a Rock and a Hard Place Gun Control: A Pandoras Box

...the gun of choice for mass shooters

First and foremost, my prayers and reflections for the victims and their loved ones from The First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas. God Bless you all.

It had been just 36 days since the horrific mass murder in Las Vegas, Nevada. Fifty-eight killed, and 546 injured. The shooter, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, used a device called a “bump-stop” that uses the gun’s natural recoil that helps shooters pull the trigger quicker, basically turning a perfectly legal, yet dangerous, semi-automatic gun into the functional equivalent of an illegal and highly dangerous fully automatic weapon. Think, machine gun.

On Sunday a shooter who, according to law, should not have been able to buy a gun, murdered 26 innocent people as they sat in on Sunday morning services at The First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas. And injured at least 20 more. Twenty-six-year-old David Patrick Kelley used a Ruger AR-15-style assault rifle, although it was not fitted with a bump-stop, it is still a very dangerous weapon. These seem to be the gun of choice for mass shooters. Similar AR-15-assult rifles were used at Sandy Hook, the Aurora, Colorado Theater shooting, the Pulse Nightclub and of course, most recently in Las Vegas.

It was too soon to discuss gun control after Las Vegas. But, couldn't it have been discussed before November 5? I mean, it had been 35 days after Vegas. Still too soon? I don’t mean to sound cruel - because I’m not trying to - but tell the victims and their loved ones from Sutherland Springs, Texas, it was “too soon.” When will too soon, be too late? Oh! That’s happened already. Too many times.

You're it!

But thank goodness, the GOP has prayer and thoughts. I guess I should say, “thank God.” Please, do not get me wrong. I have extended my thoughts and prayers, that’s what we all should do…pray to whoever you believe to be your Creator. And for those that choose not to believe in a Creator, send good thoughts and reflections for the loss and the suffering experienced in Sutherland Springs. We as a country all feel the same way. But, we can’t stop there. We need more than just prayer to keep our loved ones safe.

I'll bet 35 days from now, there still will not have been any talk on gun control.

Republicans: the Pinnochio Party

I will say it again, I believe in the second amendment. Myself, and most other democrat, do not want to take your guns away. That is just a lie Trump and the Republicans want you to believe. Kind of like the lie about tax reform. You know, where the middle class will benefit and it is not solely for the the 1% of the billionaires in this country.

Praise the lord and pass the ammunition.

I would just like a few restrictions. Like, gun shows should run much more thorough background checks. And maybe limit the amount of guns you can own (don't worry those of you who already have a stash of 100 guns and rifles) you should be grandfathered in. But we have to start somewhere. But this is a catch-22. What if the far-right Evangelicals decide, vindictively, to amend the first amendment to definitively establish their version of Christianity as the religion of the land? As opposed to saving lives, as amending the second amendment would, this would hurt lives. To amend either one is not that easy.

While there are two ways, only one has ever been used. All 27 Amendments have been ratified after two-thirds of the House and Senate approve of the proposal and send it to the states for a vote. Then, three-fourths of the states must affirm the proposed Amendment.

The other method of passing an amendment requires a Constitutional Convention to be called by two-thirds of the legislatures of the States. That Convention can propose as many amendments as it deems necessary. Those amendments must be approved by three-fourths of the states. This method is a slippery slope, especially with Republican majorities running amuck, they could turn our very democracy into their one-sided, bible thumping, hate mongering, discriminating nation they whole heartedly believe in.

The national convention approach has been attempted twice but has never been successful. So the successful amendments have all originated in Congress.

THE DISGRACE THAT IS the far-right evangelical republican

The Sutherland Springs shooting is a win-win for the Republicans and the far-right Evangelicals. A dude, who shouldn't have been able to purchase a gun, but was still able to bear his ill-gotten arms and commit mass murder upon a church of worshippers, simply practicing their freedom of religion. Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition.

One more thing...

On Tuesday, when nobody was looking, the state of Wisconsin brought the country a step closer to a constitutional bloodbath unseen since 1789. The Wisconsin state senate voted, 19-14, to join the call for an Article V convention of the states to propose amendments to the federal Constitution. Only six more states are needed for this destruction of our democracy to become a reality. Trump is a great distraction for the GOP. While we all slow down to see the car that has rolled over into the ditch, no one wonders when or who cut the brake cable.

just so you know,

Everything I write is based on fact. I'm not here to bash Republicans or Christians, I just point out the facts. I believe in the two-party system and freedom for all, under the U.S. Constitution. If you think I have stated something non-factual, please, email me. If proven wrong, I will stand corrected. I am here to help fight religious persecution and oppression from the far right that seek to dominate and translate the Constitution to fit their beliefs, and their beliefs only. Resist.

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