First Congressional District hopeful Darcy Burner has a post up on Daily Kos today that's been making some noise nationally. It's about the Aurora, Colorado shootings:
Earlier today, a gunman walked into a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, where people were watching the midnight showing of the new Batman movie. He fired gas canisters into the crowd, and then opened fire. At least 12 people are dead and 59 people are injured. My heart and prayers go out to all of them.
On the day Gabby Giffords was shot, I was picking up my son Henry from a lesson when I got the text message saying there had been a shooting. I’d campaigned with Gabby in 2006. Henry didn’t understand why I’d stopped getting into the car and started crying.
Walking back from a haircut the other day, I passed Café Racer, where on May 30th a gunman walked in and killed four people.
It's time we had an adult conversation in this country about guns.
Burner, a gun owner, rightly points out that our nation hasn't had an adult conversation about guns for many years, because the National Rifle Association "threatens the career of any politician who so much as opens the conversation." She then closes by bluntly telling the NRA to "go to hell."
That's an awfully bold statement coming from a candidate running in a substantially rural swing district, and no doubt she's got establishment Democratic types rolling their eyes at this moment. See, that's why Burner is unelectable, they'll tell you: She's a loose cannon who doesn't know when to keep her mouth shut.
Maybe. But I'm not sure I want to belong to a party that ridicules honesty as a political liability.