Another Day, Another Mass Killing: Accessories To The Crime Republican Legislators & the NRA

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This time it’s an Oregon community of modest means. Roseburg, with a population of around 25,000 citizens and a median household income of roughly $10,000 less than the national average: The latest national gun obscenity centered on Umpqua Community College, that lists a Roseburg address. The college of 3,000 full-time students, was the scene of the latest senseless gun massacre in the U.S.

The dead and wounded stats from the early release of this story are probably going to fall short of the final numbers. News organizations are reporting 10 dead and at least 7 injured. Columbine’s final death toll was 13 victims plus the suicides of the two perpetrators. Newtown’s Sandy Hook school shooting cost 20 lives of children averaging seven years of age. Add 6 school personnel, the shooter’s mother and the suicide of the mass killer and the number rises to 28 dead. Virginia Tech claimed 33 deaths in 2007.

The Umpqua killings were apparently carried out by 26-year-old shooter, Chris Harper Mercer, with three pistols and an AR(ArmaLite)-15 semi-auto assault rifle. It probably used .223 ammo; nasty stuff if true. He’ll fit the sad and dangerous profile of most mass killers. Low self-esteem, a huge vessel of hatred and resentment against somebody and the willingness to die for whatever perverse reasoning drove his heinous action.

Firearms, notwithstanding, Mercer was shot dead in a firefight with law enforcement. Suicide by cop.

Much has been made in this era of social media of the fact that these killings were pre-announced by the perpetrator. The response varied from people calling him out as a complete fool to others egging on his terrible implicit threat on the Internet. You can see these entries here and decide for yourself. CNN reported the discovery of A cell phone, apparently belonging to the gunman, that revealed an extensive online presence where the killer complained about his relationships with woman who he blames for most of his failures. There were also certain people named he “hated.” He apparently favored YouTube and Snapchat.

Sandy Hook killer, Adam Lanza, age 20, was another hugely troubled youth obsessed with Internet chatting through gun message boards, according to the Hartford Courant. He was also given to correcting Wikipedia when mass murders were featured.

President Obama once again addressed the nation regarding a mass shooting. He could barely conceal his anger and frustration. In a thinly-veiled reference to the National Rifle Association, the president suggested press releases were already being written bearing excuses for the latest multiple deaths. The president recognizes the long and likely bumpy road ahead of his latest of his national pleas for reasonable gun laws. My colleague, Jason Easley has a full report on the president’s statement.

Clearly, the continuance of these mass murders can easily be tracked to the lack of legislative courage, driven by the NRA, to do what other civilized countries have done; mount legislation that will virtually eliminate mass shootings. At the same time, the shooters are generally possessed of serious mental challenges. In response, absurd state legislatures continue to cut funding to all treatment facilities and professional mental health doctors, therapist and other services. We have the most dense concentration of clueless state legislatures (mostly Republican controlled) that we’ve had in modern history and it’s costing, at minimum, hundreds of thousands of lives in shootings and other physical and mental health issues. The Affordable Care Act that carries a mental health component is the target of Republican legislators and presidential aspirants who want to repeal the president’s plan.

If a classroom floor of dead precious children won’t move the gun control dial in America, nothing will. I have no hope that anything meaningful will happen in any state legislatures or congress. Elected officials are terrified of the NRA and gun extremists. Those who have worked for decades for reform, such as the late Jim and Sarah Brady have without witnessing meaningful reform.

So, for those of you unwilling to give up even one of your basement loaded with guns, may your selfishness be recognized at the pearly gates, because we all know how much you love Jesus and indifference to the deaths of young children is a guarantee our Lord and Savior will welcome you with open arms. And we know how much you love arms.

As for the latest ten fatalities, may they Rest in Peace and my greatest condolences to their families and loved ones. And let me add my apologies for the radical politicians directly responsible for the deaths of these wonderful people.

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23 Replies to “Another Day, Another Mass Killing: Accessories To The Crime Republican Legislators & the NRA”

  1. Who will be the first GOTP/NRA piece of crap who will vilify President Obama for politicizing the shootings and tell us that “now is not the time to discuss this tragedy, while the families are grieving”? One of you god and gun crowd really have to tell us when the right time is.

  2. Politicizing an issue is how a democracy deals with it. Change doesn’t happen without legislative action.
    Good luck in this political climate.

  3. Two German descendants? NRA? Lies? Na’ hold up. Republicans, God,Guns,Nascar? Ok, it’s the Confederate flag. It’s not? Gotta’ be the GOP goal of repeating Adolph’s agenda of world domination. Maybe Token was right for once “Hitler” could rise from the dead to continue to reek havoc on America. Republicans are creepily silent on the issue of “guns” saturating our population. Republican goofballs, as “Michael” once sang, “They don’t really care about us”.

  4. Here we go again: another mass shooting by an angry Right Wing / Republican Gun Nut, just after another week of Right Wing / Blame Obama and Dems guests including Steven Quayle (who believes that the Pope is the False Prophet and hates Obama with a passion) on Coast-to-Coast AM– broadcasted nightly on over 600 radio stations. I knew that another attack would happen.

    Can you see a pattern here?

    Its host wants run as a Democrat in the presidential race– goaded by Jerome Corsi, believes his buddy can win because the host is Anti-Global Warming, Pro-Gun Rights, hates Obama Care and supports the Flat Tax plan.

    The host pretends to be Mr. Nice Guy– but watch out, he is really a libertarian wolf in Dems’ clothing.

    Are we Dems so stupid to be fooled to vote in huge numbers for the host of Coast-to-Coast AM to be the next president?

    What say you?

  5. Where is all the empathy for the dead and their families? Where is the outrage?
    YES…….The President is correct in that Americans are numb to these atrocities.

  6. You can put the blame where it belongs. The so called news FOX, along with the other corporate news that spouts nothing but hate bigotry rush Limbaugh right wing hate filling everyone’s ears 24/7 the blames not on the NRA or peoples rights its 100 percent on the heads of the above along with a republican government that has stepped over the edge of sanity. until you hold these services accountable as the cause of all the killings they will continue and with them focusing on people like trump its going to get worst

  7. Today, it’s Oregon’s turn for a mass shooting. Perhaps your state tomorrow. I am not a violent man and I don’t much care for guns, but I swear … every time something like this happens (which is virtually weekly) I want to lock and load and blow the fucking brains out of that monstrous fucker Wayne LaPierre. What else can I say? There’s really nothing else to say, since nothing will change, because Wayne LaPierre — along with the gun manufacturers he represents — owns the equally monstrous United States Congress. This horrendous slaughter and insane loss of lives will just go on, and on, and on. – See more at: http://pmcarpenter.blogs.com/p_m_carpenters_commentary/#sthash.Pn99NhPR.dpuf

  8. DJ,

    http://www.nrawc.org/

    We were out west last month and again drove by the NRA Whittington Center.

    Spend a little time on the above link where they teach you all about guns from target practice to big game hunting (ie the endangered elephant), and long distance shooting with a high power rifle. They even have a course on self defense with a concealed weapon.

    I agree with everything you say about Wayne Robert (Bob) La Pierre. One comment from here:

    http://mediamatters.org/video/2015/04/12/nras-wayne-lapierre-on-clinton-and-obama-eight/203250

    The membership of the NRA needs to take their organization back from the lobbyists. LaPierre wasn’t elected by the members, he’s an “executive vice president” in other words a gun industry lobbyist whose job it is to sell more guns to the FEARFUL. The NRA used to be about guns safety and education, not playing politics.

  9. What appalls me, too, is the sheepish attitude of the people in the classrooms. Standing there like idiots to be shot by this maniac? Why didn’t they rush him? From the size of some of the students they could have just overwhelmed him with their weight. I’d rather go down with my fingers in the shithead’s eye than like a sheep to slaughter. Were there no men in those classrooms?

  10. CSGV
    ✔ ‎@CSGV
    .@MSNBC interviewed John Parker, Jr. earlier, who was concealed carrying at #UCCShooting. Did not intervene 4 fear of being shot by SWAT.

    9:41 PM – 1 Oct 2015

  11. And the Tyranny of Guns continues.

    The NRA is NOT your Grandpa’s NRA. It was taken over in the 1970’s by Politicians and Gun Makers.

    The NRA got their greatest prize in 2003 with the Gun Manufacturers Lawsuit Protection bill…

    Thanks a lot Bernie and tell us, how many would have been killed by a baseball bat.

  12. There is no legitimate reason for any civilian to own a handgun or a semi automatic long gun. A bolt action rifle or a double barrel shotgun is all that is needed for hunting or home protection.

    Guns should be registered and licensed and liability insurance required for purchase. We have to show proof of insurance to register and tag a car and whenever required by a police officer. If gun ownership required liability insurance, the insurance companies would do a good job at vetting applicants for that insurance.

  13. I have said for a long time you could arm all the people with guns, but because of how most people have been taught, most would never use a gun in their own defense even when facing eminent death, its just human nature not defense, this includes most conceal carry BS artist and the NRA pussy Wayne Lapierre.

  14. …the farmers I grew up around in Southern Illinois would hold THIS NRA in absolute contempt…the idea that a hunter “needs” an AR15 or AK47 with a huge clip would have ’em shaking thier heads…they had shotguns and rifles that held at MOST 5 rounds…my next door neighbor told my Mom “If I can’t down a deer with 3 rounds I need to hang it up.”

  15. I don’t blame the NRA for the absence of responsible gun legislation that would actually do something about these terrible mass shootings. The NRA is a lobbying group, no different than the 100’s of other lobbying groups trying to influence government. The problem lies squarely with the voters who vote for pro-NRA legislators, putting them in the position where they can block any meaningful gun legislation. And don’t tell me voters don’t know that virtually 100% of Republicans are NRA stooges – they know but they vote for them anyway. The only way to change things is to convince voters that unrestricted gun ownership and use is a threat to them.

  16. This is the second time I’ve come across your drivel in the last couple of hours.
    When was the last time you rushed anything other than a can of beer?
    All you Rambo wannabes think you have all the answers. My guess is you’ve never come close to being in a fire fight. My guess is you sit around and watch shows like 24 or Homeland or strike Back and believe the sh*t portrayed there is real and you could do that.
    Know this, we’re done with it, we’re sick of the stench coming from the nutters and the Republican ass clowns that take huge bribes from gun manufactures via the NRA. I don’t give two sh*ts about what a megalomaniac like LaPerre has to say about anything. He’s shown himself to be a monster who doesn’t give a rats ass about gun safety and brushes off mass shootings of innocent people like he would lint from his suit coat.

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