WARNING!!!! Politics... Feb 28, 2018 13:36:02 GMT -6
Post by Phalon on Feb 28, 2018 13:36:02 GMT -6
Was following it here (the Florida shootings) and although I guess I shouldn't have been was never the less dumbfounded by the reactions of some.
No, I think you should be dumbfounded - we all should be dumbfounded by the some of the reactions. Whether the reactions are sickening or complacent or even complicit, they should never be shrugged off as seeming normal.
The worst was a meeting of a group including some of the victims relatives with Trump, which was theater of the absurd, someone espousing arming teachers while Trump sat there looking more then a little deranged, pursed lips, eyes almost closed and nodding his head as if this was the best idea he'd ever heard (I see he's now fully embracing the idea)
Arming teachers is wrong on so many levels, and it's not hard to imagine what disastrous consequences it could have.
Apparently it's the fault of the mental health system, inadequate background checks...everything except the availability of guns that have only one purpose, to kill people as efficiently and quickly as possible.
All of those things need to be addressed (interesting to note that almost a year to the day prior to the Florida shooting that Trump rolled back an Obama-era regulation that made it more difficult for people with mental illnesses to purchase guns) - those things and so much more.
...the NRA put the right to own any sort of gun ahead of the lives of kids, and the Politicians put their job security ahead of those same lives as I see it.
You see this quite clearly.
The first part of your statement though - that 'I honestly don't see it changing' - I might cautiously disagree with. It seems different this time, somehow - amidst all the tragedy, there seems to be a real outrage that something like this continues to happen, and it's the first time I can remember in which that outrage by the survivors themselves has been so loud and united. I don't see any sweeping change coming soon, but change will come - it has to for we cannot accept 'thoughts and prayers' as a solution to anything. Very small changes have already taken place - and minute as they may seem in the broad scope of the problem, any change should be cheered as a victory, so that the momentum for change continues.
Did you know that there is a law on the books making it illegal for congress to give money for gun violence research?
I knew that the NRA basically strong-armed the government into stopping funding for CDC research on gun violence - but I only found that out last week when a friend mentioned it, and didn't realize it had been going on so long until I read the article in the link Katina posted.
Some other things I didn't know until the last couple of weeks:
Didn't know NRA members received discounts from big-name companies for services that have nothing to do with gun ownership - airlines, car companies, hotels, overnight package delivery, etc. Only found that out when some of these companies pulled the discounts after calls for them to do so after the shooting.
Didn't know that the NRA has a grading system for politicians based on their voting record on gun laws.
And I didn't know until just a few days before the shooting that an NRA-backed bill passed the House, and is up for vote in the Senate that will allow people from states that have a open-carry or concealed-carry law to travel to other states and their home state gun law is valid regardless of what the place they're traveling to state's laws are - which I find sooo stunningly hypocritical.
Republican mantra: let the states and local municipalities govern themselves.
Republican mantra when the NRA is involved: Screw the states! It's NRA backed; we must make it Federal law!
Just hope they can maintain the rage until they have a chance at the ballot box to do something.
People - usually the ones without kids, or those that have no meaningful discussions with kids other than to hand them their money at the fast food counter - tend to underestimate the intelligence and resolve of kids. The politicians these teenagers are calling out would do good for themselves if they listened to what the kids have to say...and acted upon it.