Steve Daines is More Outraged About Criticism of the NRA Than the Deaths of Children

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Last night, no doubt exhausted from a week of hiding from and insulting his constituents, Senator Steve Daines settled down to tweet about his most important priority: protecting the interests of the NRA:

Daines is upset because Delta joined a growing number of companies who realized that a continued relationship with an organization that increasingly resembles the Brownshirts of 1920s Germany was bad for business and announced a decision to stop offering discounted rates.

It’s instructive to contrast the ire Daines showed over a perceived slight to the NRA with the concern he showed after another mass shooting at a school. Following the tragedy at Parkland, Daines offered little more than a pro forma expression of his thoughts and prayers for those affected:

Following the November mass shooting in Sutherland Springs:

Following the mass killing in Las Vegas:

When contrasted with the rote expression of prayer for the victims of one mass killing after another, Daines seemed almost human in his response to Delta last night, and most importantly, actually said he would take action instead of offering empty words. There was no promise from Senator Daines after Parkland, Sutherland Spring, Las Vegas, or any of the other sites of horrific carnage to do anything about a country that makes it easier to get a weapon of war than access to healthcare, but when a small discount for NRA members flying was threatened, our Senator leapt to call for action.

For a many who offers so many prayers after these tragedies, Senator Daines seems not to have read the Book of James, which reminds us in 2:26 that faith without works is meaningless:

For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

The failure of Senator Daines to act doesn’t just signal the death of faith but ensures that more Americans will die before their time, more families will grieve over the bodies of loved ones, and more parents and students will be gripped by fear that not even their schools will be safe.

What kind of person is moved to act to protect either his airline discount or his paymasters at the NRA but not children in schools, parishioners in their churches, or fans at a concert? Another verse I’d recommend Senator Daines receives gives us some insight. From Matthew 7:20:

Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

With every empty tweet, we know you just a little bit better, Senator Daines and the bitter fruit of your inaction will grow into a movement to replace you with a Senator with the moral courage to speak for all Montanans.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is an eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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