The Second Amendment Is Killing Us

(Gun) Smoke and Mirrors From the NRA

The LATimes:

Ventura County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus was on the phone with his wife when reports of a shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill came in. “I gotta go handle a call,” Helus said before hanging up. “I love you. I’ll talk to you later.” Soon, the 54-year-old would be one of the first two officers to reach the country music bar. After exchanging fire with the gunman — a troubled 28-year-old who had served in the Marines — Helus would be fatally wounded. In the aftermath of the Thousand Oaks shooting that killed a dozen people and left 18 injured, stories of panic, bloodshed and heroics emerged. Family and friends remembered the people who were killed. Among them: an 18-year-old freshman at Pepperdine University, a 48-year-old bouncer with dreams of a better life, a 33-year-old veteran of the Marines, a 27-year-old who had survived the Las Vegas mass shooting just over a year ago. And once again, the question: How could this happen?

Axios morning email thingie:

The dozen people shot down by a 28-year-old at the packed Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, Calif., was the 307th mass shooting in the 311 days of 2018, per USA Today:

  • 328 people died in those incidents, and 1,251 were injured, according to the Gun Violence Archive, a non-profit that provides online access to data about gun violence.
  • “The numbers include incidents in which four or more people were shot or killed, not including the shooters.”

Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom plans to go further on gun control than Jerry Brown

One possibility is an expansion of California’s gun violence restraining order law, which allows police and family members to seek the temporary removal of firearms from someone they believe is a danger to themselves or others. Brown has twice vetoed, including in September, a measure that would also allow employers, co-workers, high school and college staff, and mental health providers to petition for a gun violence restraining order. Newsom indicated Thursday that he was open to the idea.

So what is it going to take? Every corner of America has seen this slaughter time-after-time, according to polls everyone wants some regulation, but money-grubbers at the NRA continue to buy and sell politicians (mostly but not always Republicans) who continue to do their bidding and instead of strengthening laws and restrictions insist on loosening them.

The very first Police responder to the scene was shot and killed. The good guy with a gun argument is inoperative.

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7 Responses to The Second Amendment Is Killing Us

  1. laura says:

    What is it going to take…..
    How about showing what it looks like, up close, the actual damage done, the brokenness of bodies, the sea of blood, the carnal house that is left, the bodies’ map of destruction, unvarnished.
    Hold up the fucking mirror to America’s gun list. Front page of the news, leading story on the local news.
    It’s far past time that we must all be Emett Till’s mother. Show what we have wrought.

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    • tengrain says:

      Laura – I still think that the Sandy Hook shooting—as awful as it was—should have been pictured on the front pages of every daily paper in the country.

      I still get torn up when I think about the description from parents that there was not enough left of their child to have an open casket funeral.




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  3. Jules MomCat says:

    AMENDMENT II: Right to Bear Arms, ratified 1791:

    A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

    So, the NRA conveniently ignores the first clause of the 2nd Amendment. Too bad there’s no law requiring any rifle purchaser to serve 6 months in the National Guard, to meet the “Militia” portion of the phrasing. With a few exceptions, of course–seniors, public servants, self-defense in risky professions, etc. But it could certainly reduce the number of automatic and semi-automatic massacres occurring constantly.

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  4. MDavis says:

    I read that the shooter’s mom turned him in to mental health professionals. They did not feel there was anything that needed to be done.

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  5. retiredeng says:

    Photos of the carnage should be mandatory!

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  6. roket says:

    We should all demand gun violence research at the very least.


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