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September 18, 2013 3:41 PM Choice of Priorities

By Ed Kilgore

Just ran across this item from TPM’s Catherine Thompson:

Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) on Wednesday defended a tweet he posted in the wake of the Washington, DC Navy Yard shooting that seemed to implicate the National Rifle Association in the incident, adding that he’s not sure what the right wing holds more dear: guns or Bibles.

Putting aside the NRA’s culpability for gun violence, Cohen does raise an eternally baffling question about the priorities of people who claim to worship the Prince of Peace as a sovereign Lord, but raise the Second Amendment to the level of a unshakable Ground of Being kind of premise for all civic life. You know, what some might call an “idol.”

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

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