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Clueless Columnist Defends Calling Newtown Tragedy a 'Convenient Massacre'

Posted by on Jan. 15, 2014 at 9:01 AM
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Clueless Columnist Defends Calling Newtown Tragedy a 'Convenient Massacre'

by Adriana Velez

new york daily newsI know it's been over a year since the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings, but just in case anyone was wondering: It is still 100 percent wrong to make insensitive, trivializing remarks about it. Take this shameful idiocy: New York Post columnist Fredric Dicker called the Newtown tragedy a "little convenient massacre." WHAT THE WHAT? Yes. He said those words out loud, on the radio, in a conversation about New York state's gun legislation.

Oh sure, he apologized. Dicker's apology shows he still doesn't get what was so horrible about his choice of words. But let's at least get his first statement in context.

Dicker was discussing New York State Governor Cuomo's SAFE Act gun-control legislation with conservative satirist Randy Credico on WGDJ Talk AM 1300. He said:

That was his anti-gun legislation, which he had promised not to do, but then he had a little convenient massacre that went on in Newtown, Conn., and all of a sudden there was an opportunity for him.

Right. So everyone's jaw drops at that point. Even if you hate restrictive gun laws, you have to agree -- calling the massacre of children "convenient" is as barbaric as it gets. What is wrong with this man? It's almost like he resents the tragedy for getting in the way of his pro-gun agenda. What he's really saying is that the slaying of these children was inconvenient for him. I mean, the term psychopath comes to mind.

In response New Yorkers Against Gun Violence demanded that Dicker apologize to the Sandy Hook families. So Dicker did the predictable. He gave one of those bullshit defending-your-life non-apology apologies:

This group clearly doesn’t understand, or doesn’t want to understand, my point, which is a sarcastic reference to the governor latching on to an horrendous out-of-state mass killing to advance a political agenda that had nothing to do with the problem of gun-related crime in New York.

I wasn’t minimizing the horror at all, just the opposite. I used the word ‘massacre’ intentionally because it refers, by definition, to a horrendous large-scale killing, which of course the Newtown horror was.

No, Dicker. You were minimizing the horror of it all. Just because he knows the definition of massacre doesn't mean he has the judgment to treat the subject with any amount of sensitivity or common sense -- clearly he doesn't.

I feel like in his original statement, Dicker is placing the Newtown shootings on the same level as the recently passed gun legislation. If anything, the shootings are maybe even less horrific than the gun legislation. I just don't think he gets it. The shootings are much bigger, emotionally and morally, than any set of laws or principles or political agendas. These are people's children we're talking about. How could he lose sight of that?

Do you think there is any possible way of justifying Dicker's statement?

by on Jan. 15, 2014 at 9:01 AM
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Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Jan. 15, 2014 at 9:22 AM
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Yes he is exactly right -

There should have been no apology.

-Celestial-
by Platinum Member on Jan. 15, 2014 at 11:31 AM
20 kids getting killed is totally convenient. Less republican mooching citizens who them selves would grow up to be trigger happy fanatics. Sooooo nice. .








RIP sweet angels
SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Jan. 15, 2014 at 12:24 PM
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Horrifying and terrible as it was, the shooting and its timing were "convenient" (fitting in well) with Gov. Cuomo's anti-gun plans and efforts.

For gun opponents, it was an ironic gift. It helped them get some gun legislation passed, because so many kids and teachers were murdered by a savage lunatic.

If Newtown hadn't happened, I don't think the legislation would have passed at this time as it did.


romalove
by SenseandSensibility on Jan. 15, 2014 at 12:29 PM
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Some people need empathy.

Some people need common sense.

Some people need a boost in IQ.

Inconvenient for them that they are missing those things.

Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Jan. 15, 2014 at 12:36 PM
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 Which in the end, much to their dismay, didn't pan out for the anti-gun nuts.

Quoting SallyMJ:

Horrifying and terrible as it was, the shooting and its timing absolutely were "convenient" (fitting in well) with Gov. Cuomo's anti-gun plans and efforts.

For anti-gunners, it was an ironic gift.


 

Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Jan. 15, 2014 at 12:39 PM
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 A lot of people need those things.

Inconvenient that the country is in such a mess because so many don't have those, for sure.

Quoting romalove:

Some people need empathy.

Some people need common sense.

Some people need a boost in IQ.

Inconvenient for them that they are missing those things.

 

JanuaryBaby06
by on Jan. 15, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Not in print for the world (esp. those directly effected by that shooting to say) to see.... no.

blueforewolf
by on Jan. 18, 2014 at 8:05 PM

no I Don't, he is a dispicable human being - a real shit head - he should be made to view pictures of those innocent angels with their heads blown to bits - maybe then he would realize how insensitive his comments were - I wouldn't wish someone to go through the horrifying experience of having their child die - but people like this are numb to other's pain and only show sympathy when it happens to them - his concepts would change in a second if it happened to him - he is repulsive - but again, may it never happen to him or people who think like him - I wouldn't wish it on my enemies

29again
by Gold Member on Jan. 18, 2014 at 8:51 PM


Quoting blueforewolf:

no I Don't, he is a dispicable human being - a real shit head - he should be made to view pictures of those innocent angels with their heads blown to bits - maybe then he would realize how insensitive his comments were - I wouldn't wish someone to go through the horrifying experience of having their child die - but people like this are numb to other's pain and only show sympathy when it happens to them - his concepts would change in a second if it happened to him - he is repulsive - but again, may it never happen to him or people who think like him - I wouldn't wish it on my enemies

Are there pictures?  All I've been able to get are very, sanitized, almost.  A broken window is as bad as they get.  So, forgive me for having a couple doubts......

I don't want to see pics because I like them.  I want some kind of proof that something happened.  And a laughing grieving father is not that proof.

cfcf
by Member on Jan. 18, 2014 at 9:53 PM
Common sense should lead you in the right direction. If you doubt that Newtown happened then clearly you are lacking in that common sense...

Quoting 29again:


Quoting blueforewolf:

no I Don't, he is a dispicable human being - a real shit head - he should be made to view pictures of those innocent angels with their heads blown to bits - maybe then he would realize how insensitive his comments were - I wouldn't wish someone to go through the horrifying experience of having their child die - but people like this are numb to other's pain and only show sympathy when it happens to them - his concepts would change in a second if it happened to him - he is repulsive - but again, may it never happen to him or people who think like him - I wouldn't wish it on my enemies

Are there pictures?  All I've been able to get are very, sanitized, almost.  A broken window is as bad as they get.  So, forgive me for having a couple doubts......

I don't want to see pics because I like them.  I want some kind of proof that something happened.  And a laughing grieving father is not that proof.

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