Ever wonder why all mass shootings happen in gun free zones? For the same reason they don’t happen at a shooting range. So fuck that shit I’m keeping my guns
Yeah, about that:
A former Navy SEAL known for claiming a record number of sniper killings in Iraq was one of two men shot dead at a Texas gun range, allegedly at the hands of a fellow military veteran, officials say.
Chris Kyle, the author of the best-selling “American Sniper,” and Chad Littlefield, also a veteran, were gunned down Saturday afternoon on the grounds of the expansive Rough Creek Lodge and Resort in Glen Rose, Texas, southwest of Fort Worth, law enforcement officials said.
About four hours afterward, and 90 miles from where those two men’s bodies were found by a hunting guide, authorities arrested suspect Eddie Ray Routh, 25, on a capital murder warrant.
Odd how all those good guys with guns couldn’t stop that bad guy with a gun, isn’t it? It’s almost like that argument is ridiculous horseshit…
U.S. children under the age of 15 are nine times more likely to die from a gun-related accident than those in the rest of the developed world.
Guns don’t keep families safe. That is a lie.
This is too much. We have Tea Party political activists shooting cops from behind, in the head, then covering their dead bodies with the Tea Party ‘Gadsden’ flag and shouting, ‘The Revolution begins now!’
No. I am coming home. I need to be there and be part of the solution. Moms Demand Action is getting some traction, but they can use the lean-in of a few U.S. Army Airborne Infantry Rangers. I am only sorry that I did not stand up to this threat to our nation before. I am sorry. I was busy.
I have been overseas in Afghanistan and in NATO nations for half a decade while the insanity of the National Rifle Association expanded and exploded, and the NRA became, essentially, the tool of death in the United States. They made mass killings normal.
Well done, NRA. But this shit is too much.
We don’t necessarily believe that they are white supremacists or associated with the Nazi movement. We believe that they equate government and law enforcement … with Nazis.
In other words, they believe that law enforcement is the oppressor.
Sheriff’s department official Kevin McMahill, on Jerad and Amanda Miller, the rightwing terrorists who killed three in Las Vegas.
So not neo-Nazis or white supremacists. Just your average, run-of-the-mill ‘baggers, using their Glorious Second Amendment Freedoms to Bring Down Tyrants.
This senseless slaughter has been brought to you by the Tea Party and the NRA, with generous help from talk radio and rightwing blogs.
Stories to Watch: 6/3/14.
A former Bush official takes on the GOP freak out over the prisoner exchange that freed Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from Taliban custody. Former adviser John Bellinger says GWB would’ve done the same thing. Of course, the problem here is that there’s no shortage of Republicans who deny backing Bush, despite his having pretty much universal GOP support during his two terms. “I didn’t support Bush” is the Republican equivalent of “I didn’t live in Germany at the time.” So they can pretty much write Bellinger off like they’ve written off Dubya.
Fred Kaplan has a good explainer on the Bergdahl story over at Slate. Definitely worth the time.
This whole thing Bergdahl has really gone full BENGHAZI!! quickly. Already, Republicans’ wingnut base is blathering on about impeachment. I actually don’t think the hysteria on the right is actually about Bergdahl or the prisoners exchanged for him. It’s about all of their “scandals” constantly falling apart and being sick of not having good reason to hope for impeachment. They’re demanding reality provide them with a reason to overturn the last two presidential elections. I doubt reality will comply.
And of course, conservatives were for liberating Bergdahl before they were against it.
Anyone have any evidence at all that voter ID has stopped an illegal voter? Anyone? Just one case. Just one arrest. Meanwhile, it’s doing a good job of stopping legal voters. Anyone who thinks this is about fighting voter fraud is either dumber than a sack of hammers or so partisan that they’ve come to actually despise democracy. The enemies of democracy are the enemies of freedom; I don’t care how many flags they use to wrap themselves up the pretense of “liberty.”
Fox News accuses Hillary Clinton of politicizing BENGHAZI!! Just let that one sink in a bit.
The NRA gets dragged into its own version of the GOP Civil War, with (rhetorical) shots being fired between the crazy-assed gun organization and those who are even crazy-asseder. The whole thing is really kind of inevitable, given the amazingly irresponsible messaging from head gunhappy moron Wayne LaPierre. This has driven some Texan gun nuts so far around the bend that they feel they have to show up at family restaurants with assault rifles or FREEDOM IS DEAD! Needless to say, this is doing more to convince people that “gun rights advocates” are actually dangerous lunatics than anything else. The politics here are obviously terrible.So now the NRA is trying to get the gullible yokels to settle the fuck down after driving them into a panic with talk about tyranny and dictatorships and Hitler. They’ve lost control of their own messaging and I couldn’t be happier. In the words of Nelson Muntz, “Ha ha!” Also, “Why you hittin’ yourself? Why you hittin’ yourself?”
Finally, Kevin Drum takes the VA scandal and turns it into a VA “scandal." The fact is that this has been going on for a very long time — calling it an "Obama scandal" is a joke — and on average, VA wait times are much, much better than the private sector. Again, Congress could fix this by opening more clinics where most of the veterans are, but they’d rather sit on their cushy behinds and point at Obama.
[cartoon via McClatchy Newspapers]