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News & Comment

Pack Your Heat When You Pack For Home

Original photo by Damir Bosnjak

A timely reminder from the part of Florida known as the “Redneck Riviera:” When traveling over the summer, remember to take your gun home with you.

Travelers often leave behind personal items when they check out of an Airbnb or other vacation rental, but police in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. have noticed a particular absentmindedness on the part of those who just can’t be without their guns. They remember to bring them to their relaxing getaway on the shores of the Gulf, but they forget to take them home.

…according to Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Corey Dobridnia…a total of 20 guns have been turned in since Memorial Day. Ninety percent came from vacation homes.

Since the guns are either reunited with owners through the diligent efforts of the property owners or used for police training, what’s the harm, you might ask? read more »

Enumerati

More Republicans Support Gun Control Now Than After Pulse Shooting

52%

Republican support for stronger gun control laws is up seven points from a year ago. More than half of Republicans (52 percent) said they oppose stricter gun control, down seven points from the June 2016 poll, according to a recent Morning Consult poll. The poll, conducted in the days following the shooting that wounded House Majority Whip Steve Scalise — along with a lobbyist, congressional staffer and a member of the Capitol Police — found 44 percent of Republicans said they support strengthening gun laws.

Poetic Justice

Playing Ball with the NRA

The GOP says it’s your right as an American —
If you want to own an assault rifle, you can.
But if GOPers accepted cash from the NRA,
They are responsible for what happened today,
When the hunting season opened on Republicans.

Poetic Justice

Shot to Hell

Last night a black man shot 11 police in Dallas,
After police shot two black men in Baton Rouge and Minneapolis.
When everyone’s armed,
Anyone can be harmed,
And regardless of race, it’s open season on us all, alas.

News & Comment

Following Yet Another Moment of Silence, House Democrats Ask: “Where’s the Bill?”

U.S. House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) tried to put the same “moment of silence” coin in the slot the day after the Orlando mass shooting as he did after others, but House Democrats discovered they have backbones and acted accordingly.

“The fact is that a moment of silence is an act of respect, and we supported that. But it is a not a license to do nothing,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told reporters off the House floor afterward.

“Members have just had enough of having one minute, a moment of silence on the floor, and then take no action,” she said.

Yep. Haven’t we all?

Verbatim

Rubio Tries to Change the Topic from Gun Control to ‘Bomb Control’

I don’t hear anybody talking about bomb control. They put bombs and left bombs behind on the scene of attack, intending to kill even more people than they did with guns.

— Sen. Marco Rubio, sounding dumber than usual in an interview with Fox News.

Poetic Justice

Praying Doesn’t Help

At 355 in 2015, we’re up to almost one mass shooting per day,
And our benumbed and benighted nation has little enough to say.
Democrats seek a solution,
Proposing gun legislation,
That Republicans vote down even while for the victims they pray.

Verbatim

Reid Ties GOP to NRA After Latest Mass Shootings

Those who choose to do the NRA’s bidding will be held accountable by our constituents. Something has to be done. We must take a stand. The American people are desperately looking for help, some help, any help. It will never be possible to prevent every shooting. We know that. But we have a responsibility to try. There are certain things we can do.

— Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), calling the NRA the “quasi-militant wing of the Republican Party,” Politico reports.

Verbatim

Obama Reacts to the Latest Mass Shooting

This is not normal. We can’t let it become normal. If we truly care about this — if we’re going to offer up our thoughts and prayers again, for God knows how many times, with a truly clean conscience — then we have to do something about the easy accessibility of weapons of war on our streets to people who have no business wielding them. Period. Enough is enough.

— President Obama, quoted by Politico, after yet another mass shooting.

Enumerati

U.S. Is Averaging More than One Mass Shooting Per Day in 2015

247

Number of mass shootings in the United States in the first 238 days of 2015, through Aug. 26, including the journalists murdered in Virginia yesterday. Aug. 26 was the 238th day of the year, the Washington Post reports.