Passion For Gun Control
Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted
One of the Nine Beatitudes that speaks to our human capacity for empathy and compassion for our fellow citizens who lost loved ones in the most recent American tragedy.
The Saint Valentine's Day Massacre:
Parkland is our new St. Valentine’s Day Massacre
So now there are 17 dead in Parkland, Florida. They are grieved by their families and by the other kids and teachers who survived this 21st century St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. They are mourned by the rest of us, even the hypocritical officeholders who offer their “thoughts and prayers” while sucking up to the NRA for campaign cash, and who defend the right to own as many big, deadly, terrorizing guns as anybody wants in the name of a constitutional amendment originally designed not to encourage the wholesale butchering of man and beast but to provide civilian militias with muskets.
The passion and rage of this uniquely American tragedy may be the straw that breaks the establishment camel's back:
What’s more, there’s a realization growing that’s greater than in a long while, a realization that come November, we have a good chance to vote a lot of these venal, toadying-to-the-gun-lobby bastards out. Admittedly, that may cause Remington and other gun makers’ sales to rebound as the NRA and others once again stir fears of Democrats seizing weapons.
The political problem will be channeling the righteous passion for change so that it does not simply reinforce the power of corporate Dems.
The M$M is even covering these students:
'This is about begging for our lives’: Parkland students reveal plan to destroy politicians in bed with NRA
The reason we started March for Our Lives and the reason we are doing this on March 24th, we’ve been hearing a lot that this is not the time to talk about gun control,” junior Cameron Kasky explained. “Here’s the time to talk about gun control: March 24th. My message for the people in office is, you’re either with us or against us. We are losing our lives while the adults are playing around.”
This has explosive potential:
'Nothing Has Changed Since Columbine,' Students, Teachers Call for Nationwide School Walkouts
As families continue to grieve and hold funerals for the 17 victims of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Fla., students and educators are calling for a nationwide day of action including school walkouts to protest lawmakers' deadly inaction on gun control legislation.
The day set for the actions is April 20, which will be the 19th anniversary of the massacre at Columbine High School.
This is not your typical gun control spokesperson:
You will not get re-elected’: Florida sheriff blasts politicians who don’t support new gun control measures
Of course Paul Ryan and the usual suspects insist this is not the time to play politics while loved ones are still grieving, but fundraising parties are just fine:
You’re here celebrating the death of 17 children’: Gun reform protesters booted out of Paul Ryan Florida fundraiser
Even a few prominent Republicans are stepping up to the plate:
WATCH: Furious John Kasich blisters ‘cowardly’ GOP and gun owners for opposing assault rifle ban
Can you spell hypocrisy boys and girls? I knew you could:
Registering mentally ill is first priority in gun control. (Nov 2015)
2nd Amendment advocate: NRA rating changed from "F" to "A". (Aug 2015)
Keep existing restrictions, but tighten up on terrorist guns. (Nov 1996)
Cool off before making new gun laws after Littleton. (May 1999)
More parenting better than more gun laws. (May 1999)
Voted YES on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1. (Jun 1999)
Opposes restrictions on the right to bear arms. (Aug 2010)
Don't be surprised to see Conservadems "evolving" and giving lip service to gun control, at least until the mid-term elections are over. Will Bernie move left on gun control?
The Vermont senator reiterates his call for an assault weapons ban while defending his record on other gun control issues.
In Congress, he voted against a bill in the 1990s to require a five-day waiting periods to allow for criminal background checks before a gun could be purchased, voted to allow firearms on Amtrak, and came out against a lawsuit to hold gun manufacturers accountable for the 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. But he has also voted for universal background checks and an assault weapons ban.
Even GOP donors are appalled:
Top GOP Donor Won’t Back Candidates Unless They Support Assault Weapons Ban
This is just a sample. Will it die down or will the scheduled marches and walk outs keep it on the front burner? Will this help help solid progressives in upcoming Democratic primaries? Stay tuned. In the meantime, let me close with a very substantial serving of Stoopid Casserole with an extra crunchy Stoopid topping:
Former South Carolina Lt. Gov. Andrew Bauer (R) on Sunday suggested that more students are committing mass shootings because they no longer receive paddlings from teachers or watch The Andy Griffith Show.