Filosofa Growls …

Forgive me, but I’m on a bit of a rant today, as you’ll see in just a minute.  WHERE is the common sense in this country???  It sure as hell isn’t in our House of Representatives, and apparently not in our Judicial system, either.

At least three House Republicans this week began wearing pins in the shape of an assault weapon on their clothing. Representatives George Santos of New York, Anna Paulina Luna of Florida, and Andrew Clyde of Georgia were all caught on camera wearing the pins, leading some to express outrage.

Representative Jimmy Gomez, a Democrat from California, was among the first to circulate images of the two Republicans wearing the pins.

“Where are these assault weapon pins coming from? Who is passing these out?”

Aaron Fritschner, the Deputy Chief of Staff and Communications Director for Representative Don Beyer of Virginia, captured an image of Congressman Clyde wearing the pin on his tie.

One of the members wearing the pins, Congresswoman Luna, on Wednesday also participated in a House Natural Resources panel debate to push back on Democrats’ attempt to ban firearms inside the Committee’s hearing room.

She tweeted later, “The same Democrats who are voting to send firearms to Ukraine are telling me I can’t carry one.”

The House Chambers may seem like a battleground, but I challenge Ms. Luna to go to Kyiv, live on the streets for 24 hours, and then tell me she doesn’t see a difference.  Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

I am first of all amazed by the utter stupidity, but this … this is a slap in the face to the families of the children killed in the Uvalde school shooting last year.  It is a slap in the face to the Parkland parents, the Sandy Hook parents, to every family who has lost a child to gun violence!  It is a slap in the face to this nation and its people!!!  These members of Congress no longer even pretend to respect the people of this nation … they no longer deserve to serve in our legislative body!  Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

And speaking of guns and Congress …

A group of U.S. Senate Democrats introduced legislation on Thursday directing the Federal Trade Commission to create rules banning the marketing of firearms to children, including the JR-15, which I wrote about a while back.

The bill has slim chance of becoming law as Republicans, who control the House of Representatives, have largely opposed additional gun control measures, consistently arguing they infringe on the right to keep and bear arms enshrined in the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.  To which I say … BULLSHIT!!!

It is reprehensible that we even have to make laws banning the marketing of guns to children, and even more so that the majority will block such a commonsense law!  The leading cause of childhood death in the United States is no longer disease or auto accidents … it is GUNS!!!!  Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

And STILL speaking of guns …

There is a federal law that prohibits those who are under a restraining order due to domestic violence charges from owning a gun.  Makes sense, yes?  If a man couldn’t control his temper enough to keep himself from beating his wife or children, then we don’t want him to have a gun, right?  Well, guess what, folks?  Judge Cory Wilson, of the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals, ruled that the federal law is unconstitutional!

Paving the way for this really lousy decision was the Supreme Court ruling last year in the case of New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. v Bruen whereby the Court ruled that New York’s law requiring a license to carry concealed weapons in public places is unconstitutional.  This opened the door for what will likely be attempts to overturn what little gun legislation exists at the federal level, and states are already jumping on the bandwagon — within two weeks after the Supreme Court decision, the state of Maryland suspended a similar state law.  Others will follow suit.

By this time next year, there may be NO gun restrictions in U.S. law.  Nothing should surprise us anymore.  There is something intrinsically wrong in a country who values the right to own a killing machine more than it values the right to live.  And you want to know the real irony here?  Most of those who whine about their “god-given right” to own a gun, are the same ones who call themselves “pro-life”.  Again … BULLSHIT!!!  Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

40 thoughts on “Filosofa Growls …

  1. Hi Jill. Just passing by quickly and stopped to read this. When I saw this appalling view of American Congress wearing these pins I think it’s a disgraceful look for the country – especially for the thousands who’ve lost loved ones because of these guns. So pathetically ugly for the world to see. 😦 Hugs xx

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    • How well I know, Mick. And it just keeps getting worse!!! I wish I knew how this could be fixed, but given the political climate, and the fact that there are more guns than people in this country, I don’t think it’s fixable … at least for now.

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        • Sigh. And in the meantime, how many more children will be killed, how many more defenseless people will be killed simply because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time? I don’t think this country, as it stands today, has a future. I think we have blown it and either the nation will divide into a number of nations, else it will become a “wild west” for a short time before being reigned in by a strict autocratic government where dissenters are … eliminated. My rose-coloured glasses fell off and I no longer have any real hope for the future of the U.S.

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  2. These bizarre characters in the House wearing those pins are endorsing mass murder. And surprise: Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-GA), the distributor of these despicable pins, owns Georgia’s fourth-largest gun store. He has apparently been wearing one for a few years. But part of their goal is to own the libs and make us crazy, so we must find a way to get past our fully justified outrage and keep working to get legislators to pass sensible gun safety legislation that can somehow withstand the dark money-owned Supreme Court. There’s gotta be a way! We have to change the culture. It worked for tobacco and auto seat belts.

    My immediate concern is how the powers-that-be protect the President and members of Congress during next week’s State of the Union speech, since the House Insurrectionist Caucus has removed the metal detectors and insist on their right to be armed on the House Floor–and now at committee hearings.

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    • Yes, I read this evening that Clyde was the Bozo who was handing out the pins. I will be contacting him tomorrow to let him know what a truly disgusting stunt this is, what a slap in the face to the 330 million people in this country!!! Seems to me there is a HUGE conflict of interest with him owning a large gun-selling business and sitting in the House of Representatives! Integrity??? HAH!!! There is none within the Republican Party of today! You say “there’s gotta be a way” … and yes, there is, but it goes back to We the People … the voters. We MUST educate and open the eyes of the under-educated who vote from emotion rather than intellect, who follow the most ‘exciting’ (read loudest, most disgusting) candidates. How we do this is beyond me, but we must open their eyes!

      I’m with you on having concerns for next weeks SotU address … I’m curious to see who the ‘designated survivor’ will be, for it might actually matter this time!

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  3. I think we are missing the big picture. The multi national mega corporations like banking, weapons manufacturers, big oil, big pharma etc. rule the world. They buy up politicians like candy. Then the politicians (especially right wing) appeal to their lowest common mental denominator to stay in power to get the life long perks.
    The rest of us are expendable..the elderly, the poor, minorities, the mentally ill, the drug addicted. Then the stupid and easily conned.

    The game plan is to reduce the population..plain and simple.

    Wars help too and contagious diseases, cancer and poor access to health care. All this plays into it as well…

    Collapse is near. Enjoy who and what you have now..

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    • There are days, my friend, when I feel exactly as you do. But, overall I try to retain hope that we CAN overcome this. Yes, the corporations wield great power, but only because they are able to buy our politicians. If only we can open the eyes of the under-educated, those who follow the loudest voices, who thrive on the circus atmosphere without understanding the consequences, then we can elect qualified, intelligent politicians with integrity who will gradually change the system. No, I’m not a Pollyanna wearing rosy-coloured glasses, but rather a realist. Yes, all you say is true, but I don’t think it has to end like this. I think, at least on my better days, that there is still hope for a brighter future for us all.


  4. Tragic? Hmmm. Is that the word for what they’re doing? Appalling? Fucking shocking?

    I don’t know. In essence, they are proudly celebrating and supporting a weapon of death. Guess they aren’t part of that whole ‘pro-life’ thing the right wing is always crowing about. The party of no reasoning keeps expanding the possibilities for hypocrisy and stupidity.

    It’s the GEP: the Grand Empty Party.

    Hugs n’ cheers, M

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    • To me, it speaks volumes … says they have no respect nor empathy for the people of this country, and that they are laughing behind our backs. You’re right … the GEP suits them perfectly … they are empty shells lacking conscience, lacking intellect, lacking everything that makes a person a human.

      Hugs ‘n cheers to you, my friend.

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  5. Jill, the wearing of such a pin makes a statement, but the statement it makes to me is very likely not the one they want me to construe. To me, it is akin to people who fly or have a vehicle decal of the Confederate flag. The message I construe is not the one they intend. The message I get is to convey their actions in unflattering terms followed by a “bless their heart.” Keith

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    • PS – I think the leaders of the Republican Party from George Santos’ district are preparing a law suit to have Santos removed from office for significant misrepresentation of his resume (yet another misrepresentation was uncovered today), so he maybe taking his assault weapon pin home. Keith

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      • Yes, I heard that this evening! I hope they are successful — this ‘man’ is a pathological liar and we cannot believe a word he says, so he has no right to be sitting in Congress, voting on issues that affect our very lives!

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    • I agree, only I would leave out the “bless their heart”! To me, it says that they have no respect for the people of this country, that they do not care how many of us lose our children or our own lives — they are laughing all the way to the bank with all that NRA money. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.


  6. Totally tongue-in-cheek!
    Pretty soon girls will be hiding guns in their bikinis, and guys in their Sppedos. You just never know when or where you might need a gun. A beach is a dangerous place to be unarmed!

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      • Can’t hide much in a bikini or a Speedo. But if you don’t need a licence to carry, wno is to stop you.
        Crazy crazy world.
        Trudeau just reneged on a promise to outlaw rapid fire guns that hold more than 5 bullets. Hunters claim they need them. If they can’t hunt with one bullet, or less, they should not be hunting at all. If they need to shoot an animal with more than 5 bullets at a time, that is not hunting, that is slaughter!

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        • I fully agree with you on the issue of the hunters and automatic weapons. First of all, I’d like to see hunting banned altogether in all countries. It’s an unfair sport … a set of claws vs a rifle. Second, if a man is such a lousy shot that he can’t hit the deer or rabbit with 5 bullets, then they need to go home and watch football. And third, an automatic weapon shreds the animal … if they were killing for food, their meat would already be shredded, and if they were killing for sport or trophy, then f*ck them anyway.


    • In many ways, that is definitely true. In the U.S., I would say that the gun culture ranks in the top 5 most critical problems, yet our Congress refuses to deal with it. Sigh.


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