He was KIDDING about forcing all Missourians to buy semiautomatic weapons, SHEESH!
There's been another massacre with a semiautomatic rifle, so naturally, gun sales will likely boom again, as every American gun humper worries Barack Obama is coming to take their precious precious guns away. And how will they prevent tyranny then, huh? Especially because in New Zealand, Barack Obama, or his puppet, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, announced New Zealand will tighten restrictions on guns and move to ban military-style semiauto rifles altogether. Fortunately, some Americans are speaking out, since they know Liberty rests on a solid base of owning a larger personal arsenal and trolling the libs.
For starters, there's weekend "Fox & Friends" host Pete Hegseth, who proclaimed yesterday that since Beto O'Rourke is calling for renewing the assault weapons ban, now is the time to get out there and start stockpiling weapons:
And Missouri state Rep. Andrew McDaniel (R-NRA) has found himself getting all sorts of attention for a pair of pro-gun bills he introduced last month, well before the massacre. One, the "McDaniel Second Amendment Act," would mandate that everyone in Missouri over the age of 21 purchase at least one handgun, and the other, the "McDaniel Militia Act," would require everyone between 18 and 35 buy an AR-15, because duh they are in the militia! McDaniel's Militia, apparently. It is a very smart law!
Any person who qualifies as a resident on August 28, 2019, and who does not own an AR-15 shall have one year to purchase an AR-15. Any resident qualifies as a resident after August 28, 2019, and does not own an AR-15 shall purchase an AR-15 no later than one year after qualifying as a resident.
The bill would only allow you to sell your AR-15 if you have or purchase a spare, so you always have an AR-15. And yes, it specifies that particular type of gun, because that is the most Americanest gun and an AK-47 or other semiautomatic rifle would not count.
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New Zealand is still mourning after the horrific attacks on two mosques in Christchurch. As news and social media deal with their influence on the shooter, there were plenty of comments on CNN's "State of the Union." Let's begin with the US Ambassador to New Zealand, former Massachusetts senator and part-time male model Scott Brown. Jake Tapper pressed Ambassador Brown about New Zealand's prime minister's request that Trump show support for the Muslim community. After Brown affirmed HIS stance & support for the Muslim community, Tapper asked a very illuminating question:
TAPPER: Have you spoken with President Trump about this attack?
BROWN: I speak to the, obviously, the White House, the Situation Room and all parties to be on a very regular basis. There's no need for me to specifically speak to the president because I'm here as his representative and do what I have been doing, which is making sure that whatever the new Zealand government needs, including the prime minister or any of the other agencies, we make sure it's available.
So the answer is "NO," Ambassador Brown. Apparently while Trump hasn't had time to speak with his own ambassador to New Zealand, he's had time to feign ignorance that white supremacy is on the rise and trash the late Senator John McCain. Tapper continued:
A Christchurch massacre round-up, of sorts
So much is still going on with all the news of the New Zealand mosque shooting that we figured it'd be best to just do a general round-up, rather than hitting each of these things individually.
Good news first.
New Zealand Gets Right On Gun Control, Banning Semi-Automatic Weapons.
Less than 24 hours after the mass shooting that left 49 people dead, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that her country's gun control laws will be tightening up and that they will be banning military-style semi-automatic weapons. The country is following in the footsteps of its neighbor, Australia, which enacted strict gun control after a mass shooting in 1996, leading to a 47% decrease in the years following the ban. They have had no mass shootings since.
Here in America, we're just gonna keep throwing our hands up into the air "Gosh, why does this HAPPEN?" while still not doing anything about gun control no matter how many mass shootings we have. You know, because the gun nuts need all that innocent blood for watering their tree of liberty or what have you. [ThinkProgress]
Australia Bans Milo Yiannopoulis, Again.
While New Zealand is making good decisions on gun control, Australia has once again banned Milo Yiannopoulos over his stupid ass Islamaphobic comments regarding the shooting. Again. They banned him before, it somehow got lifted and he was planning to tour the country this year, but that's not happening now. Good!
On Instagram, Yiannopoulos claimed that people like the New Zealand shooter are not radicalized by conservatives, but rather by liberals and "barbaric, alien religious cultures."
Whatever you think about her, @realcandaceowens had nothing to do with what happened in New Zealand. People aren't radicalized by their own side. They get pushed to the far-Right BY THE LEFT, not by others on the Right.
Everyone on the Right in public life is constantly rejecting ethnonationalism and violence. I, for instance, have spent my entire career denouncing political violence. Candace has never been especially controversial and has never had many far-Right fans. She gets less popular the further Right you go.
Likewise, the violence directly inspired by grassroots Right-wing media figures comes from Antifa, not our supporters. Attacks like this happen because the establishment panders to and mollycoddles extremist Leftism and barbaric, alien religious cultures. Not when someone dares to point it out.
Yeah, this is all definitely our fault and not the fault of people who say things like "barbaric, alien religious cultures."
It's very interesting how conservatives just can't take personal responsibility for their own views. It's always our fault! We push them! They're delicate! If everyone just agreed with them on everything and told them they were wonderful and special all the time, they wouldn't have to do things like shoot up mosques!
That is bullshit. I defy any conservative to name one thing they wouldn't be so "far right" on if the left hadn't "pushed them too far." If that's your reason for believing something, you're a weird, spiteful moron and no one should take you or your beliefs seriously. [NYDailyNews]
In Which The Right Scrambles Desperately To Pretend The Shooter Was A Secret Leftist...
Just like every other time this kind of thing happens, the Right is going all googoots trying to find a way to claim the shooter was actually a big giant liberal who shot people for liberal reasons. Kellyanne Conway insisted the shooter was actually an eco-terrorist. Rush Limbaugh claims this is all a false flag and that the shooter was only pretending to be a white supremacist in order to make white supremacists look bad.
Via Media Matters:
The idea that there is far more crazed right-wing terrorism in America than there is any other kind is nothing more than a media narrative manufactured out of whole cloth, and it's just waiting for events like this to take place, and this is what happens, folks. I don't know, you probably get up and you see this news story and you just -- in addition to all of the emotion you have over the sheer shock, terror, and horror of it all, then you realize you're going to face a whole day of the politicization of it. You realize you're going to face a whole day of Donald Trump being blamed for it, or you being blamed for it, or things you believe in being blamed for it.[...]
Another thing that happens here when these events happen, you have all kinds of speculation that erupts. And there is an ongoing theory -- Mr. Snerdley, correct me if I'm wrong about this. There's an ongoing theory that the shooter himself may in fact be a leftist who writes the manifesto and then goes out and performs the deed purposely to smear his political enemies, knowing he's going to get shot in the process. You know you just can't -- you can't immediately discount this. The left is this insane, they are this crazy. And then if that's exactly what the guy is trying to do then he's hit a home run, because right there on Fox News: "Shooter is an admitted white nationalist who hates immigrants."
Sure, because it is, after all, really hard to make white supremacists look bad. [Media Matters]
Tucker Carlson, for his part, said that the real thing we all need to fear is not crazy ass white supremacists going on shooting sprees, but those who would seek to prevent crazy ass white supremacists going on shooting sprees by taking away their guns. Of course! He then claimed it was "absurd" for those on the left to suggest that Conservatives like himself were at all to blame for the massacre. You know, even though white supremacists themselves have repeatedly named Carlson and all his scaremongering about diversity as an influence and a force for radicalization. [Daily Beast]
Teenager Cracks Egg On Asshole Australian Senator's Face. Good For Him!
Following the shooting yesterday, conservative Australian Senator Fraser Anning thought it would be a swell idea to go on Twitter and ask "Does anyone still dispute the link between Muslim immigration and violence?" Which is a lot like saying "Does anyone still dispute the link between women existing and rape?" The shooter's violence was not the fault of Muslims immigrating to Australia, it was the fault of the psychopath who decided to murder a bunch of Muslims.
Anyway, his comments did not go over well. During a press conference, he ended up getting an egg cracked on his face by a 17-year-old boy, whom he promptly punched in the face.
#EggBoy, as he is being called, may have been arrested, but he is also being hailed as a hero across the internet. #WORTHIT [ITV]
Also Worth Your Interest...
As things develop, I may drop a few more things in here! Keep an eye out!
Terrorism plus trolling. O brave new world that has such people in 't.
Guys, I hate to defend Candace Owens, a garbage human being who loves riling up low-information idiots, but no, she did not "inspire" the racist who murdered 49 people at two mosques in New Zealand. Yes, even though he almost certainly agrees with her about immigration. He's trolling us, and while hatred should always be taken seriously and studied, the things said by racists, especially when they're repeating all their favorite little inside jokes, shouldn't necessarily be taken at face value, because sarcasm and shitposting are part of the online fascist's toolkit. Apart from the obvious commitment to racism and the desire to eradicate nonwhite immigrants, statements in the shooter's online manifesto should be considered skeptically. Let's do some unpacking.
We're not going to link to the copy of the manifesto we're working from, both because it'e evil and because hosts are scraping copies of it off their servers quickly enough that no links are likely to last. Believe me, you can find it without much effort if you want to see the filth.
Instead, take a look at this smart analysis of the manifesto's trolling by journalist Robert Evans, who knows a thing or two about terrorists and their recruiting methods. This manifesto has several audiences: potential future white nationalists, but also unwary journalists seeking to comb through it for easy answers to why someone would murder people in a house of worship. The title is straightforward enough: "The Great Replacement" partakes of the same white paranoia that motivated the Pittsburgh synagogue shooter and the marchers who chanted "Jews will not replace us" in Charlottesville: There's a shadowy conspiracy by very bad people to destroy the beautiful white race through immigration and high minority birth rates.
But as Evans puts it, the manifesto is also full of rhetorical booby traps:
A bad thing happened last night.
Racist terrorists killed 49 people at two mosques in New Zealand, targeting worshippers during Friday prayers. The attack appears to have been carried out by a single shooter, a 28-year-old Australian man, who has been charged with murder. New Zealand authorities have arrested four people, although they said one was not involved in the violence. The shooter wrote a manifesto claiming he was acting to save white people from immigration of nonwhites, and that he considered himself "a lawful, uniformed combatant." Authorities said none of the four arrested had been on terror watch lists.
The number of injured is also high; Christchurch health authorities stated 48 patients, "ranging from young children to adults with gunshot wounds," are being treated at Christchurch Hospital alone, and that additional patients with gunshot wounds had been taken to "other health facilities in the community." Injuries ranged from critical to minor. Remember; "wounded" by an assault rifle does not necessarily mean "lucky."
Pour one out for the gunhumpers.
Pity poor Wayne LaPierre! The guy just wants to flog murder machines and watch the cash roll in, and he keeps getting dragged into stupid bullshit. The then National Rifle Association president only got paid $1.5 million in 2017, and that is not nearly enough to compensate him for having to clean up every time that Loesch woman sticks a Klan hood on a cartoon train. The NRA is supposed to be a cash cow, that keeps up a steady hoofbeat of fear, while quietly making its leadership very, very fat. It's not supposed to be the attack dog for a modern day red scare that calls grieving mothers "tragedy-dry-humping whores." What happened to KILLING THEM SOFTLY, DAMMIT? That's what Wayne wants to know!
The New York Times reports that all is not well in Gun Land. Some of the old guard are nervous that appointing themselves the clenched fist of the culture war is making it harder to pull crumpled bills out of their cleavage.
In the best possible way, holy shit!
Arkansas Sen. Stephanie Flowers on 'stand your ground' bill youtu.be
The Arkansas state Senate Judiciary Committee considered an NRA-approved "Stand Your Ground" bill Wednesday. Good news: It failed to move out of committee. Better news: We have this video of state Sen. Stephanie Flowers, the only African-American on the committee, giving her colleagues holy hell for what "stand your ground" means to communities of color, and that's a higher likelihood of people getting murdered and the killers walking away without charges. And she was NOT happy about a call to rush the bill through with limited debate:
I'll be as quick as I can, as quick as it takes to kill somebody I guess. You want me to be that quick. ... It doesn't take much to look on the local news every night and see how many black kids, black boys, black men are being killed with these Stand Your Ground defenses that these people raise, and they get off. So I take issue with that. I'm the only person here of color. I am a mother, too. And I have a son. And I care as much for my son as y'all care for y'all's. But my son doesn't walk the same path as yours does. So this debate deserves more time.
When Flowers raised her voice and said she felt frightened by members of the legislature carrying concealed weapons, committee chair Alan Clark told her she had to stop talking.
"No I don't," Flowers responded. "What the hell you gonna do, shoot me?"
"Senator," said Clark.
"Senator, shit," responded Flowers.
"I'm telling you, this deserves more attention," she said. "You want to come up here with all these NRA bills and all these bills that ALEC has. I'm talking about my son's life! And I'm talking about the lives of other black kids!"
The statistics back her up: A 2017 study found gun homicides in Florida resulted in an "abrupt and sustained increase in the monthly homicide rate" following the passage of that state's "stand your ground" law.
After the bill failed in committee, sponsor Bob Ballinger insisted one of the Republicans on the panel "made a bad vote" and accidentally voted against it. Too bad, so sad! But "an attempt to expunge the vote failed," according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Ballinger intends to re-introduce the bill later in the session so more people who need shooting can get shot.
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Pearls on swine.
Moms Demand Action is a grassroots organization that advocates for sensible solutions to gun violence (i.e. not more guns). Concerned citizens came out to the New Hampshire State House today to show their support for House Bill 687. The "red flag" legislation would help keep guns out of the hands of people who are an immediate threat to themselves and others. Gun rights advocates hate HB687, probably because it would keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people, whose money is as good as anyone else's.
Women shared heart-rending stories about the personal impact of gun violence on their lives. Meanwhile, some of the male pro-gun lawmakers thought it would be cool to wear strings of cheap pearls to mock the Moms Demand Action volunteers. Happy Women's History Month! We guess Turning Points USA bogarted the diapers.
Now, to elect a Democratic president and Senate.
For the first time in forever -- and following massacre after massacre after massacre after massacre -- a gun control bill has passed in Congress. The House yesterday passed HB 8, which would finally require background checks for virtually all gun purchases. The bill even attracted eight votes from Republicans, and was co-sponsored by California Democrat Mike Thompson and Republican Pete King from New York. It was passed by the House after former congresswoman Gabby Giffords helped introduce it in January, eight years to the day after the Tucson mass shooting that left her permanently injured.
"Today's historic gun safety victory in Congress is a testament to courage," Giffords said in a statement after the passage of the bill. "When the days were darkest, when it looked like the gun lobby's money and influence would forever silence any debate in Washington about stronger gun laws, courage shone through."
The bill's passage was also noted by Rep. Ted Deutch, whose Florida district includes Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Deutch called the vote "a really incredible moment to be on the House floor as we passed the first piece of gun legislation in decades."
HB 8 would close a loophole in the current background check system: While all purchases made through federally licensed gun dealers require a background check, sales of guns between private parties, including many of those at gun shows, don't need one. That means roughly a fifth of total gun sales involve no background check at all.
The bill does include some exemptions, like allowing gifts from family members, so that should at least preempt the outraged whining from people complaining that Grandpa can't give celebrate little Walter's 21st birthday by passing on his cherished Webley-Vickers 50.80 revolver from the War, or loaning a gun to someone while hunting or for self-defense, as one so often must do in Our Polite Society.
This is the future liberals want.
In 2016, Nevada voters passed a ballot initiative that would have required background checks for all firearms purchases in the state, closing the loophole that allowed purchasers of guns from private, unlicensed sellers to avoid scrutiny. But under the state's Republican leaders at the time, former Gov. Brian Sandoval and former Attorney General Adam Laxalt, the law was never enforced, because they didn't like it and also said the FBI couldn't be forced to do all the background checks. But with a huge Dem majority in both houses following the 2018 election, the state Lege passed a new bill almost identical to the 2016 initiative, but with the background checks to be done by the states. Nevada's new Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolack signed it into law February 15.
Mind you, there was a lot of whining from the Republican minority about infringing the Holy Second Amendment, and it's true the shooter in the 2017 massacre in Las Vegas had passed a federal background check when buying his guns, but that hardly means background checks don't work. An average of 600 gun sales a year are blocked in Nevada because would-be purchasers are found to be ineligible to own a gun. The top two reasons for denying those sales are convictions resulting in a prison term, and records of domestic violence. So much for the idea that background checks are pointless, huh?
Now the lege is gearing up to introduce additional gun laws, and we say good for Nevada. Among the proposed ideas from Democrats:
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Domestic Terrorist Coast Guard Man Just Wanted To Cleanse Nation Of Its Enemies (Reporters And Democrats), And Everyone Else
Thank goodness all hate crime reports are fake, huh?
A US Coast Guard lieutenant who served in the service's Washington DC headquarters has been arrested and accused of domestic terrorism after law enforcement nabbed him Friday on gun and narcotics charges. A court document filed Tuesday says the initial charges against Christopher Paul Hasson are only the "proverbial tip of the iceberg," because the "defendant is a domestic terrorist, bent on committing acts dangerous to human life." Fortunately for everyone, in addition to being a self-proclaimed white nationalist who wanted to commit "focused violence" to bring about a white "homeland," Hasson was also a fucking idiot. He kept some of his planning for a massive attack on civilians, including a target list of media and political figures to assassinate, on his work computer. Yet another reason GOOD citizens only read Wonkette at work.
Andy McCabe goes on 60 Minutes, Heather Nauert quit-fired, and LA's 'army of cats.' Your morning news brief!
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But at last the House took action on background checks. It's a start.
The massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, took place a year ago today. That means it's also been a year since the Onion writer who came up with the oft-repurposed headline "'No Way To Prevent This,' Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens" wrote in a tweet that this time, it had happened at a school a mile away from his home.
Only this time, beyond the thoughts and the prayers, there were in fact some changes. We still have too many guns, and too many young people dying after being shot (nearly 1,200 kids in the year since Parkland). But a number of states have voted to tighten regulations on the sales of guns, and nine states, including Florida, have passed so-called "red flag" laws that allow law enforcement or family members to petition a court to ask that guns be taken away from someone who may be a risk to themself or others (a total of 14 states now have such laws). And yesterday, the US House of Representatives passed two background-check laws out of committee, the first real gun control legislation in years to get even this far. Five Republicans even voted for it. And the kids from Parkland inspired us all year.
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Christ, what an asshole.
The House of Representatives yesterday held its first hearings on gun violence since 2007 (or since 2011, depending on whether you count a Chicago forum that wasn't in the House chamber), and it was a chance for Congress to finally hear from activists, survivors, and relatives of those who've been sacrificed on the altar of the Holy Second Amendment. And by golly, the mean old gun-grabbing Dems didn't even look at all the times Armed Citizens prevented Barack Obama from becoming an absolute tyrant. New member of Congress Lucy McBath, a Democrat from Georgia, spoke about the 2012 murder of her son, Jordan Davis, by a Florida man who thought loud music was a reason to stand his ground. (It wasn't.)
Instead of appearing as a witness, McBath was there as a legislator, sent by the people of Georgia to do something about the slaughter. (Note: You may need to turn up your volume for this vid; remember to turn it down after!)
As Politico notes, the fact that the hearing happened at all is news.
Democrats had the conversation Wednesday that they've wanted to have since the elementary school shooting in Newtown — and the theater shooting in Aurora, the church shooting in Sutherland Springs, the nightclub shooting in Orlando, the concert shooting in Las Vegas and the high school shooting in Parkland, Fla. [...]
For nearly four hours and counting, the hearing room was packed with advocates who had lost family members, friends or classmates, or had survived gun violence themselves. In all, more than a dozen Democrats spoke in favor of tighter policies, including background checks and assault weapons bans.
The hearing was formally connected to HR 8, bill that would require federal background checks for all gun sales, although Mother Jones notes the discussion wasn't limited to that bill. Perhaps the relatively open topic of the hearing was why Florida Man Matt Gaetz decided it was a dandy opportunity to explain WALL is the only way to really reduce crime in this country. This is because he is A IDIOT.
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