"I'm going back to the range": Conservatives react to Oregon shooting with calls for more guns, tough guy talk

Now isn't the time to discuss gun control, conservatives (predictably) say

By Sophia Tesfaye

Senior Politics Editor

Published October 1, 2015 9:42PM (EDT)

  (Reuters/Kevin Lamarque)
(Reuters/Kevin Lamarque)

We don't yet know the identity of America's newest mass shooter, and I naively wish it'd remain that way, but already right-wing gun enthusiasts have jumped onto Twitter to defend their beloved killing machines from the all-too-familiar widespread calls for increased gun control on the social media site.

A 20-year-old man opened fire at a small community college in Roseburg, Oregon, killing up to 13 people before finally being shot and killed by police today.

The familiar conservative faces on Twitter rushed to denounce what they called attempts to "politicize the tragedy" -- their standard reply to stifle talk of gun control following these mass shootings:

There was also the standard "false flag" nonsense:

And of course, the sick push for more guns:

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson echoed Twitter conservatives, reacting to the shooting on right-wing radio host Hugh Hewitt's program today by denying that gun control could help to prevent such an incident.

“Obviously, there are those who are going to be calling for gun control,” Carson said. “Obviously, that’s not the issue. The issue is the mentality of these people.” He argued that instead of focusing on guns, “early warning clues” should be heeded by people closer to the shooter in order to prevent such shootings:

By Sophia Tesfaye

Sophia Tesfaye is Salon's senior editor for news and politics, and resides in Washington, D.C. You can find her on Twitter at @SophiaTesfaye.

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