Grow Up, People. Including You, @DavidFrum
For everything there is a season,
and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die …
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak
Oh the irony of me telling others to grow up. Even I see that. But seriously people, grow up.As a shooter roamed the Navy Yard and body lie dying, but still warm, several conservatives in my tweet feed were already back in full Trayvon ridicule mode. They were tweeting that the shooter was a black man. The tweets weren’t to try to help out the police or anyone else. They were tweets ridiculing the media, suggesting the media wouldn’t report accurately on the event, etc. because the shooter was a black man. Tweets couched as getting the media’s attention that another black man has gone on another shooting spree.And servicemen lay dying in Washington with a shooter on the move.Then David Frum started up with anti-gun nonsense. As a shooter roamed the Navy Yard, a relatively secure facility, and as people who worked there were dead or dying or bleeding, David Frum became a twitter stream about gun control — comparing America to third world countries.At the time, we did not know if it was terrorism. We did not know if there were multiple shooters. We did not know how many were wounded. We did not know how many were dead.Yet some decided it was, in the heat of the moment, already time to drag race, politics, and policy arguments into the fray.I’ve been there. I’ve done that. Even I’ve learned how inappropriate it is.There are people calling frantically, I’m sure, right now wanting to know if their husband, brother, wife, sister, mom, or dad is alive or dead. There are others being told about their dead or dying or wounded or safe loved ones.I would not dare step in the way of America’s national past time of bitching about the politics of everything on twitter, but there has to be a better time for it than as the temperature of bodies on the ground in the Navy Yard are not even yet cold.Life is more than politics. And if you don’t understand that, you are one seriously maladjusted person. Lecturing me that I can’t tell you what to saying means you really don’t get it. I don’t care what you say. You have a right to say it. But if you don’t have the judgment and good sense to understand that now is not the time to say it, you have no capacity to understand why.Grow the hell up, people. You too David Frum.