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Sadly, photos are what it's going to take.

Otherwise, for some the reality just will not sink in. A tiny percentage are so attached to their guns that they won't care. The brutality their weapons can cause is what they want. For almost everyone else, it's the awful reality check that will make the difference. The majority of Americans want gun reform, but they're still sitting down about it. They'd get up and hit the streets in no time if they saw what these poor children are going through when they die.

Good. Give him hell. It took 78 minutes before someone made that 'split second' decision.

And it was Border Patrol who ignored the locals and finally got the job done. In the meantime, at least one child who might have lived bled to death. There's nothing too harsh or unfair about pointing that out and questioning why.

👆 Yes. Mo Brooks has just disqualified himself from holding office. nt


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It's. The. Guns.


For those who don't do Twitter and/or see only a link:

DrDinD 🌊🇺🇲🇺🇦 @DrDinD
Replying to @RVAwonk
It's. The. Guns.
1:32 AM · May 30, 2022

"O'Rourke is betting..." Way to put words in his mouth, AP.

Way to second guess someone's motivations. There is no need to frame the article this way. There is no quote from Beto himself in the article save this one:

“To those men and women in positions of power who care more about your power than using that power to save the lives of those that you are supposed to serve .... we will defeat you and we will overcome you,” O'Rourke told protesters who chanted his name and the phrase "Vote them out!

Standing up to Abbott may help him in the governor's race. It may backfire on him. But he never has said and likely would not dream of being crass enough to say anything along the lines of "I'll bet this mass shooting helps my campaign, hyuck hyuck" anywhere, at any time, and certainly not while parents mourn and bury their children. Disgusting.

Really well done.

Without writing a thesis length article, Teri Kanefield walks the reader through the highlights of the tortured origin and history of the 2nd Amendment, the rise of the 'conservative' NRA we have today, and the Russian capture of the Republican party. That the armed white supremacist movement rose alongside these events was a surprise to no one involved in pushing gun ownership for the masses. It's all too likely they were counting on it.

Thank you for posting this, Nevilledog. It's a must read.


NotTheRealTraceyDelaney @TraceyDelaney
Replying to @RepSwalwell
1 protest outside Brett Kavanaugh’s house and Republicans pass a bill protecting Supreme Court judges.

2,000+ school shootings later and all they offer our children is “Thoughts & Prayers”

They’ll protect themselves but not our children.
Remember this next time you vote
10:20 PM · May 28, 2022

Well done and well worth the watch.

Australia's Lessons on Gun Control

No paywall

My colleague Uri Friedman wrote about the impact of the Port Arthur massacre in the wake of the shooting in San Bernardino, California in 2015. He noted that, among other things, the Australian government “banned automatic and semiautomatic firearms, adopted new licensing requirements, established a national firearms registry, and instituted a 28-day waiting period for gun purchases. It also bought and destroyed more than 600,000 civilian-owned firearms, in a scheme that cost half a billion dollars and was funded by raising taxes.” The entire overhaul, Friedman pointed out, took just months to implement. [snip]

Last year, on the 20th anniversary of the Port Arthur massacre, John Howard, the center-right leader whose government introduced and passed the legislation, said: “It is incontestable that gun-related homicides have fallen quite significantly in Australia, incontestable.” In the interview, he also cited a 74 percent decline in gun-involved suicide rates as evidence of the legislation working. But as the Australian Broadcasting Corporation pointed out: “While it is accurate for Mr Howard to assert that gun-related homicides and suicides have dropped since his reforms were implemented, there is more to it. Studies on the impacts of his reforms have come to varied conclusions and experts contacted by Fact Check said other factors would have influenced the drops, even though the reforms are likely to form part of the story.” The ABC report said “social support or government investment in social welfare are common factors that help depress crime rates and could be linked to the drop in firearm homicides and suicides.”

Why is it legal for private individuals to own enough guns to supply a small army?

Nobody needs this many guns.

"I'm a collector." Fuck you. Collect something else.

Requiring separate, expensive liability insurance on each and every single one of those guns would at least be a starting point for reining in this level of madness.

Yes. Systemic failure is a perfect description.

For the most part, almost anybody can listen to police comms with scanners or online apps, and people did at the time.

If the police themselves aren't listening, wth? It's a bit odd that there's a police jurisdiction for the school alone, separate from the community. I'm still not quite clear about the distinction, but if police - any police, anywhere - are somehow not receiving pertinent 911 information in real time and that doesn't become a public issue until a school shooting occurs, it's an issue that's been ignored until it's not possible to ignore it any longer.

Every excuse just points out the incompetence in starker relief.
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