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Stephen Paddock was the only person with an itchy trigger finger when he massacred 58 people and injured more than 500 from the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas hotel Sunday, but a lot of us should holster our twitter fingers instead of firing pot shots at each other.

I opted to control my own twigits after reading about the audacity of the former CBS attorney who had the stupidity to post to her Facebook page that she had no sympathy for those slain and injured at the country music festival because they probably were Republicans.

“I’m actually not even sympathetic bc country music fans often are Republican gun toters,” wrote Hayley Geftman-Gold, a CBS vice president and business affairs attorney, whom the network summarily fired.

Geftman-Gold also linked the incident to the refusal of GOP members of Congress to consider gun-control legislation after an assailant gunned down 20 children ages 6 and 7 and six adult staff members in December 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

“If they wouldn’t do anything when children were murdered I have no hope that Repugs (that’s her word) will ever do the right thing,” she insisted.

Although Geftman-Gold pulled the comment from her Facebook page and apologized, CBS cut her loose and issued an apology of its own.

Geftman-Gold obviously excelled in the broad-brush bashing course she must have taken — maybe at Trump University? She replicated President Donald Trump’s habit of lumping everyone he considers enemies into the same category and fabricating derogatory labels.

He insists that all journalists are fake newsers — except the real fakes, on Fox — and he creates names such as “Lyin’ Hillary,” “Little Rocket Man,” “Nut Job,” etc., as well as tagging Republicans who disagree with him as traitors, losers, etc.

Then there are the insults he volleyed at San Juan, Puerto Rico, Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz for pressing for help and his denigrating the extent of Maria’s destruction because it wasn’t a “real catastrophe like Katrina.”

Geftman-Gold laid bare her erroneous belief that only Democrats have consciences. For the record, she also proved herself to be a tone deaf music critic. I’m an independent, and I like country music. My kids like some country music, and some of my friends like that genre. I even know some Democrats who are a little bit country, as well as a little bit rock ‘n’ roll.

I confess that I’ve used The Twitter on occasion to question some of The Donald’s actions — and I’ve even been nearly as nasty to him as he is to many folks — but I pledge to refrain from such antics from here on out. I’m not saying that Twitter is the root of people’s inhumanity to peoples — and I’m certainly not ascribing a murderous intent to users.

But many are meaner than a busload of Vikings fans will be when headed home from Green Bay on Dec. 23 — and we all know that such cantankerousness leads to violence. We have become so accustomed to violence in our real and imaginary lives that it often goes hand in hand with hypocrisy.

Examples include:

An MSNBC commercial the other day touted the network as the prime source for news on the Vegas carnage, with a commercial for the movie “The Snowman,” immediately after. The British crime thriller being released this month has a serial killer story line that pivots on the discovery of a woman’s headless body, seemingly being cut off in the trailer.

The Monday night episode of NBC’s “The Brave” followed an advisory warning that some viewers might find the show objectionable “in light of current events.” In fact, the show was relatively mild, in comparison with the mayhem typical on many TV shows — in addition to the rampant rudeness on any city’s “Housewives” and most “Dance Moms” episodes.

Many politicians — largely Republicans but also Democrats beholden to the National Rifle Association — refuse to discuss gun control policies because this isn’t “the right time.” If not now, when?

Let me be clear, lest anyone think I’m using the First Amendment to attack the Second: I don’t question the right to bear arms, responsibly exercised, and I obviously would not deny hunters’ rights to enjoy their sports.

But I can’t fathom why anyone would need semi-automatic weapons, especially when the intent often is to add a device to make it fully automatic.

Brick-and-mortar stores and web sites abound with the semi-automatic weapons costing as little as a few hundred bucks to thousands upon thousands of dollars, with bump-stock and fire-slide kits for as little as 100 bucks to turn them into military-grade weaponry.

Amped up to the ability to fire 500 to 800 rounds a minute, as Paddock apparently did, such weapons can turn a music venue into a killing field — as he did.

Surely, those who retool the rifles are not doing it to hunt any type of animals other than humans. An 800 rpm burst would disintegrate a pheasant, render a deer inedible and be overkill even for big game.

Proponents argue that firing a billion bullets in the blink of an eye is just a lot of gosh-darn fun.

Yeah, it’s all fun and games until somebody gets hurt or, in this case, more than 500 get hurt and nearly 60 are murdered.

Why can’t we all get along?


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