Dear NRA: Get A Grip. We’re Not Coming To Take Your Guns

Dear NRA:

Understand that despite Wayne LaPierre’s hysterical rant at last week’s CPAC gathering, we are not coming to take your guns, nor are we going to abolish the “right to bear arms.”

All we want are some protections against further slaughter which has become so commonplace in only our American society.

Please understand this.

You & your  members are fond of waving the Constitution in everyone’s face citing that famous passage: “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.”

You hold fast to antiquated wording in a document written pertaining to life 227 years ago. Things were very different. This life no longer exists in our world.

Please understand this.

We do have a “well-regulated militia,”  it’s the National Guard which traces its roots back to 1636.  Our 5 branches of the military, the best fighting machine on the planet; the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard, are perfectly capable of defending “the security of a free state,” our United States of America. We have sophisticated technology which could detect an attack, a nuclear one, in seconds, inventions that the creators of the Constitution could never have dreamed of.

The life from 227 years ago doesn’t exist any longer.

Please understand this.

Regarding the “shall not be infringed” part, you’ve already been “infringed.” There are certain weapons that citizens are not permitted to have; machine guns, surface-to-air missiles, grenades, tanks and many others. The framers of the Constitution could not see how life would evolve, nor could they predict weapons used in mass killings.

Life of 227 years ago no longer exists.  Why can’t you understand that?

We are not coming to take your guns away.

You may still have certain guns to hunt with, do target practice or protect your home with, just not those guns which have become so popular with mass shooters: the AR-15 &its cousins which evolved from military use. What civilian actually “needs” a semi-automatic weapon, capable of shredding humans in seconds?  Answer:  nobody.  Ask former military, current law enforcement and trauma surgeons in ERs. They’ll agree.

We are not trying to “infringe” your rights by issuing rules concerning the acquisition of guns.  Just as there are rules for driving a car or flying a plane, or practicing medicine, there must be common sense requirements for obtaining and owning a firearm, too.

Please understand this.

We are not trying to take your guns away. 

We just want some sanity.

There is no sanity in the representation of the NRA when Wayne La Pierre or Dana Loesch get up in front of crowds & espouse farfetched ideas of a government takeover & impending terrorist invasions, or try to scare the crowd with keywords like “loss of freedom.”

The greatest danger to our citizenry are those very weapons you hold dear. The true reality is that the United States of America has the highest rate of gun deaths in the world and the NRA is doing absolutely nothing about it, adamantly opposing any and all common sense attempts to staunch the blood of innocents which flows daily.

In your attempt to defend the Constitution you have lost sight that the “right” of gun owners to own weapons of mass murder infringes on the “right” of our entire population to live without the fear of being killed.

The life of 227 years ago no longer exists.

Please understand this.

All we want is some sanity.







GUNS: A Check For 911 Calls To Local Law Enforcement Needed

The perpetrator in the Parkland, FL school shooting didn’t have any criminal or mental health records which would have shown up on a background check for a gun. That’s why he slipped through the cracks.

What he did have were numerous 911 calls to local law enforcement. On 23 different occasions over 10 years,  15 of these calls were made by his now deceased mother.  Most recently, in 2016 and 2017,  other people made calls warning of his behavior.  There’s even a record of a call he placed himself following his mother’s death.

(Source, New York Times 2/23/18):

“Three months before the Feb. 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, a family friend dialed 911 to tell the Palm Beach County sheriff’s office about Mr. Cruz’s personal arsenal. “I need someone here because I’m afraid he comes back and he has a lot of weapons,” the friend said.

Mr. Cruz, 19, himself called the authorities just after Thanksgiving, describing how he had been in a fight and was struggling with the death of his mother. “The thing is I lost my mother a couple of weeks ago, so like I am dealing with a bunch of things right now,” he said in a childlike voice, sounding agitated and out of breath.”

“There were dozens of calls to 911 and the local authorities, some mentioning fears that he was capable of violence.”

“In a 911 call on Nov. 29, Rocxanne Deschamps, the family friend who took in Mr. Cruz after the death of his mother, expressed fear that he was going to get a gun after fighting with her son.  In Ms. Deschamps’s 911 call, she told the dispatcher that Mr. Cruz already had about eight guns that he kept at a friend’s house and that he had just been thrown out of the house after the tantrum in which he punched the walls, hurled things around her home and got into a fight with Rock, her 22-year-old son.”

Ms. Deschamps made it clear that her new houseguest was obsessed with firearms and had threatened both his mother and his brother. “That’s all he wants is his gun,” she said. “And that’s all he cares about is his gun. He bought tons of bullets and stuff and I took it away from him.”

More than once, Mr. Cruz was identified by those around him as someone capable of carrying out a school shooting.

Before she died in early November, Mr. Cruz’s mother, Lynda Cruz, had called the authorities numerous times over the past decade to report her son. She said he had hit her with the plastic hose from a vacuum, and once threw her against the wall after she took his Xbox away, adding that he suffered from anger issues as well as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder.”

This is why we need checks on calls to local enforcement agencies along with criminal and mental health background checks. 

For a long time, this young man showed many signs of being a danger to the community.  The evidence was there, clean and simple, in black and white, in the records of local law enforcement officials.  Because of a gun background check system that’s incoherently linked together, he was able to buy a firearm.

It would have been easy to check.

It wasn’t and 17 people died.

What About MY RIGHTS Not To Be Killed by A Gun?


I am afraid to go to the movies.

I am afraid to go to a mall.

I am afraid to sit in a restaurant with my back to the door.

I am even afraid to be at work – a grocery store.

I am now afraid to go to a concert.

In fact, I’m wary of going to most public places.

2nd Amendment defenders who scream about their “rights” have forgotten that the rights of the entire citizenry of this country are being infringed and the safety of all citizens compromised.

The Tampa Bay Times reports:  Numerous gun rights bills–especially campus carry–show that Republican legislators are controlled by the NRA and do not understand that if certain limits are not placed on Second Amendment rights, public safety is sacrificed.

That’s it, right there.



GUNS: Vote Out The NRA, Gun Buyback, Psych Tests & Intervention at Schools

We can no longer allow our lawmakers to protect the NRA. Vote out the ones who are in their favor.

President George W. Bush let the assault weapons ban expire in 2004.

How many people would still be alive?

Think about that for a minute.

The United States is the only country where mass shootings like Parkland, Aurora, Newtown, San Bernadino, Virginia Tech, Columbine, Las Vegas and Orlando take place.

The United States is the only country which permits the sale of military-like weapons such as the AR-15 which was used in these mass shootings.

This cannot continue.

It has to end now.

The NRA holds the power of many of our elected officials.

In the Senate:

  • John McCain (R-AZ) has taken $7,740,521 from the NRA
  • Richard Burr (R-NC) received $6,986,620
  • Roy Blunt (R-MO)  has gotten  $4,551,146
  • Tom Tillis (R-NC) has been the recipient of $4,418,012
  • Cory Gardener (R-CO)  received $3,879,064
  • Marco Rubio (R-FL) has collected $3,303,355
  • Joni Ernst (R-IA) has netted $3,124,273
  • Rob Portman’s (R-OH) take has been $3,061,941
  • Todd Young (R-IN) has received $2,896,732
  • Bill Cassidy (R-LA) has been given $2,861,047

In the House, amounts range from 1 million on down.

VOTE THEM OUT – NOW.  Vote for candidates who are in favor of sensible gun control measures.

The NRA is a terrorist organization, a hate group. Their platform has changed from just advocating gun safety to siding with the right-wing conspiracy theorist agenda.  Watch this disturbing video of Dana Loesch calling for violence against those not on the side of Trump. She stops just short of telling NRA members, “the good guys with a gun,” to start an insurrection.  Frightening.

The NRA has not been behind one common-sense gun solution because they feel that any impediment toward gun ownership is against the 2nd Amendment. Bullshit! They’ve used scare tactics, added to xenophobia by insisting all citizens of this country should be armed to prevent terrorist attacks. Like our “president,”  they overlook the fact that mass shootings by WHITE AMERICAN CHRISTIAN MEN have killed more people than terrorist attacks.  These shootings are occurring on just about a monthly basis.

People are being massacred because of the lies of the NRA.

Make mandatory COMPREHENSIVE PSYCH TESTS for every gun purchase. This is in addition to background checks for criminal activity.  Checks for domestic violence or *any* reports to law enforcement of potential endangerment to the public which would indicate mental instability or social attitudes which may indicate an individual is a threat society or to a certain ethnic/religious group. (i.e. they may want to go shoot up a mosque or a black church).

You have to have a license to drive a car, right?  There’s a test for that.  Why not a psych test for potential gun owners? Sounds fair to me in light of the fact that the men who’ve committed these mass murders have been less than mentally balanced. Those who purchased their weapons (the Columbine murderers and Adam Lanza did not) passed the criminal background checks and look what happened. In last week’s case, law enforcement had been called to the (previous) home of the shooter 30-something times.  In a new system of checks & balances as suggested above, that would have shown up on the radar.

Mandatory 14-day waiting period after passing the psych test.

This next idea is a biggie and sure to piss off all the gun advocates, many NRA members, and Second Amendment protectors.

BAN THE SALE & POSSESSION of ALL MILITARY-LIKE WEAPONRY EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY. The Feinstein Bill lists over 200 weapons that should be prohibited.

NO MANUFACTURE or SALE of any ADD-ONS (bump stocks etc) which can convert weapons to automatic fire.

No weapon sold can have more than a 10-shot capability.

No more gun shows.  Lots of under-the-table activity goes on at gun shows either inside the venue itself or out in the parking lot. Read the article below, “I Am A Gun Owner.”  She’s right.  ABC News did a story a few years ago where they sent a man into a gun show with cash.  He came out with 10 guns in an hour; paid cash, no background check. ATF has identified gun shows as a major way for criminals to get guns. Flash enough cash – no questions asked.

Offer a gun buyback program.  If your gun was purchased legally (and the gov’t can get this info easily) — offer all gun owners of AR-15’s & similar guns a one-time chance to turn theirs in.

Make the possession of these weapons illegal.      Period.    Don’t want to give up your gun?  Fine.  You’ve just become a criminal, subject to a hefty fine (let’s make it…, oh, say,  $10,000 to start) and jail time.   When your arrest warrant for non-compliance with the law is issued it’s your last chance to comply. Show up at the local cop shop, turn in your gun and you’re off the hook. Otherwise, too bad. Go to jail, directly to jail, do not pass GO and do not collect  $200 dollars. If your gun wasn’t purchased legally, well, you’re really in deep shit. You’re a criminal, anyway.

Implement an “intervention” or “interrupter” program in every school, to identify students who show red flag signs of potential violence toward others.  This has been used in high crime areas where gang-related killings are the norm.  In a Chicago area where this program was used, crime dropped 73%.

Raise the age to purchase any gun to 21 in every state.

Finally – and I know this is a tough one:  Change the 2nd Amendment to reflect life as it is now, not as it was in 1791.  We’ve got the military (we didn’t have an army back then), people had to hunt for food (we have grocery stores now), citizens with their guns wouldn’t stand a chance against the military and one doesn’t need an AR-15 for home protection, or hunting, or target practice.

NOW — it HAS to happen NOW.



Opinions from gun owners:

“I Am A Gun Owner & Here’s What I Have To Say About Gun Laws”

“Fuck You, I Like Guns”

ABC News: Easy Access – $5000 gets 10 guns, no questions asked.

We’ve Lost On Gun Control






Yesterday’s school shooting in Parkland, FL could have been prevented.

The shooter’s Instagram posts revealed a desire to kill others, including law enforcement.

“I whana shoot people with my AR-15″ (sic), “I wanna die Fighting killing s**t ton of people” and “I am going to kill law enforcement one day they go after the good people.”

Photos on social media accounts showed him holding firearms, knives and even boasting about killing animals.

From the Washington Post:

“An Instagram account that appeared to belong to the suspect showed several photos of guns. One appeared to show a gun’s holographic laser sight pointed at a neighborhood street. A second showed at least six rifles and handguns laid out on a bed with the caption “arsenal.” Other pictures showed a box of large-caliber rounds with the caption “cost me $30.” One of the most disturbing appeared to show a dead frog’s bloodied corpse.”

Yet his followers and friends said nothing.


Parents, educators:  drill this into kids’ heads.



Republicans Enable Trump, Ignore Democracy & Rule of Law

The Republican Party is off the rails.

I watch in total disbelief while they enable a “president” who is a pathological liar, who ignores the rule of law and spits in the face of democracy.

Some say this administration is “stupid.”  I’d say they’re more along the lines of “dangerous.”

We need more Republicans to step forward from blind partisanship for the good of the country – the democracy.  Some members of the GOP have spoken out against their own and questioned Trump’s ability to lead:  John McCain, Ben Sasse, Mitt Romney, Jeff Flake, and Jeb Bush.  We need others to step forward, to come out of their partisan comfort zones and act for the good of the country.

The GOP has become totally unwilling to stand up against Trump.  They stand silent while he abuses the rule of law.  The “president” attacks the integrity of the FBI and other law enforcement agencies and the GOP does nothing.  They watch, close-mouthed, as he denigrates the Bill of Rights.

From The Atlantic:

“Future generations of scholars will scrutinize the many weird ways that Trump has twisted the GOP. For present purposes, however, let’s focus on the party’s failure to restrain the president from two unforgivable sins. The first is his attempt to erode the independence of the justice system. This includes Trump’s sinister interactions with his law-enforcement apparatus: his demands for criminal investigations of his political opponents, his pressuring of law-enforcement leaders on investigative matters, his frank efforts to interfere with investigations that implicate his personal interests, and his threats against the individuals who run the Justice Department. It also includes his attacks on federal judges, his pardon of a sheriff convicted of defying a court’s order to enforce constitutional rights, his belief that he gets to decide on Twitter who is guilty of what crimes, and his view that the justice system exists to effectuate his will. Some Republicans have clucked disapprovingly at various of Trump’s acts. But in each case, many other Republicans have cheered, and the party, as a party, has quickly moved on. A party that behaves this way is not functioning as a democratic actor.

The second unforgivable sin is Trump’s encouragement of a foreign adversary’s interference in U.S. electoral processes. Leave aside the question of whether Trump’s cooperation with the Russians violated the law. He at least tacitly collaborated with a foreign-intelligence operation against his country—sometimes in full public view. This started during the campaign, when he called upon the Russians to steal and release his opponent’s emails and has continued during his presidency, as he equivocates on whether foreign intervention occurred and smears intelligence professionals who stand by the facts. Meanwhile, the Republican Party has confirmed his nominees, doggedly pursued its agenda on tax reform and health care, and attacked—of course—Hillary Clinton.”

Like lemmings, they seem more willing to follow Trump over the cliff from democracy into straight authoritarianism.

Our very democracy is at stake against what some are calling “Trumpism.”

  • The GOP is the party of “Trumpism.”
  • “Trumpism” IS a threat to democracy
  • The Republican Party IS a threat to democracy & rule of law.

We must make the Republican Party accountable at every turn.  Their flagrant disregard for the basis of our founding is dangerous because to allow this charade to continue will add unrepairable cracks to democracy.

There are some balanced voices in the GOP.  We must encourage that.  However, we must use November to vote for sanity, respect for rule of law and the underpinnings of democracy.

We cannot allow the Republican Party to continue its stranglehold on our country.  Its leanings toward cruel policies, discriminatory laws, abandonment of the principles of the constitution and the Bill of Rights, are abhorrent to our very foundation as a democracy.

To retain lawmakers who enable our “president” and embrace these hateful policies, will certainly continue a downward slide into authoritarianism.

We cannot afford this.








Dear Republican Lawmakers

Republicans: Step back from your party loyalty or fear of a presidential backlash.


Your boss, the 45th President, is not stable.

Please recognize this.

We all do.

The entire world does.

There is a real danger here, don’t you see?

For the sake of this country & the world, do something!

Take steps, now, to remove him from office.

It’s obvious he’s temperamentally unsuited for the gargantuan responsibility of the presidency.

He’s mentally distracted by feelings of persecution, is erratic, vindictive & childish.

These are not desirable tendencies for the President of the United States.

Medical professionals indicate he may be in cognitive decline.

He also appears to possess personality disorders which make him perilously unfit for office.

This means he is a danger not only to the United States but the world.

Our country cannot continue to function coherently on daily distractions of a clearly volatile mind.

The dizzying array of fabrications put forth by the president in the past year are diversions, which are intended to distract us from the one fact:

He truly is not fit to be President of the United States – period!

Mental acuity is but one faction.

His obvious ignorance of how government works, blatant disregard of rule of law & protocol are undermining this democracy.

No president has openly & repeatedly taunted politicians, business executives, luminaries, or called world leaders names.

This is childish.

It isn’t funny anymore.

It can’t be passed off as a “learning curve.”

Step back from your party loyalty or fear of a presidential backlash to consider this:

  • You work for the American people.
  • Every single one of you pledged to uphold the Constitution, is that not correct?
  • It is your duty to act in the *best interests* of the American people.

By ignoring this “elephant in the room,” it means you are not doing your jobs.

We have a problem.

The man elected president is showing signs of decreased mental capacity & stability.

Do something about it, now.

The world can’t wait another 3 years.