DeSantis Defends Parental Rights in Education Bill in Wake of Club Q Shooting
Governor Ron DeSantis defended The Parental Rights in Education Bill again, this time from a rain of criticism brought on by the recent Club Q shooting.
A Colorado nightclub and bar known as Club Q was attacked last week, killing five and injuring nineteen. However, many were quick to blame recent conservative legislation regarding children and modern gender theory for the tragedy.
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MSNBC host Katie Phang wondered how Americans can “curb” politicians who, in her view, were supporting “pure hate.” She also said that violence against LGBTQ Americans was being “legitimized” by politicians.
Chris Hayes made a similar point during his show “All In,” arguing that recent conservative talking points on the topic had created the “context” for the crime to take place.
Besides the media, multiple democratic lawmakers and activists added their voices to the chorus.
After Trump elevated anti-immigrant & anti-Latino rhetoric, we had the deadliest anti-Latino shooting in modern history.
After anti-Asian hate w/COVID, Atlanta.
Tree of life. Emanuel AME. Buffalo.
And now after an anti-LGBT+ campaign, Colorado Springs.
Connect the dots, @GOP.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) November 20, 2022
The mass shooting in Colorado Springs at Club Q is a direct result of coordinated, directed, deliberate attacks by republican, right wing politicians and governments.
That today is Trans Day of Remembrance is piercing.
— YK Hong (@ykhong) November 20, 2022
.@laurenboebert you have played a major role in elevating anti-LGBT+ hate rhetoric and anti-trans lies while spending your time in Congress blocking even the most common sense gun safety laws.
You don’t get to “thoughts and prayers” your way out of this. Look inward and change. https://t.co/mxt6wFMVEv
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) November 20, 2022
This blaming of general political speech for violence is known as stochastic terrorism and is becoming increasingly common. The idea is essentially what Hayes implied; that if one expresses dislike for a thing, idea, or person, and then the subject or something vaguely connected to that dislike is violently attacked, one has meaningfully contributed to the violence. The implications of this idea are far-reaching.
Hayes and his panel revealed those implications during the extensive segment on the shooting, attempting to tie DeSantis’ signing of the Parental Rights in Education Bill, as well as growing nationwide concerns about transgender surgeries for children, to the attack. The panel went so far as to suggest that Republicans are “grooming people for extremism” on social media and even suggested that government should penalize social media companies for that kind of free speech.
But for those watching DeSantis, these attacks largely backfired. When asked about the topic, the Governor told the reporter that if stochastic terrorism is at all to blame, the mainstream media is contributing to it by “propagating false narratives.”
“You are contributing to that by propagating a false narrative. ‘Don’t Say Gay’ is a false narrative…..especially the national media corporations, I mean they tried to run with this they were trying to smear the legislature all this other stuff…”
The Parental Rights in education bill does not ban all mention of the word “gay” from public schools. Instead, it mandates schools keep parents involved in their children’s education and awareness of the curriculum, bans instruction on sex and gender from school personnel for students in third grade or younger, and requires all instruction on the topic after third grade to be deemed age appropriate by the locally elected school board. The word “gay” is not mentioned once in the bill.
However, it was reported soon after the response to the shooting had started that the shooter identified as non-binary and requested the use of they/them pronouns in court documents, throwing cold water on the notion of conservative politics motivating the evil act.
The Colorado shooter’s father was a meth-addicted porn actor.
His mother was a mentally-unstable petty criminal.
He once even threatened to conduct a mass shooting and police knew about him.
But yeah, go ahead and blame GUNS and REPUBLICANS.
— James Bradley (@JamesBradleyCA) November 24, 2022
And just like that, the media is done talking about the Club Q shooting…..Just because he is not a republican like first reported.
— Chris Parks Jr (@Gavin61975210) November 23, 2022
The 22-year-old accused of carrying out a mass shooting at a gay club in Colorado Springs identifies as non-binary, uses they/them pronouns & "Mx." Left-wing activists immediately blamed Republicans & critics of trans ideology for the deadly shooting. https://t.co/znFvjSJ6By
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) November 23, 2022
Regardless, DeSantis commended his state for resisting these narratives.
“The difference, in Florida, is we fight back. We don’t let the media cow us into accepting that. We don’t play their game. We told the truth to people., we told the truth to parents all throughout the state of Florida… the people here they, saw the facts, they responded, and they supported us.”
NEW: Governor DeSantis hits back at dishonest media criticism of parental rights in education 🔥
"The difference, in Florida, is we fight back. We don't let the media cow us into accepting that. We don't play their game. We told the truth to people… and they supported us." pic.twitter.com/t0JTkpurBt
— DeSantis War Room 🐊 (@DeSantisWarRoom) November 29, 2022
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