Louisiana Senator, John Kennedy (R-LA) deservingly received a thrashing on Twitter after he proudly announced he would introduce a bill to protect pets on airlines the same day kids were marching all over America so that Republicans in Congress would introduce a bill to protect them from rampant gun violence in schools.
A poor little dog died on a United flight after an attendant told the owners to put it in the overhead bin, which is, of course, horrendous. We can all agree this should never happen again. Considering that children everywhere have legitimate fears about the safety of their schools, Kennedy’s timing couldn’t be worse, especially since he opposes any gun legislation.
A typical Republican, Kennedy has opposed gun control, saying America needs “more idiot control” instead, referring to the gunman in the Parkland, Florida school shooting.
“I don’t think we need more gun control policy,” the Senator told CNN. “I think we need more idiot control,” he said.
“There is an assumption (Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz) is mentally ill. I don’t know that, so I will call him an idiot,” the Senator later clarified.
Now he certainly looks like an idiot himself, and one who is funded by the NRA.
“U.S. Sen. John Kennedy has benefitted from more than $200,000 in NRA financing during his career, ranking him 29th in NRA support throughout Congress,” stated one Louisiana ABC affiliate.
Here is his proud tone-deaf Tweet introducing the Welfare of Our Furry Friends Act (WOOFF):
I will be filing a bill tomorrow that will prohibit airlines from putting animals in overhead bins. Violators will face significant fines. Pets are family.
— John Kennedy (@SenJohnKennedy) March 14, 2018
Kennedy was quickly criticized for his rapid response to save dogs, but not children.
I commend you for quickly introducing legislation to avoid same horrible tragedy, after a dog died on an airline. I hope it passes.
It would be nice if you and your colleagues would pass legislation to avoid same horrible tragedy after 17 kids and faculty were killed at a school. https://t.co/RWlONWffm5
— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) March 15, 2018
A month ago 17 people were killed in Parkland by an assault weapon. Will you also be supporting bills to address gun violence?? We love our dogs. We love our kids too.
— Brady Campaign (@Bradybuzz) March 15, 2018
Sooooo….a single puppy dies on a plane and you introduce a Bill in two days. 17 kids die and we don’t even have hearings. Real profile in courage. https://t.co/r8BJ4EhG1E
— Fred Wellman (@FPWellman) March 15, 2018
— Niki Budnick (@nikileighbuds) March 15, 2018
Senator Kennedy didn’t seem to notice the criticisms, doubling-down on his conviction to protect dogs on Thursday, saying:
“In a lot of respects, dogs are how people ought to be.”
In the video he shared from CNN, he said:
“I don’t particularly enjoy having to legislate, or trying to legislate, common decency, but by God, I’m going to do it.”
In a lot of respects, dogs are how people ought to be. What happened on @united was disgraceful and doesn’t need to happen again. I don’t enjoy having to legislate common decency, but by God, I’m going to do it until they take this seriously. pic.twitter.com/nULp02rGsi
— John Kennedy (@SenJohnKennedy) March 15, 2018
Then he heard from Cameron Kasky, one of the prominent outspoken survivors from Parkland.
17 people got shot at my school and nobody’s taking THAT seriously. If they were, they wouldn’t be talking about that little #StopSchoolViolenceAct
— Cameron Kasky (@cameron_kasky) March 15, 2018
One Twitter user came armed with Kennedy’s past Tweets and a letter to the NRA:
GOP @SenJohnKennedy has never tweeted one thing about the 15kids & 3adults slaughtered in Florida. Not even a 'thoughts/prayers tweet'
Conversely, within hours of 1dog dying GOP Kennedy files a bill to BAN putting pets in bins
But NO ban & NO additional regs on assault weapons pic.twitter.com/wbzIjvg9Zi
— Bet (@eagle1776n) March 15, 2018
WOOFF is co-sponsored by Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, (D-NV), who recently co-sponsored a bill supporting CDC research on guns, long blocked by the NRA. She cosponsored a gun control bill to outlaw bump stocks after the shooting in Las Vegas.
Watch Senator Kennedy talk about “idiot control” below:
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