This phenomenon of focusing on trivial things is also known as "majoring in the minors". You see this all the time. Missouri's Sen. McCaskill is running roughshod over military sexual harassment issues while the country continues to spend nearly $1trillion per year more than it confiscates through taxes. POTUS and any number of high-profile politicians are "focused" on gun control while the economy has been suck in low-gear for 5 years. It's a sorry time in this nation.