Hypocrisy and double standards aren’t impediments to effective leadership…except when they are

The Secret Service confirmed Thursday that those attending President Trump’s Friday speech to the National Rifle Association in Atlanta must leave their guns outside. “Individuals determined to be carrying firearms will not be allowed past a predetermined outer perimeter checkpoint, regardless of whether they possess a ticket to the event,” the Secret Service said in a statement, as reported by CNN. Federal law allows the Secret Service to stop guns from entering sites visited by those under their protection, even in states permitting open carry of firearms.

This article from The Hill is from last April, but I think it was an excellent illustration of Republican hypocrisy when it comes to guns.

I understand the Secret Service’s responsibility to protect a President, and I certainly don’t hold them responsible for the ridiculous optics and the transparent hypocrisy in play. That said, how is it Donald Trump could speak to a group which champions that patently, demonstrably belief that only more guns will make America safer…even as guns are banned from the venue? Continue reading

How much weapons training will our teachers need?

And ye shall know their despicable nature when they attack and demean children

WASHINGTON ― After what seems like a never-ending stream of deadly mass shootings, many gun reform proponents fear that Americans have become too desensitized to bloodshed to demand action to end gun violence. This time may be different, in part because of the unusual visibility of some school shooting survivors from Parkland, Florida. A number of teenagers who survived last week’s massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in which 17 people died, have been outspoken in their calls for stricter gun legislation. They’ve appeared on cable news shows to plead with lawmakers to take action to address gun violence. They’ve used social media platforms like Twitter to rebut lawmakers’ arguments on gun control in real time. And one group is organizing a nationwide march next month to demand that politicians make ending gun violence a priority. But their outspokenness has drawn criticism from some conservatives, who have sought to discredit arguments in favor of gun control by targeting the students themselves.

You can recognize the moral vacancy and impotence of Conservatives and Proudly Closed-minded Gun Control Foes © by their chosen adversary- children- and the furious dishonesty with which they’re attacking them. It’s pretty despicable when your argument revolves around variations of “They’re just little kids. OF COURSE they’re being controlled and manipulated by Liberal gun grabbers like George Soros.” I’m not certain it gets more pathetic than that.

The patronizing, dismissive nature of the argument is bad enough: “How could they organize anything, especially a nationwide march when they’re just kids?” What’s truly awful is claiming a student who survived the massacre in Parkland is “running cover” for his FBI agent father. The effort to malign and discredit children who are using the tragedy they endured as a catalyst for change has become so widespread even Conservatives like Donald Trump, Jr. have endorsed it. Continue reading

Sure, turning our schools into free-fire zones is a GREAT idea- what could POSSIBLY go wrong??

Dana Loesch: Smug Arrogance and Self-Righteousness in heels

Washington (CNN)The National Rifle Association’s national spokeswoman argued Thursday that “many in legacy media love mass shootings” during a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference. “Many in legacy media love mass shootings. You guys love it,” Dana Loesch said Thursday. “Now I’m not saying that you love the tragedy. But I am saying that you love the ratings. Crying white mothers are ratings gold to you and many in the legacy media in the back (of the room).”…. “And notice I said ‘crying white mothers’ because there are thousands of grieving black mothers in Chicago every weekend, and you don’t see town halls for them, do you?” Loesch asked. “Where’s the CNN town hall for Chicago? Where’s the CNN town hall for sanctuary cities?”

Before her speech at CPAC this past week, no one would have thought to accuse Dana Loesch of being warm and cuddly. Loesch possesses all the personality and warmth of a trained assassin…which in some respects is exactly what she is. Her role is to give the NRA an attractive, articulate, and ferocious face, to be someone who represents the NRA’s commitment to freedom and the 2nd Amendment (as they define it). That’s she’s good at her job is beyond question. She excels at standing up for the NRA in a way few of their spokespeople ever have…and that’s a big part of the problem.

If you can with no sense of irony or hyperbole stand before a convention hall packed with Conservatives and the media and say “many in legacy media love mass shootings,” you’re a monster. No rational person possessed of even the barest shred of compassion and decency would give voice to such an egregiously offensive opinion. Even in jest, which her observation most assuredly was not. Continue reading

Russian bots and the NRA: Two reasons we no longer have free and fair elections

BOT…AND PAID FOR

And a child shall lead them….

As a student of history, I’ve always believed there are moments made for certain people, just as there are people made for certain moments. An issue which lingers unresolved for years can find resolution in relatively short order when events combine with people who, for whatever reason(s), arrive at a moment in history made for them. There’s no explanation, no underlying reason; sometimes people and events find one another and things just happen.

In the case of the tragic mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (MSDHS) in Parkland, FL, it could have been just another in a litany of senseless massacres. It would have been at the forefront of our collective consciousness for a week or so before events conspired to move the attention of the media and the public onto the next shiny thing. Except that the students at MSDHS haven’t stuck to the script. We didn’t see them dealing with the loss of friends and loved ones…and then fading into the background. Because of that, this feels very different from the script every school shooting seems to follow. It’s feeling as if this is a moment in time met by those with the desire, will, and commitment to demand and create real and substantial change. Continue reading

The solution is always, always, ALWAYS MORGUNZ!!! ATTACKS WOULD END!!!

It’s time to show Proudly Closed-minded Gun Control Foes they no longer control the debate

You have perhaps heard the joke about the liberal who is so open-minded that he can’t even take his own side in an argument. What’s less funny is that on gun control, liberals (and their many allies who are moderate, conservative and nonideological) have been told for years that if they do take their own side in the argument, they will only hurt their cause. Supporters of even modest restrictions on firearms are regularly instructed that their ardent advocacy turns off Americans in rural areas and small towns. Those in favor of reforming our firearms laws are scolded as horrific elitists who disrespect a valued way of life. And as the mass killings continue, we are urged to be patient and to spend our time listening earnestly to the views of those who see even a smidgen of action to limit access to guns as the first step toward confiscation. Our task is not to fight for laws to protect innocents, but to demonstrate that we really, honestly, truly, cross-our-hearts, positively love gun owners and wouldn’t for an instant think anything ill of them.

It’s a characteristic of some Liberals to be open-minded, to listen to and absorb all sides before making up their mind. This is generally a laudable and positive trait…but when taken to extremes, as happens sometimes, it renders some incapable of drawing a line in the sand. We can’t be so open-minded that we willingly accede to the erasure of standards of decency. This is especially true when only those on one side of the ideological divide are expected to maintain an open mind and respect opposing viewpoints.

As we’ve seen repeatedly this week, our public discourse has been corrupted by Conservative expectations that Liberals respect their point of view. That there’s no concomitant courtesy emanating from the Right side of the spectrum is disturbing, if not particularly surprising. That sort of hypocrisy has become the new normal, particularly when it comes to discussing guns in our society. Proudly Closed-minded Gun Control Foes © indignantly demand that we respect their rights- AS THEY DEFINE THEM. They see no hypocrisy or inconsistency in maintaining this demand even as they refer to advocates for common sense gun control as “Libturds” or other, even more offensive pejoratives. They demand respect…but they feel no reason or requirement to provide the same in return. Continue reading

Remember when kids weren’t so selfish and self-absorbed?