Paul Revere by Cyrus Dallin, North End, Boston



Friday, February 16, 2018


John Cassidy:

"The Republicans bear the primary responsibility, though. Ever since Sandy Hook, it is their craven subservience to the gun lobby that has prevented meaningful action, even as the carnage that Rubio referred to has continued. 

“Turn on your televisions right now and you are going to see scenes of children running for their lives,” Chris Murphy, the junior Democratic senator for Connecticut, said on the Senate floor on Wednesday afternoon. 

“Let me just note once again for my colleagues: this happens nowhere else other than the United States of America. This epidemic of mass slaughter, this scourge of school shooting after school shooting, it only happens here. Not because of coincidence, not because of bad luck, but as a consequence of our inaction. We are responsible for a level of mass atrocity that happens in this country with zero parallel anywhere else.” 

 The key concept in that excellent peroration was responsibility. Even with the blood of defenseless children flowing along the corridors of schoolhouses, the U.S. government has abdicated its duty to protect. And that, it bears repeating ad nauseum, is a national disgrace."


Dervish Sanders said...

From The Daily Beast: White Supremacists Claim Nikolas Cruz Trained With Them; Students Say He Wore Trump Hat in School.

Shaw Kenawe said...

From an fb friend:

Dear Senator Rubio,

I am writing as a Florida resident and constituent who supports the right to own firearms, but not any and all firearms. There may be many causes of the mass shootings that regularly horrify all of us. There may be some beyond our control, but certainly not all of them are.

A federal law limiting the allowable capacity of removeable magazines to a small number adequate for hunting, sport shooting and even self-defense would go a long way to limiting firepower and the resulting slaughter. Devices like bump-stocks that increase the rate of fire are useless for any legitimate purpose and should be restricted.

Complex problems might demand complex answers and step by step solutions. Thoughts and prayers are not among those solutions. Asking the public to monitor each other's actions and speech is hardly enough.

I would ask that you resist the slippery-slope fallacies offered by the NRA and I ask that if they will not work with you in eliminating these aspects of the mechanics of slaughter, that you just say no to them and perhaps to the financial support they provide you with. Further to that request is the demand that you work toward legislation strongly limiting the campaign contributions by corporate entities. It is the root cause of so many of our seemingly insoluble problems."

Lee Arnold said...

For your Righty "friends" that so hoped that slimeball, mass murderer, white supremacist, Trump supporter Cruz, was a Anti-Fa Democrat.
NOT a Democrat, NOT wearing an ANTIFA T-shirt, NOT a Dreamer.
Yes , he wore a MAGA hat, and supported Trump.

Dervish Sanders said...

The picture of Cruz supposedly wearing an Antifa T-shirt has been debunked. As per Snopes this story is FALSE and the person in the picture is not Cruz.