Nothing is truly as painful to behold as a Grade-A moron trying to be clever, and as has been established by this column far too many times to count, few people are quite as dumb as Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX).
Gohmert decided to weigh in on the tragedy in Washington D.C., where twelve people were gunned down by a mentally disturbed individual.
To the surprise of absolutely none, Gohmert's solution is, once again, more guns.
In a Tuesday interview, Newsmax's John Bachman asked the Texas Republican if Congress should be talking about overhauling the mental health system in response to the Navy Yard tragedy.
Gohmert responded that he does, and in a sign of the impending stupidity about to unfold, also declared it to be "interesting that these people seem to have a common tie with extremely violent video games."
This time, nobody has even mentioned video games. Right away, Gohmert is making excuses, which is a solid indication that he knows damn well the stuff about to come out of his mouth is utter hogwash.
Gohmert proceeded to say that he would be "all for everybody keeping their sidearms if they're in the military and on a military installation. That's something we need to get back to."
Cue the boneheaded attempt at wit:
I see a lot of problems here and blaming this on guns is like saying the big problem with obesity is we’ve got too many spoons. It's not the spoons, it's not the guns. It's the people who have them.
Truthfully, that's only a fraction of the problem. The real problem is not who has guns, but how they are able to acquire guns in the first place.
The detail Gohmert conveniently overlooked is that the shooter, in spite of having multiple violations and being treated for paranoia, purchased his shotgun legally.
The problem is obvious, but the solution would be bad for business. Hence we must endure another round of Louie Gohmert's stupidity.