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Bump Stocks, Intelligent Teenagers, Conspiracy Goons

February 20, 2018

It has been a wild day as the consequences of lax gun-control laws creates much news.  It was one week ago that 17 people were killed in a horrific mass shooting in Florida.

From the White House came news that the president–who deserves some thanks from this blogging desk–started a process that is important by directing Attorney General Jeff Sessions to work through the administrative rules process to ban bump stocks.  But let us be most clear–this is not the best way to make this regulation legal.

The administrative rule process is a most slow and stodgy process when the alternative would be a bill that congress could whip out in quick fashion.   Having worked with the state’s administrative rules process when handing affairs for the Joint Committee For Review Of Administrative Affairs (JCRAR) I can attest to the slow pace of rule making.  There is a reason, of course, for such timelines.  Knowing, however, that minus the fact congress which is bought by the NRA, could have dealt with this matter legislatively does only allow partial thanks to Trump.

Let’s hope expanded background checks are next from a president who has so few legislative victories which can score points with the electorate.   With such background checks we can keep military-style guns out of the hands of terrorists, domestic abusers and the mentally ill.

At the White House press briefing it was asked if Trump had any ideas on how to reduce gun deaths.  The response from from the daughter of the man who admitted eating squirrels–(can we assume parasites and infections explain DNA damage for Sarah Huckabee) said the president is going to listen to a bunch of ideas.   Well, dandy, Sarah, but if you’re president, you should also have some of your own. Right?

Over at the Supreme Court there was good news for gun-control advocates today.  The  Court once again allowed gun restrictions to stand by denying cert in two California cases. The Court has refused all challenges to assault-style bans.

Meanwhile in Wisconsin the state assembly passed a bill that has a provision I have advocated for over and over from my list of what to do to make gun-control more meaningful.  The gun bill that passed 87-8 makes straw purchases of guns illegal.  My many posts about Badger Guns in West Milwaukee that go back to 2010 underscore why this matter needed to be addressed.

But less than a week after 17 people were fatally shot at a Florida high school, the Florida House voted down a motion to take up a bill that would ban assault rifles.  In attendance in the galleries today were some of the students who were in that school the day of the gun violence.

Conservatives are claiming some of those in the galleries, and others who are students in Parkland, and are so intelligent with sound grammar, vocabulary, and self-awareness are actors.  Such conspiracy goons are simply wack-jobs and utterly disgusting.  They have no sense of decency.   Those conservatives are the same people who said 13 and 14 years olds were perfectly mature enough to date Roy Moore are now saying 17 and 18 year olds are too immature to have opinions on gun control.

And so it goes.


One Comment leave one →
  1. William permalink
    February 21, 2018 10:19 AM

    So agree with your posts about the need for gun control and also these young kids who are making such a difference by just speaking up. They make me so proud.

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