Choice of Priorities

Just ran across this item from TPM’s Catherine Thompson:

Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) on Wednesday defended a tweet he posted in the wake of the Washington, DC Navy Yard shooting that seemed to implicate the National Rifle Association in the incident, adding that he’s not sure what the right wing holds more dear: guns or Bibles.

Putting aside the NRA’s culpability for gun violence, Cohen does raise an eternally baffling question about the priorities of people who claim to worship the Prince of Peace as a sovereign Lord, but raise the Second Amendment to the level of a unshakable Ground of Being kind of premise for all civic life. You know, what some might call an “idol.”

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.