Chief Art hasn’t changed, and never will . . .
Just hours after 10 people were killed in a school shooting in Santa Fe, Tex., the police chief in nearby Houston issued a defiant condemnation of elected officials who have failed to act on gun control, saying he had “hit rock bottom.”
In a statement on Facebook, the chief, Art Acevedo, wrote that he had “shed tears of sadness, pain and anger” after the shooting, which happened about 35 miles away.
“I know some have strong feelings about gun rights but I want you to know I’ve hit rock bottom and I am not interested in your views as it pertains to this issue,” he wrote. “Please do not post anything about guns aren’t the problem and there’s little we can do. My feelings won’t be hurt if you de-friend me and I hope yours won’t be if you decide to post about your views and I de-friend you.”
Timing is everything . . .
Vista Outdoors (NYSE:VSTO) wants out of the firearms business. After falling gun sales caused it to record its first quarterly earnings loss since going public three years ago, the firearms and outdoor sporting goods manufacturer said guns just don’t fit in with its strategic vision. It will, however, continue to sell ammunition.
The decline in firearms industry sales has been well-documented since the Nov. 2016 elections, and several tragic mass shootings have increased public pressure on retailers and manufacturers.
Dick’s Sporting Goods announced it would no longer sell certain modern sporting rifles at its Field & Stream stores, and several financial institutions vowed not to loan money to gunmakers. Remington Arms has also been dealing with bankruptcy, while Dick’s, Walmart, Kroger, and L.L. Bean announced they would no longer sell rifles to adult customers under 21 years old.
That makes Vista’s plan to sell its Savage Arms division a poorly timed and short-sighted decision. By selling from a position of weakness at a time of heightened industry pressure, it likely won’t get top dollar for what are still valuable brands. The irony is that Vista actually saw higher firearms sales in the quarter as retailers began to restock, while ammunition sales were down.
Enough is enough is enough. Decent people have to take a stand. These are our children.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) May 18, 2018
Wait…we thought Slow Joe was a fan of shotguns . . .
Former Vice President Joe Biden called on people to take a stand against gun violence Friday after a shooter opened fire in a Santa Fe, Texas, high school, killing 10 people. …
Biden, considered a top potential Democratic contender in 2020, has been a supporter of the “March for Our Lives” protests for tougher gun laws that were sparked by the Feb. 14 shooting in Parkland, Fla., that left 17 people dead.
The former vice president has also denounced GOP support for gun rights and the “prostitution” of the Second Amendment since the Parkland shooting.
“I think the Second Amendment is being badly interpreted. It’s not consistent with what our Founders intended,” Biden said in March during a discussion with University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann.
We welcome gun rights supporters of all stripes . . .
During the brutal 2016 Democratic Party primary, H.A. Goodman established himself as a forceful and influential pro-Bernie blogger.
Writing for Salon and Huffington Post, and posting selfie videos to his popular YouTube channel, Goodman was oft-cited by Bernie Sanders most hardcore supporters.
He was described by The Washington Post as “the unofficial scribe of Sanders’s most hardcore voters” and he was invited on CNN and MSNBC to advocate for Bernie Sanders.
Goodman has since changed his tune. He now has a pro-Second Amendment YouTube channel and is now openly supporting Trump’s 2020 re-election bid on his Twitter account.
A child therapist’s prescription . . .
Parents, the U.S. Congress is not paying attention to the students protesting and requesting gun laws to be changed so they can go to school and feel safe. They ignore the students because most of them are not old enough to vote. Many of the members of the U.S. Congress are mainly concerned with being re-elected and maintaining their high paying job where they do not have to do a great deal of work.
Parents it is time for you to act! The 2018 elections are occurring this year and many seats in the House of Representatives and Senate are up for re-election. Since the U.S. Congress will do nothing to protect the school children then you must. Every parent needs to go to the polls this year. You need to vote for people who will stand up to the NRA and vote for people who will enact laws which will protect the children of our country. You also need to cast votes that will remove those members of the Congress who refuse to enact laws that will protect our children.
Many of the high school students impacted by shootings may not be old enough to vote in the 2018 election, but parents you can. You can send a very important message to the teenagers of our country. You can tell them that you hear their cries asking for laws that will make them feel safer and you agree with their demonstrations and you are responding to their requests to be safe. You can say the Congress may ignore them but we will not ignore them. You are too important to ignore and we will keep you safe.
How the NRA Sabotaged the BackGround Checks System — and 3 Fresh Ideas That Actually Could Reduce Gun Violence
Yep. This was the NRA’s fault, too . . .
By ignoring this problem with NICS, gun control advocates seem to be forgetting the history of the Brady Bill and the method by which computer background checks came into being. The NRA, not the gun control movement, was the creator of the FBI call-in system. The system was designed to fail from the start.
The deliberate mediocrity of our background checks has its roots in an era when stopping violent gun buyers was a hopeless exercise.
President Lyndon B. Johnson, the Great Persuader, lobbied hard for the Gun Control Act of 1968, which he said should prevent “hardened criminals, or alcoholics, or drug addicts or mentally unstable” citizens from buying guns. But Congress sent him a weak bill, which he reluctantly signed on Oct. 22, 1968, with an accompanying statement….
— The Hill (@thehill) May 20, 2018