CONGRESS AND GUN CONTOL LAWS
RUMOR HAS IT THAT DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS ARE WORKING ON A GUN DEAL
HOW ABOUT WE ALL JUST SAY NO!!!
BREAKING NEWS FROM THE HARTFORD COURANT
June 12, 2016
“A defiant U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy led a filibuster Wednesday in the Senate, saying he wouldn't yield the floor until his Republican colleagues agreed to take up gun control legislation in the wake of the nation's deadliest mass shooting.
"I'm going to remain on this floor until we get some signal, some sign … that we can get a path forward on addressing this epidemic in a meaningful, bipartisan way," Murphy said.
Murphy, who began speaking at 11:21 a.m. and was still going more than four hours later, was joined in his effort by Democratic colleagues including Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, Sen. Ben Nelson of Florida, Sen. Charles Schumer of New York, Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland and Sen. Edward Markey of Massachusetts.
Democrats pushed for two specific measures: universal background checks for the purchase of all guns and barring people on federal terrorism watch lists from buying firearms.”
Note, it you will, the previous paragraph: No. Let me repeat it:
Democrats pushed for two specific measures: universal background checks for the purchase of all guns and barring people on federal terrorism watch lists from buying firearms.
It’s my impression that after 587 people have been killed in mass shootings since the beginning of 2015 until today – 18 months – I don’t find banning folks on the no-fly and terrorism watch lists and universal background checks the least bit helpful. How many of the mass killings since 2001 have been perpetrated by people on either of these lists? Two? I honestly don’t know, but Christoper Sean Harper-Mercer (Roseburg, OR – 9 dead, 9 wounded), Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez (Chattanooga, TN - 5 dead, 3 wounded), Dylann Roof (Charleston, SC - 9 dead), Elliot Roger, Isla Vista, CA - 6 dead, 7 wounded), Aaron Alexis, (Washington, DC – 12 dead, 3 wounded), John Zawahri (Santa Monica, CA – 5 dead), Adam Lanza, (Newtown, CT – 27 dead, 1 wounded), Andrew Engeldinger, (Minneapolis, MN – 6 dead, 2 wounded), Wade Michael Page, (Oak Creek, WI – 6 dead, 3 wounded), James Holmes, (Aurora, CO – 12 killed, 58 wounded), L. Goh, (Oakland, CA – 7 dead, 3 wounded), Scott Dekraai, (Seal Beach, CA – 8 dead, 1 wounded), Jared Lee Loughner, (Tucson, AZ – 6 killed, 11 injured), Omar S. Thornton, Manchester, CT – 8 killed, 2 injured), Nidal Malik Hasan, (Ft. Hood, TX – 13 dead, 32 wounded), Jiverly Voong, (Binghamton, NY – 13 killed, 4 wounded), Steven Kazmierczak, (Dekalb, IL – 5 dead, 16 wounded), Robert Hawkins, (Omaha, NB – 8 killed, 4 injured), Seung-hui Cho, (Blacksburg, VA – 32 dead, 17 wounded), Sulejman Talovic, (Salt Lake City, UT – 5 killed, 4 wounded), Charles Carl Roberts, Nickel Mines, PA – 5 killed, 5 woulnded), Jennifer San Marco, (Goleta, CA – 6 dead), Jeffrey Weise, (Red Lake, MN – 9 killed, 7 wounded), Doug Williams, (Meridan, MS – 5 killed, 9 wounded).
These are only the more egregious of deaths by mass shootings since the Patriot Act and the No Fly list was compiled.
Of all the mass killers listed above, not one was on any No-Fly list. Any Terrorism list. Not one. Not a single one. Not a single mass slaughter would have been prevented.
I won't even say that I appreciate Senator Murphy's and the other Democratic Senators who are mounting the effort. Because I don't.
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So why then is Congress debating adding people listed on the No Fly list and those on some terror watch list as some magnificent gun control legislation? I’ll tell you why. Because it is “low hanging fruit,” in fact, a juicy piece of sweet nothingness that – watch for it! – even the NRA will support.
But it will do NOTHING to prevent more mass shootings.
But you know what will? Banning the manufacture, sale, distribution and ownership of assault weapons.
If Congress is going to pass useless legislation we might as well just pray to end mass killings as Florida Governor Rick Scott suggested the other day. He said it was the best that we could do and I for one am down with it since it just might be that prayer could be more effective than the “toss the people a gun control bone to shut us up and appease the NRA” foolishness Congress is considering. It's demeaning, it's disgusting, it's called criminal neglect.
JUST SAY NO TO USELSS GUN CONTROL LEGISLATION. PASS A BAN ON ASSAULT WEAPONS NOW.