No selfawareness what so ever. Via.
This coming Saturday, there will be a national moment of silence for those victims of the Newtown shootings. It will be a year to the day. And in that time of tragedy and immediately afterwards, the brave families and friends of the Connecticut shootings pushed, pressed and pleaded with Congress to do something so this tragedy would never be repeated. Children and teachers would be safe in schools.
All sorts of ideas were floated about and most commonly agreed upon by the public was the need to install some stronger background checks on the new purchasers of guns and rifles. Polls showed a whopping 90% or more of the public approved this measure.
But it fell on deaf ears. Those ears of our elected officials who are in the pocket of the Second Amendment/NRA extremists and alarmists. Those are the frauds who don't understand what representation means. It's not stuffing their pockets with graft and corruption money, it's doing our bidding. How can you go wrong as a representative doing your job and representing your district's overwhelming wishes? You can't. But the 113th Congress has. Ninety percent approval by the national public and this wasn't good enough for the cowards in Congress to move. The only sound they seem to recognize is "ca-ching" -- the lobbyist money coming into their coffers.
Maybe a friendly reminder -- this video below -- will get you and our elected officials off their asses and let justice and prevention shine. We didn't pull the trigger at Sandy Hook, but we are contributing to the risks in all future mass murders. Background checks are simple and they can save lives. Are you prepared to take a stand? Let your Congressperson know with a call, an email and your vote.
Here's the commercial from the group: Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense In America.
Don't forget to pay your respects on December 14th. Email your Congressperson and demand they join you and then vow to take a stand for gun purchase background checks. It's easy to do. Just click here.
In the horrific Newtown massacre, Adam Lanza used the specific gun that was featured in Call of Duty, the video game that he played.
This is not to say video games should be blamed for gun deaths, even though the NRA is doing just that as gun manufacturers (the NRA's lifeline) are entering into licensing agreements with video game companies to showcase real guns. Because, you know, those games aren't lifelike enough already.
We know that they've already been promoting specific, lethal brands to children, such as Adam Lanza's Bushmaster:
And here's a bonus link, just to illustrate how precious these goons think life is... outside the womb: VIDEO: NRA convention speaker advises parents to store guns in kids’ rooms.
So hey, with all those Guns for Tots sales, who needs video games, right? Apparently gun zealots who use them to market deadly firearms to little kids do.
As part of a longer term effort to get the NRA, gun manufacturers, and their lobbyists where it hurts, in their wallets, Connecticut Speaker Brendan Sharkey, a Dem, has been instrumental in pushing strong gun legislation through the state legislature... and getting Republicans to join him (!).
Kudos! Here is part of a press release that goes into more detail:
CT State House Speaker Urges Video Game Industry To Stop Promoting Guns Like One Used In Newtown Massacre
Connecticut’s State House Speaker urged video game industry leaders to stop using their products to promote military grade firearms, saying they were recklessly blurring the line between fiction and reality and endangering people’s lives.
In a letter sent to three company chief executives and the Entertainment Software Association, Speaker Brendan Sharkey (D-Hamden) said the video game industry needed to end all licensing and product placement agreements with arms manufacturers. Such deals, he said, were “nefarious” and may have contributed to last December’s massacre of schoolchildren in Newtown.
“Games designed to recreate the experience of wartime carnage and criminal violence constitute protected speech under the provisions of the First Amendment,” Sharkey wrote. “But there is little to be said in defense of an industry-wide practice of arranging licensing deals with gun manufacturers for the rights to use the make, model and visual design specifications of their real-life weapons.”
Adam Lanza, who killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, was an avid player of Activision’s game Call of Duty and used a Bushmaster semiautomatic rifle featured in the game.
Sharkey has since played a leading role in pushing gun safety legislation through the Connecticut legislature.
“The industry practice of video game publishers entering into licensing, marketing or other financial arrangements to feature real guns in their games,” he added, “blurs the lines between fiction and reality in ways that can have tragic consequences.”
A report published in June by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and The Gun Truth Project detailed how deals between video game companies and weapons manufacturers often lead to promotional campaigns enticing players to purchase weapons featured in the games they have just played.
Sharkey echoed the report’s call to end such deals. He noted that Electronic Arts, one of the biggest companies in the field, has already done so as a matter of company policy and he urged EA’s competitors to follow suit.
"My first Father's Day without my daughter..."
"For the rest of my life, I will not have a daughter."
"... Do something now."
Gun nuts' idea of doing something: Arm the kids. Arm the teachers. Arm everyone! The more people that die at the point of a gun, the better. To hell with common sense measures that might, you know, prevent deaths.
Via a Mayors Against Illegal Guns email:
Today is Gilles Rousseau's first Father’s Day since his daughter Lauren was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary, where she was a substitute teacher.
Via the Amend 2012 Facebook page where they say this:
Cause: A campaign by the American people to remind those in charge who is REALLY in charge. It's time to overturn Citizens United!
If you haven't read Gabby Giffords' New York times op-ed, please get over there, pronto:
I know what a complicated issue is; I know what it feels like to take a tough vote. This was neither. These senators made their decision based on political fear and on cold calculations about the money of special interests like the National Rifle Association [...]
Speaking is physically difficult for me. But my feelings are clear: I’m furious. I will not rest until we have righted the wrong these senators have done, and until we have changed our laws so we can look parents in the face and say: We are trying to keep your children safe. We cannot allow the status quo — desperately protected by the gun lobby so that they can make more money by spreading fear and misinformation — to go on.
I am asking every reasonable American to help me tell the truth about the cowardice these senators demonstrated. I am asking for mothers to stop these lawmakers at the grocery store and tell them: You’ve lost my vote. I am asking activists to unsubscribe from these senators’ e-mail lists and to stop giving them money. I’m asking citizens to go to their offices and say: You’ve disappointed me, and there will be consequences. [...]
[T]hey looked over their shoulder at the powerful, shadowy gun lobby — and brought shame on themselves and our government itself by choosing to do nothing... [T]rust me, I know how politicians talk when they want to distract you — but their decision was based on a misplaced sense of self-interest.
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