Canada continues to lead the way.
So, just like that, Canada actually did something about gun violence. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Friday the ban of more than 1,500 models and variants of assault-style firearms, including America's most popular child killer, the AR-15. Unlike Lindsey Graham, Trudeau isn't worried about fending off looters after a hurricane.
TRUDEAU: These weapons were designed for one purpose and one purpose only: to kill the largest number of people in the shortest amount of time. There is no use and no place for such weapons in Canada ... Effective immediately, it is no longer permitted to buy, sell, transport, import, or use military-grade assault weapons in this country."
That's what a world leader sounds like who exists in reality and isn't owned by the NRA. Trudeau correctly observed you don't "need an AR-15 to take down a deer." Casting fierce shade on America's continued fecklessness after mass shooting upon mass shooting, Trudeau declared that "Canadians need more than thoughts and prayers."
Let's splain you this week's big decision!
It's SCOTUS season!
From now until the end of June, the US Supreme Court will be releasing its decisions. And from abortion to the existence of the CFPB to Trump's tax returns, there are some big cases this year. This week, it was guns.
This week, the Court issued a non-decision decision in gun control case New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. City of New York. We'll explain what that means in a hot second, but for now, know this: A non-decision decision in this case is probably the best thing we could have hoped for! Unfortunately, it's not all good news.
In a 6-3 per curiam (unsigned) opinion, the Court ruled that the case was moot (no longer a live dispute) because NYC changed the law last year.
Not to be outdone, however, four of the Court's five conservative justices signed on to a dissent arguing that the law in question was unconstitutional, indicating that they are likely to revisit their gun control jurisprudence in the near future. So cross your fingers, throw salt over your shoulder, go outside, turn around, and spit, because we're going to need a little luck if we're ever going to get a handle on this country's out-of-control gun deaths and mass shootings.
Don't make us feel sorry for cops please.
After she was arrested Tuesday for holding a "playdate protest" at a closed public park in Meridian, Idaho, Sarah Brady became the latest hero of the wingnuttosphere. The coverage generally depicted Brady as an ordinary mom arrested merely because she wanted to let her kids play outdoors, and it left out little details like the fact that Brady and her compatriots tore down police tape at the park (and later, after cops put it up again, tore it down once more). The whole thing was a planned confrontation, intended to test whether cops would actually enforce Idaho's stay at home order. The group refused multiple requests to leave, and when Brady insisted on being arrested, the cops arrested her.
Never one to let a good ginned-up provocation go to waste, Ammon Bundy, who's organized several rightwing events aimed at violating the quarantine order, showed up with a few dozen protesters Tuesday night at the home of the Meridian police officer who had arrested Brady. That way Bundy and his followers could yell at the four uniformed officers guarding the cop's home and deliver a copy of a "petition for redress of grievance" that Bundy and others delivered earlier in the day to the home of Gov. Brad Little. They used the phrase right from the E Plebnista itself to make it extra holy.
Damn it Bundy, you had to go and make us feel sorry for a bunch of cops. Here's video, from the same Facebook supporter who livestreamed the Big Easter Bundy Viral Jamboree.
Not just meaningless thoughts and prayers.
A gunman shot and killed at least 18 people in Nova Scotia over a two-day rampage this weekend. It was the deadliest shooting in Canada's history. That is a tragically quaint figure in comparison to the United States, where the current grim record is the 58 dead in the 2017 Las Vegas shooting.
America can usually only manage “thoughts and prayers" after these massacres, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau already plans to move ahead on substantial gun control legislation. Trudeau promised last year that if his Liberal Party won re-election, it would ban assault rifles and even give municipalities the ability to restrict or outright ban handguns. He even cast shade on American politicians' “thoughts and prayers" tap dance on guns.