Archive for Gun Control

Jun
23

“You’ve got to stand for something if you want to win”

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The 2014 midterm elections were a disaster for Democrats across the country. Appearing on Meet the Press afterwards, former DNC chair Gov. Howard Dean complained about their lack of message, “Where the hell is the Democratic party? You’ve got to stand for something if you want to win.”

It takes more than that. You’ve got to demonstrate you are willing to fight for it too.

Yesterday, some Democrats finally did. By sitting down for over twelve hours to demand a vote on “no fly, no buy” gun control legislation. In the wake of the Orlando shootings, they’d had enough:

Georgia congressman John Lewis deployed a strategy from his days as a civil rights activist and coupled it with social media to stage a dramatic sit-in Wednesday on the House floor with his fellow Democrats to force a vote on gun control — and disrupt political business as normal well into the night.

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“Sometimes you have to do something out of the ordinary, sometimes you have to make a way out of no way,” said Lewis, one of the last living icons of the civil rights movement. “There comes a time when you have to say something, when you have to make a little noise, when you have to move your feet. This is the time. Now is the time to get in the way. The time to act is now. We will be silent no more.”

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Jun
21

You were expecting, what?

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From the Guardian:

The US Senate failed to advance new restrictions aimed at curtailing gun violence on Monday, as lawmakers voted down four separate measures just one week after a terrorist attack in Orlando marked the deadliest mass shooting in the nation’s history.

Democrats and Republicans had put forth competing amendments to both strengthen background checks and prevent suspected terrorists from purchasing firearms. But all four bills fell short of the 60 votes needed to clear a procedural hurdle in the Senate, in a near replica of a vote held in December when a pair of shooters killed 14 people and wounded 22 more in San Bernardino, California.

The scene is all too familiar for the families of past mass shooting victims From the New York Times:

With every mass shooting in America, a somber scene replays itself here. Victims’ families and survivors of massacres — Columbine, Virginia Tech, Aurora, Tucson, Sandy Hook, Charleston, San Bernardino — traipse up to Capitol Hill. They knock on lawmakers’ doors, attend news conferences and bear witness to Senate votes on gun measures that almost never pass.

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Jun
13

Sweet nightmares, Pat

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So now the guy who signed the anti-LGBT “Hate Bill 2” into law in North Carolina wants to help Florida in the aftermath of the slaughter at the gay bar in Orlando. Gov. Pat McCrory is getting right on it:

McCrory issued a statement Sunday calling the shooting a tragedy that should never happen in America. He says those killed were “innocent victims of an inexcusable act of violence.”

McCrory says his prayers go out to the families, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and the people of Orlando.

He says he’s contacted Florida Governor Rick Scott offering any assistance North Carolina can provide.

Here’s one suggestion:
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May
06

Only thing that stops a bad toddler with a gun

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New York Times:

She had been napping in bed with her father, Courtenay Block, late last month when she discovered the 9-millimeter handgun he often kept under his pillow in his Kansas City, Mo., home. It was equipped with a laser sight that lit up like the red lights on her cousins’ sneakers. Mr. Block told the police he woke to see Sha’Quille by his bed, bleeding and crying, the gun at her feet. A bullet had pierced her skull.

In a country with more than 30,000 annual gun deaths, the smallest fingers on the trigger belong to children like Sha’Quille.

During a single week in April, four toddlers — Holston, Kiyan, Za’veon and Sha’Quille — shot and killed themselves, and a mother driving through Milwaukee was killed after her 2-year-old apparently picked up a gun that had slid out from under the driver’s seat. It was a brutal stretch, even by the standards of researchers who track these shootings.

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Jan
16

Is that a gun in your pocket or do you just love Jesus?

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Gun CaptureIt’s the Gospel according to Matthew, Mark, Heckler & Koch: Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition. From the Texas Observer:

That, in a nutshell, is what Liberty University students heard from Jerry Falwell Jr., in the wake of the shootings in San Bernardino in December. Falwell — president of the evangelical Christian college and son of the late Moral Majority founder — told students, “If more good people had concealed-carry permits, then we could end those Muslims before they walked in and killed them.” Adding that he was carrying a weapon in his pocket, he encouraged students to take Liberty’s concealed-carry training course.

Liberty University is in Virginia. It didn’t take long for the gospel to reach there from Texas (emphasis mine):

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Jan
08

Yes, It Has Come To This

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Are you really a minuteman?
Or is that just what your wife tells her friends?

“Fact is that which enough people believe. Truth is determined by how fervently they believe it.” — Charlie Pierce.

President Obama held a town hall last night to talk about his executive action on gun law enforcement. Anderson Cooper asked if perhaps it was conspiracy (to confiscate guns), the one conspiracy theorists never tire of warning us about. Obama called BS on the question:

“There are certainly a lot of people who just have a fundamental distrust that you do not want to go further and further and further,” Cooper countered.

Incredulous, Obama reminded everyone that he’s only going to be in office another year. “When would I have started on this enterprise?,” he asked.

I’ve been waiting for years for Obama’s jackbooted thugs to arrive at my door. I’m just not foolish enough to run out and drop another $500-$1000 dollars I don’t have on another weapon and more ammo whenever after each general election or whenever the NRA’s spokes-salesmen tell me I should.

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Dec
31

Can you say, WTF?

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Yesterday it just hit overload. After this week’s non-indictment on the Tamir Rice killing (the “perfect storm of human error”), things went to Category 5 when several other tales of human error by police came across Twitter.

“IM GONNA TAKE UR BITE IF U DONT HURRY UP.”

And this. The mother of a suicidal 18 year-old called North Port, FL police in July 2012 after his sister found a noose in the garage:

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Dec
15

A guy with a gun walks into a bar…

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Incitement: It’s all fun and games until somebody shoots an eye out and you get called on it, as Carly Fiorina found out over the weekend. They are whipping themselves up into quite a frenzy on the right. This from Right Wing Watch:

Today is a big day for conservative activist and former Libertarian vice presidential nominee Wayne Allyn Root, who, as the Republican presidential candidates descend on his home state of Nevada for tomorrow’s debate, joined Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Ben Carson and Rick Santorum at a summit hosted by anti-Muslim activist Frank Gaffney before moving on to emcee a rally for Donald Trump.

The proximity of presidential candidates did not cause Root to hold back on his enthusiastic airing of conspiracy theories, telling the audience at Gaffney’s forum that Hillary Clinton has committed “a hanging, treasonous offense” involving foreign donors to the Clinton Foundation but is getting off the hook by blackmailing FBI Director James Comey and other Republicans in Washington.

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Dec
13

You pays yer money and you takes yer choice

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“The problem’s not solved because of this accord.” – President Barack Obama

Environmental issues are not my forte, but I followed live the release of the Paris agreement yesterday morning nonetheless. The president later gave this statement:

“I believe this moment can be a turning point for the world,” Obama concluded. “We’ve shown that the world has both the will and the ability to take on this challenge.”

D.R. Tucker at Political Animal wrote passionately about the Paris agreement:

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Dec
05

Want to fight terrorists? Stop arming them.

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In what is billed as its first front-page editorial in 100 years, the New York Times has had about enough of inaction and false piety from elected leaders who promise that if elected, they will not serve. Neither will they protect.

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