Tonight Speaker of the House Paul Ryan proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that when faced with the opportunity to do the right and moral thing on behalf of his constituents and all those Americans who want to see common sense gun control legislation, he’d rather stand firmly on the side of the NRA, gun manufacturers, domestic violence offenders, those who engage in mass shootings, and criminals who engage in hate crimes.
When faced tonight with the opportunity to do the right and moral thing and say enough is enough in regards to gun violence and mass shootings, Paul Ryan instead showed his complete and utter lack of courage, character, and honor. Instead of calling for a vote on common sense gun control legislation, Paul Ryan instead called the House of Representatives back into session in order to attempt to override a presidential veto of a Republican-backed measure that would make it easier for financial advisors to cheat their clients.
Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachussetts summed up Speaker Ryan’s actions in favor of allowing financial advisors to cheat their clients quite nicely while ignoring common sense gun control legislation thusly:
Paul Ryan showed tonight he is nothing more than an empty suit willing to do the bidding of those who line his pockets and the pockets of his fellow Republicans, and he should be (but most assuredly is not) ashamed of himself.
This…..a million times this.
The cold hard reality we’re faced with is that no amount of prayer is going to fix our nation’s epidemic of mass shootings – that’s a problem that can only be fixed when elected officials finally get the courage to stand up to the National Rifle Association, which has become a corrupting influence through campaign contributions for far too many of our nation’s elected officials.
Finding a serious solution to our nation’s epidemic of mass shootings is going to require a measure of courage – and that’s a quality sorely lacking among far too many conservatives who hold office.
But remember….the NRA’s answer to crime is to make sure there are as many “good guys with guns” as possible.
On Tuesday, customers were coming and going in the parking lot of a Home Depot near Detroit when a shoplifter suddenly came tearing across the blacktop. The shoplifter, who appeared to be in his 40s and wore a black shirt and hat, was pushing a cart full of stolen power tools and welding equipment worth more than $1,000.
As a Home Depot loss prevention officer came running after him, the shoplifter shoved the stolen goods into a waiting black SUV and jumped in.
That’s when a female bystander pulled out a concealed pistol and fired several shots at the fleeing shoplifters, possibly striking one of the SUV’s rear tires.
The shoplifters nonetheless escaped, according to a press release from the Auburn Hills Police Department.
The female shooter stayed at the scene and is cooperating fully with the investigation, according to police. Cops have not identified her but have said she is 46 years old, from the nearby city of Clarkston and holds a valid concealed pistol license.
Here is the video of President Obama’s comments following the shooting at the Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon:
Here is what he should have said: Enough…I am coming for your mother****in’ guns!
Apparently conservatives are all atwitter because country music superstar Tim McGraw will headline a benefit concert for Sandy Hook Promise, a group advocating for common-sense gun laws.
Conservatives are firing up the outrage machine over news that country music superstar Tim McGraw will headline a benefit concert for Sandy Hook Promise, a group advocating common sense gun laws, organized following the 2012 elementary school shooting that left 26 dead.
The concert, scheduled for July 17 in Hartford, Connecticut, is the result of a friendship between McGraw touring band fiddle player Dean Brown and Mark Barden, father of Daniel Barden, one of the 20 first-graders who died in 2012 when Adam Lanza went on a shooting rampage.
In a statement to the press praising Sandy Hook Promise, McGraw said: “Out of this tragedy a group was formed that made a promise to honor the lives lost and turn it into a moment of transformation. Sandy Hook Promise teaches that we can do something to protect our children from gun violence. I want to be a part of that promise – as a father and as a friend.”
Conservatives seem outraged that a country singer, coming from a musical genre usually associated with “traditional values,” would perform at a concert they consider anti-gun.
Writing at Right Wing News, Warner Todd Huston referred to the concert as “anti-constitution,” adding “If you wanted another reason to drop Tim McGraw from your playlist, here it is.”
At Breitbart.com, AWR Hawkins, blamed the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary on “gun control.”
And in other gun-related news, Tea Party darling Ted “I shit my pants to avoid the draft” Nugent talked hypothetically about shooting Democratic Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid while speaking at the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting on Friday.
Nugent, who is on the NRA’s board of directors, made the comment while responding to an audience member who asked why the NRA “endorsed Harry Reid to serve as the front man of Osama Obama.”
In video flagged by Media Matters, the conservative darling called Reid a “lying prick” after doing a bizarre impression of the senator. He then posed a hypothetical situation in which the audience member would need Reid’s help.
“If your child is dying and there’s only one way to get to the doctor, would you get on Harry Reid’s boat to get there?” Nugent said. After a pause, he continued: “Then your child’s dead. I’d get on the boat, I’d get there and then I’d shoot him.”
Here’s something demonstrating just how extreme the NRA and gun rights activists have gotten.
Today’s National Rifle Association: standing up for stalkers and perpetrators of domestic violence.
The National Rifle Association is fighting proposed federal legislation that would prohibit those convicted of stalking and of domestic violence against dating partners from buying guns, according to a letter obtained by The Huffington Post.
Federal law already bars persons convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence from purchasing firearms. S. 1290, introduced by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), would add convicted stalkers to that group of offenders and would expand the current definition of those convicted of domestic violence against “intimate partners” to include those who harmed dating partners.
Aides from two different senators’ offices confirm that the NRA sent a letter to lawmakers describing Klobuchar’s legislation as “a bill to turn disputes between family members and social acquaintances into lifetime firearm prohibitions.” The nation’s largest gun lobby wrote that it “strongly opposes” the bill because the measure “manipulates emotionally compelling issues such as ‘domestic violence’ and ‘stalking’ simply to cast as wide a net as possible for federal firearm prohibitions.”
As I read through accounts of the racist, anti-government Las Vegas couple who shot to death two police officers, a civilian and themselves, I came across this (emphasis added):
Barging through the front door, Jerad Miller fired off one round, announced “a revolution” and told everyone to leave, while his wife hung back, putting their bags in a store cart.
“They just said, ‘The revolution’s begun,’ they said that they shot some officers, and basically get out of the store if you don’t want to get hurt,” said Tyrone Ellis, who works at the store.
Standing near the registers was Joseph Robert Wilcox, 31, of Las Vegas, who happened to have a concealed weapon and decided to intervene “immediately and heroically,” McMahill said.
But Wilcox didn’t realize Amanda Miller, now inside the store, was with the armed man and he walked right by her on his way to end the attack. As he passed her, she pulled out a gun and shot him in the ribs, killing him.
One of the most common talking points I’ve seen and heard from conservatives who support concealed carry laws is that allowing citizens to “pack heat” will serve as both a deterrent and a means for citizens to “fight crime” on their own, but it seems pretty clear that wasn’t the case in Las Vegas.
While many conservatives (fueled no doubt by the radical National Rifle Association) seem to feel we need to arm the citizenry with more guns, it would certainly seem to me that’s not the solution, given how the number of mass shootings that have plagued our nation.
Well it certainly didn’t take long for the NRA to cave to its extremist base.
After momentarily flashing some measure of sanity and independence by asking open-carry activists not to congregate at Chipotle and other fast food restaurants, the NRA has apologized for saying that walking around in public with an assault rifle slung over your shoulder is, to many people, “scary” and “weird.”
Appearing on NRA radio, Chris Cox, NRA spokesman, described the whole incident as “a distraction” and a “mistake.”
“There was some confusion,” Cox explained, “we apologize, again, for any confusion that that post caused.” Cox went on to say that the initial statement ”shouldn’t have happened” and described it as the “personal opinion” of its author. “Our job is not to criticize the lawful behavior of fellow gun owners,” Cox added.
When I think of the folks running the NRA, I can’t help but think of this: