How long?

How long will you permit the NRA to own the Congress?

How long will you allow the NRA to own the President?  (Well, share the President with Russia)

How long will you allow the NRA to hold your safety and the safety of your loved ones hostage?

How long will the needless carnage continue?

Any and every elected official who has accepted money from the NRA is complicit in the slaughter.

How will you vote later this year?  Do you even vote?  Do you care enough to participate?  Will you wait until the event you or you family members are attending is shot to pieces before you care?

Fire Congressmen, not guns.  Fire Senators, not guns.  Fire the President, not guns.

Thoughts and prayers?  Thoughts and prayers?  Shut up you damned hypocrites!

End the madness.

What follows is a simultaneously humorous and serious look at the U.S. gun violence problem done by a TV show in The Netherlands.  Originally posted in October, 2017, it is no less relevant today.

Members of the House and Senators alike lack the courage to face down the NRA fearing that they will lose their seats.  They wory more about remaining in power than doing right by the people they are supposed to represent.  We as voters need to show them that losing their seats will be a direct consequence of failing to take real action on gun violence.

And I will keep posting this because of its brief burst of brilliance and insight.

 

 

Why didn’t I think of that?

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton thinks that arming parishoners is the way to deal with shootings such as yesterday’s mass murder in a church in Sutherland Springs, TX.  He also says that “This is going to happen again,” which it of course will, if you don’t take steps get take guns out of the hands of crazy people and get mental health help for crazy people.

I’m sure it won’t be long before Paxton, or someone like him, seriously advocates for issuing firearms to every state citizen age 10 or older.  The gun manufacturers would certainly back such a measure.  The new right of passage will be going to the county office building on your tenth birthday to get your official state weapon and a box of official state ammo.  Then your parents take you to Guns-R-Us so you can buy a holster depicting your favorite cartoon character.

Weekly horrific shootings

Look, I get it.  The Second Amendment.  Cold dead hands.  All of it.  But then we also have attack after attack after attack with assault-type weapons.  I don’t see any part of the Constitution that guarantees the right of every citizen to be shot to pieces by a crazy person with a machine gun.  We need to screen purchasers better.  We need to clean up loopholes in the gun sales laws.  We need better mental health care in the U.S.  The are many aspects to the gun violence problem.  We need politicians with balls and the common good in their intentions.

And we need less shit from the NRA.

WTF? Sean Hannity edition

So a headline over at HuffPost this morning reads:

“Incensed Sean Hannity Says Talking Gun Control After Las Vegas Is ‘Shameful’”

Actually, Hannity’s comment is itself entirely shameful.  Yes, I believe in the First Amendment, and he has the right to say what he thinks, and those ass hats at Fox give him a platform on which to say it; but that doesn’t mean he is right or even sane.  He needs his mouth washed out with soap and he should be sent to his room until, I dunno, maybe forever.

And yes, I know he isn’t the only one saying what he said.  But all of those political hacks, media blowhards, and self-appointed experts are wrong.  In fact, they are counting on it never being a good time to talk about gun control.  Instead, the NRA tools have a bill before Congress right now meant to ease restrictions on gun silencers.  Gee, I wonder if it is a good time to discuss that?