This is not what I wanted to write today

Today’s post has been literally hijacked by yet another deadly mass shooting, here in the good ole U.S. of A. I was going to write a lovely piece about our trip to LEGO Land with my kinder (children), and fill you in on how Nutcracker practice is going — but that will come at another time. I am seething and crying all at once — and I refuse to go numb. We need action. Notorious RBG would demand it, and so would Edie Windsor!

Tweet from Mom’s Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

Congress, you are inept I am beyond mad and I have had enough. The chain of green is a stranglehold that must end. Held by the very prosperous purse strings of the National Rifle Association (NRA), you now have lined your pockets, profits, and proceeds with payola: and it is nothing less than blood money. Your ‘trump card’ use of the Constitution and our ‘right to bear arms’ has shifted quite precariously from guns for a trained and able military to guns for killing the sport, crime, suicide, and the obstruction of passing laws to protect us, the people, from fair and just gun legislation.

THIS MUST STOP

Guess what? Prayers, thoughts, and joining of hands in unity don’t do jack-sh*t do not work. The deadly mass shooting in at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs was the worst deadly gun massacre since the last one, in Las Vegas, just a few short weeks ago. In fact, take a look at what is now becoming the shameful and violent legacy of American gun culture:

  • Sutherland Springs, Texas: 26 killed November 2017
  • Las Vegas Nevada: 59 killed October 2017
  • San Francisco, California: 3 killed June 2017
  • Orlando, Florida: 5 killed June 2017
  • Ft. Lauderdale, Florida: 5 killed January 2017
  • Burlington, Washington: 5 killed September 2016
  • Orlando, Florida: 49 killed June 2016
  • San Bernardino, California: 14 killed December 2015
  • Colorado Springs, Colorado: 3 killed November 2015
  • Roseburg, Oregon: 9 killed October 2015
  • Chattanooga, Tennessee: 5 killed July 2015
  • Charleston, South Carolina: 9 killed June 2015
  • Isla Vista, California: 6 killed May 2014
  • Ft. Hood, Texas: 3 killed April 2014
  • Washington, DC: 12 killed September 2013
  • Santa Monica, California: 5 Killed June 2013
  • Newtown, Connecticut: 27 killed December 2012
  • Brookfield, Wisconsin: 3 killed October 2012
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota: 6 killed September 2012
  • Oak Creek, Wisconsin: 6 killed August 2012
  • Aurora, Colorado: 12 killed July 2012
  • Oakland, California: 7 killed April 2012
  • Seal Beach, California: 8 killed October 2011
  • Tucson, Arizona: 6 killed January 2011
  • Manchester, Connecticut: 8 killed August 2010
  • Huntsville, Alabama: 3 killed February 2010
  • Ft. Hood, Texas: 13 killed November 2009
  • Binghamton, NY: 13 killed April 2009
  • Dekalb, Illinois: 5 killed February 2008
  • Omaha, Nebraska: December 2007
  • Blacksburg, Virginia: 32 killed April 2007
  • Salt Lake City, Utah: 5 killed February 2007
  • Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania: 5 killed October 2006
  • Goleta, California: 6 killed January 2006
  • Red Lake Indian Reservation, Minnesota: 9 killed March 2005
  • Wakefield, Massachusetts: 7 killed December 2000
  • Honolulu, Hawaii: 7 killed November 1999
  • Fort Worth, Texas: 7 killed September 1999
  • Atlanta, GA: 9 killed July 1999
  • Columbine, Colorado: 13 killed April 1999

Did you know that after every one of this horrible massacres, gun sales go up?

It is most definitely a GUN ISSUE

mr t said, “a very deranged individualhello pot, meet kettle did this. He went on to say, this shooting “is not a guns situation” and that “it is a little too soon” to be talking about gun violence. TOO SOON!

Another lone, white gunman took his own life after killing and injuring droves of innocent people. He walked into a church, dressed in black and armed with a Ruger AR-556 semi-automatic assault rifle. He sprayed the crowd as they prayed, with bullets. His background included violence and domestic abuse, a dishonorable military discharge. He should have never had that gun in his hands.

We need to expand background checks for every gun purchase. We need to talk about mental health while stripping us all from the Affordable Care Act and we need to put away the party rhetoric and start saving innocent lives. We must condemn the violence that happens all too often. Oh, and btw, two-thirds of all the gun deaths in the US are suicide. Yes, suicide.

We must remind Congress, that they work for us.

Congress, We the people, we need you. We need to stop the NRA, who is currently spending ridiculous sums of money, lobbying, on a new bill to make mass shootings even easier. You see, the NRA, they are worried about our hearing. WHATTHEFCK There is a new legislative plan they are forcing down our throats, and it is called, get this, the SHARE ACT (Sportsman Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act, H.R. 3668) Bundled in this bollux of bullsht is the Hearing Protection Act. What’s that? I can’t hear you. I just came from the shooting range. To protect your ears from the sound of bullets killing, felons, domestic abusers, criminals, gangs, and anyone else, can get silencers. Imagine Las Vegas, Sutherland County, or any of these acts of horror if, in addition to magazines and semi-, or automatic rifles, they had no sound. None.

Please, do what you can to turn this awful tide of violence and terror and move it in the other direction. Today, go out and VOTE. Here are two trusted organizations that are trying to help, and I have joined.

Mom’s Demand Action for Gun Sense and Everytown for Gun Safety. Please, help us. Donate, volunteer, VOTE. Help us stand up to Wayne LaPierre and his NRA and win back our safety, health, and well-being. I have my kinder (children) to protect, and your kinder too.

Yiddish proverb:

The eggs, they think they are smarter than the chickens. di eggs, zey trakhtn zey zenen smarter vi di tshikanz.

To life! L’chiam!

     

     

   

34 thoughts on “This is not what I wanted to write today

  1. I almost wrote a piece last nigh of my own. I still might write it. I watched the news last night and couldn’t stop crying. There are several factors going into these mass shootings. The laws that we have aren’t working because of all the loop holes. I am all for our right to bear arms but Civilians shouldn’t even have access to semi-automatic rifles, machines guns, etc., and Mental Health needs to be addressed while at the same time not ostracizing those with Mental Illness. I absolutely agree with you that the NRA needs to be bitch-slapped and our leaders need to grow some damn balls and stand up to them, maybe even shut them down.These shootings have to stop! It makes me so mad that the news channels and the politicians try to blame one side or the other. How about you so-called leaders get your heads out of your asses, sit down light mature, logically thinking adults and come to a compromise because while this isn’t just a gun issue, it’s also not just a mental health issue or a loophole issue in our legal system. It’s all three and the sooner they recognize that, maybe the sooner we can come up with a solution that doesn’t kill so many innocent people. I could probably go on about this but I’ll end it there. Thanks so much for writing this! #mg

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  2. It makes no moralistic sense to have such lapse gun laws. It is all, as you say, to do with money. I would be petrified to live in a country try where pretty much anyone can go buy and gun and start shooting at will. I hope your laws change one day. #fortheloveofBLOG

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  3. I really fail to understand why there hasn’t been a change in America, how many people need to die for politicians and the big wigs to stand up and say that the constitution needs updating, it needs to change! Many years ago Australians handed in their guns, yes we still have people getting access to guns, but they certainly can not go to a shop and just buy one! If those killers couldn’t get their hands on a gun there would be far less people killed in these situations. Very sad and makes me very angry! I am glad you are doing what you can as a citizen let us hope enough Americans stand up and demand change. #mg

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    1. I had to join Moms Demand Action after Sandy Hook, all those 6 and 7 year olds and their teachers. It just has to stop now. I want to leave the country, but we need to make it better. I think after those kids, they even shot a senator and he is NOT for gun reform. I’m (almost) without words! 😘 #mg

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  4. I am still in complete disbelief that gun laws have not been reviewed for the USA. How can they say there is not a gun issue there clearly is. I’m glad that we don’t have this in the UK. I remember seeing an advert once of a child with a Kinder Egg and one with a gun with a slogan saying “one of these is banned in the US for being dangerous” and this stuck with me! #TriumphantTales

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  5. It almost makes you too frightened to look at the news these days. How that ‘’man” can say it’s not a gun issue is beyond me. When you see the figures laid before you as you have just done it makes my blood run cold. What kind of world are we bringing our children up in? It scares me. I’m so grateful for the gun laws we have in this country and hope that things turn around in the USA soon. Thanks for linking up to #TriumphantTales!

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  6. It’s terrible what is happening in the US at the moment, and something definitely need to be done to strengthen gun laws, it’s madness how easily people can get hold of them over there. Stay strong lovely and stay away from the news and TV. Thanks so much for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x

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  7. I never understand how the powers that be can’t see the problem staring them in the face, Your graph speaks for itself. My dad has a shotgun. He has a licence for it and part of the conditions of having it are that it has to be stored in a locked cabinet that can’t be moved, and he gets a regular visit from the police (I think it’s once a year) to check on him and make sure the gun is still there/safe/being used appropriately. He only uses it for a bit of clay pigeon shooting now and then. Nothing you’d need a machine gun for, and I don’t even know that you’re allowed to own a machine gun here. Like NightWispRav3n said, no civilian needs a machine gun. #BlogCrush

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    1. Alice, you are so right. I agree. We need some serious change to happen here though. It’s too much. Thank for your comments. #blogcrush Sounds like your Dad is the epitome of responsible when it comes to gun ownership. We need to learn that here, along with respect for humanity life. 😘

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  8. I really hope things change but I’m so very to say I just can’t see it happening with the Trump administration (though I am pretty ignorant about US politics in terms of the balance of power in congress at the moment). I can’t believe that many US citizens can’t see the problem that is literally staring them in the face. The easy access to guns in America is awful and scary and can be stopped. Fingers crossed I’m wrong and things do change quickly. Much love. xx #thesatsesh

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  9. Those stats are very, very frightening Lisa. It’s different here in the UK, and I find it hard to understand why gun sales would go up after something so terrible has happened. I want to cry. It does make me cry. To think that nothing more is being done. Actions need to be taken. Something has to be done. #DreamTeam xx

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