While I was on air with Nicole Sandler today, this terrible news broke: Student killed, shooter also dead, at Oregon high school. Shortly after that, I received a press release from Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, in part (emphasis mine):
"We hear our representatives calling for prayers, but today, we call on responsible gun owners, mothers, fathers, and all concerned citizens to call on our elected officials to pass reasonable reforms that will prevent gun violence. Will we have to wait until there is an active shooter at every school in America before our lawmakers act?" said Sarah Finger McDonald, Oregon Chapter Leader for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. "Today’s shooting was the 74th since Newtown. Our children and teachers should be learning and teaching in schools—not on lock down, cowering under desks, and evacuated from school with their hands raised in the air.”
Here at TPC, we can barely keep up with the epidemic of NRA-sponsored carnage, but we've tried:
These stories make a few things very clear. For example, in one case, no gun was needed to tackle a shooter and disarm him. In another case, a "good guy with a gun" was killed by "a bad guy with a gun." So much for that right wing gun-fondler talking point.
Referring to Second Amendmenters as "good guys," framing it in such unrealistic, black-and-white terms, is misleading at best. This isn't a 1950s Roy Rogers movie, it's real life. And right now, reality sucks.
Our own Cliff Schecter was on the Ronan Farrow show today recapping the series of horrific events. He spoke with his usual brilliantly blunt eloquence:
Cliff was asked on because of the latest "student killed" headline. And because that "student killed" headline has become so damned commonplace. What has this country become? As Cliff said, it's not the same place in which he grew up. Ditto.
And with that, here are today's Los Angeles Times letters to the editor, because our voices matter:
With more states allowing citizens to openly carry weapons into stores, libraries and churches; with the National Rifle Assn. convincing others that the best antidote to gun violence is more guns; and with people entertaining themselves watching movies and TV shows full of gratuitous violence, do we really need to ask, "What precipitated this event?"
Just look in the mirror.
Dateline, Mission Viejo: A son kills his father, mother, sister and himself with a gun.
Dateline, Atlanta: A gunman trying to charge into a courthouse with an assault rifle and grenades is subdued after a gun battle with police.
Dateline, Seattle: A gunman kills one person before being subdued.
Dateline, Las Vegas: Two police officers are assassinated by two shooters who also kill a shopper and themselves.
Another week in the United States of the NRA, where that phrase "not one more" is just another bumper sticker.
So, folks, enjoy your next trip to the mall or sending your kids off to school. What could possibly go wrong?
Two armed individuals walk into a restaurant carrying loaded weapons because they are exercising their 2nd Amendment rights.
Two armed individuals walk into a restaurant and kill two police officers.
Question: How does anyone know which two individuals just walked in until they start firing?
And to drive home a few very serious points, here is a tongue-in-cheek video courtesy of CollegeHumor's Favorite Funny Videos:
H/t: The wonderful Gaius Publius of AMERICAblog