Showing posts from April, 2013

Fighting Words From Gabby Giffords

Gabby Giffords forwarded a New York Times Op Ed piece which I want to share with you.  As a person affected by the Gun violence, I think Gabby has earned a right to speak on this issue.  I agree 100% with her that this is a time to express the outrage we feel against this Senate and this Congress.  If the Congress won't listen, let's throw the bums out!


A Senate in the Gun Lobby's Grip 
By Gabrielle Giffords 

SENATORS say they fear the N.R.A. and the gun lobby. But I think that fear must be nothing compared to the fear the first graders in Sandy Hook Elementary School felt as their lives ended in a hail of bullets. The fear that those children who survived the massacre must feel every time they remember their teachers stacking them into closets and bathrooms, whispering that they loved them, so that love would be the last thing the students heard if the gunman found them. 

On Wednesday, a minority of senators gave into fear and…

The Great Cop-out On Gun Control Legislation

Yesterday Senate rejected the bipartisan gun control legislation proposed by Joe Manchin and Patrick Toomey, when they failed to muster the required 60 votes. According to press, 90% of democrats voted for the legislation that required background checks for those buying guns and limiting number of rounds in the magazines, while 90% of the Republicans voted against it.

This legislation, which came about after the massacre of little children in New Town, Connecticut by a deranged young man, is a real blow to the efforts to curb gun violence in the US. The conservative second amendment advocates have become as irrational as the conservative religious zealots that deem abortion as an unholy act fit to be banned even if the life of the mother is in danger. The hypocrisy of these conservatives is unbelievable - it is not ok to abort a fetus to save a woman's life, but it is ok to kill little babies to protect the second amendment right to bear arms!

If the death of five and six y…