I wondered what well-regulated Militia the Las Vegas shooter belonged to with so many guns, but the news never reported it.
America, wake up!
The false interpretation of the 2nd amendment, the belief that our very freedom depends on our so called constitutional right to own a gun, is a straight out lie. What our freedom depends on is our ability to protect ourselves and our young from harm. The very founding fathers who wrote the constitution understood this, believing that the purpose of government was to protect life, liberty, and property from what they called the depravity of human nature and what can be more depraved than the actions of the Las Vegas shooter and the many who came before him. Research shows that America leads developed nations by a wide margin in gun-related deaths mainly because guns are much more accessible. Where guns are accessible, those who are deprived will obtain them.
We must act now and put a stop to this madness. We must get serious about gun control in this country. Poll after poll shows that most Americans support stronger gun control now; we must let Washington know that with our voices at the voting booths. We must counter the money of special interest determined to keep the status quo and roll back the few regulations we have now over the lives of the innocent, which is a lot of money to counter. In the 2014 midterm elections, the NRA’s own super PAC and 501c4 political organization can run its political campaign. Combined spent more than 27 million dollars. They upped the ante in 2016 betting on Donald Trump. Six Republican Senate candidates locked in a highly competitive race spending $50.2 million, or 96 percent of its total outside spending, into these races and lost only one.
We can choose to continue living like this, offering our condolences, praying for the families who lost loved ones, offering calls for unity while stating now is not the time for a political debate on guns, and then moving on with our lives until it happens all over again or we can choose to stop the madness and get serious about gun control.
On the heels of the deadliest shooting in American history, this is what FOX News and conservatives are concerned about / protecting the NRA from Hilary Clinton’s criticism.
Before you respond by saying she started it by making it political, we as a country have to be angry that we continue to see innocent lives taken from us way too early at the hands of guns. America has 4.4 percent of the world’s population. Still, almost half of the civilian-owned guns around the world, more than 1500 mass shootings than Sandy Hook alone and America far and always leads developed countries in gun-related death in comparison to just two other countries America has six times as many firearm homicides as Canada and nearly 16 times as many as Germany. Meanwhile, The National Rifle Association took a historic gamble in 2016, and it paid off in a huge way. The gun-rights group placed multimillion-dollar bets on Donald Trump and six Republican Senate candidates locked in highly competitive races. It poured $50.2 million, or 96 percent of its total outside spending, into these races and lost only one.
The time is over for politicians to offer their condolences and prayers to the families of the victim. The time is over for using the excuse that now is not the time to bring up the gun issue. Now is a time for healing. Now is not the time for offering up lame one-liners like guns don’t kill people, people kill people. Now is the time to face the truth that the US is an outlier on gun violence because it has way more guns than other developed nations. The NRA gives millions of dollars to Senators and Congressperson to ensure that doesn’t change. Yes, now is a time of healing, but the only way we will truly heal is to combat this problem, and if that means calling out groups like the NRA, so be it.
Sports is a business I know that but today the NFL in voting to approve the Raiders move to Las Vegas showed us once again that not only is sports a business but it’s owners think of the fans as nothing more than suckers.
Let’s be clear here the Raiders, one of the league’s most storied franchises, have one of the most loyal rabid fan bases in the NFL. There is no questioning that. Even after the Raiders left them for 12 years in the 80s and 90s they welcomed them home as if they had never left. They dress up for games and root like hell for a team that gave them a decade of putrid football. But that didn’t matter because win lose or draw they were their Oakland Raiders. Simply put if you never been to a Raiders home game you have missed out on one of the best spectacles in all of sport. But because the city of Oakland wouldn’t bow to the pressure of 32 billionaire owners and provide them with a corporate welfare check to finance a stadium, at a time when the City has far more pressing economic concerns, the Raiders told one of the NFL’s best fan bases to kiss its ass and you know why? Because they can. They can because the NFL knows the fan is a sucker.
Between 1982 and 96 iconic NFL franchises moved all over the map. the Raiders moved twice, the Colts moved, The Browns moved, the Rams moved, the Oilers moved. The league awarded Cleveland and Houston new franchises to help ease the pain and put the expansion buy-in fee into their pockets. Through it all the cash kept on pouring in. Baseball once cancelled a World Series in 1994 and while it isn’t what was it used to be nationally it is doing just fine regionally as owners are flush with more money than ever before. The NBA markets its stars more than any other league. Come out and see Lebron James and the Cavs they yell and then teams casually and with no regard to its paying fan will rests whole lineups, on the road, the only time they’ll play in that city all year. Even hockey who decided to cancel an entire SEASON once and makes no attempt to grow their game to new fans like baseball sees its owners sitting on more money than ever before. How is this possible? Because the league knows the fans are suckers. No matter how bad they treat us, no matter how many teams up and leave, no matter how high the prices go or bad the product gets we’ll still scream and cheer for our team. We’ll still open up our wallets and feed the beast.
Today 32 NFL owners had a great day as they pondered the revenue from their shiny new toy in Vegas and likely expansion fee revenue for the new team in Oakland, you know that’s going to happen. But it was a sad day for the NFL fan especially Oakland and as the billionaire owners smile for the cameras and count the cash they whisper to each – Fans? Who cares what the fans think? Fans are suckers