“This is a scourge on society. At what point do you say, ‘No more loss of innocent life?'” ~ New York governor, Andrew Cuomo
Keep your eye on Andy Cuomo. He’s my pick for the Democratic nomination in 2016.
There’s a jolly good reason why I’ll never leave the Northeast. In this part of the country when the going gets weird, even the GOP can be counted upon to do the right thing. I was reminded of this the other night when the New York State Senate approved (with rare bipartisan unity) what will prove to be the strictest, kick-ass gun laws in the entire USA.
The bill is being co-sponsored by Senators Jeffrey Klein (Democrat) and Dean Skelos (Republican).
This will be the toughest gun control package in the nation….all in all, it is a comprehensive, balanced approach that will save lives. ~ Senator Jeffrey Klein
As was reported in this morning’s Times Herald-Record of Middletown, New York, “The bill targets assault rifles, high-capacity clips of ammunition and requires reports of the mentally ill who pose a threat to others with illegal guns.”
One down, 49 to go. I hope that this is merely the beginning. That’s my heart talking. My mind is saying something else indeed.
They are not going to be able to get an assault weapons ban through Congress. ~ David Keene, President of the National Rifle Association
I’m afraid he’s probably correct in his assumption too. The Congress, a good many of them anyway, have been bought and paid for by the NRA. Getting reelected is far more important to these treacherous a**holes than getting into heaven.
The blood of our children will continue to flow. The limp bodies will continue to accumulate. There will be more massacres of the scale of what happened in Newtown, Connecticut—or worse. Far, far worse. This is is something we’re just going to have to learn to live with. Everybody sing: Oh beautiful for spacious skies….
How many deaths will it take till he knows
That too many people have died?
The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind
The answer is blowin’ in the wind….
~ Uncle Bobby
I’m not f*cking putting up with this. I am not letting my country be ruled by a dictator. I’m not letting anybody take my guns. If it goes one inch further, I am going to start killing people. ~ James Yeager
Just in case you were wondering if this guy is available for your child’s birthday party, I don’t believe he is. James Yeager is a firearms instructor from the great state of Tennessee. He made that statement on a video that went viral and beyond. That’s right, if our lawmakers even attempt to do the right thing for the safety of our children, this wretched little piece-of-sh*t is going to “start killing people.”
You’ll be happy to know that the proper authorities in that state have announced that his pistol permit has been revoked; a wise move to say the least. This homicidal, half-witted jackass might have saved himself oodles of trouble. The prostitutes that write our laws won’t be doing the right thing anytime soon.
And it’s getting worse. The gun-fondlers are starting to go to pieces right before our very eyes. Some twit on CNN promised another civil war if an assault weapons ban goes through. The sales of guns are at a record high.
There’s a quaint little gun shop less than a half mile down the road from where I now sit. I imagine business is quite brisk these days. Quite brisk indeed.
The irony is that even if, somehow, the ban on these rapid-fire, lethal weapons is passed (don’t hold your breath) it will take a decade—at least—to have any tangible effect.
There are just too many of them out there now. The irreparable damage has been done.
For amber waves of graaaaain…! I need a drink.
This ain’t rock ‘n’ roll. This is genocide. ~ David Bowie
The gun crazies tell us that the purpose of the Second Amendment was to have the people armed to protect themselves against a tyrannical government. That’s pretty crazy, too; the founding fathers had a bit more faith in this new democratic experiment than that.
There’s a dandy reason why it was not legal for a private citizen to own a cannon back in the day. A cannon, when aimed just right, was capable of harming or killing a whole lot of innocent people. That’s why they inserted the line about “a well-regulated militia” (a line the NRA always omits when quoting that amendment).
James Madison and crew could not have envisioned rapid-fire, semi automatic weapons in their wildest dreams. Hell, they couldn’t even foresee the Edison Wax Cylinder! That’s the reason they designed the Constitution to be amendable. They had no idea what future technology had in store for humanity.
A bit of amending is in order, wouldn’t you say?
Republican (and too many Democratic) congressmen have their lines perfectly scripted. They have all of the NRA talking points down pat. It’s not the guns that are the problem, they would have us believe, it’s all those nasty movies from Hollywood; it’s all those dreadful video games—that’s the real problem!
But these films are shown in Europe. Those video games are played in Canada. Mass murders of little children don’t happen in those countries. This is an American problem, folks. Wake up and smell the gun powder.
“Bowling For Columbine,” a film by Michael Moore. Since it was released a decade ago, this film has only gotten more relevant. Every American needs to see it. Every single one of them.
“All You Need is Love,” by the Beatles.
I was telling someone just this morning that if I could only take one Beatles record with me to a desert island, this would be it. “All You Need is Love” is a recording that always lifts me up, no matter how dark the day. The song was written by John Lennon.
Say, by the way, what ever happened to that guy? Oh, wait…now I remember…never mind.
Tom Degan is a traitor to this beautiful and bountiful nation of ours. Not only that, he is a disgrace to the flag that all real Americans honor and revere. It is a sad thing to realize that he walks among us, with the same rights granted to decent people everywhere. Here is how utterly contemptible he is: he wrote what you are now reading. He is trying to make you believe that it is being written by a third party. How cruel! He is just being a smug, elitist liberal! Tom Degan has no shame. I take back what I said. “Contemptible” is too kind a word for me—I mean “him.” His address is: PO Box 611 (2590 Rte 17M) Goshen, NY 10924 (845) 294-5714. Tom Degan’s Blog.
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