The Senate shot down four gun control proposals this week in an attempt to keep this country's citizens vulnerable and, more importantly, to appease the NRA - the true power behind the spineless people who represent us; the same people who are bought and paid for.
Hey - that was a pretty good opening sentence - it really got my attention.
The first proposal was a republican one - it would have required states to add more information on mental health records to a national database, relative to background checks.
This is one of the positions republicans consistently retreat to when questions of gun control come around. Typical and predictable smoke screen. Mentally deranged people do commit crimes but not every deranged person has been diagnosed. There are a lot of screwed up people in this country, hate filled, violent people who own guns and are one step away from killing innocent people to express their hatred.
Interesting that republicans cannot get their own proposals approved, given that they control the Senate as well as the House.
The second proposal was sponsored by democrats looking to expand the background check system to require checks at gun shows and for online purchases. This defeat was no surprise - the NRA, ah, I mean republicans, do not want to make it harder to buy guns. Jesus Christ, that would negatively impact the bottom line of the NRA.
Please note - the NRA gets the bulk of its money from contributions, grants, royalty income, and advertising - much of it originating from the gun industry. They then use that money to buy politicians, I mean sponsor anti gun control measures (regardless of how many innocent people die.)
The third proposal was sponsored by republicans. It focused on delaying gun sales to people included on a government terror watch list.
Again, republicans could not even get their own proposal approved.
The fourth proposal was sponsored by democrats - an attempt to bar all gun sales to people on the terror watch list.
republicans cannot support that, God forbid - it is important that every terrorist have equal access to assault weapons. After all, how else could they maximize the number of innocent people that they kill?
A random thought - is it possible that some republicans sponsor gun control legislation as a show and then vote against it? That way they pretend to be outraged about mass shootings while simultaneously avoiding pissing off the NRA?
On Wednesday, democrats staged a sit in on the floor of the House of Representatives, in an attempt to force a vote on gun control and to publicize the fact that republicans steadfastly refuse to support any proposal that would limit gun sales and save lives.
Because the NRA is so powerful - meaning they donate large sums of money to republican re-election campaigns.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan decided to dismiss representatives two days early for their precious fourth of July break (which ends up being about a week and a half - how many days do you get off for the fourth?), after calling the sit-in a publicity stunt.
republicans shut down the entire government for 15 days in 2013 when they didn't get the budget they wanted, threatening the delay of paychecks for military people, and the delay of social security payments, among other very critical things.
A move with much more far reaching and dire consequences than sitting on the house floor.
Of course that was not a publicity stunt - that was an intelligent, moral and intelligent use of political representation.
This is what I despise about republicans - they hide behind lies, they create diversions and they pretend to be something they are not.
When it comes to gun control they are bought and paid for by the NRA. Period. And they don't give a damn about the loss of innocent lives and the families that are destroyed as a consequence.