Rep. Steve Scalise was shot just a while ago; at this writing it is unclear how serious his injuries may be.
We extend our sincere sympathies toward his family.
Having said that, fuck Rep. Steve Scalise.
The Congressman, who is so dim as to have once “accidentally” attended a Klan rally, receives an A+ rating from the NRA. He most certainly will be [could have been] counted on to help pass the latest Congressional piece of shit, the Hearing Protection Act of 2017, which –despite your first and obvious thought– is NOT about hearing aids, but rather will relax restrictions on firearm silencers.
That’s right, Scalise has consistently enabled legislation making it easier for whatever asshole shot (and possibly killed ) him today to go out and purchase whatever weapon tickled his fancy. We would say that Eiron is chortling even now, but the sad truth is that America has long ago moved past irony regarding its lunatic love affair with guns.
Again, we feel for Scalise’s family but can not help but wonder if his wife is having a Clytemnestra moment.
“By the sword you did your work, and by the sword you die.”
Yep – fuck Steve Scalise.
The Republican-led House voted Thursday to repeal an Obama-era regulation that required the Social Security Administration to disclose to the national gun background check system information about people with mental illness.
The regulation instituted in the final days of the Obama administration required the SSA to share information about those who are considered incapable of managing their own disability benefits due mental illness.
So now, finally free! free at last!, every heretofore unarmed ReThug ran immediately to a gun shop and showed them a teacher’s note saying it was ‘okay’ for them to have a gun.
Holy shite; wake up, people.
If we’re down with killing kindergartner’s, fuck a buncha 19-year olds.
Or here or here or here or here or here or…you get the idea.
There’s no sense in writing anther damned word about America’s insane love affair with guns; we’re not Australia, we won’t do the right thing.
Yesterday the ReThugs left little doubt in whose pay they are – the fuckin’ NRA’s.
Similarly Paul Ryan revealed his grand plan for the ReThugs in Congress: Do Nothing. That’s right, Ryan feels yet another 8 years of Congressional inaction is exactly what the country wants and needs. After all, how can you argue with proven failure? And if you’re not going to do the People’s business, there’s no need to have CSPAN recording every little inaction, n’est-ce pas?
Better yet, Ryan had the ReThugs pass an appropriations bill at 3:00 AM this morning –allowing no discussion before hand– then adjourned the session two days early for the July 4th holiday, all to stop the 15-hour House Democratic sit-in to force a vote on gun control legislation.
The contrasts between the two parties could not be clearer: the ReThug majority not only does nothing (Thoughts and Prayers, doncha know?), they do so in such a way the Dems are prevented from effective action, until all they have left is symbolic protests.
Yesterday once and for all put paid to the lie of “both sides do it.”
One hopes the public at large not only was watching but remembers come November.
Meanwhile. over at the Rolling Stone…
…We need to say loud and clear: The Second Amendment must be repealed.
As much as we have a culture of reverence for the founding generation, it’s important to understand that they got it wrong — and got it wrong often. Unfortunately, in many instances, they enshrined those faults in the Constitution. For instance, most people don’t know it now, but under the original document, Mitt Romney would be serving as President Obama’s vice president right now because he was the runner-up in the last presidential election. That part of the Constitution was fixed by the Twelfth Amendment, which set up the system we currently have of the president and vice president running for office together.
Much more profoundly, the Framers and the Constitution were wildly wrong on race. They enshrined slavery into the Constitution in multiple ways, including taking the extreme step of prohibiting the Constitution from being amended to stop the slave trade in the country’s first 20 years. They also blatantly wrote racism into the Constitution by counting slaves as only 3/5 of a person for purposes of Congressional representation. It took a bloody civil war to fix these constitutional flaws (and then another 150 years, and counting, to try to fix the societal consequences of them).
There are others flaws that have been fixed (such as about voting and Presidential succession), and still other flaws that have not yet been fixed (such as about equal rights for women and land-based representation in the Senate), but the point is the same — there is absolutely nothing permanently sacrosanct about the Founders and the Constitution. They were deeply flawed people, it was and is a flawed document, and when we think about how to make our country a more perfect union, we must operate with those principles in mind.
It’s hard to logically argue with professor Cohen
“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.”
Correctly parsed the above simply states American citizens shall be able to own weapons in order to defend the country as part of a standing militia/army. Most people ignore that last bit because…inconvenient! So, yeah, we’re fine with repealing the Second, if necessary: it’s all dependent upon Congress’ continuing recalcitrance to address the obvious issue.
The Second Amendment does not in any way, shape or form define what type of weapons Americans shall be able to bear; banning all automatic and semi-automatic weapons is not only legal, its past being a moral imperative. It is a necessity.