As the nation’s body count continues to mount, the NRA and its acolytes party on – Arizona Mirror

Posted By on June 4, 2022

Despite what the braying anti-Roe Right wants you to think, America is not pro-life.

This country is pro-death.

Fetuses and firearms: thats what makes America America that and the ability of an 18 year-old to buy military grade weapons.

At least 21 shot dead in Uvalde, Texas; 10 shot dead in Buffalo, N.Y.; a total so far of 69 killed and 260 injured in mass shootings since May 1.

Republicans offer the usual thoughts and prayers thoughts that theres no way in hell theyll countenance any restrictions on gun ownership and prayers that the NRA doesnt lose its status as a tax-exempt charitable organization.

Theyd hate to lose those rabid gun voters and those sweet campaign contributions.

Besides, protecting the Second Amendment matters more than protecting people who obstinately stray into the path of bullets. Nineteen dead kids apparently are an acceptable sacrifice on the altar of gun worship.

In the theology of heat-packing, God gives Americans the right to buy any gun they like, carry it without a permit or any training (as is the law in Texas), keep it loaded lying around in the house, and brandish it anywhere at any time for any reason.

I cant seem to find this in scripture, but perhaps the barrel-polishers have received a revelation unavailable to the rest of us.

The Uvalde children, the Sandy Hook children, the Black folks who died at the Tops grocery store, the high school kids who died at Columbine, Oxford Township, and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the worshippers at the Tree of Life synagogue and Emmanuel AME church thats sad, but theres nothing we can do, right?

Or, as the May 25 Onion headlined all 21 of its stories: No Way to Prevent This, Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens.

President Joe Biden, who knows the anguish of having to bury your own kid, said: To lose a child is like having a piece of your soul ripped away. Theres a hollowness in your chest, and you feel like youre being sucked into it and never going to be able to get out.

Biden then asked an essential question: What in Gods name do you need an assault weapon for except to kill someone? Deer arent running through the forest with Kevlar vests on, for Gods sake.

It took a solid 30 seconds for the most morally challenged of our elected leaders to post clueless rubbish like this, from Sen. Rick Scott: The violence must end. We are praying for all of the victims.

Rick Scott holds an A+ rating from the NRA.

Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona tweeted, then under an avalanche of derision deleted, the nonsensical charge that the shooter was a transsexual leftist illegal alien.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz piously offered to lift up the Uvalde families in prayer while suggesting that school shootings could be solved by arming teachers.

On the other side of the aisle, many members of Congress didnt bother to be diplomatic. Arizona Rep. Ruben Gallego tweeted back: Just to be clear, fk you @tedcruz.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez quoted the Book of James at Cancun Ted: Faith without works is dead, adding, Arent you slated to headline a speaking gig for the NRA in three days in Houston, no less?

Indeed, he is, along with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (who decided to appear on video, not in person, as if that somehow makes collusion with the Death Cult OK), South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, and a twice-impeached former president.



This years NRA convention boasts 14 acres of the latest guns and gear and an all-you-can-eat buffet of corruption.

You might remember that the NRA also went ahead with its 1999 jamboree in Denver a mere two days after the massacre a few miles away at Columbine.

The NRA actually hesitated for a moment, knowing that the optics in Colorado werent great, celebrating guns while the funerals of teenagers were all over the news, but Floridas own Marion Hammer, former NRA president and soul-dead ghoul, insisted that, if they cancelled the convention, people would say, the NRA was brought to its knees, and the media will have a field day with it.

Florida Republicans revel in callousness and spite, as amply evidenced by the reliably offensive Rep. Randy Fine, who skipped over the thoughts and prayers part, tweeting: I have news for the embarrassment that claims to be our president try to take our guns and youll learn why the Second Amendment was written in the first place.

Memo to Rep. Fine: You just threatened the president of the United States, a felony. I look forward to hearing about your forthcoming date with the Secret Service.

Gov. Ron DeSantis, as yet unable to calculate how he might use the slaughter of children to his political advantage, has not even bothered to express condolences.

White America is scared of this nations changing demographics and growing tolerance of difference. So, their Republican enablers ban books and police womens bodies, but never regulate guns.

Guns make these paranoid, weak, little people feel powerful. When a British reporter questioned Ted Cruz about why the U.S. is the only country where mass shootings happen, asking if this is an example of that vaunted American Exceptionalism, Cruz huffed that the Democrats and the media always want to bring in politics, then flounced off.

Congress cant do much about our national psychosis, given the Republicans veto power. Our only chance is to vote them out insofar as were still allowed to vote and challenge these cowards.

Former congressman and current Texas gubernatorial candidate Beto ORourke did just that, confronting Gov. Abbott at a press conference laden with right-wing politicos and silly looking law men in oversized hats: The time to stop the next shooting is right now, and you are doing nothing, he said. Youre offering us nothing.

Ted Cruz yelled at ORourke to sit down. The Republican mayor of Uvalde called him a sick son of a bitch.

As the white guys pitched a hissy fit, demanding ORourke be removed, he pointed at Abbott. This is on you, he said.

On Abbott, on Ted Cruz, on Rick Scott, on Ron DeSantis, on Mitch McConnell, on Donald Trump, on every single official who refuses to do anything about Americas killing fields.

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