When Silence Is Not Golden

Yesterday, on the floor of the House, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) asked for a moment of silence to honor the victims of the horrific massacre in San Bernardino. That’s nice, congressman, bit it’s a hollow gesture, especially  when you remain silent on the epidemic of gun violence that’s afflicting our nation: 351 so far this year, according to the Washington Post. More than one each day. But the GOP insists there’s nothing they can do, more interested in stirring up fear about immigration and refugees than the real obscenity– the couple allegedly responsible for yesterday’s tragedy bought their military-grade assault weapons legally.

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About Steven Mirkin

Steven Mirkin’s diverse career has taken him from politics to pop culture to high art, offering him a front row seat to some of the most fascinating events and personalities of our time: writing speeches, fundraising appeals and campaign materials for Ed Koch, John Heinz and independent presidential candidate John B. Anderson; chronicling the punk/new wave scenes in New York and London; interviewing musicians such as Elton John, John Lydon and Buck Owens; profiling modern masters Julian Schnabel, Paul Schrader and Jonathan Safran Foer; and writing for TV shows including 21, The Chamber, Let's Make A Deal, and Rock Star: INXS. He currently edits Obitmagazine.com. View all posts by Steven Mirkin

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