Plus: MTG makes a plea for national disunity on the anniversary of 9/11.
Someday I would like to see a serious discussion of the two parts of the second amendment--the part that mentions “a well regulated militia” and “the right to keep and bear arms.” The current assumption seems to be that James Madison was incapable of writing a coherent compound sentence.
Put the smiling face of every sheriff, NRA board member and pro-gun legislator next to a headline about a kid getting shot because he/she was nearby.
Well, if Alabama can defy the SCOTUS about the voting maps, then perhaps some other states can do the same regarding firearms.
Seems like a fair game to me
I was too angry to comment on MTG for Morning Shots this morning, and I am still too angry. What a waste of space she is.
Here's the deal. The likes of Ted Lieu figure out what can't be done and proceed to not do it, while the likes of Governor Grisham figure out what can be done and proceed to do it. Power is not constrained by laws or judges or constitution. Its only true constraint is will. If ever there was something that could be called an emergency requiring emergency measures, this is it. Recently the Alabama legislature told SCROTUS to take a flying f*** and guess what? NOTHING HAPPENED. The SCROTUS police did not descend on the legislature and arrest the miscreants. Not a single member of the legislature suffered any penalty or public opprobrium. Democrats need to take that lesson to heart.
What the governor of NM did is probably unconstitutional, but only because of the views of the current Supreme Court. There were many restrictions in the 1990s that seemed reasonable.
Of course, no one is saying the governor is wrong. They are saying that Americans prefer to have innocent people die any place and at any time rather than live in a safe and sane society. In 1870, when you rode into Dodge City, KN, you had to check your gun at the sheriff's office. Why can't that happen in New Mexico? Why don't they allow guns into the Supreme Court, or Trump rallies?
Thank you for the excellent coverage of the governor's executive order. We live close enough to Bernalillo County to be affected by it, especially since my son works in ABQ. Things are a mess, and it sounds like no LEOs in the county will enforce the order.
It doesn't seem like it's going to help, but we've seen gun violence escalate over the past few years, and draw closer and closer to our city.
On gun terminology: part of the reason "gun safety" is leaking into discourse is because in the absence of "gun control" there's a lot of chatter in the public health sphere about taking a "harm reduction" approach (phrase borrowed from addiction advocates) where you acknowledge that public health cannot do anything about net number of guns (ditto for fentanyl and meth) in the US, but can potentially impact the number of gun deaths (especially since suicides are the most common gun related deaths).
These includes activities like mental health outreach to gun clubs, offering temporary storage to anyone going through a rough patch (through either a local police department, a gun club, or a friend with a gun safe), and more vaguely violence prevention. The best documented programs are across NM's border in Colorado.
I think it's worth mentioning for two reasons. One is because public health ostensibly has a toolkit to partially address gun violence without causing legal pandemonium (and I think it's disingenuous NOT to call this a public health problem. It's the leading cause of child mortality now.) The second reason is that even in a scenario in which the US passes sane gun safety/control laws, I can't see a scenario in which the net number of guns doesn't continue to negatively impact child mortality/disability for several decades.
Governor Grisham is NOT violating the United States Constitution; she may be violating our Supreme Court's misguided and incorrect interpretation of the Constitution and this is because that Court is bought and paid for by NRA money. I hope she sticks to her "guns".
I’m waiting for “pro forced birth” to stick. Or maybe “we care til they’re born” might be even better.
Either way., can’t wait to see what they end up workshopping.
Who's fault is the immigration problem, MTG? I remember an orange-hued GOP president who got elected to deal with immigration, had majorities in the House and Senate, and did NOTHING to reform immigration law. The dirty secret is that GOP scum don't want to do anything about immigration. They would rather demagogue the issue while getting a steady supply of cheap labor from people who are denied citizenship.
Margie Greene does not have the intelligence nor the maturity level required to be a member of the nation's lawmaking body. Full stop.
The big difference between the Dems and GOP is one party still has ability to call out its excesses and overreach and the other absolutely will not police itself.
There are zero reasons for any reporter to ask Ted Cruz his opinion on anything. You knew what his opinion was going to be and his embellishment and performance efforts in reaction are not worth any space.
I've said it before - why is the problem of American ADULTS choosing to ingest/smoke/sniff illegal drugs a president's problem? If Americans are choosing to kill/disable themselves by voluntarily using them, and sorry if this sounds hardhearted, the president's problem. Who is making them take those drugs? We don't excuse alcoholics and smokers, but drug addicts seem to get a free pass. The older I get, the less tolerance I have for adults' bad habits. Drug use is high because the number of people who want the drugs is high.
MOAR GUNS! Hell yeah! So happy that all those patriotic, gun toting, hero citizens are saving society from the scourge of mass shootings. Especially the ones that leave their rifle leaning against a wall so some escaped fugitive can get a free weapon and exercise their rights too. BTW, about that fugitive; does nobody own a bloodhound in PA? Seriously, WTF? Nobody's seen Cool Hand Luke in the keystone state?