President Obama has returned to Connecticut to refocus the fight for gun control. Nicole Hockley, whose son Dylan was killed at Newtown, introduced the President and said that she and other parents of victims used “love and logic” to convince Connecticut legislators to pass tough new gun control measures. Hockley said she hoped that love and logic would work with Congress. Good luck. If there are two things on this earth that Congressional Republicans are completely impervious to, they would be love and logic. It takes “money and threats,” and those are the weapons the NRA uses... when it can’t use guns, of course.
Mitch McConnell says he will join in the filibuster against any gun safety legislation. Mitch is the leader of the Senate Republicans—he can’t let junior Senators like Rand Paul get out in front of him on the road to hell. Asked about the Republicans who have vowed a filibuster, Harry Reid said “Shame on them.” Thanks, Harry, but if you had been more forceful about changing the Senate rules, we would have more to fight them with than just shame. Senate Republicans are planning to use this filibuster to desecrate the memory of the children gunned down at Newtown, and the only response we have available to us is to shake our heads and go “Tsk, tsk, tsk.”
Why do the gun nuts want people who are mentally ill to be allowed to have guns? It’s because the people who REALLY want guns tend to be mentally ill, if only in the sense that they’re obsessed with guns. There’s a reason they’re called “gun nuts” and not “gun aficionados.” Federal law prohibits selling a gun to anyone who “has been adjudicated as a mental defective or has been committed to any mental institution.” In terms of the mental health profession, “mental defective” is an outdated term—but I can’t think of a better term for somebody with a bunker full of automatic weapons, ammo, seeds, and Ayn Rand novels.
Law enforcement officers are more likely to be killed in states with lax gun laws. That’s because the point of lax guns laws is not to get more guns into the hands of police—it’s to get more guns into the hands of anybody and everybody else. The NRA always says “the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” They seem determined to test that saying by giving as many guns to bad guys as possible.
One-third of American children live in a home with a gun. And half of those homes keep the gun unlocked. An average of 8 children a day are killed by guns in America. We don’t have to wait for the next Newtown massacre—one happens every two to three days in this country.
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