The Stoneman Douglas High school drama club performs “Shine,” a song they wrote in the wake of the shooting at their Parkland, Florida, school. Since our platform is about expressing ideas and ideals instead of cash flow, clicks, or fundraising, we have the freedom to include a wide range of topics and formats that […]
Two Deja Vu Showgirls of Nashville highlight the absurdity of the gun laws in the state of Tennessee by contrasting the ease of selling an AR-15 with that of selling a couch dance (fully clothed). [Read more…]
By Mark Sumner / Daily Kos
On Wednesday night CNN had a Townhall-style debate in which NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch appeared to scowl at grieving parents and prove once and for all that the organization she represented was exactly as awful as it seems. No matter what approach was made, no matter how much either logic or grief was brought to bear, Loesch refused to consider anything that would put any limits on the sale of any weapons system whatsoever.
Loesch’s guns-at-any-cost whoppers hit a nadir when she responded to a comment that the Second Amendment was written at a time when firearms consisted of muskets by claiming that the Revolutionary War period was far more advanced than people believe:
“At the time there were fully-automatic firearms that were available, the Belton gun and the Puckle gun.”
Parkland Survivor Sam Zeif speaks with MSNBC’s Brian Williams on the 11th Hour. “You don’t walk around at night with an AR to feel safe. You walk around at night with an AR to kill people. In this case, the day—2:25 pm, February 14th, 2018.” Sam just turned eighteen. Do you think he’ll be voting in the next election? [Read more…]
What does “it” mean?
It was hard listening to the remarks today from Parkland students who survived a school shooting a mere week ago; it was devastating listening to the father of one of those students who was murdered tell us that he visits his daughter in the cemetery now. It was also a heart crushing rebuke to hear from parents who had lost a child at Columbine (19 years ago) and Sandy Hook Elementary (5 years ago).
When everyone who wanted to speak was heard, Trump asked if there were any recommendations about what should be done. An adult (who was that guy?) was ready to jump in with a solution—more guns! Arm the cafeteria worker, volunteers or guidance counselors if teachers didn’t warm to the idea. [Read more…]
Lawrence O’Donnell on MSNBC’s The Last Word, notes that “The families of American soldiers killed in battle get $100,000. American teachers killed in massacres in schools just get their names taken off the payroll.” [Read more…]
By Rebecca Pilar Buckwalter Poza / Daily Kos
Republicans stole the Second Amendment. Over the course of 30 years, the right waged a war on political, legal, and academic fronts to redefine that amendment, contrary to history, text, and precedent, as creating an individual right to bear arms. Of course, none of those efforts, nor their aggregate effect, would have been enough to accomplish the right’s aims without a far-right ideologue on the Supreme Court, the late Justice Antonin Scalia, to codify them.
The right’s misappropriation of the Second Amendment ranks among the most stunning legal feats in U.S. history. [Read more…]
Here’s another student voice from the Parkland, Florida, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, site of the February 14th mass shooting. Cameron Kasky speaks with CNN’s Anderson Cooper. “Our community just took 17 bullets to the heart.” [Read more…]
At least three national protests are being organized in the wake of the Valentine’s Day killings in Parkland, Florida. Each is different in scope and substance, and all deserve support. And, no, three protests is not too many.
- The Enough Walkout is a 17-minute protest scheduled for March 14.
- March for Our Lives involves March 24 protests in Washington DC and cities around the United States.
- The National School Walkout is a national student strike planned for April 20th.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Emma Gonzalez:
“Just like Tinker v. Des Moines, we are going to change the law. That’s going to be Marjory Stoneman Douglas in that textbook and it’s going to be due to the tireless effort of the school board, the faculty members, the family members and most of all the students. The students who are dead, the students still in the hospital, the student now suffering PTSD, the students who had panic attacks during the vigil because the helicopters would not leave us alone, hovering over the school for 24 hours a day.”
Sometimes when words fail, music must speak. Here’s a number from 1982 by the English band XTC: Melt the Guns. [Read more…]
Who among us is not complicit?
Once again, a deadly weapon found its way into hands of some “unqualified” person, and it has been an instrument of chaos and carnage.
It’s the result of:
– an out-of-control industry;
– many sources of distribution;
– a fraternity;
– the NRA — which long ago abdicated its original purpose —
– owners who will not own up to being invested in the problem at some level;
– greedy, cowardly, unprincipled politicians of every office being on the take;
– and many of the rest of us who have sat on our hands and could not or would not organize to stop the mayhem we witness daily.
What do we wait for? [Read more…]