When Republican George W. Bush’s former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice dared question current gun laws in the United States during an interview on Sunday, right wingers promptly lost their collective minds on social media. Despite the country’s outrage over the deaths of 17 high school students and faculty members in Parkland, Florida on February 14, 2018, a vast number of hardcore Republicans refuse to discuss any kind of common sense gun law reform, seeing any measure of laws to prevent these tragedies in the future as a “slippery slope” to having their own beloved firearms taken from them by a power-hungry government.
Conservative talk-show host Hugh Hewitt interviewed Rice on his weekly radio show and opened a discuss about the shooting in Florida and the activism that has driven teen survivors of that shooting to Washington, D.C. to call for better and safer laws around access to guns.
Rice told Hewitt:
‘I think it is time for us to have a conversation about what the right to bear arms means in the modern world. I don’t understand why civilians need to have access to military weapons. We wouldn’t, we wouldn’t say you can go out and buy a tank. So I do think we need to have that conversation. But I believe that the rights that we have in the Constitution are indivisible. We can’t throw away the 2nd Amendment and keep the 1st.’
For even suggesting a conversation about the issue, Rice was promptly trashed by the most rabid Trump supporters on Twitter, who were quick to express their conspiracy theory-laden reasoning behind why they believe they desperately need to be as fully armed as the U.S. military during wartime.
Rice also dared to question President Trump’s proposed solution to mass shootings (which would really only address the issue of children being massacred during school shootings and is a completely non-viable option, anyway) of arming schoolteachers.
‘I don’t really like the idea, frankly, of a gun in my classroom. I think that we need to have law enforcement protect us. Look, if people need to train people to protect our schools, and perhaps even communities want to consider whether or not they need guards to protect the schools, it’s a sad thing to think that we might, then that’s something that we should look at. But I don’t think that just arming people in the classroom is going to be the answer.’
Trumpsters were gravely displeased by Rice’s answer and felt the need, as usual, to spit and scream all over social media about it in an attempt to harass Rice and spread more conspiracy theories.
For the full interview, see audio below:
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