Yes, Now IS The Right Time!

Whenever we have a mass shooting in this country, the first thing out of the politicians mouths is “thoughts and prayers”.  Useless, meaningless, but it makes them appear to be empathetic and compassionate.  Then, following on the heels of those thoughts and prayers, in response to the inevitable hue and cry for stricter gun regulations, their response is that “now is not the time …”  YES, NOW is precisely the time!  What better time, for Pete’s Sake, and since we now seem to average a mass shooting per day, when IS the time to talk about regulating guns?

Take a look at the chart from the past week or so from the Gun Violence Archive. In the week between March 16th, the date of the Atlanta shootings that killed 8, and March 22nd, the date of the Boulder shooting that killed 10, there were eleven mass shootings killing a total of 27 people and injuring 38.  Think about that one, folks … think long and hard about it.  And yet, Congress will not pass a ban on assault weapons, will not even pass stricter background checks!  Not today, not tomorrow, not next week when the nation sits, glued to their televisions, watching footage of the latest shooting.  In total, there have been 104 mass shootings in the U.S. since the beginning of the year, and 9.656 people have died in the U.S. as a result of guns in just the first 83 days of 2021.  That’s an average of 116 preventable deaths per day!

Gun laws highlight one of the numerous differences between congressional Republicans and Democrats.  Typically, it is the Democrats in Congress who are for banning the sale of assault weapons, implementing more widespread background checks, limiting the number of guns a person can own, and banning guns from those who have been convicted of domestic abuse.  The Republicans, on the other hand, want no part of any of the above.

But the latest excuse on the part of Republican lawmakers for not enacting stricter gun legislation is astounding.  Some on the Hill claim that gun restrictions are … racist!  According to Buzzfeed …

GOP senators on Tuesday framed gun control as part of a long and racist history of restricting the rights of minority groups during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence. While they still put forward traditional arguments that gun laws infringe on Second Amendment rights and punish law-abiding gun owners, much of their questions to witnesses focused on minority communities needing guns to protect themselves.

“Very often, inevitably in American history but even prior to American history, we’ve seen it’s rarely the empowered, very rarely the wealthy or those with political connections to the government, who have their rights interfered with,” said Republican Sen. Mike Lee.

Chris Cheng, a witness invited by Senate Republicans and a sports shooter who won the season four championship of the History Channel show Top Shot, related gun control to a historic pattern of infringing on minority rights that included the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. “We need to defend ourselves,” he said.

And now I’ve heard it all … every possible excuse in the book to allow unlimited killing machines in the hands of every man, woman and child.  Over the past several years, it has been the GOP who have shown themselves to be the most racist … remember how Senator Ron Johnson wasn’t afraid of the domestic terrorists who attacked Congress on January 6th, but if they had been Black, then he said he would have been afraid.  But wait … there’s more.

In South Carolina, state senator Tom Corbin has a proposal to make sure no federal law can ever seize guns — make everyone over 17 who can legally own a gun a member of a militia.  South Carolina’s constitution allows the governor to call up an “unorganized militia” of any “able bodied male citizens” between ages 18 and 45. State Sen. Tom Corbin’s proposal would automatically expand membership to everyone who is over 17 and could own a gun.

Supporters of the bill said if everyone is a member of a militia, then they all fall under the opening clause of the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution that starts “A well regulated Militia.” That way a federal law restricting weapons would not apply in South Carolina since almost all residents would be in the unorganized militia.

James Madison, who initially proposed the 2nd Amendment, would surely be aghast at how it has been interpreted ever since the inception of the National Rifle Association (NRA) in 1871.

The wide disparity between Republicans and Democrats’ views on gun legislation all but ensures that, once again, nothing will be done.  The majority of people in this country support stronger gun laws, are tired of seeing people killed time and time again, yet the politicos aren’t listening to their constituents.  Senator Mitt Romney of Utah has received $13,647,676 from the NRA, and nearly every Republican member of Congress has accepted NRA donations and … has an A-rating with the NRA, while nearly every Democrat has an F-rating.  Does that tell you something?

NRA-gradesI can’t even ask you to write or call them on this, for it won’t change their minds.  What I do ask is that you vote the bastards out next time you head to the polls!  Choose representatives and senators who put our lives ahead of their own profits.

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58 thoughts on “Yes, Now IS The Right Time!

  1. The whole idea of the NRA grading politicians on their views on gun laws is not only idiotic but juvenile in the extreme. What is this, a bunch of gun-toting kids playing school? Grow the F up already.

    The whole thing of guaranteeing that nobody can ever take away your guns is like making sure that “Mommy” can never take away your favorite toy that you got for Christmas. Again, grow the F up already.

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  2. As Dr. King said, to paraphrase, sometimes wait is another word for surrender.
    The time is right now, and it has never been more urgent, I suspect.
    But without changing the way we teach and learn,
    will that change last, if we manage to make it?

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  3. The Democrats know that the Republican’s biggest argument to its people is always that the Government is looking for ways to take guns off people. .Since the Democrats are the Government these days how about if they commit to not removing guns from people in exchange for sensible gun laws that the people want anyway. Guns can be restricted to a certain age group 21 and above. Full background searches must be done before weapons are handed over in all cases. The mentally ill can have guns removed until such time as they’re declared well again. No-one convicted of physical abuse in marriage can own a gun. All guns must be kept in a safe environment in the home where children cannot get them. No criminals can own a gun or possess one. Any criminal found in possession of a gun counts as one strike, leading to three strikes and you’re out. None of these rules affect normal gun-owning maniacs out there who have a maximum of two hands and shouldn’t need more guns than hands really. The NRA promotes guns because they receive money from the manufacturers. They are a private business, not a jolly club introducing guns to children from the goodness of their hearts.Politicians should not be allowed to accept campaign contributions from the NRA.
    Cwtch

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      • Unfortunately, abusers do not have to own guns, they just have to borrow them from from azzhole who does own them.
        And while guns are the choice of most family annihilators, there are other methods. One case in Winnipeg decades ago involved a man using an axe. That was a grizzly scene. I believe he offed himself by running his car inside a closed garage. I cannot even imagine!

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        • Here in aotearoa New Zealand, you must have a firearms licence to be in possession of a gun and a licence holder may only transfer possession of a gun (no matter whether it’s permanent or temporary) to another licence holder except were the unlicensed holder remains under direct supervision (within an arm’s length) of the licenced holder.

          The penalty for allowing a gun to be in unsupervised possession of an unlicensed holder is a long prison sentence, so it’s not something that gun holders do lightly. I’m not sure of the maximum penalty, but sentences of 12 years have been handed down. This also applies where guns are inadequately stored allowing them to be stolen or taken without permission.

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          • Drastically, but eff3ctive. Best to not be a gun owner. Aotearoa has some excellent laws. It doesn’t pretend to be serious like a lot of other countries. Were I younger I might want to move there.

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                • Unfortunately, due to covid, the queue is very long…

                  and for the moment, very restrictive.

                  It’s probably better if gun loving Americans are persuaded to rethink their position, which appears (on the surface at least) that any move to regulate firearms is the start of the slippery slide towards totalitarianism. Since Aotearoa New Zealand tops (or is in the top 3 places) of every freedom index, whereas the US lingers in the “also rans” (20th or worse), I think that’s powerful evidence that the “slippery slope” theory isn’t necessarily true.

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                  • Yes, I’m not surprised. I’ve looked into Canada and the UK, but at the moment, nobody is welcoming migrants or those of us seeking political asylum. Ah well, as you say, best I stay here and fight the rising tide anyway.

                    There are those who think (with their brains) and ask questions, do research. And then there are those who are either too ignorant or too lazy to do their own thinking, so they allow others, such as Fox News and their favourite politicians, to do their thinking for them, or rather to tell them how to think. For a number of years now, I have tried to convince those people to read … read, read, read … think about what they’re reading, and formulate their own opinions, whether the topic is gun regulation, climate change, abortion, the death penalty, or any number of topics. It’s like talking to a brick wall. Once they’ve been told what to think, they aren’t about to budge. Sigh.

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    • No-one convicted of physical abuse in marriage” is not very inclusive. Conviction for violence on anyone sharing the same household (domestic violence) is grounds for denying a firearms licence in Aotearoa New Zealand.

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  4. The apposite phrase is ‘well-regulated militia.’ The Second Amendment doesn’t mean ‘every racist lunatic who wants a gun, with no checks and controls.’ The rest of the world stares, open-mouthed, at the lack of real gun controls over there, and the crazy justifications people give for not having any.

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    • Yes, no doubt the framers of the Constitution would be horrified to see how the 2nd Amendment has been twisted. In their wildest dreams they could not have imagined the types of weapons that exist today. Heck, Clive … it isn’t only the rest of the world that finds our gun situation jaw-dropping, but the majority of us here, believe it or not, are appalled by it. However, our voices and our lives do not stand a chance against the gun lobby … it’s all about $$$$$$$ you know. Sigh.

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        • The wealthy have the power on the sufferance of the poor folk. Take away the wealth, take away the power. It will take a revolution, but, America started with a revolution. It is time for another!

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        • I’m really tired of the people here calling the U.S. a ‘democracy’. It isn’t. It is an oligarchy, a plutocracy, but has not been a democracy … well, it’s never been a pure democracy, but once was a democratic republic. Now … it’s not even that. Maybe it never was, but we made progress for a while … women got the right to vote, the right to equal pay, voting rights became universal, discrimination in the workplace and in housing became illegal. But now, so much of that is being rolled back, being overridden, that I honestly don’t know where we’re headed … on a train bound to nowhere, perhaps.

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          • I just hope Biden can undo some of the changes made by the former guy, whose slogan really should have been Make America 1930 Again. Some similar roll backs likely to come here too: Brexit has given the Tories the confidence to start reneging on things like human rights. I suspect workers’ rights are on their agenda too, to please their fat cat chums. Not good!

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            • He’s already made a good start at that, particularly with regards to environmental issues, but he’s got his work cut out for him! And already there is criticism that he hasn’t (until today) held a formal news conference! I think he has more important things on his plate! You are so right … trumpeters did see it as taking the U.S. back to at least the 50s, to the days of Jim Crow. In both our countries, I think, as well as much of the Western world, money and power have taken precedence over human rights. There will be a reckoning … but sadly I think it will come with a high toll in terms of lives.

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              • He has, and I hope he isn’t obstructed in doing it. The word ‘bipartisan’ seems to have dropped out of the GOP vocabulary. I haven’t seen his press conference but I’m assuming it was given in coherent fashion, without lies and sneers. We used to count as a world power but have chosen to isolate and downgrade ourselves: that is what worries me, in that there are fewer checks and balances to hold a potentially damaging government to account as it spews out its dogma.

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                • Oh, but just yesterday we were told that there must be bipartisan “compromise” on voting rights! WHAT THE HECK is there to compromise about??? We all get to vote. Period. No compromise! Sigh. Forgive me … the angst overflows tonight. I did not see it, either, but from everything I’ve read, it was very coherent, almost boring. No rage, no ranting, no facial contortions or talking over the members of the media. The biggest ‘scandal’ I’ve read about it was that … GASP … he didn’t call on a member of Fox News to ask a question! Awwwww … gee golly gosh. I share your concern there, Clive, and you are not alone. The Western world is in flux right now, and I don’t like what my mind tells me is coming.

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                  • That’s bipartisan as in ‘you do what we tell you although we no longer control any branch of government,’ I guess.

                    Not calling on Fox is fair enough – it was a news briefing, and they don’t cover anything about news.

                    Fingers crossed we’re both wrong, but I’m not holding my breath…

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  5. Jill, the time is now. But, the problem is greater than the mass shootings. By far, most gun deaths are suicide. This is the reason for Nan’s comment on choice of weapon. Also, homes that have a handgun have a much higher propensity for suicide than those without. All it takes is one impulsive act and it is over, a child, spouse or self is lost. Gun owners agree by significant majority on several changes, so we should start there. Doing nothing is not working. Not acknowledging we have a problem is not working. This slippery slope BS is just that. Thoughts and prayers are shallow. WE must do something, especially with the NRA so weakened by the embezzlement scandal that led to Wayne LaPierre’s termination. We need legislators to act like parents and spouses and less like lobby-funded drones. Keith

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    • I know, and I fully agree, Keith. Personally, I think ALL guns should be banned, even hunting rifles. People get their meat in the grocery store these days … at least in this country … and don’t need to kill beautiful animals for sport. Barry was telling me about the gun laws in New Zealand and they make so much more sense than ours. Guns must be kept locked up, even when in a car, and separate from the ammunition. It takes the fit of temper element out if you have to go one place, find the key, unlock the gun, then go find the other key for the ammo. I’m hoping the NRA becomes but a shell of what they once were. Most gun owners want sensible changes and most don’t support the NRA, but to hear the politicians tell it, everybody wants unlimited gun access. Only in America.

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  6. I just read something that truly surprised me. David Harsany, a reporter for the National Review, wrote: “the majority of killings are committed using handguns … rather than assault rifles.” My immediate thought was …
    “Oh yeah. He must be a Republican.” But then I did a little research … and he’s right!

    From Wikipedia: Several types of guns have been used in mass shootings in the United States. A 2014 study conducted by Dr. James Fox of 142 shootings found that 88 (62%) were committed with handguns of all types; 68 (48%) with semi-automatic handguns, 20 (14%) with revolvers, 35 (25%) with semi-automatic rifles, and 19 (13%) with shotguns.

    HOWEVER, further research indicates (from Axios.com) that it’s the Assault Weapons that do the most damage.

    Here is a link to some statistics provided by motherjones.com on mass shootings: https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/07/mass-shootings-map/

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    • That surprises me, too! Thanks for the link, Nan. The fact that the assault weapons like the AR-15 can do so much damage in a short time is why I think they must be banned. They were never intended for civilian use, but were designed for military use. But then, personally I’d like to shut down the gun manufacturers and never let another be sold in this country. Yeah, I know, a pipe dream.

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