Chuck Todd, host of NBC's Meet the Press, needed barely a minute to confront the argument that right now, in the immediate aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting in American history, is not the time to discuss gun control. That type of logic—to not politicize a tragedy—serves the interests of gun advocates like the powerful gun lobby the NRA.
As a soft rock soundtrack drummed underneath him, Todd hammered through his logic:
"We hear it after every incident like this, and we've heard it again today. 'Now is not the time to talk about how to deal with gun violence. Now is not the time.' Think about that. Why is now not the time? When planes flew into the World Trade Center, did we say 'now is not the time' to talk about terrorism? Or homeland security?"