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Friday, December 14, 2012

Governor-Elect Says Basically Nothing About Shooting

Posted by on Fri, Dec 14, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Several hours after the massacre in Newtown, Washington State's recently elected future governor, Jay Inslee, issued this statement:

This is an incredibly dark day for our nation. Words can’t convey the sense of sorrow this tragedy has brought. My heart – and the hearts of all Washingtonians – go out to the people of Newtown today, especially to the families of the victims and the parents of the children.

Today is a day for mourning, but in the days to come I will be listening to all in our community with ideas for how we can prevent such violence.

You read that right: Today is a day to be sad, tomorrow is a day to listen, and that's it. There's no commitment to do anything, yet it took several hours to write, apparently. I asked his transitional office by e-mail and by phone: "Does Jay support tightening state laws on gun ownership and access? Which ones?"

Still nothing.

As I wrote earlier, elected leaders feel like they're on a short leash. It's the job of people outside the capital to impose this discussion onto political leaders. We'll have the policy debate only after we win the fight to make this issue politically mandatory. But, jeez, this sort of statement is just... maddeningly vapid.


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biffp 2
Posted by biffp on December 14, 2012 at 4:40 PM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 3
I think he's become to be known as ol' sleepy Jay - sure fits!
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on December 14, 2012 at 4:46 PM · Report this
Re-FUCKING-lax. Does every single person in the world have to talk about this until we are numb? Stop jerking off to this tragedy.
Posted by NancyBalls on December 14, 2012 at 5:25 PM · Report this
Posted by beef rallard on December 14, 2012 at 5:26 PM · Report this
@6, but he's so tall! Who better to stamp?
Posted by gloomy gus on December 14, 2012 at 6:21 PM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 8
Correction: Ol' boilerplate Jay
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on December 14, 2012 at 6:28 PM · Report this
What do you want from a guy who wrote a book that says

Public sentiment will demand more and more emphasis on nonfossil fuels...

But has nothing to say about a coal train?!…
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on December 14, 2012 at 10:30 PM · Report this
While I appreciate what the Stranger does, who the heck is Dominic to Mr. Inslee and what does the shooting have to do with a guy who hasn't even taken office yet. Should he have had a knew jerk reaction to the events or did he run on some sort of anti-gun violence stance? Give it a rest Dom., let us morn, let us formulate and let us plan on how we are not going to rush down the hill to "F" one cow, let's plan on "F'in" them all.
Posted by tmax on December 17, 2012 at 12:33 AM · Report this

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