In a strongly worded Op-Ed, Chris Christie had his largish be-hind handed to him in a firestorm of splendidly worded jabs by New Jersey Star Ledger contributor and Connecticut Governor, Dannel Malloy, this weekend.
As you can imagine after Sandy Hook, Gov. Malloy is a tad frustrated with governors of neighboring Northeastern states who won't raise a finger to help save innocent children's and teacher's and law enforcement's and regular citizens' (not protected by Secret Service) lives in order to placate the Gun Fondlers and the NRA Gods who fund and ferociously frenzy them.
Then Christie had the unmitigated gall, and the egregious Jersey Cajones, to snub the Sandy Hook families that wanted but moments of his time.
Despite President Obama and other folk with brains, there has been no progress on gun reform since the Second Amendment, gun-fondling fanatics landed on the wrong side of history - and morality - following that horrific shooting tragedy in Connecticut and the dozens more we have survived.
Here's a taste, link above.
Gov. Christie and other governors across the country have to make tough choices on behalf of their constituents every day. It’s far easier to blame the complexities of gun violence on mental illness, but true leadership requires approaching all sources of the problem, regardless of their convenience, popularity, or personal political aspirations.
A week and a half ago, Gov. Christie missed an opportunity to make meaningful, common-sense change that had the potential to limit the lethality of shooting incidents.
He's got the right of it there, governors across the United States truly do have a role in common sense gun reform … and Christie has gone out of his way to oppose it. Malloy summarized:
And what’s worse, he showed a callous lack of respect to the families who have bravely devoted their lives to ensure other parents won’t endure the same unimaginable heartbreak they live with each day.
Those families deserve better. The people of New Jersey deserve better as well.
Joe Schmoe Scarborough had to interject this morning and insist that even soooo … Friend of The Show Chris Christie's stock is going up and he, harrumph hubris harrumph, will be back ahead of the pack in six months. [Ridonculous.]
Oh, Joe. Morning Mika jumped in to defend, natch. They lerves them some Christie.
Props to Governor Malloy and any American who has the courage to take on the gun fondlers. Let's hope they keep up the stellar work.
I guess the police in Rosemount Minnesota haven't heard of the Second Amendment:
A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.
This unconstitutional action in Minnesota cannot be tolerated. This is hereby a formal invitation to all armed NRA and Militia members to fall in line and help defend the actions of 61-year-old Gary Drake. If you think Cliven Bundy in Nevada needed your help, you were right. And now the newest call is up to the land of lakes.
In case you missed it, here's some of the details of Drake's arrest, from the Raw Story:
A Minnesota man was arrested last week after pulling a shotgun on a neighbor who was teaching his 7-year-old daughter to ride a bike.
“If you don’t like my advice, get off my street,” Drake told the man, who reminded his neighbor he didn't own the street.
This apparently angered Drake even more, and police said he went inside to retrieve a Remington 870 shotgun. He came back with the weapon and threatened to kill the father, but Drake’s wife came outside, pulled the gun away from him, and physically dragged her husband back inside.
Now what's hard to understand here? This guy Drake was just protecting his street -- and isn't that the job of any state militia guardsman? How much clearer can you make it? The neighborhood father and his daughter were infringing on the armed man's rights to peace and quiet as he deems fit.
Drake admitted to police that he had a confrontation with the father, saying he didn’t like how the man treated the girl during the bike-riding lesson.
He admitted to drinking during the day but denied the alcohol had influenced his behavior.
I mean really, so the armed man had a few drinks before pulling his rifle....that's his right. It doesn't mean he's under the influence because he felt justified in arming himself to deal with a father teaching bike riding to his daughter. That's dangerous stuff. He might have even launched the girl at him where he'd be so fearful of his life that he's have to shoot her right off the two-wheeler.
“Maybe next time I should have shot him,” Drake said, according to the arrest complaint.
Drake’s wife turned over his shotgun and a rifle, and he was charged with second-degree assault and terroristic [sic] threatening.
Don't know about you, but I find this blatant infringement on Drake's Constitutional rights to be totally unwarranted and the police in Minnesota need to be stopped. Are you with me? Grab your guns and rifles. We've got our rights to protect.
Here's the coverage if you'd like to know more:
Richard Martinez was on "The Last Word" discussing the Second Amendment -ing of his son Christopher in the Isla Vista massacre. He ended with a comment about how gun zealots will come after him once they decide his grieving period is over:
"My son's dead, and there is NOTHING that you can do to me that's worse than that."
The Second Amendment is becoming a religion to gun fetishists. This is not healthy on so many levels, starting with, you know, living human beings being slaughtered. Here are a few links to the Los Angeles Times that you should read in full.
Let's start with Steve Lopez's column that examines how mass killings should affect us deeply, but instead, it appears that, disturbingly, we are becoming desensitized or increasingly uncivil. His post is titled "Ignoring the Insanity of Gun Violence":
Sensational gun violence... always gets us wringing our hands about gun control for a few days or maybe a few weeks, but that's about it. The focus is often on the mental health of the killers in those high-profile cases, and certainly there's room for vast improvement in identifying and treating illness and preventing violence.
But firearm violence is an everyday reality, and the truest expression of insanity is the argument that greater access to more guns can make anyone safer. No developed nation comes close to either the number of guns per capita in the U.S. or our rate of firearm deaths, and yet the NRA and its congressional stooges stay the course, money in their pockets and blood on their hands. [...]
[E]ither [the staggering statistics on gun violence] have lost their shock value or we have lost our civility. [...]
[I]t's worth noting that the states with the lowest gun control grades have the highest rates of gun death, while the states with the highest gun control grades have the lowest death rates.
In the video above, Ari Melber gave Richard Martinez well-deserved time to express himself, as-- especially in the second half of the video-- he shifted from beautiful memories of a wonderful son to his frustration with the status quo and revelations of how he, himself, failed to take action until his own son was murdered.
Lopez ended his column with an earlier quote from Martinez: "Chris died because of craven, irresponsible politicians and the NRA. They talk about gun rights. What about Chris' right to live? When will this insanity stop? When will enough people say, stop this madness, we don't have to live like this? Too many have died. We should say to ourselves — not one more."
Yesterday I linked to an op-ed in the L.A. Times in my post, "Joe the Plumber": "Your dead kids don’t trump my Constitutional rights." Here's the link: California needs a Gun Violence Restraining Order. Today the Times is reporting that the "gun violence restraining order" concept has now prompted a proposal for a new firearms bill:
If notified by a subject's family or friends that someone could harm himself or others, law enforcement officers would be able to petition a judge to grant a restraining order that could prohibit possession or purchase of a gun. [...]
The family of Elliot Rodger, the shooter, had raised concerns with law enforcement about his mental state, and Santa Barbara County sheriff's deputies visited Rodger at his apartment in April but took no action against him.
Of course, ignoring countless mass shootings over the past few decades, Sam Paredes, executive director of the Gun Owners of California, called the proposal a "knee-jerk reaction." Apparently, in his mind, "knee-jerk" means that lawmakers haven't had years upon years to carefully consider needless deaths caused by easy access to deadly weapons. Isn't that just like a gun fondler who reveres the Second Amendment the way GOP Senate nominee Ben Sasse reveres his religion over established law?
Finally, there was this letter to the editor, because despite how often we feel ignored, our voices do matter:
It has indeed been sadly demonstrated that no alarms were sounded about Elliot Rodger prior to his gun rampage in Isla Vista this past weekend despite some warnings. There have been, however, countless red flags raised about the dangers of having the access Rodger had to guns. ("In Isla Vista, red flags came too late," May 25)
I blame not only those who misread and misinterpret the U.S. Constitution, which they also unreasonably cite as holy writ on a par with scripture. I also blame the politicians who pontificate about the horrors of innocent people being killed by these weapons while continuing to accept money from the National Rifle Assn.
I am weary of this repeated scenario, and I await the next front-page article on another mass murder committed by someone with easy access to guns designed not for "protection," but primarily to kill people.