Rick Perry's latest oops moment - calling the Charleston shooting an accident - wasn't the only crass remark about guns last week. Ted Cruz also continued to make crass gun control jokes days after the shooting.
The South Carolina shooting was no accident. With 9 dead, now is not the time to make jokes about gun control and mass homicide.
Apparently Rick Perry and Ted Cruz don’t care - and are trying their best to downplay what really happened in Charleston. Continue reading this post »
Just when you thought the fearmongering over common sense gun violence legislation couldn't get any more absurd - Representative Steve Stockman (R-TX) has taken it to a whole new level by comparing the work of Demand an Action and gun safety advocates to Japanese American WWII internment camps.
On April 13th, Rep. Steve Stockman tweeted out the following bizarre statement:
The head of Texas' Oil & Gas Industry, Barry Smitherman, sent out a disturbing tweet through social media that depicted a photo of a threatening noose with the word "TREASON" above for those U.S. Senators that voted for background checks for purchases of guns. The image, posted below, named U.S. Senators John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Tom Coburn, and 13 other United States Senators and encouraged that none of them have seats in 2014.
Politico is reporting that Senator Ted Cruz, among with Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) and Mike Lee (R-Utah), has delivered a formal letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's office today threatening to filibuster ANY gun safety legislation the Senate takes up in the coming weeks.
“We will oppose the motion to proceed to any legislation that will serve as a vehicle for any additional gun restrictions,”
State. Rep. Dan Flynn (R - Van) has filled House Bill 47 which would reduce the number of training hour required for a concealed handgun license (CHL) by more than half from 10 hours to just 4 hours. In Rep. Flynn's world, a CHL course covering 10 hours of critical life saving information (use of force, non violent dispute resolution, handgun use, and safe and proper storage of handguns and ammunition) is just far too much of a burden for Texans. Continue reading this post »
In case you missed it last Sunday, Senator Ted Cruz was on Meet The Press. In just 20 minutes, Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) declared on national TV the following:
1) That the "gun show loophole" does not exist:
“You know, there actually isn’t the so-called “Gun Show Loophole.” That doesn’t exist. Any licensed firearm dealer who sells at a gun show has to have a background check. It’s a requirement that applies to every licensed firearm dealer. What it doesn’t apply to is personal sales one-on-one. And that’s true whether it’s at a gun show or not.”
"I am going to let people decide to run whatever ads they want."
3) Claimed that the President and other politicians exploited the Sandy Hook massacre:
“What I don’t think is constructive is what the President is doing right now. Which is within minutes of that horrible tragedy in Newtown, the President began trying to exploit that tragedy to push a gun control agenda that is designed to appeal to partisans – designed to appeal to his political partisans."
4) Slammed General Colin Powell for speaking his mind about the current racial problems within the GOP.
"I was disappointed with his comments. I think he was buying into some the partisan attacks."
On Tuesday, New York became the first state since the Newtown shooting to pass significant common sense gun violence legislation. But don't worry New Yorkers, there's a place where you can keep your AK-47 next to your bed without dealing with pesky things like universal background checks. Where is this magical land? Texas, of course.
At least that's what Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is telling New York residents with his new ad campaign.
That's right Texans, you are all gun owners even if you didn't know it.
Since the tragic shooting in Aurora, Colorado just 13 days ago, 455 Americans have been murdered with guns. While the media continues to analyze every possible motive of the gunman in Aurora, our elected officials continue to ignore the the real issue - we need a plan to end senseless gun violence here in America and prevent incidents like this from happening in the future.
It is now known that the gunman possessed an AR-15, a 12-gauge shotgun, and one .40-caliber semiautomatic pistol, all three “among the most popular guns available in the multibillion-dollar American firearms market.” While semi-automatic rifles comprise a small percentage of gun-related crimes, their sheer firing power is a cause for worry. The gunman bought 3,000 rounds for the AR15, 3,000 rounds for the handgun, and 350 shells for the shotgun. A 100-round drum magazine was also found in the theater.
Rodriguez was angry about the noise coming from Danaher's home, where the family was having a birthday party for Danaher's wife and young daughter. Rodriguez went to the home and got into an argument with Danaher and two other men attending the party.
In a 22-minute video he recorded that night, Rodriguez can be heard telling a police dispatcher "my life is in danger now" and "these people are going to go try and kill me." He then said, "I'm standing my ground here," and shot Danaher after somebody appeared to grab his camera. The two other men were wounded. Continue reading this post »
In 2007, Texas passed Senate Bill 378, better known as the “Castle Doctrine” or “Stand-Your-Ground” bill. Yesterday, Rep. Garnet Coleman - one of the 15 to vote against the law - promised to file legislation to amend the Texas law. The legislation was part of a nationwide effort by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and its corporate co-chair, the National Rifle Association (NRA), and was listed as priority model legislation for ALEC’s 2007 legislative scorecard. (Note: At the bottom of this post is a complete side-by-side of the Florida law, the ALEC model bill, and Texas' SB 378).
The "Stand Your Ground" law was first passed in Florida in 2005. It then was declared an ALEC model bill, and has since been passed in at least 32 states since ALEC began shopping it around the country as a model bill. The law is currently under scrutiny for the role it’s playing as part of the defense of the shooting of 17-year old Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. Earlier this morning, MSNBC's Chuck Todd laid out the connection in a "deep dive" report on how the NRA and ALEC pushed the law to 32 states. Todd concluded with the following essential question:
"What is the crisis? Do we have a crisis about this, or is this about legislating the culture of gun ownership?"