Senator Mitch McConnell recently expressed outrage that Congressional Democrats did not drop everything to pass legislation to protect Brett Kavanaugh and other radical right-wing Supreme Court justices from threats posed by crazy teenagers with assault weapons. Ironically, Kavanaugh’s would-be assassin cited the refusal of the Supreme Court to allow gun safety laws as a motivating factor for his actions. When his hand-picked Supreme Court justice is threatened, McConnell responds instantly, demanding extraordinary protection. Where is the urgency to protect American school children from these same crazy teenagers with assault weapons? Alas, our children evidently do not merit any protection whatsoever, although McConnell will wring his hands and offer his prayers and crocodile tears when the next mass murder occurs in a school or church. Republicans who claim the murderous assault on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 was legitimate political discourse protected by the Constitution should consider whether an attempted assassination of a Supreme Court Justice also qualifies as harmless political debate.

Tom DeCoursey
Oak Park

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