An intimidated group of U.S. Senators, in the minority, recently denied what the vast majority of Americans want in terms of a modest first step to be...
It's heartbreakingly clear that the Democrats won't act courageously. But a number of non-partisan outside groups will.
President Obama had poured his heart and political capital into background checks and gun reform, yet his efforts were met with failure, in a coup against the will of the People orchestrated by the NRA and their lackeys in the Senate.
Every morning the dead greet me before the caffeine gives me a chance to focus their reality. I post their stories to a Facebook wall. Why?
Authorities will now be forced to spend countless hours and personnel trying to track down exactly how, when and where they got their guns.
We need to work together, you and me. This is not a red state/blue state issue. This is not even a Second Amendment issue. We don't want your guns. We do want to make our streets and schools and parks safe. For your sake. For our sake. For our children's sake.
When Wyatt Earp was Sheriff of Tombstone there was an ordinance in town that barred the public from carrying firearms in public. Citizens and visitors were required to check their weapons at the Sheriff's office or the Grand Hotel. If they did not, they faced imprisonment or fine or both.
Maybe we should create a risk assessment tool for gun worthiness. In all seriousness, shouldn't all Americans -- especially those who manufacture and sell guns -- welcome the prospect of better predictability given the news of late?
Who exactly does the NRA represent -- its card-carrying members who were mostly in favor of expanding background checks or the gun manufacturers who thrive on being able to easily sell their machines of death?
Do Americans really value the right to bear firearms -- and not just any firearms, but ones that are designed to kill as many people in as short a time as possible -- more than they do the safety of their children?
The United States Senate's failure to pass common sense gun safety measures -- the Manchin-Toomey Amendment to expand background checks to keep guns away from underage or dangerous people, and amendments to ban assault weapons and high capacity magazines designed only to kill as many human beings as possible -- is a moral failure of great magnitude. Once again the safety of children has been sacrificed by political leaders in service to the gun lobby. As Americans do we value guns more than the lives of children? Do we really want to continue to have political leaders who kowtow to the threats and money and half-truths of the gun lobby and who think their political jobs are more important than the right of children to live and learn and grow up in safety?
Even the most cynical amongst us were stunned when the U.S. Senate voted down a watered down, bipartisan, partial background check for gun purchases that's supported by some 90 percent of Americans and 74 percent of NRA members. This happened because money has near-complete control of our political system. The NRA outspent the Brady Center to Control Gun Violence by 73 to 1 last year. As Gabby Giffords said in her brilliant New York Times op-ed, senators betrayed the people because of a deep fear of the NRA unseating them from office. The NRA has that power because they have and spend real political money.
The Senate fails the nation. ...
Ninety percent of Republicans voted against an issue 90 percent of the American people support. A bipartisan bill that was so watered down, it was translucent.
"Shame on you!" rang from the gallery in the Senate as the background-check measure failed, prompting the eviction of the two women who shouted it. Unfortunately, the Sergeant-at-Arms evicted the wrong parties. All 46 of them remained on the floor.
What happens now is not "someone else's problem." It doesn't matter where we live, how much money we make, the color of our skin or where we were born -- Wednesday's ruling was a vast disappointment, an outrage, and will compromise the safety of Americans everywhere.