gun violence

Lindsey Graham comes out against education.

Margaret Brennan, the host of Face the Nation, asked Sen. Lindsey Graham how he felt about Trump’s declaration of a state of emergency diverting funds from the construction of a middle school in Kentucky to fund his wall.

He replied “I would say it’s better for the middle school kids in Kentucky to have a secure border. We’ll get them the school they need, but right now, we’ve got a national emergency on our hands.”

In Graham’s mind, the border will stop opioids from coming to the US. But imagine you are the rare drug trafficker that has mules humping your product cross country. You are sitting on millions and making millions. A wall pops up in front of you. Are you going to quit the business or come up with another route?

Why is Graham talking so dumb? (Courtesy: Raw Story)

Compelled patriotism isn’t patriotism

An 11-year-old student was arrested after refusing to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance and allegedly telling a teacher that “the flag is racist and the national anthem is offensive to black people”.

The school doesn’t require students to say the pledge. But the substitute teacher took matters into her own hands. The situation escalated. Words were spoken. The authorities lost control. And a boy misses three days of school. (Read the whole story here: NY Post)

Gun violence is a national emergency

Gary Martin, 45, was a resident of Aurora, Il. He had at least six prior arrests for domestic violence and traffic offenses. He also had a 1995 felony conviction in Mississippi for aggravated assault. All of which disqualified him from owning a gun.

But he was allowed to buy a gun after a background check failed to reveal his criminal history. He later applied for a concealed-carry permit which required him to give fingerprints. The Illinois State Police denied his application and demanded he turn the gun over. He didn’t.

Then last Friday he took the same gun into the workplace he was being fired from and shot five employees of the Henry Pratt Co. dead and injured five responding cops.

If the government wants to keep Americans safe, it should spend money on better record keeping and follow up when criminals are known to have guns. (Courtesy: Vox)

Rush Limbaugh advises Trump.

Here’s one of today’s Trump tweets:

 

 

 

 

It’s nice to have a Goebbels. But what Rush doesn’t cover is which crimes “these guys. the investigators” should be locked up for. Unlike the investigators who know precisely which crimes Trump’s criminal confreres should go to jail for.

 

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Man Kills Girlfriend, her Kids, and her Mother. The Reality of Gun Violence in the US

December 30, 2018

In St. Charles, Missouri, Richard Darren Emery shot and killed Zoe Kasten, 8; her brother, Jonathan Kasten, 10; their grandmother, Jane Moeckel, 61; and their mother, Emery’s girl-friend. After a shoot-out with the police, he abandoned an attempt to flee in his pickup and tried to carjack another vehicle. He stabbed the driver seven times before fleeing into the […]

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The NRA’s Culture of Death. How Fetishizing a Tool Kills Kids.

February 16, 2018

Here we are once again in the aftermath of yet another gun massacre. And once again we will do nothing. Typical is Ted Cruz’s reaction, “This could happen anywhere, we have seen that evil could occur whether in Parkland or in a church or central Texas or in schools across the country. Evil is sadly always present.” What […]

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Rick Santorum Blames Gun Violence on Video Games.

October 8, 2017

You can rely on the pro-life crowd to be most vocal in support of gun rights. Apparently, a dot of cells has value, but country music fans are on their own. Dead? Well, that’s a small price to pay for freedom. And no one is second to Rick Santorum in this hypocrisy. Like the rest of the gun […]

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Really? – 1.14.15 – A Religious rapist; Gun Follies; A Pederast’s Defense.

January 13, 2016

“When trouble arises and things look bad, there is always one individual who perceives a solution and is willing to take command. Very often, that individual is crazy.” ― Dave Barry Religious folk insist that to be good you need God. No evidence for that contention has been produced. What is certain is that God […]

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The Charleston Massacre Sends Conservative into a Religious Fervor – Paranoia to Follow.

June 19, 2015

“I say there is no darkness but ignorance” ― William Shakespeare The Charleston Massacre was another time Conservatives could have said the right thing. And in doing so, advance both their cause and the cause of justice in America. They chose instead to stick to their rhetoric of Christian oppression. And another opportunity was cast aside. […]

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