiveness” did Imhofe think brought about his actions. He did not really expect to walk away free after killing close to 60 people. He didn’t care. That would not be a permissive culture. That would be a culture of death.