Ryan on Mass Shootings: We’re Focusing on Mental Health by Eliminating Coverage

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan spoke to reporters this morning when he was asked how his Congress will respond to the Las Vegas shooting that killed nearly 60 and wounded over 500 others.

As you might imagine, Ryan said something completely disingenuous.

Asked what Congress is doing to try and prevent such tragedies in the future, Ryan cited “mental illness reform.”

“So then was it a mistake to make it easier for mentally ill people to get a gun?” a reporter asked. [...]

“There were people whose rights were being infringed,” Ryan replied. “It’s a little more complicated than you’re describing.”

The GOP under Ryan has tackled "mental illness reform" in much the same they're tackling "tax reform."

Republicans in Congress and the White House just spent the past 9 months (or 9 years) attempting to shred mental health coverage in America. Every Obamacare repeal bill considered by Congress this year would have cut Medicaid by a trillion dollars and also repealed Obamacare's essential health benefits which includes mental health coverage.

The GOP also, you know, nominated and supported Trump and that definitely wasn't good for our collective mental health.

  • Draxiar

    I think I’d have more respect for Ryan if his answer was “Hell no we’re not.” He’s right when he said that people’s rights were being infringed…the people who attended the concert had their right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness completely infringed. The 2nd Amendment does not eclipse the 1st Amendment nor does it shine as bright.

  • Aynwrong

    Paul Ryan is a worm.

    • Badgerite

      Steve Mazie@stevenmazie.
      From the oral arguments before the SCOTUS on the gerrymander case out of Wisconsin:
      “And so the social scientist stepped up and said we have three different ways to calculate asymmetry, not just one.
      The median-mean measure, the partisan bias measure where you’re equalizing to 50/50, and the — the efficiency gap. And in this case, they all come to the same conclusion that this is one of the most extreme gerrymanders ever drawn in — in living memory of the United States, one of the five worst out of the 230 maps that Professor Jackman studied.”
      The Badgerland. One of the top 5 gerrymanders in living memory of the United States. The vote is literally RIGGED. That’s what a gerrymander is. A rigging of voting district maps to favor one political side at the expense of another. Under represent the Blue, over represent the Red. That’s how an unpopular, non-populist party which is intellectually and morally corrupt stays in power. That….and a little “help from their friends” of the hostile foreign power variety.
      Worse. He’s a tapeworm. Ahhhhhhhhhh!

      • Aynwrong

        Like I said, “a worm.”

        • Badgerite


  • Scopedog
    • Aynwrong

      Wholly appropriate.