Vice President Mike Pence will deliver the keynote address at the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting in Dallas on Friday to a massive group of staunch Second Amendment and Open Carry supporters — provided, of course, those gun lovers leave their guns outside. That’s right, no guns at the gun rally.
The NRA, which is riding high and raking in tons of money as it always does with its fear-mongering following school shootings — and school shootings are great for the NRA’s fundraising business — will have both Pence and President Trump at the meeting, which means no guns. It’s not their rule, they stress. It’s merely standard operating procedure for the Secret Service to ban guns from such gatherings.
This leaves many — especially those impacted by the Parkland shootings — to call these folks gathering in Dallas hypocrites. Yes, the same NRA that stands firm and cries “You can have my guns when you pry it from my cold, small, dead heads!” responds to the Secret Service’s demand of a gun-free zone with, “Yes, sir. Whatever you say, sir.”
I say the NRA should stand up for itself, with the help of Pence and Trump, who already are bringing out one the GOP’s greatest hits — “If you elect Democrats, they will take your guns” — for the 2018 midterms. Pence and Trump should tell the Secret Service that they must abandon their standard operating procedure for this event. I’m sure Pence and Trump will feel plenty safe speaking in front of thousands of good guys with guns — a crowd that will look like what would happen if you spilled water on Ted Nugent and fed him after midnight.
However, if the NRA, Pence and Trump do not stand up for their gun lovers at this event, they are sending a clear message to the Parkland kids:
We’re too important to get shot — you’re not.
The image above on the left shows Marjory Stoneman Douglas student Emma Gonzalez ripping up a target. The image on the right is a fake one shared by millions of ignorant people who believed she was actually ripping up the U.S. Constitution.
The kind of folks who share images like the one on the right also are more likely to believe the fake image going around of Gonzalez “attacking a Second Amendment supporter’s car.” Spoiler alert: The original photo is of pop star Britney Spears during a freak-out years ago. We have no idea whether the paparazzi she targeted liked the Second Amendment or not.
The kind of folks who share images like that are the kind of folks who actually believe MSD student David Hogg is a crisis actor and not even a student at MSD. Spoiler alert: He’s not a crisis actor, and, yes, he’s a student at the school, a school where his friends — not his crisis actor cast mates — were gunned down … and where he still attends school.
The kind of folks who share all of that fake mess are also more likely to be the ones who scream “FAKE NEWS!” at legitimate journalists and thank President Trump for saying what he means and meaning what he says — such as when he says Mexico will pay for a wall or he had the biggest crowd in inauguration history or he doesn’t know these women or … you get the idea. Continue reading
Georgia Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle has stepped up his game in his attempt to stand out from Georgia’s current crop of right-wingers seeking the Republican gubernatorial nomination.
He was hanging his hat on so-called “religious liberty” — the unofficial litmus test for anyone seeking the GOP nomination that proves you really, really hate gays … as opposed to the other guy who only really kinda hates gays. He vowed he would sign the pro-discrimination bill if it hits his desk in the governor’s office in 2019. And, unfortunately, he probably will be our next governor.
Now, he’s jumping on the I-luvs-my-guns bandwagon that always gains steam after kids are shot. Folks send thoughts and prayers and then rally around their AR-15s and high-capacity magazines.
Some companies are ending relationships with the National Rifle Association — often relationships that offered some form of discount to NRA members. One of those companies is Delta Air Lines, which also has vehemently spoken out against the anti-freedom “religious freedom” agenda.
Today, Cagle took his pandering to the right-wing voters to another level with this extortion of Delta on his Facebook page, an attempt that has gotten a lot of backlash from his constituents: Continue reading
Another mass shooting. Another good guy with a gun stopping a bad guy with a gun. Another call for everyone being armed everywhere. The left and right reacting predictably. As they say, if you can’t make meaningful changes after Sandy Hook, you never will be able to.
Every time this happens, the gun lovers point out — accurately — that laws won’t prevent a bad person from getting their hands on a gun or from doing evil things with a gun. They say gun laws won’t help. Even paying attention to that key term — “well-regulated” — in the Second Amendment won’t help.
They have a point. No amount of laws can prevent gun violence entirely. In fact, they are so right that we should take it a step further. For instance:
- We should eliminate laws against speeding. I see people speed every single day that I drive. Few get caught. The laws aren’t stopping them. And any new laws to curb speeding are really just a slippery slope toward the government ultimately confiscating our vehicles.
- No more laws concerning sexual misconduct. From our president’s happy little hands to Harvey Weinstein’s casting couch, it’s obvious they aren’t working.
- Theft should be legal. Well, except my gun, of course. You can have it when you pry it from my cold, dead hands.
- Speaking of cold, dead hands, murder should be legal. There are nearly 16,000 homicides per year in the United States — 70 percent by firearms. Murder is against the law and keeps happening.
- The same folks who resist laws to restrict firearms usually are for laws restricting abortions. Won’t they keep happening anyway like they did before it was legalized in 1973? Well, maybe not so much. Abortions last year hit their lowest level since 1973.
- I definitely agree with their “laws don’t work” stance when it comes to drugs. The drug war has not worked and has, in fact, exacerbated the problem. It makes the drug trade more dangerous but also more profitable. It has treated an illness as a crime and ruined families. And it has increased the rates of theft, murders and firearms violations.
So, they’ve got a point. Laws don’t prevent crime from happening or stop bad people from doing bad things. Let’s just turn America in a constant episode of “The Purge” — but let me buy an AR-15 and a gazillion rounds of ammo first, please.
The question is “Who?” (1) Who are America’s founding fathers referring to in the Second Amendment — individuals or militias? And (2) who taught these folks how to write a sentence?
Here is the exact wording of the Second Amendment as ratified by the states: A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.
First of all, the term well-regulated should be hyphenated. Second, the whole darn sentence should have been rewritten by someone who spoke English as their first language or at least broken into two sentences for clarification. Here are some options, Thomas Jefferson, if you’d like to take another stab at it:
The right of the people to keep and bear arms through a well-regulated militia (which is necessary to the security of a free state) shall not be infringed. Or ... Continue reading