Friday, March 9, 2018

Is boycotting NRA companies working

We quit buying from Amazon over 10 days ago after placing at least one order per week over the past year or so. We have actually found equitable quality and discounts elsewhere but not always free shipping as with Prime. Bloomberg says Jeff Bezos cares more about "free speech principles" in the fight to sever Amazon's relationship with the National Rifle Assn., than he does about what his customers think about the fact the NRA is responsible for so many childrens' deaths. Some would call that commendable. I call it cowardice because he is afraid of the NRA.

The Bloomberg article says to turn our attention away from boycotting companies like Amazon and concentrate on the people who make guns. Companies like Sturm Ruger, Remington Outdoor, Smith & Wesson, Glock, Big Sauer, O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Savage, Springfield Armory and others. These are the people who make the guns that the NRA works so hard to put thousands of on the street. Large chains like Dick's Sporting Goods, Walmart, LL Bean and REI taking a stand against guns is helping convince the public that firearms in general are bad for this country.

Sales of guns are down under Trump, probably because of the unknowns involved, and maybe even due to the possibility that a lot more people are coming to their senses, realizing that guns do kill. It won't bring back the hundreds of children that have lost their lives, and thousands of adults due to violence. But it could sure paint a much more optimistic picture for the future if we did start getting rid of guns. The time is now!

Thursday, March 8, 2018

When Republicans back gun control you know you've won

We may not be all the way there yet but when six out of eleven incumbent Republican congressmen are running scared for November, you know your momentum is building. I am talking gun control, and I am referring to Republicans who have publicly embraced new gun control to save their butts in an upcoming election shaping up to be all about gun violence in this country. Gun control tops the list of public voter priorities for November, alongside immigration reform. Support for the issue is the highest ever at 70 percent.

Since the GOP will have to depend on moderates and Independents to win this Fall, it is expected that the Democrats will swoop right in with a renewed drive to take away these seats handily, considering they are so vulnerable after the Parkland, Fla. gun massacre. Yeah...sure. The Dems have completely forgotten how to swoop and they sure as hell don't have any drive. Now is the time for Bernie Sanders to get solidly behind gun control and bring all Progressives to the voting booth in November. If he doesn't, I will be very disappointed in the man and sorry I voted for him in 2016.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

The NRA can be taken over by children. Here's how.

Why not? Children are the only age group that appears intelligent enough with the desire to pass reasonable gun control legislation. Certainly not the idiots that populate the U.S. Congress and absolutely not the lunatic in the White House. GQ reports it would take about 350,000 new members joining the National Rifle Assn. to out vote the bare 6 to 7 percent who currently vote on NRA issues. Enlist Michael Bloomberg founder of Everytown for Gun Safety to underwrite the $12,250,000 necessary to pay the dues of the 350,000,000. Once they are in they can take over the NRA by vote.

Call a vote and fire the current board, electing one from the new members. Then, the new board votes to oust its Executive V.P. Wayne LaPierre. Next, the board fires the staff of the National Rifle Assn., selling its building and other assets, donating it all to the cause of gun control. Some of the proceeds could be used to reimburse at least some of the $12.5 M Bloomberg extended for memberships. Finally, the board votes to dissolve the NRA and retires its name in a way it can never be used again. This could be a neat package to get rid of much of the gun violence by disposing of the NRA.

Whadda ya think? Gun nuts welcome.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Gun control tops list of voter 2018 demands

Yes, along with Immigration and Border Security, Gun Control draws largest percentage when asked what would affect your vote most for Congress in 2018. And the voting public doesn't want members in Congress who will cooperate with Donald Trump, rather, those who will fight him, 58% to 32%. A businessman even said, getting a Congress that would impeach Trump would be "pretty interesting." In another case, a Republican from Nebraska said it seemed so like the Democrats would win in November, they probably wouldn't bother to vote. Now that's a switch.

This all follows a recent CNN poll that found, "Support for stricter gun control laws in the U.S. is the highest it has been in a quarter of a century..." by 70 percent. According to Newsweek, it was only 52% after the October mass shooting in Las Vegas. And the blame is being placed exactly where it belongs, on the National Rifle Assn. and its leader Wayne LaPierre. Even people who live in a household that owns guns vote 50% for stricter gun laws. It is all fanfare by LaPierre and his NRA to sell more guns for the weapons manufacturers they represent, not NRA members.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Corporate America tells NRA to screw itself

It's happening all over the country right now with some of the largest industry giants deciding to sever all ties with the National Rifle Assn. after the Parkland, Fla., recent gun massacre. The NRA's response, a "shameful display of political and civic cowardice." It is beyond me how this organization can criticize anyone or any company with their record of killing so many innocent children and adults with the obstacles they have created for years that have prevented any reasonable gun control legislation. It all started with head gun nut Wayne LaPierre's reverence for the 2nd Amendment.

Most Americans believe the 2nd's protection of gun ownership is unquestionable, set in stone. It isn't. In fact, LaPierre's interpretation of the Amendment is far from what constitutional scholars say, even what the Supreme Court has ruled. And now the 2nd Amendment may have its day in court with the outcome a severe adjustment, or even repeal. We can only hope. Here are the companies that have dumped the NRA so far:

Alamo Rent a Car                                          
Allied Van Lines
Avis Budget Group
Best Western
Chubb Insurance
Delta Air Lines
Dick's Sporting Goods
Enterprise Rent-a-Car
First National Bank of Omaha
National Car Rental
North American Van Lines
Paramount Rx
Starkey Hearing Technologies
United Airline
Recently Dicks Sporting Goods, LL Bean, Kroger's Meyers stores and Walmart took away the right to buy a gun under age 21. REI is refusing to sell to any company that supports the NRA. Recently Smith & Wesson reported a slump in gun sales starting in 2017 after years of steady increases. They're all running scared and the NRA leads the pack. Folks, guns have finally become the pariah they should have years ago. The question is whether or not Congress gets the message and turns away from the NRA and toward the 65% of Americans who favor more stringent gun laws.

Want to see how your Congress person has voted on gun bills? Go here.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

The reason gun control legislation is not passing

Chuck Schumer-Nancy Pelosi-Completely out of touch
I have been saying this for over two years now, the Democratic Party is completely out of touch and should be replaced. Rolling Stone just clarified one primary reason this exists: The Dems have been the leading stumbling block in passing gun control legislation. After the Las Vegas gun massacre of 58 people, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee warned candidates not to "politicize" the shooting. Here are the exact words...
"You and your candidate will be understandably outraged and upset, as will your community. However, DO NOT POLITICIZE IT TODAY. There will be time for politics and policy discussion, but any message today should be on offering thoughts/prayers for victims and their families, and thanking 1st responders who saved lives."
Couldn't have been written any better by the National Rifle Assn., coming right from the mouth of Wayne LaPierre. My God, when is the time to talk about 58 innocent people who were shot by a maniac that shouldn't have had a gun, with a bump stock that shouldn't have ever been legalized in the first place. The wealthy Democrats who donate to the Party are afraid of going up against the 2nd Amendment. I say SCREW THE 2ND AMENDMENT! Should have been replaced long ago. Guns are not necessary, even for protection; I'm 85 years old and have never had the need for one.

The NRA has scared the wits out of most politicians with weak spines, which is the majority of this Congress, and the Democratic Party has followed suit with conservatives that prefer their gun rights over legislation that would prevent the vicious murder of children. To me it's a ridiculous choice: Take the guns off the street or allow 1,297 to die by a gun, 5,790 injured. To me it is a simple choice. It's up to the American public to make that choice, and if they don't do it soon, there will most certainly be a next time. And that number could be a hundred killed, maybe two-hundred. Pathetic!

Saturday, March 3, 2018

God, I can't be agreeing with Donald Trump?

Maybe it's time to do this
Flying in the face of the 4th, 5th and 14th amendments, Donald Trump says re. Mike Pence's comment, "Allow due process, so that no one's rights are trampled,” [Trump]"take the firearms first and then go to court. Because a lot of times, by the time you go to court, it takes so long to go to court, to get the due process procedures." He thinks had this been the case, there might have been a different outcome in Parkland, Fla. Not so sure I disagree, since we are dealing with the lives of hundreds of people, adding up all the gun massacres. Especially when it comes to assault weapons.

I have no problem with taking away all the guns, but most certainly start with assault weapons. Let's just have a mass recovery of firearms in the U.S., make it mandatory, register each gun, then reissue to only those with the rightful need to own a firearm. Normal rifles for hunting would be returned to the appropriate owners but registered with the rest. There would be no concealed carry or open carry on the streets, except for those who have a need, like law enforcement, similar factions and the military. Look at Australia, Japan and the UK, minimum gun violence. We top the list.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Friday gun control wrap-up...You won't believe this

NO Discounts for the NRA
Delta flight 2567 is holding in a pattern--at least it was yesterday--over the Atlanta airport, the pilot professing his goal of staying there until, "...meaningful gun control laws are passed." He is following Delta's move to sever its ties with the National Rifle Assn. Think they should refuel this dude mid-air until the congressional idiots come to their senses.

FedEx hit a low blow to UPS when it accused UPS, "... of having a relationship with America's top gun lobby." They don't, except they deliver for the NRA online store, which "includes accessories such as ball caps, T-shirts, holsters and hunting and sporting goods merchandise." However, FedEx gladly continues to give discounts to NRA members.

While the U.S. won't even consider banning assault rifles, Australia was receiving many of these back in a three-month gun amnesty program that netted 57,000 total illegal firearms for the country. Aussies continued to make this decision after, "...tough gun laws were introduced in 1996. There are still an estimated 250,000 unlicensed guns in circulation in Australia, but at least they're working on it.

Gun massacres in the U.S. have absolutely no impact on lawmakers here but Norway has taken notice and, "...the Norwegian government now appears to have a majority for its plan to ban semiautomatic rifles." Another reason was when, right-wing gunman, Anders Behring Breivik, killed 77 people on Norway's Utoya island in 2011 with an assault rifle; most of the victims were children or teenagers. It seems U.S. gun violence influences only countries where the residents are sane. America is not one of those.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Gun control gridlock

California gridlock
The gun control issue is like a California freeway gridlock, except that in the Sunshine State you eventually get there. The Republican Congress reminds me of a broken-down vehicle on a Los Angeles freeway--I used to live there--that can't move and someone has to step in to make it work right. That would be the Democrats this November for gun control when they take over the Senate and the House. If something isn't done by the left, then I predict the Democratic Party will be replaced and Progressives will finally do what's right for the country. It's about time.

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