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Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Democrats enjoy tremendous depth in the political list of qualified presidential candidates

Democrats should be justifiably proud of the candidates running in for 2016 President of the United States.  On the other hand, Republicans are struggling to support even one qualified presidential candidate.

News media, and others who're focused on politically damaging Hillary Clinton's 2016 "electability", with the trumped up email brouhaha, can't offer an alternative candidate. In fact, Republicans have completely failed to demonstrate a qualified choice for President and leader of the free world.

Republicans only have only a few qualified candidates and none of them seem to be "conservative" enough to meet the purity criteria of the radical right wingers. Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey, is one qualified candidate, but he sounds more like a man campaigning for the role of Tony Soprano, in a remake of the popular TV series, than a presidential candidate. Another qualified candidate is Jeb! "Bushy Boy", son of George '41. Unfortunately, Jeb! has been unimpressive on the campaign circuit. He seems to wait for the front runner circus performer, Donald Trump the Chump, to make a serious mistake, rather than risk showing Americans his questionable leadership skills. Jeb! Bushy Boy believes speaking fluent Spanish, now and then, somehow makes him a world leader. (I don't think so!)

Governor John Kasick of Ohio is another qualified presidential candidate, but he recently seems lost in the maddening crowd. 

Meanwhile, while disorganized Republicans are struggling to find the "right enough" candidate, the Democrats are proudly supporting several highly qualified presidential candidates. 

This line up is a masterful and impressive list:

1.  Hillary Clinton:  world humanitarian, first lady of Arkansas, first lady of the United States, a US Senator and Secretary of State.
Secretary Hillary Clinton

2.  Senator Bernie Sanders- the US Senator from Vermont.

Senator Bernie Sanders

3.  Governor Martin O'Malley - former mayor of Baltimore and two times elected Governor of Maryland.
Governor Martin O'Malley

4.  Vice President Joseph Biden - former US Senator from Delaware and current Vice President of the United States.

Vice President Joe Biden former Senator from Delaware

All four Democratic candidates have the qualifications to be President of the United States. 

Obviously, Secretary Hillary Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden are the most qualified on the list of four.  

Indeed, Democrats are deservedly proud to have such depth in the quality of presidential candidates.  Republicans are most concerned about having to run a candidate from their political clown car against Hillary Clinton. Therefore, the Republicans are doing everything in their collective power to drive up Mrs. Clinton's negatives.  Moreover, the news media has completely ignored Mrs. Clinton's attributes and presidential qualifications. 

Instead, the media is obsessed with the politically driven Clinton "non" email news, by looking at every morsel of private and professional messages, to scoop something terrifyingly awful. Nothing gripping yet and I doubt anything of substance will be discovered.

Frankly, I'm completely confident the Clinton email news, being muckraked by Republicans, is less controversial than the poor qualifications of candidates like Carley Fiorina (she's the failed leader of Hewlett Packard) or Donald Trump "the chump" (a showman, rather than a politician). Dr. Ben Carson is running a campaign obsessed with our nation's deficit, but he has little understanding of world markets and economic theories.  Rather, Carson is a surgeon. As a nurse, I can tell blog readers, without reservation, that a surgeon knows how to run a surgical suite extremely well. Yet, Dr. Carson is acting like his expertise in brain surgery will somehow translate into being an expert leader of the free world.  (Hmmmm....yet another, "I don't think so".)

It's about time for news media to recognize the depth of the Democratic presidential leadership. At the same time, the media should be comparing the qualifications of the Republicans with those of the Democrats. Seems like a "no brainer" comparison.  Democrat candidates have stature and experience. Most of the Republican craving the Presidential 2016 office are on an ego trip.

Thoughtful Americans will pay attention to the qualifications of who we elect to be President of the United States and fire all those wanna-bees who clearly do not have the right stuff. 

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Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Protect American public safety and save police lives

It's unbelievable, but our inability to fight gun violence, and support for Second Amendment rights, are putting America's public safety police at risk for random assassinations.

Our nation's police unions should be demanding regulations to curb gun violence. Moreover, it's our responsibility as citizens, who pay taxes for public protection, to prevent criminals, who are apparently stalking public safety professionals, from obtaining weapons, for the purpose of killing police. 


The deputy, Darren H. Goforth, 47, a 10-year veteran of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, pulled into a Chevron gas station at about 8:30 p.m. on Friday along a busy, tree-lined stretch of suburban Houston about 25 miles from downtown.
Deputy Darren H. Goforth 

America seems to be turning into a nation where protecting Second Amendment rights to own guns is more important than protecting public safety and the people who defend our communities from crime.

Deputy Darren H. Goforth was in uniform when he was shot in the back Friday night in what authorities described as an unprovoked killing. The motive in the shooting, which Hickman described as "senseless and cowardly," is still unclear. But Goforth appears to have been targeted "because he wore a uniform," the sheriff said.

A Texas man faces a capital murder charge in the "execution-style shooting" of a sheriff's deputy while he was fueling his patrol car near Houston, authorities said.

"We found no other motive or indication that it was anything other than that," said Hickman, adding that he doesn't believe the suspect and Goforth knew each other.

Cops hunt 3 suspects in shooting of Illinois police officer identified as 30-year vet:

The shooting death of Lt. Joseph Gliniewicz, a 30 year police officer veteran, Tuesday morning, has the community, located an hour north of Chicago, on lock down.

Helicopters circled above Fox Lake, and all law enforcement agencies from the area, along with a regional SWAT team, K-9 units and FBI and ATF agents, hunted for the suspects after Gliniewicz was shot and killed, around 8 a.m. local time.

Two male suspects are white and one is black, according to Lake County Sheriff's Det. Chris Covelli.


These horrible public safety assassinations (and thousands of innocent people) are preventable, if Americans will demand reform of the Second Amendment by preventing the sale, and use of guns produced and owned for the purpose of killing people.

Instead of preventing gun violence deaths, Americans are living in a state of perpetual mourning for the growing numbers of victims. We lay wreaths, conduct public memorial "celebrations of life", and remember their names in wall plaques.  

Nevertheless, Americans simply aren't doing enough to prevent the growing epidemic of gun violence. As this violence grows, we'll soon find it difficult to recruit and retain police officers to prevent us from danger. By allowing assassins and criminals to obtain guns, our nation will descend to a new plateau, where the value of human life will become secondary to the right to own guns.

Something must change, or civilized society, as we know it, will be at risk for degrading our national freedom and pride, faster than any invasion by foreign enemies.

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Monday, August 31, 2015

Qualified to be president, or not? Trumponian un-qualifications list

It's easy to criticize Donald Trump's presidential campaign, because of his boisterously, over the top, political behaviors. 

He's acting like a Saturday Night Live (SNL) parody, rather than a serious presidential candidate. Nevertheless, although Americans appear to be enjoying the "Trumponian" stump speeches, the fact is, Donald Trump isn't qualified to be the Leader of the Free World, as President of the United States.  

Indeed, the Trumponian presidential campaign is upsetting
mainstream Republican political stereotypes. But, like The Music Man, who couldn't play an instrument, he doesn't know the territory!

For example, what's happened to the Moral Majority?  Remember them?  Does this now antiquated group (many of them still around, I'm sure) understand how Donald Trump is a three times married man? Also, Trump (the Chump!) claims to attend a prestigious New York City Presbyterian Church. But, the church's community denies he's an active member.

The Moral Majority was a prominent American political organization founded in 1979, associated with the Christian right. Although it was eventually dissolved, the group played a key role in the mobilization of Christians as a political force and in Republican presidential elections. I can't imagine anyone from the remnants of The Moral Majority supporting a Trumponian presidential campaign. (Of course, they're still looking for their political moral savior.)

Another reason the Trumponian candidate is unqualified to be president of the United States is because Donald Trump (the Chump) never held a political office. In fact, he's never even campaigned for an elected position. 

It's egotistically absurd to see Trump the Chump leap from being a reality television show star, into becoming a candidate for leadership of the free world.

Finally, Trumponian political philosophy seems void of an understanding about the US Constitution's 14th Amendment, protecting children born in the US as citizens. Otherwise, Trump the Chump would be more cautious about how he claims to know the solution, according to him, for solving the nation's growing illegal immigration problem. 

How does America protect our borders from receiving thousands of illegal immigrants, every month, without infringing on their human rights? These immigrants are desperate and, thereby, deserve humanitarian care. Nevertheless, in the process of receiving these immigrants, American border security is also confronted with how to deport them, when there's clearly no enforcement for how to keep them from returning.

In summary, Trumponian qualifications for his presidential campaign are non-existent. Clearly, Trump the Chump has no experience or qualifications to be the Leader of the Free World. Apparently, Republican voters are becoming aware of the Trumponian experience deficit, because Trump the Chump can't break the 25 percent poll numbers he seems stuck at, while another political novice, Dr. Ben Carson, is gaining in political status.  

In my opinion, no Republican 2016 candidates are qualified to fill the job as President of the United States. Trump the Chump is a showman. Dr. Ben Carson is a surgeon, who can't possibly solve America's deficit by becoming our president (his only campaign theme).  Unfortunately, Jeb! (Bushy Boy) is loosing traction, because he just doesn't stand for anything. Ted Cruz "to loose", is a braggart who speaks like an uninspired political Evangelist. Cruz doesn't instill pride in being an American when he refers to his Senate colleagues, all duly elected, as being a "cartel".

Trump the Chump is a bully who rules by intimidation. His anti-women name calling is disgusting. Trump is a man with enormous financial power. Therefore, he should know better than to intimidate women by calling them names or telling them they are "not nice". Surely, Trump's mother taught him better manners.

Donald Trump isn't presidential material. Although his brutal stand up stump speeches have certainly electrified a bland slate of Republican presidential candidates, he just doesn't have the right stuff to lead our nation. 

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Republican right wing myths - Ripley's Believe it or Not?

Even more worrisome than the rise of Donald Trump the Chump as a Republican Presidential candidate, are the myth makers who present lies as truth.  In fact, immigrant children are being victimized by FoxNews right wing lies.

Numbers of children who're illegally immigrating into the US are increasing, but let's get the data about their arrival correct. 

FoxNews is one perpetrator of political misinformation. This right wing cable news channel thrives on creating right wing truth, regardless of any evidence to back up the rhetoric.

Regarding US immigration from Central America and Mexico, FoxNews has created a dangerous cottage industry of lies.  


Indeed, Mr. Ripley would put  the FoxNews "matter of fact", statements, as being too incredulous to believe. 

Nevertheless, many gullible watchers of FoxNews are certainly falling for myths. For example, the purpose of the FoxNews immigration compulsion is just to create fear about immigrants. 

Moreover, Donald Trump has built his stand up soapbox stump speech on the fear these immigration myths generate.

Myth Number One:
35,000 illegal children immigrants cross into the US through Texas, every month! They enter by riding into the US on the roofs of trains.

Obviously, this myth is ridiculous. It seems to me, any reasonable person would see this myth for what it is - a right wing lie. Yes, the numbers of child immigrants are growing because nothing is being done to stop the violence these children are exposed to in their home countries.

Pipeline of children: A border crisis

Gang Violence, Lack of Opportunity and Misinformation Lead to a Mass Exodus North to the United States. Thousands Travel Well Worn but Dangerous Path in Hopes of New Opportunity.


So, this report from AZCentral doesn't seem to report 35,000 children arriving every month, on the roofs of trains. Nevertheless, this misinformation is in the minds of right wing extremists.

As a matter of fact, a pipeline bringing a flood of Central American migrants to the United States, including thousands of unaccompanied children, begins in villages like Quebrada Maria, near the Caribbean coast of Honduras.  But the numbers are no where near 35,000, every month.  If this myth were fact, there would hardly be any children left in Central America.

Here's who are immigrating: Dimple-faced, 14-year-old Brayan Duban Soler Redondo lived in daily fear of being beaten up or killed by members of gangs like Mara Salvatrucha, also called MS-13, and Calle 18.

Gangs such as these terrorize neighborhoods throughout Central America. Over three days in May, gang members in a Honduran city, San Pedro Sula, murdered five children ages 5 to 13.  "They cut their bodies into quarters as a warning to others because the children didn't want to distribute drugs in their neighborhood," said Father German Calix, director of Caritas Honduras, a Catholic relief agency.

Slayings like these were why Brayan was desperate to leave. He imagines himself working in an office in the United States someday, "wearing fancy clothes" and sending money back to his family.


But his charming smile offered little protection in his village, where gangs kill over the smallest of things, he said, even for trying to go to school or wearing the wrong clothes.

He had no idea how he would escape that world until, the week before Easter, he heard news he thought could save his life.

Two brothers from the same village had set off a month earlier for the United States. Their mother had received a call. The boys, teenagers like Brayan, had made it. Word spread through the village fast. The boys told their mother that, after turning themselves in to "la migra," the Border Patrol, they had been detained briefly and then released to relatives in the United States.


Brayan saw a way out.

There was one big problem. Migrants often pay smugglers thousands of dollars to guide them to the United States. 


Brayan didn't have any money. He's the youngest of eight children. His parents are coffee pickers. And, unlike many migrants, he didn't know any relatives working in the U.S. to send him money for the trip.

But that didn't deter him. After hearing the story about the two boys, Brayan decided to leave his family behind and strike out the very next day on a 1,400-mile journey to the U.S. To earn money, he killed a rabbit and sold it for the equivalent of $9.50, which he carried in his pocket the day he left.

So in mid-April, Brayan entered the pipeline, which has grown increasingly crowded with children looking for an escape route out of their violent homelands. (But 35,000 a month? Impossible!)


Here's another right wing myth:  The reason so many thousands of illegal immigrants are crossing into the US is because they want to vote in American elections!

Well, this is truly ridiculous, because most who're fleeing their homes in Central America and in Mexico are unable to speak or read in English! Moreover, none are American citizens, a requirement before anyone can vote in any US election. 

Rather, these desperate immigrants are trying to earn money. The US dollar is so strong, it's like a magnet drawing them north. They have no interest in voting in American elections, at this time, because they aren't citizens. Nevertheless, in the event any of the immigrants, eventually, become American citizens, they'll certainly remember those who helped them along "a path to citizenship". Those who helped the immigrants, will undoubtedly be rewarded with their votes. Otherwise, this preposterous "voting" myth has no substance.

Certainly, as some wise pundit once said, a lie can travel around the world before the truth catches up. It seems to  me, the purpose of FoxNews is to create an extensive network of lies, too many for any truth teller to ever catch.

Meaning, FoxNews will continue to smother the truth about immigration from Central America and Mexico into the US. Indeed, it will likely take generations before Mr. Ripley will be able to publish the FoxNews myths in the "Believe it or Not" museum, because the facts about the young immigrants may never be entirely known.

Even with 24/7 real time news, it appears the right wing has escaped being "factified". 

Nevertheless, common sense should prevail in political myth busting. There's just no way 35,000 children are illegally immigrating into  the USA every month, arriving on the roofs of trains. Even more incredulous, those who manage to escape the tyranny of the situations the immigrants are fleeing from are certainly not taking this arduously dangerous journey so they can vote in American elections. Thoughtful Americans should never believe incredible lies about desperate immigrants. Yet, the barn door has opened and it will take generations before the news media will be able to "factify" these myths. 

Let's hope Democrats will win all the 2016 US elections. Americans need to follow credible news media, that will be forced to respond to those who believe in the desperation behind real immigration facts, rather than creating unbelievable myths about those desperately seeking a new way of life for themselves. (Whatever happened to investigative journalism, anyway?)

FoxNews shouldn't be a source for "Ripley's Believe it or Not" reporting. Instead, FoxNews should be the perpetrators of factual news

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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Maine Governor LePage wants law enforcement to stop heroine problems

It's impossible to understand how Maine's Governor Paul LePage can somehow expect law enforcement to stop the state's heroine invasion. Now, the Maine governor is even saying he'll direct the National Guard to become involved, to stop the illegal drug trade that's invading the state like an epidemic of bird flu. 

When key legislators wrote to suggest advice about including addiction treatment in his strategy, the response was a flippant slogan, rather than a thoughtful letter. Responding to Mark Eaves, the House speaker's suggested strategies about the "drug summit", the governor sent a copy of a disdainful wall hanging and wrote that Eves is 'free to have any summit you chooses'.

Instead of seeking the advice of experts and combining addiction treatment with rehabilitation, the outspoken Maine governor has decided to create criminals out of addicts. Of course, too many are driven to criminal behavior, because they're unable to find treatment. 

Meanwhile, the drugs keep flowing into Maine like an infestation of killer bees.

Transcript from Weekend Edition National Public Radio and Scott Simon:

Like so many other states, Maine is in the grip of an opiate epidemic. 

Other states have expanded drug treatment as part of the response. Maine has not. There are fewer treatment options than just a few years ago. The Republican Governor Paul LePage is pursuing instead a drug-enforcement strategy. Maine Public Radio's Susan Sharon reports.

SUSAN SHARON, BYLINE: A major blow came in May when one of Maine's largest treatment providers announced it was closing. Mercy Recovery Center placed much of the blame on cuts in state funding. There was already a shortage of long-term residential treatment beds. And then last week, a methadone clinic in southern Maine also announced it was shutting its doors.

For those who want to safely get off heroin, the first step toward recovery is often detox, if you can get in.

LAUREN WERT: Yesterday we had someone count, and we had turned away 113 people this month because the program was full.

SHARON: Lauren Wert is the director of nursing at Milestone Foundation in Portland. This is Maine's largest city, the epicenter of the heroin crisis, and Milestone is the only residential detox around. It has just 16 beds available for three- to seven-day stays. At the small nurses station, Wert says she and her staff gently inform a steady stream of callers that they can't help them out.

WERT: Oftentimes people cry. They're asking questions like, where else do we go? What do I do? He feels like he's going to die.

SHARON: Wert says there used to be places to refer clients, but now all the staff can say is, I'm so sorry.

MARY DOWD: It's frustrating not to be able to get people services who desperately want it.

SHARON: Dr. Mary Dowd, medical director for Milestone, says the challenge is that most heroin addicts can't get sober without replacement medications, like methadone and Suboxone. At a roundtable discussion in Maine this week, U.S. Drug Control Policy director Michael Botticelli said, increasing access to them in Maine and elsewhere is essential because they work.

MICHAEL BOTTICELLI: People on medication-assisted treatment stay in treatment and they don't die and they don't get infectious diseases as a result of their injection drug-use issues.

SHARON: But in Maine there are long waiting lists for methadone and Suboxone, even for those who have insurance or money to pay for treatment out-of-pocket. For those who don't, Dowd says the only other options are the ER, jail or to try to score a short-term stay at Milestone.

DOWD: And it's not treatment; it's detox. They get the drugs out of their system, but then they don't get treatments. So they have to keep coming back and back and back.

ERIC BREWER: I've probably been here 10 times in the last six months probably.

SHARON: Eric Brewer is 37 years old. He is a longtime heroin addict who has spent time in prison on a drug trafficking conviction. He says he stayed sober for more than five years, but eventually relapsed and wound up at Milestone.

BREWER: Luckily this time, things fell into place for me, and I have someone who volunteered to pay for my first month in a sober house.

SHARON: Brewer has no insurance and no money to pay for long-term residential treatment, and he's hardly alone. Two years ago the state dropped hundreds of single adults from state Medicaid rolls. Under the leadership of Republican Governor Paul LePage, Maine refused to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act and set caps on the length of time Medicaid patients receive drug treatment. Dr. Vijay Amarendran oversees methadone and Suboxone services at Acadia Hospital in Bangor.

VIJAY AMARENDRAN: We need to provide more insurance coverage for people, not less insurance coverage. Clearly, that doesn't make sense.

SHARON: Treatment providers and law enforcement personnel told director Botticelli that what they really need is more federal funding for treatment and recovery. Governor LePage says he's satisfied with the $72 million spent on drug treatment in the state. What concerns him more, he says, is how little is spent on drug enforcement. He's frustrated that Democratic lawmakers have not agreed to hire more drug agents. In a recent radio address, he proposed using the Maine Army National Guard for that purpose.

PAUL LEPAGE: We must provide solutions on how to disrupt the drug supply and hunt down the traffickers.

SHARON: Critics say that's a misguided strategy at a time when members of law enforcement are confronting heroin addicts overdosing on the side of the road. We can take them to the hospitals, said one small-town police sergeant, but after a couple of days they get released to the streets and do it again because there's nowhere else for them to go. For NPR News, I'm Susan Sharon.

It's incredible for Governor LePage to continue to act so childishly when cooperation with  the Maine legislature would be so much more productive than acrimony.  

Meanwhile, drug enforcement isn't likely going to take kindly to having the Maine National Guard working in the war on the state's growing heroin problem. Police officers are trained to protect the public.  The National Guard are trained in war strategies.  There is a cultural divide and for the two organizations to work together will create even more acrimony in Maine.  

As a matter of fact, just picture the cover of The Boston Globe, when Maine police officers are pictured alongside an image of the National Guard, fighting heroine addiction. It's a tragically laughable image. Surely, this NPR story on Weekend Edition will not improve Maine's economy nor will it enhance the reputation of the state being "safe".  

In fact, the number of heroin users seeking treatment in Maine tripled from 1,115 in 2010 to 3,463 in 2014, while the number of overdose deaths rose from seven in 2011 to 57 last year. Overall state spending on substance-abuse treatment increased from $57.5 million in 2007-08 to a peak of $76.7 million in 2011-12, then declined to $71.6 million in 2014-15, according to figures from the state Department of Health and Human Services. The Legislature funded part, but not all, of the LePage administration’s requests this year for additional drug enforcement agents.

It's time Governor LePage learned
 how to work with people rather than bully them.

As for law enforcement's role to stop Maine's heroine imports, the state's public safety personnel are already consumed with saving lives. They are not specialists in drug trafficking.  

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Tragic Europeans pick up dead immigrants like road kill or beached fish

Horribly dangerous political problems, including wars, are causing tens of thousands of beleaguered, and desperate immigrants to risk lives and futures to dangerously immigrate across Europe.  

Rather than trying to solve the problems causing these human tragedies, the Europeans are reacting by picking up the pieces of people who frequently die in the process of risking everything, to find a better life. Incredulously, the European coast guards and public safety people are picking up dead immigrants, victims of their refugee status, like they are road kill on highways or beached fish in the Mediterranean Sea.

What I don't understand is why these desperate people aren't turning, in masses, on the people who're causing them to die trying to escape their situations?

Refugees are streaming into Europe from the Middle East and from Greece. If there were an inspired leader to organize these people, perhaps they could turn on those who are causing them to become the humanitarian victims of war and political turmoil.  Surely, when the time comes to hold people accountable for this carnage, the penalties for those causing these human evacuations will be prosecuted. Unfortunately, they won't be tried before uncounted numbers of innocents (including women and children) die, without any chance to save themselves.

What will the world do to stop this humanitarian disaster?  Rescue workers can't continue to scrape human carcasses out of abandoned trucks and off of beaches.  

Reuters Reports
Truck of corpses, new shipwreck intensify Europe's migrant crisis

Refugees are risking everything to escape to Europe


Up to 3,000 migrants are expected to cross into Macedonia every day in the coming months, most of them refugees fleeing war, particularly from Syria, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

Member states of the European Union must share the burden by establishing "equitable re-distribution" of desperate families seeking asylum in the bloc, the U.N. refugee agency said.

Nearly 300,000 people have crossed the Mediterranean this year, including nearly 181,500 in Greece and 108,500 in Italy, according to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). 


Obviously, this humanitarian crises cannot continue or the nations being inundated by these tragic waves of humanity  will cause the collapse of government safety nets.  

Instead, the Europeans must unite themselves and enlist the male refugees who are able to fight to organize an invasion of Syria. The purpose of this invasion would be to capture the evil Bashar al-Assad, President of Syria, and to relocate all the refugees, as many as possible, back to this nation until they can be repatriated to their homelands. 

Unless something is done, the tragic human waves of dead refugees and illegal immigrants streaming into Europe will continue.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Eulogies for victims from 2nd Amendment zealots

Tragically, another week with the reports of even more innocent deaths by gun violence. People are asking, yet again, the rhetorical question about how to stop the escalating mortalities from preventable gun violence deaths?








WDBJ7 Reporter Alison Parker, Photographer Adam Ward Killed on Live TV



Although tightening gun ownership regulations are among the ways to prevent gun violence deaths, these clarion calls haven't summoned the attention required to create change.


Instead, I'm thinking, the surviving victims of gun violence might want to require the eulogies for the dead be given by the advocates from 2nd amendment rights.




White House: Shooting in Roanoke was an 'all too common' example of gun violence:


The White House on Wednesday redoubled its call for tougher gun laws in the wake of a shooting that killed two television journalists in Virginia. 
 
“This is another example of gun violence that is becoming all too common in communities large and small all across the United States,” Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters on Wednesday.

There are “common sense” steps Congress can take to reduce gun violence in America, without infringing on the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.  

Local television news reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, were gunned down on Wednesday morning outside Roanoke, Va., by a suspect identified as Vester Lee Flanagan, a former employee of the television station. 

Unfortunately, a list of gun violence deaths are too daunting to publish. Nevertheless, it seems like the first response to all of the mortalities are a public condolence from some high up official, who is close to the situation. 

For example:
"I cannot tell you how much they were loved, Alison and Adam, by the WDBJ7 team," Jeff Marks, the general manager of station, said in an emotional statement on air. "Our hearts are broken."

Indeed, the above sad statement is an echo of thousands of others, given in response to other preventable deaths.

Therefore, instead of the same old sad rhetoric and predictable bereavement from those affected by gun violence, I'm recommending action, rather than "reaction" to, somehow, create an awareness for gun violence prevention.

Gun rights advocates should be the eulogists at the funerals and memorial services of all those who are killed as a result of gun violence.  For  example, Wayne LaPierre, the executive vice-president of the National Rifle Association (NRA), should be required to give at least 50 percent of gun violence victims eulogies.

Otherwise, if LaPierre, or his credible surrogate, refuses to comply, the consequences would be for the National Rifle Association's non profit fit tax status be revoked.

After all, the National Rifle Association (NRA) is supposed to have a benevolent mission. Therefore, giving the victims eulogies is consistent with this objective, to improve the public good. 

Mr. LaPierre owes Alison Parker and Adam Ward a eulogy. If their murderer didn't have a gun, both would, obviously, still be alive.

Moreover, the NRA should, also, donate sizeable contribution to a charity in memory of all victims' memories.

Those responsible for supporting unlimited Second Amendment rights to own guns must be held accountable for the preventable deaths caused by their irresponsible advocacy for guns.

As everyone alive today knows, without exception, the advocates of Second Amendment rights will one day be among those who will, eventually, have eulogies said on their behalf. 

Certainly, Second Amendment advocates would want their eulogies to include a commitment to ending gun violence. 

What goes around comes around.

Gun violence advocates should give the eulogies for those who are dead as a result of their irresponsible opposition to sensible gun ownership regulations.
 





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