Ari Melber, on MSNBC’s The Beat, breaks down the legal issues surrounding claims of Second Amendment protection for weapons such as AR-15s. [Read more…]
By Karin Brennan
Some of my earliest recollections are of my mother smoking. At home, in the car, in restaurants…everywhere. My brother and I hated it, because we were always waving away smoke and avoiding overflowing ashtrays. In those days, it seemed like everyone smoked.
And why not? Our parents grew up watching movies where all the glamorous stars smoked on screen, and all the “manly men” in commercials did too. My generation also remembers being stuck on international flights in the last row before the “smoking section” started. How ridiculous does that seem today? The concept that my rights as a non-smoker could be usurped by someone else who chooses to do something that undeniably creates a risk to MY life? Risk YOUR life if you must, but your rights end where mine begin. [Read more…]
Is it déjà vu all over again? Rubio in 2016 “This could have happened anywhere in the world. Unfortunately, today was Orlando’s turn.” Gov. Rick Scott’s prescription for helping: “I think the biggest thing is pray. … Pray that this never happens again.” Samantha Bee: “Maybe we’re not praying right. Can we check the instruction manual?” Flips Bible to James 2:17 “Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” Samantha: “Oh sh*t! We were supposed to DO SOMETHING while we prayed?!” [Read more…]
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.