Guns

Once Again, Rage-Filled Woman-Abusing Good Guy With Gun Does Mass Shooting

Onion runs 'No Way To Prevent This, Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens' hed yet again.

America is once again going through the cycle of horror, anguish, and ultimately probably not doing anything following yet another mass shooting, this time in San Jose, California, where a public transit employee went on a shooting rampage at a rail yard where he worked, killing nine people and himself. Eight of the victims died at the scene, and a ninth died later.

The killer was identified as Samuel Cassidy. Like many, possibly all, of the victims, he was an employee of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), which provides bus and light rail service throughout the Bay Area community. The office of the Medical Examiner-Coroner released the names and ages of the nine dead on Wednesday:

Paul Delacruz Megia, 42; Taptejdeep Singh, 36; Adrian Balleza, 29; Jose Dejesus Hernandez III, 35; Timothy Michael Romo, 49; Michael Joseph Rudometkin 40; Abdolvahab Alaghmandan, 63; and Lars Kepler Lane, 63. Alex Ward Fritch, 49, was the ninth victim who died Wednesday evening.

Cassidy's former wife and a former girlfriend both said he had a history of ragey behavior and of taking his anger out on them. While it's too early to know what the shooter's motives were, we'll just note again that angry misogynists commit a large portion of mass shootings. Mind you, we couldn't just go treating every man who abuses women as a potential mass shooter, because Crom only knows what that would do to the economy? (Easy: We'd get lots of men into therapy and there'd be an expansion of social services, and who can even calculate the potential benefits of greater mental health in this godforsaken Republic?)

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Here’s Why That Pasta Salad That Sat In The Sun For Hours Made Everyone Sick. Tabs, Thurs., May 27, 2021

Come and get some more Tabs!

Eight people were killed and several others wounded in yet another mass shooting Wednesday. The latest sacrifice at the altar of the gun lobby occurred at a light-rail facility in San Jose, California. (CBS News)

Toxic masculinity is a common trait found among mass shooters in the United States. (Mother Jones)

Manhattan prosecutors pursuing a criminal case against Donald Trump’s corrupt enterprises has told at least one witness to prepare to chat with a grand jury. I want a Trump family perp walk. No, I deserve a Trump family perp walk. (CNN)

Ta-Nehisi Coates, Ava DuVernay, Angela Davis, Barry Jenkins, Ryan Coogler, and other individuals more impressive than Andrew Sullivan have signed a letter of support for New York Times journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, who conservatives are treating like Galileo because she pointed out that slavery was a thing that happened in America. (The Root)

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GOP Sen. John Kennedy Wants Some Sexy Time With His Handgun

And his dumbass NRA ad could use a spellcheck.

Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana, the Oxford-educated Roscoe P. Coltrane cosplayer, has teamed up with the National Rifle Organization to embarrass himself. He didn't need any help, as he normally does just fine by himself. The gun-pushing group fired off a bizarre tweet Monday declaring that Kennedy's “new message would trigger the libs." The NRA has opposed child access prevention laws, which would help keep guns out of the hands of small children, so it makes sense that a small child presumably gained access to the NRA's Twitter account.

The 12-second ad, which feels like 12 minutes, features Kennedy cleaning a firearm while what someone at the NRA believes is “sexy" music plays. Kennedy declares:

Folks, I believe love is the answer, but you oughta own a handgun just in case.

Just in case of what, exactly? Handguns and other killing machines don't belong in any true message of love. Kennedy represents (poorly) a state with a horrific record on gun violence.

From the New York Times:

A higher share of murders has been committed via firearm in Louisiana compared with the national average every year since at least 1985, with a firearm being the weapon used in 84 percent of murders in Louisiana in 2019 (compared with 74 percent nationally). Louisiana also has the highest rate of firearms recovered and traced by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (A.T.F.), suggesting a high rate of illegal or stolen weapons in the state.
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Joe Manchin Throws Voting Rights Under The Bipartisan Bus

He’s still better than a Republican, but ... damn.

Senator Joe Manchin from West Virginia is obsessed with bipartisanship. He probably can't name anything good or helpful for the American people that bipartisanship has produced during his entire Senate career, which admittedly isn't that long or distinguished. When he won the special election to replace the late Robert Byrd in 2010, Amy Klobuchar was already in the Senate. Patty Murray has represented Washington since Nirvana was releasing records but she doesn't share Manchin's curious devotion to the filibuster or, as it's known in practice, the "Democrat Face Puncher 9000."

The Senate is currently debating the For the People Act, which is in essence a “Stop Republicans From Cheating" bill. Even really dumb Republicans such as Ron Johnson and Marsha Blackburn, who can barely find their couch in their living room, aren't dumb enough to support a "Stop Republicans From Cheating" bill. This is why the bill is DOA as long as Republicans have the "Democrat Face Puncher 9000" handy.

But Manchin is convinced there's a bipartisan solution. He's the one who deserves the nickname "Sleepy Joe"; he obviously hasn't been awake for the past decade. Manchin favors more “measured voting reform," so presumably a “Stop Republicans From Cheating Too Much" bill. He said he'd support the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, which is more “narrowly tailored" legislation. It would specifically restore elements of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that the Supreme Court gutted because Chief Justice John Roberts thought racism was over. (He'd probably just fallen asleep while watching The Help.) We should definitely pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, but it's already died once in committee because Republicans won't willingly stop cheating. They have to do it. It's part of their lifestyle.

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