Solving Gun Violence – (According to the GOP)

Are we irretrievably broken?  Where does our country go from here?  We’re not going to be “fine”. Anyone telling you that is lying to you.

“Less than two weeks ago in Buffalo, an apparent white supremacist terrorist killed 10 Black people at a supermarket. Ten days later in Uvalde, Texas, a deranged gunman attacked an elementary School, killing 19 children and two teachers. In both cases, the shooters used the AR-15 assault-style rifle, for all intents and purposes the same weapon used by the U.S. military. It fires standard 5.56mm bullets, which would typically strike the human body at a speed of 3,251 feet per second with 1,300 foot-pounds of kinetic energy. Some of the parents in Uvalde had to provide DNA samples so their children could be identified.”

Both killers were 18 years old.  They simply walked into their local gun store and bought the weapons, no questions asked.  What makes an 18 year old so bat shit crazy?  Got me.  We look for answers but can’t find any.

Americans seem to have a passion for guns which is beyond my understanding.  Growing up in the city I have never hunted.  When I was discharged from the Army in 1967 I tunred in my weapon and haven’t touched one since.  I have never owned a gun nor did my parents.  My children do not own guns.

Too many love the feel of guns, for holding one gives the power to inflict death.  This pathological feeling hides behind the nonsensical rhetoric about “freedom.”  “The “freedom” to own as many guns as one wants trumps the freedom to live without reasonable fear of dying by gunfire.”

The mass murder of children in school has become a staple of American society which rarely happens anywhere else.  No other country experiences such gun violence anywhere near so frequently. It has become something we “must learn to live with” as the price of “freedom.”  As if the totem God of the Gun requires periodic sacrifice of mothers, fathers and children.

NRA / GOP bullshit.

Republicans have been blaming everything from “liberal teachers” to “wokeness” to even gun control itself as the reason for the shootings. Basically, whatever social issue they were already upset about is the reason that mass shootings keep occurring in this country ― and only this country ― where access to guns is so open.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) believes that one of the big problems around mass shootings is that there are just too many doors in buildings. He said that schools would be better protected by “having one door that goes in and out of the school [and] having armed police officers at that one door.”

First of all, such a situation would be a fire hazard. And not every mass shooting happens in a school. They happen in grocery stores, churches, movie theaters, nightclubs, outdoor concerts and just about any other place. Some places need to have more than one or two doors.   Some high schools have 4,000 students.  One door is not an answer.  Just another talking point.

Immediately after the Uvalde shooting hit the media, the killer was described as a transexual “femboy.”  He wasn’t.  No matter.  Lying comes natural these days.

Republican Heather Anne Sprague, a candidate for the Maine House of Representatives, is blaming liberal teachers for the Uvalde shooting.

“I’ll go a step further and say the teachers that molded this kid into a #killer should be arrested for multiple MURDERS,” she wrote in a Facebook post.  She added it was “obvious” the 18-year-old shooter was “brainwashed in school by liberal teachers to think he shouldn’t be a male.”

Bat shit crazy bitch is actually running for office and undoubtedly get some votes.  It’s enough to make you question democracy.

“We don’t need more gun control. We need to return to God,” Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) said in the wake of the Uvalde shooting.  Oklahoma GOP Senate candidate Jackson Lahmeyer added, “It’s time to arm the teachers and bring back prayer in our public schools.”

Ehh, our killers would still have been able to go buy an AR-15.  No  matter.  Good talking point.  We need more God.  Or is this all God’s Will?  Doesn’t God know everything that is going to happen?  What ever happened to pre-destination?

Hardening schools by getting more guns in the building is one of the biggest talking points by Republicans after any mass shooting. Not only do they not want to restrict guns, they want to give a gift to the gun industry and increase the number of them.

Cruz said he wants to “harden schools,” with bulletproof doors and glass, as well as armed security officials.  Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) brought back a favorite conservative wish, which is to arm more teachers.

“I want teachers that can protect themselves and their students,” Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) added Thursday night.  First, the majority of teachers do not want to have guns.

But aside from that, the measures these conservatives are suggesting have actually been tried ― and they haven’t worked.  Uvalde actually had an extensive security plan.

“The Washington Post also analyzed 225 school shootings between 1999 and 2018 and found that “40 percent of the affected campuses had a police officer, meaning the mere presence of an officer was not enough to deter the shooter. During that period, it found only two cases where a school police officer gunned down a shooter.”

Uvalde had a security officer.  It didn’t stop the killer.  The regular cops waited outside for an hour because they were being “fired upon.”  A security officer at Parkland did the same.  No sense getting killed for $50K a year.

On Wednesday, Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) said that the country needs to look more at the “root causes” of mass shootings.

“Fatherlessness” and the breakdown of families.  Of course he didn’t support any new efforts to ensure these young men don’t have access to firearms.  Conservatives have floated this talking point for years however no studies support making the connection.  The Buffalo killer had a mom and dad.

Next talking point.  How about ADHD medication?

Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) suggested that mass shootings are happening because of kids these days and their attention deficit medication.  “Kids have changed over the years, the drugs they’re taking for attention deficit just to focus on what they’re doing. It’s mind-boggling to me.”  Good one Tommy.

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) has decided that “wokeness” is to blame for the Uvalde shooting. How convenient!

He said there is a “society-wide sickness” that won’t be solved by gun control.  Of course not.

“The solution lies in stronger families, more supportive communities, I would argue renewed faith,” he said. “We’ve lost that. We stopped teaching values in so many of our schools. Now we’re teaching wokeness. We’re indoctrinating our children with things like CRT, telling, you know, some children they’re not equal to others and they’re the cause of other people’s problems.”

Dang!  It’s enough to make a kid go out and buy a gun and kill people!

Nobody on the right seems to think the availability of guns is a problem.  Aside from more guns, more fathers and fewer doors, the main thing Republicans have offered in response to these shootings is their hollow thoughts and prayers.

One cannot drive a car without a license.  All cars must be registered and re-registered when they change hands.  One must have insurance to legally drive a car.

No one thinks these are infringements to personal freedom.

I cannot fish without a license.  I’m sure our Uvalde killer in Texas couldn’t fish  without a license either.

He couldn’t legally have a beer.

Bur he could go down to his local gun store and buy two weapons of war and hundreds of rounds of ammunition without a care.

How democratic a country do you live in when 89% of Americans, including responsible gun owners support background checks for everyone and the Senate will not even discuss it let alone vote on it.

Our democracy slipped away during the last decade on little cat’s feet.

How to get conservative whites to worry about gun violence?  When black and brown people begin carrying guns in the open, where legal.  It got Ronald Reagan to sign gun legislation in California.

Panthers on the steps of the California Capitol a long time ago.

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About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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5 Responses to Solving Gun Violence – (According to the GOP)

  1. beetleypete says:

    I don’t believe the shooters are crazy, let alone ‘batshit crazy’. I think they are just a product of the ‘system’ that has been in place in America since 1945. (And before)
    Own a gun, eventually use a gun.
    Just as simple as that, from where I sit.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. Don Ostertag says:

    I am torn apart by the school massacre and the thoughts and prayers offered again by the gun lovers and their ilk. Over and over I have plastered the same thoughts you are expressing in FB. but since I have weeded out all right wingers from my FB long ago, I am just preaching to the choir.
    And since all the politicians that are in office and that could and will be able to vote for feel the same about guns s I do, I can’t even vote against the ‘thoughts and prayers’ SOBs. And I am too old to ever hope to see any real action taken to prevent these massacres, but I an hope there will be changes.
    Like you, the first thing I did when I got out of the army was to get rid of my guns. Keep up the good fight, Torrito. You got a lot of targets down there in Florida.

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  3. vcroman101 says:

    Well said. Just wanted to comment on the comparisons often made with the licensing required for driving cars. Long before I weeded out all my right-wingers (I actually happened to have this discussion in person, there were a lot of eccentric far-righties in my workplace). I posed this argument and their defense was that unlike a car it was a “right” guaranteed by the 2nd amendment. IMHO (and likely the rest of us here), every freedom including those spelled out in the Constitution has its limits and that is usually always for the safety of others. We already have restrictions on the right to bear arms (we normally can’t own most military weapons). Incidentally, this particular person actually owned a legally federally licensed machine gun! This is the wild west. I still can’t understand their reasoning if, in fact, any existed. It’s this sacred heritage or culture for them and as you pointed out so well, every time a senseless tragedy strikes they will find every senseless reason to blame everything but the easy access to guns. For us, we own a handgun that collects dust in a storage bin in my bedroom closet. I never approved of its purchase but having married relatives with more rural roots they see it like having a fire extinguisher. “Better to have it and never need it than to need it and not have it.” I don’t agree. I see it more as an accident waiting to happen. Like yourself being from the city, I always thought they were just for cops and criminals. One time by my brother-in-law’s urging, (he’s a gun person), I brought it to an indoor range. Since we have it I figured we should at least know how to use it. When I got out of my car there was this older guy in the parking lot with a big US flag on display sitting in a lawn chair got up and came over to greet me and treated me like I was some kind of royalty. He escorted me to the gun shop with friendly small talk and held the door open. I thought it was kind of weird, being treated as if I was doing some kind of great service. I just don’t understand their mentality. It’s like a religion to them.

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    • toritto says:

      Hi Vic. Next time ask ’em if they believe in Originalism and what the writers of the Constitution were thinking when they penned the 2nd Amendment. . If they say yes, tell ’em you support their constitutional right to own a musket. The Constitution isn’t perfect. That’s why its been amended.
      🙂
      Love to all.

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    • Anonymous says:

      As your “better half”, agree we aren’t gun lovers by any measure, but do feel a need to add “my two cents” on a couple of comments—first, “an accident waiting to happen”. Owners of handguns must be continually and properly trained/certified, in good mental state, responsible, etc–a MUST pre-requisite or otherwise, a potential detriment to yourself/others. (IMHO, infrequent shooting range visits, shouldn’t constitute fair representation of ownership responsibilities, for anyone.)

      Second, “he’s a gun person”. My brother’s an educator, his first and PRIMARY responsibility is the safety/care of those in his classroom—unfortunately, and primarily in the US, schools, movie theaters, malls, restaurants, etc, are no longer “safe havens”. He has felt need to be properly trained/educated in this area—doesn’t mean he “likes” it anymore than you/I do, especially in light of ongoing discussion of “arming teachers”…sad reflection forward.

      Being a “senior” now and yes, being raised rurally, which, in fairness to anyone, shouldn’t be a broad-brush stroke consideration. I’m thankful to anyone that properly values/respects the law, others, etc…a demographic shouldn’t be relevant but know it sometimes is.

      Seems a lifetime ago, as I remember not having the worry of locking house doors, night or day. We never had School Resource Officers or Active Shooter training, ever, but we did have an intimidating looking Principal that had a big wooden paddle (was not for show and tell.) Times/people were inevitably different, and perhaps a matter of personal perspective, but I’d give anything to have some of that back now…sometimes I’m thankful to be “old” and not fearing life’s “next step”…

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