Push … and Push-Back

We have all been so encouraged by the young people, led by the survivors of the Parkland, Florida, mass school shooting, and we should be encouraged, we should be proud of these young people.  They are the first generation, with the possible exception of the Vietnam generation, to take a firm stand, to make their voices heard, to say, “ENOUGH!!!”

Meanwhile, back at the ranch … er, the National Rifle Association, commonly known as the NRA, guess what?  Donations to the NRA have more than tripled since February!  In February, the group reported donations of $779,063, and in March, $2.4 million.  That is more than they have raised in any month since at least the year 2000.

bubba with gunWhy, you ask?  It’s what I call the push/push-back.  The students are the ‘push’, the momentum that is having a real impact, their voices have already led to new controls on gun ownership in Florida.  And those who cherish their right to own guns more than they value their own children are the ‘push-back’, scared that they may lose the right to own an automatic weapon.  They might well be in danger of losing the ability to plow down hundreds of people in just a minute or two.  They might even … gasp … have to submit to an extended background check and wait 3-5 days before taking possession of their newly purchased gun.  And God forbid that their 18-year-old son, Bubba, might have to wait until he is 21 years of age to buy his first gun. And because they are scared of losing their right, they are turning to their protector, Wayne LaPierre and the NRA.

gun freakThe NRA is short on morals and values, but they are by no means short on marketing skills, for they knew just how to play their cards.  They used the protests of our youth to their advantage, used them, just as Donald Trump used terrorism and terrorists, to instill fear into those gun-lovin’ fools.  “The threat to our freedom has never been more real,” reads one social media post that includes a link to its membership page. Another post says that gun control proponents “are manipulating and exploiting children as part of their plan to DESTROY the Second Amendment.”

And their marketing campaign worked.  $1.9 million of the $2.4 million the NRA reported as donations in March came from small donors, those giving $200 or less.

Want to know what you likely haven’t seen in your local paper or heard on the nightly news about school shootings in the U.S. since the February 14th shooting in Parkland?

  • February 24: Savannah, Georgia — A person was shot on the campus of Savannah State University and taken to a nearby hospital where he later died.
  • February 27: Itta Bena, Mississippi — A person was shot in a rec center at Mississippi Valley State University. The injury was non-life-threatening.
  • February 27: Norfolk, Virginia — A student at Norfolk State University was shot from an adjacent dorm room while he was doing homework. He was not seriously injured.
  • March 2: Mount Pleasant, Michigan — Two people were shot to death at a dormitory on the campus of Central Michigan University.
  • March 7: Jackson, Mississippi — A student was shot inside a dormitory at Jackson State University. His injuries were not life-threatening.
  • March 7: Birmingham, Alabama — One student was killed and another critically wounded after an accidental shooting during dismissal time at Huffman High School.
  • March 8: Mobile, Alabama — One person was hospitalized after a shooting at an apartment building on the campus of the University of South Alabama.
  • March 13: Seaside, California — A teacher accidentally discharged a gun during a public safety class at Seaside High School, injuring a student.
  • March 20: Lexington Park, Maryland — An armed student shot two others at Great Mills High School before a school resource officer fired a round at the shooter. The shooter was killed. One of the students, 16-year-old girl Jaelynn Willey, was taken off life support two days later.
  • April 9: Gloversville, New York — A student shot another student with a BB gun in Gloversville Middle School.
  • April 12: Raytown, Missouri — A man was shot in the stomach in the parking lot of Raytown South Middle School during a track meet.
  • April 20: Ocala, Florida — A student at Forest High School was wounded and a suspect taken into custody.

In just two short months, people!!!  Two months, twelve school shootings!!!

Those who place such value on the ability to own a gun, especially a weapon that can kill hundreds inside of minutes, do not belong to the same branch of humanity to which I belong.  And just how many of these who will take their grocery money to support the NRA and keep their precious guns … how many of those are “evangelical Christians” who scream at the tops of their lungs that every abortion is murder???  But killing people with guns is okey-dokey, hunky-dorey???

Need I say more?

62 thoughts on “Push … and Push-Back

  1. Thank you. It is hard to remember each one of these tragic events in our constantly information soaked world. I hope more people realize how serious the problem is and how simple the solution could be. Hugs

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    • It is almost as if the majority of this nation, a majority that is asking, begging for, demanding some sensible gun regulations and a ban on assault-style weapons, are deemed irrelevant. When did the majority become the minority. When did our voices stop being heard? More importantly: WHY? I am getting real serious these days about leaving this country forever. Hugs, dear Scottie!

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      • It comes down to money, and what the elected officials value more. I mean look at Paul Ryan. He admits to using the same government services he now tries so hard to cut. They all are very wealthy compared to the average person in the country. 45 million people live below the poverty line. There is no American dream for most of us any more. We have to break the money in politics cycle if we want to bring back the better economic times for the majority of people. We have to change soon or we will be a country of nothing’s ruled by corporations. Hugs

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  3. Jill, I had a more detailed comment in another post of yours. The NRA has deviated from its initial mission of gun safety and governance and now is all about perpetuation sales. They could have been a voice of reason, but chose to the voice of violence. The greater tragedy is what happens everyday – suicides, homicides and accidental shootings. There are things we could do to cut into these numbers – background checks on all sales, longer waiting periods, finger printed triggers to avoid child deaths or accidents – would be a start. None of the three items takes anyone’s gun away but would save many lives. Keith

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    • As I told another reader, I wonder how the NRA leadership would feel if one day it were their child or grandchild killed in a school shooting? Do you think that would wake them up, change their minds, or would it simply drive them to campaign that much harder for more “good guys with guns”? Yes, they have swung about 180 degrees off their original path of teaching gun safety and governance. Another reader, Calensariel, was telling me that they actually had to take gun safety classes at their church last night. Isn’t this just a damn shame that our nation has come to this? Sigh.

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      • Jill, your comment when it is their child says a great deal. The number I have seen is there are about 2,000 accidental shootings along with over 20,000 suicides per year. This is more than 2/3 of all gun deaths.

        The propensity for suicides greatly increased when a gun is present. It just takes one impulsive act and you, your child, or spouse are dead. As for the accidental deaths, just Google “six year old shoots four year old” and read the number of stories. Keith

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    • It is, indeed, obscene. I think that it is panic time for the gun-lovers and the NRA, and I’m hoping this is their last-ditch effort to stay in the picture, to keep their power intact. And make no mistake — the NRA has great power, for far too many of our members of Congress, state legislators and governours are in the pockets of the NRA. Sigh.

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  4. “…how many of those are “evangelical Christians” who scream at the tops of their lungs that every abortion is murder??? But killing people with guns is okey-dokey, hunky-dorey???” That’s a mouthful. That right there is why so many of us believers are disassociating ourselves with the term “Christianity.” What is happening with that whole right-facing group of evangelicals is just bullshit. (And in fact, Jesus was NEVER a Christian… We need to get rid of that Christianese!) I get SOOOOOOOOOO disgusted with them. Especially Franklin Graham. I bet poor Billy is spinning in his grave. Especially after he warned his son NOT to get involved with politics, that it’s not the church’s place. We had to attend an “active shooter training” at church yesterday. Can’t tell you how distressing that was.

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  5. Their fear defies logic, Jill. Requiring extensive background checks and closing gun ownership loopholes in no way threaten the 2nd Amendment, yet these folks fall prey to the NRA’s ad manipulations insinuating that tighter controls do just that. Talk about being led around by the nose…

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    • You are so right. Remember that during Obama’s tenure, they kept pushing the idea that Obama was “coming for our guns”. It seems that there is a large contingent of ignorance in this country today, and far too many will listen to whatever nonsense the gun lobby, led by the NRA, spits out. I wonder what Wayne LaPierre, the head of the NRA, would have to say if it were his grandchild that were killed in a school shooting?

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        • One would hope, but some people love money … and their guns … more than their children. I did a piece a while back about a couple who left a gun out and one of their children shot another. Children’s services gave them a choice, to either get rid of their guns or lose their children. Guess what? They chose to keep their guns and their children are now in foster care. Sigh.

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          • OMG, that defies belief. Makes you wonder if their chests are hollow or their brains, defective. I have great faith in humanity and prefer to think that some incarnate as subnormal in order to teach us and themselves an important lesson. Thinking otherwise saps my energy; but I wouldn’t hesitate to incarcerate them if need be ❤️

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            • You are right. For those of us who still have our sanity (relatively speaking), it defies belief. But I even have friends who claimed they would have decided the same. It is a frightening statement of who or what our nation is becoming. We shun values of humanitarianism, yet embrace a piece of steel that kills our fellow humans. In this case, I think it is both their chests and their heads that are hollow. The only upside I can give you is that we should be happy and take pride in our humanity, our compassion for others, and our willingness to make sacrifices so that others can hae at least the bare essentials. I ask often how the other side manages to get to sleep at night. I have to live with ‘me’ 24/7, and it is to my own mind that I answer. Though I do not sleep well of late, I can honestly say that i go to bed with a clear conscience.

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  6. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Will it ever end? …. ‘Those who place such value on the ability to own a gun, especially a weapon that can kill hundreds inside of minutes, do not belong to the same branch of humanity to which I belong.’
    Me neither …

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    • Thank you for the re-blog, dearest friend! Will it ever end? Yes, but methinks not in any peaceful way. Combine the gun situation with the environmental problems and … well, I’ll leave you to draw your own conclusions. You’ll enjoy what my granddaughter, Miss Goose, said tonight when we were discussing the NRA and its supporters. She suggested we bring all the people of Puerto Rico here where they would have shelter, electricity and fresh water, and send all the gun lovers over to Puerto Rico and let them see what life is like there. The kid has a good heart. ❤

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        • Miss Goose will be 24 in November. She is smart and has a fabulously humanitarian heart, but is socially-challenged. She has Tourettes Syndrome, and because her symptoms were difficult when she was little, we started out homeschooling her. Long story short, between Chris’ and my work schedules, it made sense to continue homeschooling her, which we did for 12 years, through her senior year of high school. She has a great education, is smart as a whip, but is not in any way prepared to face the world, and we struggle to figure out what to do about that one.

          The eyes are great!!! Not perfect, but I can see so much better, and can drive again!!! I still have some trouble driving at night, but … I am 66 years old!!! Nothing is supposed to work perfectly at this age, right?

          Hugs, my dear friend!!! ❤

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          • Hugs dear one!! Very happy about the eyes. That went quite well. Miss Goose sounds very interesting and wise. Thx for telling me about her … keep me posted on her!!
            Hugs, love and peace … always!! ❤
            You never cease to amaze me!! Love ya!!
            Hey, I"ll be 68 in July. Yep, nothing works perfectly … I believe after …. 55?

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            • Oh, there is so much to tell about Miss Goose (Natasha) that I could write a book! She is politically savvy, though not very interested in politics, but with me for a grannie, how could she not be, right? She hates Trump … good enough, yes? She has a boyfriend who she has seen about 5 times over the course of an almost 8-year ‘relationship’. I cannot stand the kid, but … I try to zip my lip, for he lives in Indiana … about a 4 hour drive, and neither one of them seem inclined to make the effort to visit one another. Natasha is artistic … she did NOT get that from moi!!! She does some really impressive manga drawing and computer art. I’ve been trying to nudge her toward art school, but so far with no success.

              For me, I think things started not working right the day I was born!!! They just keep getting more noticeable the older I get. But my philosophy is that I do the best I can with the body, and I can overlook some aches, pains and malfunctions as long as my mind is sharp. If the mind ever fails, please shoot me, for that is the very thing that makes life worth living. My mother-in-law, whom I loved dearly and she was my best friend, suffered from Alzheimer’s the last 2-3 years of her life, and it was simply heartbreaking. I don’t ever want to live like that.

              Hugs, sweet lady!!! ❤

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              • My dearest friend … thanks so very much for sharing this awesome and very interesting info about Miss Goose!! It’s another glimpse into your and yours!! This is the best .. “She hates Trump … good enough, yes?”
                You have one great philosophy about getting older, etc. One I can integrate for myself!!
                On another note … take a look, you may find this interesting. I found it yesterday, by chance!
                http://howlonghasdonaldtrumpbeenpresident.com/

                Have a most wonderful day!! Hugs, tight hugs …. ❤

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                • I don’t usually share much about my family on here, for safety and privacy reasons, but I feel so close to you, you are such a good friend, that I am comfortable sharing things with you. And, this post has been around a few days, so it’s not likely to attract much more traffic now. I’m just cautious, for as I’m sure you’ve seen, I have a couple of trolls that pop up from time to time. Probably harmless, but these days, you never know.

                  I love that website!! I pinned it to my taskbar … but you know what I would love even better? If there was a countdown one to the day he leaves office! I wonder if bookmakers are taking bets on that one? 😀

                  Hugs, my friend!!!

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    • And … I predict it will continually get worse in the months leading up to the mid-terms, so hold on to your hat, my friend! Tonight, I saw a Facebook post about a sporting goods chain that will no longer be carrying a certain product line … I cannot remember the name of either. Anyway … you want to know why they won’t carry the product line any more? It’s because that company withdrew their support from the NRA in the wake of the Parkland mass school shooting, and this sporting goods store says they are “robbing Americans of their freedom”! I was so mad … it was posted by a friend of mine, and a number of people were liking it, saying, “right on!” Grrrrrrrrrrrrr …

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