Thursday, December 3, 2015

When Republicans offer their "thoughts and prayers" they literally care nothing about gun violence and won't do anything about it (Updated)

As the horrific mass shooting in San Bernadino was ending, Republicans once again offered up their "Thoughts and Prayers". And do you know why?

Because that hollow statement amounts to literally nothing. Go into your pharmacy and pay for your prescription with your "thoughts and prayers" and see how many pills you get. After eating at Ruth Chris Steakhouse tell the manager he has your "thoughts and prayers" and leave. Buy Bill O'Reilly's latest dreck-filled fact avoidant book Killing-Jaysus with your thoughts and prayers and see how long it is before Bill-O calls his Faux News secret police on you.

When the NRA endorses a Republican candidate for Office do they send them their "Thoughts and Prayers"? No, the NRA sends them money. Because the NRA knows "Thoughts and Prayers" are worthless and they want something from the candidates they buy.

The NRA has a Golden Ring of Freedom, which are Corporations who have contributed at least $1 million to the NRA, Gun Makers the Freedom Group, Smith & Wesson, Ruger, and Springfield Armory, as well as 6 Firearm related Corporations are in the Golden Ring of Freedom.

And so, the Gun Makers have been funneling massive amounts of blood-soaked money to the NRA and the Republicans get the blood-soaked money from the NRA and they dutifully vote to allow guns anywhere and everywhere. Go see how much the NRA paid for your Congressman because the Republicans have been bought and bought cheaply.

What Republicans have been doing in exchange for the Golden Ring of Freedom money has been to systematically weaken gun regulations, offer protection to the Gun Industry and ensure that gun makers can enjoy massive profits of the death of 30,000 Americans every year with no fear of retribution.

The NRA and Firearm Manufacturers are feeding the money they make off the deaths of thousands back into the political machine to make deaths by guns more likely.

In 2005, George W(orst President Ever) Bush backed by the Republican Controlled House and Senate at the behest of their NRA masters, passed Legislation making Gun Manufacturers immune to Lawsuits for their Negligence.

Wayne LaPierre stated the 2005 law had been the "No. 1 legislative priority of the National Rifle Association". Of course, the NRA "lobbied lawmakers intensely for it". Sickeningly 59 Democrats joined in the House to pass it a vote of 283 to 144. 

Over at Think Progress, Igor Volsky has catalogued how much the NRA paid the Republican Party to do literally nothing about the flood of guns and the unsurprising resultant mass shootings in America.

We have let an insane hard-core of gun worshiping fanatics, egged on by a blood-soaked Industry fronted by cowardly chicken shit cynical Lobbyists* in the NRA control the gun debate in this Nation. Hence we are flooded with firearms and we have daily mass shootings.

And the Republican Party with their hollow thoughts and prayers constantly let's the American People know they have nothing to offer them and will do nothing about it.
*- Here's some neat facts about Wayne LaPierre and David Keene. LaPierre spent the late 60's and early 70's going to college. As soon as he got his Master's he went to work as a DC Lobbyist. David Keene started work in Washington DC in the late 1960's working for noted Republican criminal Spirio Agnew.  The Leaders of the NRA are Typical Conservatives. They never had a real job. Never worked for a living. Never served a Day in Uniform. Chicken Hawk Cowards who skirted Vietnam to spend 40 years as lobbyists in Washington DC. Just your Average American Conservative.
Fortunately, the shooting in San Bernadino might motivate Republicans because these gun-wielding killers have scary names Sayeed R. Farouk and Tashfeen Malik, unlike gentle-loner and conservative hero Robert Lewis Dear. So, the only gun control we might get in this country will come in the form of making it illegal for brown and black people to have guns just as the Founding Fathers intended.

Update 2:
On MSNBC Morning Joke, Republican Congressman Max Thornberry of Texas, whose been in office for 20 years, pounded home that Republicans aren't going to do anything about Guns. Eventhough they are the common element in 355 mass shooting in 2015 thus far. Thornberry played the game about the term "assault rifle" and semantics about gun parts that gun nuts bust out to confuse the situation and offered up the canard that Laws won't stop gun violence. As we all know since Laws can't stop crime therefore the only option is to abolish all laws.

What is needed, and what has always been needed, is the Will to Act. The Will to enforce Gun Laws. It's not that the Will is Lacking or that a large segment of Soceity is opposed, it's that the Will of the American People is actively being thrwarted by the Republican Party, who are wholly owned by the blood-soaked NRA.


Tom Harper said...

I say we should totally legalize abortion under all circumstances. Convenience, abortion on demand, she was 8 months pregnant and then changed her mind for whatever reason -- No problem. The GOP won't be able to do anything about it. But in return, we can all offer our "thoughts and prayers" to all those poor fetuses and baby-parts who were "murdered."

Republicans would agree to this, wouldn't they? I mean, since Thoughts and Prayers are so meaningful...

Darrell Michaels said...

So what do you specifically propose that we do to stop these horrific killings, sir?

Grung_e_Gene said...

Tom Harper,

Maybe President Obama should recommend 'Thoughts and Prayers' to defeat ISIL?

T. Paine,

Well, that's the problem isn't it? There is no Magic Bullet to deal with guns. It will take a multi-fold approach. And that approach is also part of the problem. Because conservatives, the current Supreme Court, the Republican Party, and gun humping nuts at the urging of the NRA and Gun Makers can (and will) sabotage the process.

First off, we need enforcement of gun laws on the books UUW, brandishing and Negligent discharges need jail time. And yes I mean jail time for a gun owner who leaves his gun on a table and the 2 year old shoots the 3 year old. Take that kid from that irresponsible gun owner.

Or if you stop in front of a Kindercare in Florida during a road rage incident and let loose 3 wild rounds because you fell out of your car because your too fat= jail time. Going to a little league game to pull out your pistol and wave it around telling mothers of 6 year olds they can't do anything about it = jail time. Walking around high schools in body armor and rifle in a tac sling = jail time. These incidents are not those of Responsible Gun Owners.

I've always said Enforcement is what we need. But, even recently we see Sheriff's proclaim they will never "infringe" on the gun rights of 'Mericans and bravely won't say the name of the shooter of Umpqua Community College, well how is this man of Law & Order helping?

Ultimately, the gun control / gun violence issue has been lost for my generation. Perhaps the millennials will be able to do something about it.