Screw Your Thoughts and Prayers

Less than 13 hours after a mass shooting during a back-to-school sale in Walmart left 20 dead in El Paso, 9 people were killed overnight in Dayton, Ohio, in a second mass shooting. Evidence suggests that the El Paso shooter is a Trump-supporting, immigrant-hating, white supremacist, who was radicalized online and slaughtered innocent people to achieve political ends. In other words, a terrorist. Domestic Terrorism, we should call it by its name.

We note that the shooting in El Passo is only the 8th most deadly in US History. The Dayton shooting was the 22nd mass killing in the United States in 2019, according to an AP/USA Today/Northeastern University mass murder database.

Motivation for both shootings remains unclear (though the El Paso slaughter seems to point to white nationalism), but it doesn’t really matter. Wingnuttia is going to point to mental illness, video games, violent movies, rap music, all of which are world-wide phenomena and mass slaughter isn’t. And it must be a very strange mental illness that only falls to white conservative dudes. Go figure.

But mental illness, video games, and all the other distracting arguments fail to accomplish the goal of a mass killer. If you take guns out of equation, it solves the problem.

We are awash in guns.

Axios morning email thingie:

International research has found that U.S. mass shootings cannot be explained by a violent culture, racial divisions or mental health, the N.Y. Times’ Max Fisher and Josh Keller write in “The Interpreter” column.

  • It’s simply the “astronomical number of guns.”
  • “The United States has 270 million guns and had 90 mass shooters from 1966 to 2012.”
  • “No other country has more than 46 million guns or 18 mass shooters” — the U.S. is way worse than the Philippines, Russia, China or India.

So we now add back to school shopping to the list of places where you might be shot:

  • food festivals
  • concerts
  • churches
  • movies
  • colleges
  • high schools
  • kindergartens

This must stop. We must vote out the gundamentalists in either party to get some gun controls in this country.

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26 Responses to Screw Your Thoughts and Prayers

  1. miroker says:

    Easier solution, just kill all the people now and guns will no longer have any targets.

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  2. Scottie says:

    Hello TG. I think you will soon see action on gun control as more businesses and events lose money due to people being afraid to go to those things. I think of the fairs and local events I have attended in just the last few years that had no to little security. When you have accidental shootings in grocery stores and idiots carrying assault weapons in department stores to “prove they have rights” you just don’t feel like going to any of those places. I have a rule, I see someone with a firearm who is not law enforcement and I leave the place. Even a restaurant, we tell our server how we feel and get up and leave. At a store we stop by the service desk and tell them we do not shop where firearms are carried. The more people protest with their wallet, the sooner something will get done about the problem. Hugs

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  3. robginchicago says:

    Screw the equivocation as well. The Sunday talking heads shows were full of equivocators equivocating: “Some people say that President* Trump is, possibly unintentionally, sparking or provoking or “green lighting” these racist acts of violence.” Some people? WTF, some people! How about “all decent people with a conscience and empathy and a willingness to embrace diversity”? How about “Any reasonable person who is not wholly on board with or OK enabling racism”? The time for equivocation is over! Seriously, this shit must stop.

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  4. Bruce388 says:

    We can keep playing the odds that we won’t be victims to the next asshole with a grudge, or we can confine our outings to gun shows and Gooper conventions. No guns allowed there.

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  5. The GOP.white supremacists and NRA lackeys (but I repeat myself) know they’re the cause of this, it’s obvious by the panicked calls to blame everything else but guns and their own inflammatory rhetoric.

    Ricky “Foamy” Santorum got up on CNN today and called the people in El paso “soft targets” because they weren’t busy shopping the back-to-school sales armed to the teeth

    So, according to Foamy anywhere in public is a horribly dangeorus place to be, and there’s nothing we can do about it but be prepared to kill anyone, anywhere at a moment’s notice.

    (Of course, if there are guns in the house, home is a far more dangerous place, statistically, than out in public.)

    So, according to Foamy, Dan patrick and all the others, we need to live in a constant state of fear, always, everywhere, simply because they need their metal penises.

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    • Alison Redford says:

      Interestingly, on AM Joy, Julian Castro emphasized that El Paso is open carry, that it was likely that many of the people in the store including victims were carrying, and that none of that deterred this shooter. It also interested me when I first turned on TV, the MSNBC chyron was that Mulvaney said that this should not be blamed on Pres. Trump or his rhetoric (paraphrase). I figured that was projection, so it was likely that at least some blame ought to be laid there.

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    • Pyed says:

      Republicans have been selling fear as far back as I can remember (Tail-gunner Joe) so why should they stop now? And once you’re good and scared, they’ll be around to tell you what to do, because they are the only ones who know how to keep you safe,

      I think that’s the GOP #1 Grift. It keeps them in power, where they can do all the other grifting more successfully.

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  6. And it must be a very strange mental illness that only falls to white conservative dudes.

    Welp, I think you identified the mental illness right there, TG….

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  7. Found this via PZ Meyer’s joint:

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  8. Redhand says:

    These white terrorists are just like Islamic suicide bombers. The only difference is that the instrument used to commit mass killings.

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  9. Sir Nigel says:

    One of my fellow dog park denizens is a captain for the SFPD. This morning we were discussing the latest shootings and he told me that he and his wife are afraid to go to large events (concerts, amusement parks, etc.). Mind you, THIS IS A COP!

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  10. McDee says:

    We talk and talk about this. Nothing is done. They don’t listen. When money talks, they will listen. Boycott everything we can. No movies. No festivals. No church. No synagogue. No concerts. No sports events. No school. Go to work and buy your groceries but watch your back. Stop pleading and take action. And vote against anyone who’s ever taken a dime from the NRA.

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  11. The CHUDs are already out there, trying to claim the shooter was a lefty (and failing horribly).


  12. donnah says:

    A shooter just killed nine people in my hometown of Dayton, Ohio. My son was on his way there to meet friends. He’s safe, but badly shaken.

    Don’t say it can’t happen where you live, because it can.

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  13. I live in NY. These things DO NOT happen here. You can’t buy the kinds of guns that are used in these kinds of shootings in NY. We DO NOT have open carry here.

    The other night, a shooter tried to get into a nightclub & was turned away at the door because he was CARRYING A GUN. So he drove into the front of the nightclub as he was shooting. My son saw the whole thing … he was working at the nightclub across the street & he was on his break. He was on the street, having a smoke. Because the shooter wasn’t allowed into the club with his gun, the damage was minimal. YES, people were injured but nobody was killed.

    So tell me again that it can happen here. Because as far as I know, it’s never happened in NY. We have STRICT GUN LAWS HERE.

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