Like many of you, I was saddened but not surprised to hear about yet another school shooting, this time at a high school in Florida. It was the 18th school shooting this calendar year. We are only seven weeks into the calendar year. Politicians offer their thoughts and prayers; gun-lovers suggest that the real problem isn’t our pathetic lack of gun control but mental illness. “We need to really address mental illness!” a comment on Facebook I saw yesterday read. Um, ok, sure, yes. Mental illness definitely deserves attention, research, resources. In the meantime, why don’t we make it harder for people with mental illness to walk into a store and buy a gun?! Why don’t we make it harder for everyone to walk into a store and buy a gun? Why don’t we treat buying a gun like we do other life-altering purchases and procedures, where you have to get licensed, undergo extensive background checks, go through a waiting period? Why don’t we legislate guns like we legislate uteruses? Oh, right – because the NRA doesn’t want us to and they own our country. Here are the top 10 career recipients of N.R.A. funding – through donations or spending to benefit the candidate – among both current House and Senate members. The next chance you have please vote these motherfuckers out of office, and if you value human life — if you think kids deserve to go to school and not get shot and killed — don’t support candidates who accept money from the NRA! Nothing will ever change until we have a majority of legislators who aren’t afraid to defy the NRA by passing commonsense gun laws.
Now…here are a few other things from around the web that may interest you:
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