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

If You Give A Kid A Gun …

Guns in the hands of so-called ‘adults’ are bad enough, but guns in the hands of children is unconscionable!  It is a recipe for disaster!  The very same crowd that would deny a woman the right to have an abortion, would happily put a gun into her child’s hand!

I imagine most of you have seen the video clip that went viral a couple of days ago about a child in a diaper running around the hallway of an apartment building waving a loaded pistol.  The child pulled the trigger at least twice, but luckily, although the gun was loaded, there was no bullet in the chamber.  He pointed the gun at a woman and her daughter, who immediately went into her apartment and called the police, probably averting a catastrophe.  The child’s father denied owning a gun, but the child led police to the desk where the gun was stashed and the father was promptly arrested.

And this came just a week after a six-year-old child shot his teacher!

So, with those two things fresh in my mind, can you imagine my horror upon reading of a gun trade show being held in Las Vegas this week that will feature a JR-15 .22-caliber long rifle meant for kids?  WTF???  Whoever thought this was a good idea needs to have a lobotomy right away!  According to the trade show’s website …

“The JR-15 is the first in a line of shooting platforms that will assist families in safely passing on the proud American tradition of responsible gun ownership to the next generation of recreational shooting and hunting enthusiasts.”

Every state has laws that prohibit a child from having a gun, yet the gun manufacturers are making guns specifically for children … where’s the sense???  Oh wait … sense, human lives, logic, compassion, and all that take a backseat to the big P … PROFIT!  Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

The good news, if any can come of this, is that even young people are up in arms (no pun intended) over this, and on Tuesday a group of student protesters, including at least one who is the survivor of a school shooting, demonstrated outside the trade show’s venue, the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

One of the students, Ade Osadolor-Hernandez, a member of Students Demand Action, had this to say …

“I really am just afraid to walk at night, to go to class, and obviously with the school violence epidemic and school shootings, I was even scared to participate in class. I was always looking for the nearest exit.”

Isn’t that a damn shame?  We send our children to school to learn history, science, literature, to become well-rounded, knowledgeable, thinking adults, but instead of focusing on the lessons of the teachers and textbooks, they are focused on watching every movement around them and remembering where the hiding places and exits are.

Last weekend at a mall in Columbus, Ohio, 40-50 youths were involved in a fight that caused police to evacuate the mall.  Loaded guns were found on at least two of the youths that we know of.  But perhaps this statement by a patron of the mall identifies the real problem …

“We’re numb to it now, because we hear it so many times. It’s not like it’s something that happens and it’s a huge big deal, because tomorrow we’re probably going to hear it again somewhere else.”

Chew on that one for a while, my friends.

Meanwhile, Clay Jones has an excellent post on the topic of kids ‘n guns … check it out.