Thursday, June 15, 2017

Steve Scalise Rated A+ By The NRA And Reaping What You've Sown

I can remember saying it, I don't remember which mass shooting event it was that led me to say it, that the Supreme Court justices wouldn't stop ruling away regulations on guns until someone shot their way into the court and killed some of them.  I don't recall making the same observation about the Congress but, apparently, in the wake of someone actually shooting at and critically wounding one of their own, Republicans in the Congress are using the occasion to blame it on Democrats instead of wondering
if maybe their whoring after the NRA and paranoid gun nut vote might be the crop they've sown which is just coming to harvest stage.

My first reaction to the shooting was that it was a warning to Republicans in the government that they are as able to be gunned down as their former colleague Congresswoman Gabby Giffords was several years ago, along with six who died in the attack.  Since their names join the tens of others killed by guns in 2011, let me remind you who they were and their ages:

Christina-Taylor Green, 9
Phyllis Schneck, 79
Dorwan Stoddard, 76
Dorothy "Dot" Morris, 76
John Roll, 63
Gabriel "Gabe" Zimmerman, 30

Christina-Taylor Green was a student who had come to admire Congresswoman Gifford as part of a school project, Phyllis Schneck was a homemaker, Dorwan Stoddard, a retired construction worker and Dorothy Morris, a retired secretary, John Roll a federal judge and Gabriel Zimmerman the first Congressional aid killed in the line of duty. 

I wonder how many pages such a list of all of those warnings to the Republican Congress and Federal Judges from just 2011 would cover.  

And there have been so many others since then, notably the Sandy Hook Elementary School murder victims, young children and their teachers, which caused the Republicans in Congress to do NOTHING and for their media figures like the pathological liar Alex Jones  to claim didn't die and that their murders were a staged event.  If you don't recall, Alex Jones is going to be the feature guest on NBC in an interview with their prize catch from FOX Megan Kelly in an attempt to wrest the ratings from 60 Minutes.  I'd urge you to contact advertisers to pull their ads from her show, it's the only way you can have any effect on the amoral nihilists who run the media. 

There have been lessons for Republicans in a running body count numbering in the scores of thousands. 

Here is a bit of the most recent history and how we can expect this most recent lesson to the enablers of gun killing to take:

And this year, House Republicans voted to rescind an Obama administration rule that heightened scrutiny of mentally impaired people who seek to purchase a firearm. Critics of the rule, mostly Republicans, said it would strip law-abiding citizens of their constitutional rights. Among those who voted to end the rule: House Majority Whip Steve Scalise. He was among those injured during Wednesday’s shooting.

For Scalise, he’s often touted his opposition to stricter gun-control reforms and has a earned himself an A+ rating from the National Rifle Assn.

As McAuliffe and some liberals on social media called for stricter gun-control laws on Wednesday, Republicans pushed back.

“I can only hope that the Democrats do tone down the rhetoric," Rep. Chris Collins  (R-N.Y.) said on WBEN radio. "The rhetoric has been outrageous – the finger-pointing, just the tone and the angst and the anger directed at Donald Trump, his supporters. Really, then, you know, some people react to things like that. They get angry as well. And then you fuel the fires."

He vowed to start carrying his handgun at public events.

I am finding it very hard  impossible to pretend that I feel sorry for House Minority Whip Steve Scalise when he, no doubt to get that A+ from the gun industry and raving psychopath lobby, helped make it easier for people like his attacker to get and use guns.  

I certainly am not going to pretend that someone getting what they are willing to watch tens of thousands of others get from their actions and inaction deserves my sympathy.  I don't know that he does but if he does, he's not getting it this morning.  He might if he goes back to the House and earns a failing grade from the NRA.   He might lose his seat but he might gain his soul. 

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