Category: National Rifle Assn. (NRA)

Irresponsible Gun Nut starts huge California fire

California Detwiler fire caused by gun nut

The Detwiler fire in Mariposa, California burned 82,000 acres and is finally 97% contained. It destroyed 131 structures including 63 homes and 67 other types like barns and one commercial business. Cal Fire investigators said it was caused by firearm discharge on public lands. One estimate so far puts fire’s cost at $60 million, just because some half-witted gun nut thinks he or she has the right to shoot their gun anywhere they damn please. At least 63 families are without their homes and one business will have to start all over. There is a $2,000 reward out for the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible. When they catch them, they should shoot them.

Irresponsibility by some gun owners

Drastic, perhaps, but gun rights radicals have taken this 2nd Amendment crap way too far, and the Detwiler fire is but one example of the irresponsibility of U.S. gun owners. The problem is they view their “rights” as untouchable so they are pushing the envelope regularly. Like the Detwiler fire. And like its sister, the Telegraph fire in 2008, close to Mariposa where David Mosher was target shooting and started a fire destroying 30 homes costing over $37 million. This fire was close to Yosemite National Park and the shooter was firing steel-jacketed bullets. But the kicker here is the assault weapons he was using were unregistered. This is the kind of responsibility the NRA teaches.

NRA favors gun rights over prevention of destructive wildfires

In Arizona, where all it takes to buy a gun is a heartbeat, target shooting is a major cause of wildfires. They have caused 31 fires in the Tonto National Forest since 2009, where there is a ban, but either ignored or missed through negligence by gun nuts, according to the Phoenix New Times. Mother Jones covered the Utah wildfires in 2012, apparently caused by target shooters the state tried to rein in but weren’t successful, thanks to the National Rifle Assn. (NRA). The Daily Beast dubbed Utah the second most-armed state in the country. It’s like gun murders, the NRA will fight for their right to shoot, over innocent deaths and devastating wildfires.

A video comparison of guns in U.S. to rest of world

Wayne LaPierre of NRA loves his guns over life

On the one hand, we can thank the gun nuts for starting fires that destroy our homes and businesses, scorching the land we live on that produces other environmental disasters. Just because they have a right to go out and shoot their guns in the bone-dry forest that hasn’t had any rain in months, and anyone above the level of idiot should have known it was dangerous. That’s okay, the 2nd Amendment gives them that right and NRA head Wayne LaPierre says they should go right out and do it. But this is only one factor in the firearms problem, and though it is colossal in size, it is dwarfed by the way guns kill innocent people, maiming others, and devastating communities like Sandy Hook.

Detwiler fire
Detwiler fire

Who gun owners are

I am reading a new book, “Confronting Gun Violence in America,” by Thomas Gabor. It’s not exactly easy reading for all but when I get started, it’s hard to put it down, but then I am in to statistics, particularly the countries comparable to the U.S., gets into the demographics of gun owners, illustrates how gun owners are more likely than others to have been arrested, assault weapons owners to be binge drinkers and to drink and drive. In other words, gun nuts have more bad habits that non-gun owners.

310 million guns in America

Did you know that the U.S. has 90 guns in private ownership for every 100 people? That’s almost one per person. But with only 36% of the 126 million households having guns, those 45,360 households have all the guns, some 310 million, which works out to about seven guns per household. Wayne LaPierre, the National Rifle Assn. (NRA) head would like to see every American Household with its own complete arsenal, including assault weapons. And folks, that is why we have gun nuts setting disastrous forest fires across the country and enough guns available on the streets so anyone can use one to kill anyone they want to. Read the book, you’ll be glad you did.

 

 

 

How soon can we dump Mitch McConnell?

How did McConnell win

His current Senate term is up in 2020, and he barely won the last election. A Quora.com reporter says

  • “I’m continuously baffled by his appeal in Kentucky, because the most dyed-in-the-wool Republican would have trouble identifying anything he’s done for the commonwealth. Mitch’s only interests appear to be money and power, both for himself and the Republican Party.”

Angela Stockton wraps up the Mitch McConnell profile in two words, “money” and “power.” Either the people of Kentucky–my birth state, unfortunately–are completely stupid, don’t read the papers nor watch TV, or the voting system is fixed and also under the control of McConnell. I go with the latter.

 

Most disliked member of Senate…probably ever

This from my February 2017 post

“There are several terms used for Mitch McConnell, the most disliked member of the U.S. Senate, but “condescending prick” in The Daily Banter is perhaps one of the best. My favorite is asshole, which is described in the dictionary as, a stupid, mean, or contemptable person. That certainly works for me. But get this, in Kentucky, Rand Paul, the state’s other Senator, has an approval rank of 51%, McConnell only 40%.

“Even Breitbart, an alt-right publication, says he is the most unpopular U.S. Senator with a 52% disapproval rating, only 38% approve. The man is a disgrace to this country.”

 

 

 

Line up a firing squad for McConnell

I did a post back in April exclaiming that Mitch McConnell deserves the firing squad. Here’s how the post went…

“Can you imagine the line that would form to take up a gun in the shooting party? There’s Chuck Schumer to start with, then Elizabeth Warren followed by Barack Obama, most recently John McCain, and most notably himself, if he could be two places at once. There are more, many that hide their real feeling for this political mutant, because he is so powerful and has absolutely no qualms about what he does.

Sen. Chuck Schumer berates McConnell

“Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said, “No majority leader wants written on his tombstone that he presided over the end of the Senate.” He added…

“Breaking the rules to change the rules is un-American. I just hope the majority leader thinks about his legacy, the future of his party, and, most importantly, the future of our country before he acts.”

 

Mitch McConnell video “Dikipedia”…

Home state newspaper asks McConnell…Why?

Well, the “head obstructionist” didn’t and the last we heard was that there were still rumbles of repeal and replace for Obamacare. One of Kentucky’s own newspapers, the Louisville  Courier-Journal said it best

“Eight years wasted.

Think about how much better off we all would be if during the last eight years the Republicans worked across the aisle to refine Affordable Care Act, crafting improvements that everyone – including Democratic lawmakers – felt were needed. We might have a much better health care system now that would move us forward towards the humane, and very American, goal of affordable and accessible health care for all.

Mitch: I really don’t understand why. You could have been a real hero in all this. What about the people.”

Eileen Arnold

It’s a given. Mitch McConnell must go!

NRA desperate to sell more guns

NRA blood money
NRA blood money

Gun sales down-NRA terrified

When gun sales go down, gun manufacturers are unhappy and that means they are less likely to pour more money into Wayne LaPierre’s pocket and the coffers of the National Rifle Assn, (NRA). So, to beef up sales, Donald Trump showed up at the NRA convention this last April in Atlanta, the first president to appear in more than thirty years, saying, “You are my friends, believe me.” The gun nuts went crazy and T-rump just solidified another faction of his primary demographic of uninformed voter. But, then, the NRA spent “…over $30 million to get him elected, making it one of the biggest pro-Trump groups.” So naturally, he’s in their back pocket.

Donald Trump to the rescue

It was thought that Hillary Clinton would draw the NRA vote, with Donald Trump having no real commitment to gun rights in the past. But with the selection of Tim Kaine for vice president, another gun-control supporter, the left was elated, but the NRA could see trouble coming, and went all out for Trump. It was the earliest presidential endorsement in the NRA’s history, according to The Nation publication. The gun industry’s dilemma was described as follows…

  • “The gun industry has been experiencing a dramatic decline in sales—which have declined 10 percent in the six months since Trump was elected compared with the same period last year—so this culture of fear is vital to gin up demand for guns as necessary self-defense accessories, thereby creating a new generation of buyers, and to garner support for radical new legislation that will put ‘good guys with guns’ virtually everywhere…”

Dana Loesch’s contemptible NRA video

NRA ramps up threats/fear to sell more guns

Without the threat of a Democrat in the White House, and with full control over both houses of Congress, LaPierre’s NRA had to create new intimidation for the American public and its membership. They’re doing it in two ways. First, a “…wave of permissive new NRA sponsored gun laws is now being written in Congress and statehouses nationwide.” The Nation has documented just how this could affect the U.S…

  • “…a nation already in the midst of a furious internal arms race will become saturated with even more weapons in even more public spaces. This year, there have been more than 7,407 gun deaths—almost 42 per day—and 168 mass shootings, including the recent attack on congressional Republicans practicing softball by a gunman who shot four people, including House majority whip Steve Scalise.”

This all can only perpetuate more gun violence since it would put more firearms on the street, which leads to more deaths by guns. Study after study has proven this, despite LaPierre’s perpetual chant that more guns means less gun violence. His ranting and raving isn’t supported by facts, only hyperbole, where the studies are all based on conclusive facts.

NRA membership buys anything LaPierre is selling

Second, the NRA specializes in fear. The kind it instills in its membership and the dim-witted American public that still believes less gun control is better. The kind of fear that will emerge from a special conference held at the NRA convention last April by Steve Tarani, gun nut extraordinaire, titled, “Current and Emerging Threats: How It Affects You!”—sponsored by the outdoor-supply store Cabela’s. The key word here is “Threats,” the connotation that the government or some other force will come to get their guns and take them away forever. While in most cases, this could be a good idea, however, one that won’t happen…at least not yet.

7.3 guns in every gun-owning household

But this kind of concealing rhetoric plies the minds of the double-digit gun nuts to run right out and buy more guns when there are already some 310 million on the street. Household gun ownership has dropped from 51% in 1978 to 36% in 2016, one of the figures that has panicked the National Rifle Assn., and sent its head Wayne LaPierre to the trenches to rattle the cages of its zombie-following membership. Just as a matter of record, only 42.5 million households out of 118.5 million have guns in the house, meaning these gun nuts own 7.3 guns per household. There are no viable figures available on assault weapon ownership, but based on popularity, we can assume it is high.

Pregnant woman shot at party, loses baby to gun violence

It happened about a week ago in a Cincinnati suburb and rated limited news coverage, as usual, due to the idiocy raging in both the White House and the U.S. Senate. A 21-year-old mother-to-be had a few friends and relatives over to her home to announce the coming birth of her new son. However, due to some typical gun violence perpetrated by Wayne LaPierre’s National Rifle Assn. (NRA), she lost her fetus after a gunshot in the thigh. A total of nine people were shot including three children ages 8, 6 and 2, and one woman was killed. It was two guys in hoodies busting in the front door with handguns who sprayed the group will gunfire. No one knows why.

Back in March, Cincinnati had another mass shooting at the Cameo Club where 17 people were shot and two died. In 2016, another mass shooting with eight people shot and killed in a close by area. It goes on and on and on but nothing is ever done about it. And we’re only talking about one city, Cincinnati. I just started a new book, “Confronting Gun Violence in America,” written Thomas Gabor, which is an excellent documentation of the issue of gun violence over the years with several insights into the many problems that surround it. Its publishing date is 2016 so there is no doubt that Gabor is right up to date with the latest facts and statistics.

As an example, the author feels the recent mass shootings in Aurora, Charleston, San Bernardino and Orlando, along with the normal daily exercises in gun violence, have been enough to awaken the general population to what is going on. My problem with that resolve is that the American public’s reaction is way short of the magnitude necessary to rattle the cages of a clueless Congress to the extent they get off their butts and pass meaningful gun control legislation. For this clueless state they’re in, which is entirely bogus since they really do know what is wrong, we can thank the NRA head, Wayne LaPierre, child killer extraordinaire. Congress is scared to death of this demon.

Noticeably, NRA’s Wayne LaPierre has no reply for protesters…

Gabor says most of us no longer hunt for food or need firearms to protect us from wildlife. We have laws to settle disputes, meaning duels are no longer necessary. And contrary to what the gun nuts say, guns are not necessary to protect us from the U.S. government, nor do I feel they are needed for everyday protection on the street. In the home, if you must, but they should remain there. Regardless of how Hollywood portrays it, or how LaPierre and his NRA minions would have you believe, the American frontier and Wild West did enforce prohibitions against carrying guns with disarmament routinely practiced where necessary. In other words, the NRA is full of shit.

Adam Winkler, Professor of constitutional law, who has written his own book, “Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America,” states that the Revolutionary era was marked by strict gun laws where firearms were strictly inspected and recorded by officials. Might we assume at this point that the Founding Fathers had this sort of concept in mind when they concocted the 2nd Amendment? Not Wayne LaPierre’s bizarre perception of putting as many guns on the streets as possible, claiming that will save lives when, in fact, it is proven that more guns in the marketplace results in more gun deaths.

With that, I will leave you with the following facts from Gabor’s book. The USA surpasses other nations by a wide margin both in the total number of guns and the number of guns owned relative to its population. The count in 2009 was 310 million guns, about one per person. With only 31% of U.S. households having a gun, I will let you do the math to determine just how many guns the typical gun nut owns. Way too many! The pregnant woman in Cincinnati just happened to come in contact with one of those millions of guns out there, and as a result her child was prevented from having the life he was meant to have. This is a pathetic situation that needs fixing!

 

How much gun violence can we expect July 4?

On Chicago’s last Independence day there were only 66 people shot; I say “only” because it was the lowest in almost a decade. But already this July 4, weekend, 39 have been shot and four are dead. Now, the windy-city is number one in the nation for gun violence with its gang problem in black neighborhoods, but still a prime example of too many guns on the streets. “At least 1,776 people have been shot in the city this year, 310 of them fatally, according to data maintained by the Chicago Sun-Times. “At least 1,776 people have been shot in the city this year, 310 of them fatally, according to data maintained by the Chicago Sun-Times.” More from Chicago’s NBC News

  • “On Saturday, Chicago Police touted a 14 percent decline in shootings this year compared to the first six months of 2016, and they hope to tamp down the holiday weekend violence with the help of a new gun violence strike force that includes ATF agents.”

The Gun Violence Archive reports enough gun violence in the last 72 hours to cover 12 pages, 25 incidents throughout the U.S. per page on eleven pages, 15 on the last. Folks, that’s a total of 290 times someone has been shot by a gun since just last Thursday. This should be completely unacceptable to the American public, and apparently the trend is toward more gun control, not gun rights, as I reported in a recent post, “Gun nuts losing ground to sensible gun control.” There was a march across the Golden Gate bridge Sunday protesting gun violence, one of 500 throughout the country. The cry was…

  • “Thirty-three-thousand people are killed by gun violence every year,” said Moms Demand Action spokesperson Jen Reidy. “We have 20 times more violence than any other first-world country.”

Reidy also said, “We’re not here to take everyone’s guns away, we [are] saying that convicted criminals and people with known histories of domestic violence should not have access to guns.” The gun nuts should take some comfort in this statement, which I often believe is meant just to appease the radical gun owners. That’s fine to a point, but we definitely have to take away any assault rifle in any household for personal reasons and prohibit any sales of them and high capacity magazines in the future. Also, concealed carry permits should be limited only to those requiring them, like law enforcement. Keep your gun at home or lose it.

Going back to 2015, gun violence over the 4th of July weekend, close to 400 people were shot, 107 killed, 283 wounded. And this was probably conservative, considering the reporting methods. This compared to 2014, “when nearly 400 incidents between July 4 to 6 resulted in 173 fatalities and 347 injuries.” The Trace reports, “Data paints a complete picture of a bloody holiday weekend.” For some reason I cannot find specific figures on 2016 4th of July gun violence, so I’ll provide totals for the year from the Gun Violence Archive

  • Total deaths 15,063
  • Number of injuries 30,613
  • Number of children up to age 17 killed or injured 3,765
  • Mass shootings 384

Based on the totals above, and considering the numbers for 2015, I calculated the figures for 2016 were approximately 119 deaths, 321 wounded, an increase over 2015. With the recent outbreaks and general gun violence across the country increasing, 2017 could e an even bloodier showdown.

And how about a comparison by countries. In Western Europe, the U.S. is highest in gun deaths with 3.55 deaths per 100,000 people. Central and Eastern Europe, we’re number 2, with Albania on top. In the Americas, we fare much better, scoring 12th out of 18. In North Africa and Middle East we’re 2nd after Iraq. There are more that you can see here.

It’s “Let’s Face It” time and the only way something will get done is if the American public becomes involved in a complete revolt against gun violence which must include the expunction of the National Rifle Assn. (NRA) and its leader, Wayne LaPierre. Until the NRA is abolished along with the lowlife that runs it, the United States will not be safe from gun violence.

 

 

 

Guns keep killing while NRA promotes violence with new TV ad

American public wants more gun control

As a discombobulated Republican Congress tries to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a piece of shit–that’s with 53% of the American public wanting to keep the ACA–a large group in their party is clamoring to cancel the August recess because, in addition to the mess they have made of healthcare, they have made no progress on tax reform, spending bills, the debt ceiling and a budget resolution. In other words, a do-nothing Congress has done…nothing. This has become so pathetic that the original framers of this country must be looking down with deep disgust. I feel sure that they would have Mitch McConnell drawn and quartered. Not a bad idea even today.

The above illustrates how reckless this Republican Congress is with American democracy in refusing to do the job these idiots were sent to Washington to do. It’s beyond pathetic, and my point is with this level of incompetence, how could we expect these wingnuts to address gun control. Even when there is gun violence every day that is killing innocent Americans, something that has been as regular as taxes since Sandy Hook. I put 99% of the blame on Wayne LaPierre, who heads the National Rifle Assn. (NRA) and the minions of this abhorrent organization. And simpleton amateurs like Dana Loesch, a misguided talk radio and TV show host.

I urge you to watch the disgusting and sickening NRA video by Dana Loesch before reading further:

Just when you thought the NRA couldn’t sink any lower…this. Dana Loesch, with the video in the background, is, of course, actually inciting violence, but, once again, Wayne LaPierre is also appealing to his membership of gun nuts to go out and buy more guns. This keeps the gun manufacturers happy, and puts more money in LaPierre’s pocket. Loesch, on the other hand, is just a clueless mouthpiece for an organization that promotes an environment of gun violence, including against children. Even if she isn’t getting paid for this, she is still as contemptible as LaPierre, being just a despicable unpaid shill. And by the way, she’s done this before.

While this pathetic woman is spewing the usual NRA garbage, 27 people were injured by guns, an 18-year-old female killed over road rage in a 3-day period, 6/29-7/1. And there is no way the NRA can blame this on the points made in their ludicrous video. The reason for these shootings, and most shootings in the U.S. is too many guns on the street. And the reason for too many guns on the street is videos like the above by Loesch and other false and misguided propaganda by LaPerre and his gang of flunkys. Here are two comments from NRA long-time members

“I’m an old white guy and a life member, but this BS is disgusting,” Facebook user Eric Eugene Rush commented under the post. “When you spew crap like this, you don’t speak for me anymore. I try to avoid doing things on the spur of the moment, but I’ll be thinking about canceling my membership.”

“Jeeeeesus … it almost looks like you’re encouraging violence against demonstrators,” Steve van der Lacy wrote. “Just let the police do their jobs when or if protests get out of hand.”

Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson called the video, “an open call to violence to protect white supremacy.” Sounds like White House adviser Steve Bannon might have written the script for the video. A Facebook petition, referring to the video as inflammatory says…

“All we have to do is look at the increase in violence since the election to see how unchecked violent rhetoric has real life consequences,” the petition states. “Letting this disturbing video stay on Facebook would be extremely irresponsible and could very well lead to disastrous repercussions.”

I wrote a recent post, “Gun nuts losing ground to sensible gun control,” that points out the changing views of the U.S. population re. whether it is more important to support gun control or gun rights. The new trend is for more gun control. The American public voted for more control over guns by 4 percentage points recently. In 2000, it was two-thirds for rights, a substantial change…and about time.

UPDATE: Since completing this post there has been another shooting/killing. On July 1, a NY Bronx doctor killed one doctor, himself, injured 6 others 5 seriously in NY hospital. New count…31 injured, 3 dead in just three days.

 

EMERGENCY: Look at recent gun violence

Wayne LaPierre-Nat’l Rifle Assn.

This Saturday posting is due to the recent amount of gun violence that is completely out of hand and no longer acceptable. Here is the appalling documentation…

June 29 – 2 police officers are critically wounded in San Antonio, Texas. One shooter killed, the other arrested.
June 30 – 18-year-old female killed in West Chester, PA over road rage. Killer still loose.
July 1 – 25 people are shot, 3 injured,. in Little Rock, AR nightclub. Suspects identified but not apprehended.

Is there any doubt that this must be stopped and now? What will it take to make these idiot gun nuts in Congress understand that their constituency is being maimed and killed every day by GUNS? It’s time to tell the NRA to go screw themselves.

UPDATE: July 1 – NY Bronx doctor kills one doctor, himself, injures 6 others, 5 seriously in NY hospital.

NOTE: Please see my Monday post which features the new Dana Loesch NRA video, which even the organization’s life members are aghast over and condemning it.

 

Gun nuts losing ground to sensible gun control

All you gun huggers take notice, the Supreme Court is now beginning to address the problem of too many guns on the street. And I don’t mean the illegal ones in those Chicago neighborhoods with the country’s highest violence. I mean those of you who just must carry that weapon with you to make you feel like a real man. Into bars. Into schools. Into public places. Into just about anywhere the National Rifle, Assn. (NRA) can talk the stupid Congress into. Even the last Supreme’s decision was cagey on just how it felt on this open/concealed carry concept. There is no doubt the question has to be answered and the time may be very soon.

The high court has denied hearing a number of 2nd Amendment cases in the past, both for and against gun rights. However, the Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a 2nd Amendment challenge to a California law, placing strict limits on carrying guns in public. Two justices dissented, Trump appointed Neil Gorsuch and typical right-wing radical, Clarence Thomas. The challenge was from a…

“…California resident Edward Peruta, who challenged a state law limiting gun-carrying permits to those showing “good cause” and a San Diego County policy that says concern about personal safety is All you gun huggers take notice, the Supreme Court is now beginning to address the problem of too many guns on the street. And I don’t mean the illegal ones in those Chicago neighborhoods with the country’s highest violence. I mean those of you who just must carry that weapon with you to make you feel like a real man. Into bars. Into schools. Into public places. Into just about anywhere the National Rifle, Assn. (NRA) can talk the stupid Congress into. Even the last Supreme’s decision was cagey on just how it felt on this open/concealed carry concept. There is no doubt the question has to be answered and the time may be very soon.

The high court has denied hearing a number of 2nd Amendment cases in the past, both for and against gun rights. However, the Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a 2nd Amendment challenge to a California law, placing strict limits on carrying guns in public. Two justices dissented, Trump appointed Neil Gorsuch and typical right-wing radical, Clarence Thomas. The challenge was from a…

“…California resident Edward Peruta, who challenged a state law limiting gun-carrying permits t not sufficient to fulfill the requirement.”

The gun nuts claim the California law violates their right to bear arms, and that was the subject of that earlier Supreme decision that was hazy on the right to possess a firearm anywhere outside the owner’s home. Something they indicated would be taken up at a later time. In chastising the Court for its decision, Clarence Thomas said the following, joined, again, by Neil Gorsuch…

“The Second Amendment’s core purpose further supports the conclusion that the right to bear arms extends to public carry,” Thomas wrote. “Even if other Members of the Court do not agree that the Second Amendment likely protects a right to public carry, the time has come for the Court to answer this important question definitively. ”

“For those of us who work in marbled halls, guarded constantly by a vigilant and dedicated police force, the guarantees of the Second Amendment might seem antiquated and superfluous. But the Framers made a clear choice: They reserved to all Americans the right to bear arms for self-defense. I do not think we should stand by idly while a State denies its citizens that right, particularly when their very lives may depend on it,” Thomas added.

This all sounds like so much bullshit, which Thomas has spewed before. Where in the hell in the 2nd Amendment does it say anything about self-defense. Here are more words from Thomas coming from CBS News

“But the Framers made a clear choice: They reserved to all Americans the right to bear arms for self-defense.”

I’ll say it again, bullshit. This is the same crap NRA head, Wayne LaPierre, has been belching for years, and the public has quite likely grown tired of it. A new study from Pew shows that, “… a sharp drop in overall support for gun control despite common ground on some key issues.” When asked the question whether…

“…it was more important to protect gun rights or control gun ownership, 51 percent favored gun control and 47 percent favored gun rights. Compare that with responses in 2000, when two-thirds of those surveyed said they supported gun control measures.”

There’s more…

Some 89 percent supported preventing the mentally ill from buying guns and 84 percent of all adults supported background checks for private sales and at gun shows.”

“Barring gun purchases for people on no-fly lists won support from 83 percent, while 71 percent of adults, including a small majority of gun owners, supported a federal database tracking gun sales.”

The CBS article is full of more information on gun trends on the left and right and there’s much more on Pew’s site.

 

 

 

More proof: Too many guns on the street

WOW! Look what I found

There is a new report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC); that’s the organization which has had access to statistics on gun violence for years, but were prevented from compiling or releasing it because of legislation supported by the National Rifle Assn. (NRA) because it would prove that the number of guns on the street is the cause for gun violence. In an ABC announcement, it was the Dickey Amendment in 1997 which cut off all the funding for any statistics that promoted gun control. But this all changed with the Orlando massacre, and the CDC has now come up with a startling study that reveals the “staggering” toll of guns on children in the United States.

The CDC reports there are 1,300 kids who die from guns every year, another 5,790 are wounded from handguns, rifles and shotguns. The CBS article reports

“The tally makes gunshot wounds the third leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 17 years.”

The study includes children from 0 to 17 and…

“About 19 children a day die or are medically treated in an emergency department for a gunshot wound in the U.S.,” study author Katherine Fowler, a behavioral scientist at the CDC, told CBS News.

And this is even worse, 53% of these gun deaths among children were homicides. Equally tragic, 38% were suicides. In some cases, the latter due to the fact that stupid adults leave a firearm unattended where they are easily accessible to children. Fowler added…

“The majority of these children are boys, 13 to 17 years old, and African-American in the case of firearm homicide, and non-Hispanic white and American Indian/Alaska Native in the case of firearm suicide.”

Suicide rates among young people have jumped significantly since 2007…60%, at least 25% suffering from mental health problems. And I cannot emphasize this enough, in many cases these youngsters turn to a gun to take their life…simply because it is there. Available. Right in front of them, unattended. Take a look at this collection: Death by Gun: Top 20 States with Highest Rates. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends doctors ask parents whether they keep a gun in the home; Dr. David Wesson, a pediatric surgeon at Texas Children’s Hospital said, “The more guns there are, the more people die of gunshot injuries.” Yes, more guns on the street mean more gun deaths.

ABC also mentioned an earlier released fact that with more research, “…automobile-related deaths have steadily decreased in recent decades thanks to safety measures like airbags, seat belts and anti-lock brakes.” Yet, with all the statistics we have on gun violence, we continue to have 28,807 gun caused incidents a year, resulting in 7,160 deaths, according to the 2017 Gun Violence Archive. Here’s a quote from a top research expert on what that field can accomplish in an issue like gun violence…

“Mary Woolley, the president of Research!America, a nonprofit organization that advocates for making medical and health research a higher national priority, pointed out how public health research has saved hundreds of thousands of lives, from diminished tobacco use to increased use of bike helmets and additional safeguards to reduce child drownings in pools.”

Yet Congress, primarily Republicans, has helped Wayne LaPierre and his National Rifle Assn. (NRA) block this helpful tool from being used, when the CDC has all the means able to capture these statistics except the budget that the congressional gun-lovers refuse to provide. Therefore, 7,160 innocent people were killed in 2016, 1,330 of them young children. How a rational human being cannot understand this–I’m speaking of those fighting gun control laws–is more than I can understand. And I am sure I speak for all those families of the 1,300 kids who were killed and another almost 5,000 wounded by gun violence. it’s downright pathetic.

As a follow up to yesterday’s post, “I Also Have No Sympathy for Steve Scalise,” I agree with MSNBC’s Joy Reid, who was burned at the stake like Manny Schewitz, that Scalise is basically a scumbag. Here’s the take of Reid’s guest, Rev. Dr. William Barber after a gay Capitol police officer named Crystal Griner came to Scalise’s rescue in the shooting…

“If a lesbian person saved your life, you should not go forward being homophobic. If you almost died, but your life was saved because you got health care, then you should apply that ethic and want everybody else to get that same health care that you have.”

That’s about as simple as it gets, but way too complicated for Republican minds, especially Mitch McConnell’s.

 

 

I also have no sympathy for Steve Scalise

Manny Schewitz, who lives near Steve Scalise’s congressional district in Louisiana, was first to say it. “Sorry, I Don’t Feel An Ounce Of Sympathy For Steve Scalise.” He had reasons which I fully concur with. Scalise supports white supremacists, and describes himself as “David Duke without the baggage. Schewitz says…

“He even represents the district which elected Duke to the Louisiana legislature, and addressed a Neo-Nazi convention in 2002.”

The man is pure sleaze, and the reason he was shot was his own fault. He is a member of the National Rifle Assn. (NRA), the organization that emphasizes more guns on the street, particularly the legalizing of assault rifles. Here’s another Manny Schewitz quote…

“The man who shot him had no business owning a gun of any kind, much less the assault rifle he was armed with that day. Yet Scalise has opposed any sort of gun regulations, because he cares more about the wishes of the NRA and the fanatics he represents, instead of the thousands of Americans who are killed every year by gun violence.”

Okay, let’s review the numbers on gun violence. There are 28,467 gun violence incidents each year in the United States. 7,064 of those end in death, and 13,875 people are injured by guns. These figures include 1,379 children up to the age of 17. To cap it off, there are 162 mass shootings every year; at least four people per shooting. This is what Steve Scalise stands for with the NRA and all of his other gun nuts. I, like Schewitz, do not condone the shooting of anyone, even a scumbag like Scalise, who can thank himself and others like him for the shooting. Republicans, in general, are to blame for gun huggers like Scalise and the rabid perpetuation of the NRA.

New Jersey Democratic operative James Devine also has no sympathy for Steve Scalise…

“We are in a war with selfish, foolish & narcissistic rich people. Why is it a shock when things turn violent?”

“I have little sympathy for the Republican Congressman who got shot today because he viciously opposed President Obama’s effort to reduce gun violence and instead, he accepted more gun lobby money than all but 15 other members of the House of Representatives.”

Rep. Chris Collins from New York, one of Donald Trump’s most prominent congressional supporters, blames it all on democratic hyperbole. He, “insisted that the shooting was directly tied to anti-Trump rhetoric from the left.” This is so out in “right” field it is laughable. Donald Trump, himself, has provoked violence among his supporters, and referring, again, to the above where I document a GOP movement that strongly supports the NRA, thus, supporting gun violence in general. It”s the old blame game and it just won’t work when there is so much evidence to the contrary where the left has left their fingerprints all over the causes of gun violence.

 

And let me close with a quote, actually a long oration, from Mo Brooks, an Alabama Republican who witnessed the shooting and was asked soon after the incident if he had changed his mind on gun control. I use this even in its extended length, because it illustrates the absurdity of the Republican position on gun rights…

“Not with respect to the Second Amendment. The Second Amendment right to bear arms is to ensure that we always have a republic. And as with any constitutional provision in the Bill of Rights, there are adverse aspects to each of those rights that we enjoy as people. And what we just saw here is one of the bad side effects of someone not exercising those rights properly. But we’re not going to get rid of freedom of speech just because some people say some really ugly things that hurt other people’s feelings. We’re not going to get rid of Fourth Amendment search and seizure rights because it allows some criminals to go free who should be behind bars. These rights are there to protect Americans, and while each of them has a negative aspect to them, they are fundamental to our being the greatest nation in world history. So no, I’m not changing my position on any of the rights we enjoy as Americans.”

Someone “…not exercising those rights properly?” He almost killed someone, you idiot. and the freedom of speech is a far cry from allowing anyone to own a gun, without training, and take it anywhere they want to. Don’t these morons know what they are saying. Oh, I forgot, he was told to say it by the NRA. That makes it right.