Republican House member Steve Scalise spoke about the Nashville school shooting earlier today:
“The first thing in any kind of tragedy I do is I pray. I pray for the victims. I pray for their families. I really get angry when I see people trying to politicize it for their own personal agenda, especially when we don’t even know the facts. We’ve talked about things that we can do, and it just seems like on the other side, all they want to do is take guns away from law abiding citizens, before they even know the facts. The first thing they talk about is taking guns away from law abiding citizens. And that’s not the answer, by the way. So why don’t we number one, keep those families in our prayers.”
I had not intended another post today, but after reading Mr. Scalise’s words, it’s either verbalize my frustrations here, or punch a hole in the wall! There is so much to rebut here that I don’t know where to start. A word of warning, this is a rant on my part and I will not mince words, nor will I apologize for what I say or how I say it.
- You can pray until the cows come home, Mr. Scalise, but that is NOT helpful. Millions of people have been praying for decades about the severe gun problem and related deaths, yet the numbers keep rising instead of falling. You can believe whatever the hell you wish, but don’t shove your rhetoric down MY throat. Keep your useless prayers, take comfort if you wish in the myth that if you just pray hard enough, no more children will die.
- “We don’t know the facts …” he says??? We know that a person bought 7 guns, took three of them into a school and murdered three children and three adults. That’s a fact. It’s also a fact that over 10,000 people have died by gun violence in less than three months, more than 400 of them children! And to say that we are ‘politicizing’ it for our ‘own personal agenda’ is disgusting, offensive, and proves that Scalise is not mentally competent to serve in the United States Congress!
- The incessant call for ‘thoughts and prayers’ by Mr. Scalise and others in Congress is naught but a sorry distraction, a sorry excuse for the fact that THEY are NOT doing their jobs! Much easier to sit on their fat arses and mumble a few words of prayer than to go against their big donors in the NRA and pass laws that actually protect children! Their job is to legislate in the best interest of this country. Having more guns than people in the country, including millions of assault weapons that can mow down a crowd in under a minute is NOT in the best interest of the nation! It is getting people killed EVERY DAMN DAY!
- Scalise says we, the people with both brains and a conscience, want to take guns “away from law abiding citizens.” Law abiding citizens, Mr. Scalise, DO NOT purchase seven guns, as did the Nashville shooter! Law abiding citizens DO NOT own AR-15s! Assault weapons are purchased with only one thing in mind: to kill humans! You yourself were a victim of a mass shooting, and yet you foolishly refuse to even consider any form or fashion of gun regulation! What a damn fool you are!
BAN ASSAULT WEAPONS NOW!!! There is no other starting place … if you want your children and grandchildren to live in a safe place, then demand that your representatives and senators take action this week! NOW!!!