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Thursday, December 03, 2015

Republicans in perpetual prayer about mass gun violence shootings but do nothing to stop it

GOP candidates offer prayers — but not solutions on gun control — after the San Bernardino CA massacre

On the other hand, Secretary Hillary Clinton, running to be the first female national presidential candidate, said, "I refuse to accept this as normal. We must take action to stop gun violence now," posted on her Twitter feed.

Senator Bernie Sanders said, "Mass shootings are becoming an almost-everyday occurrence in this country. This sickening and senseless gun violence must stop."

San Bernadino mass gun violence Caliornia December 3, 2015

Governor Martin O'Malley said, "Horrifying news out of #SanBernardino. Enough is enough: it's time to stand up to the @NRA and enact meaningful gun safety laws."
Rather than do something to stop the serial mass casualty shootings now occuring with stomach wrenching regularity in America, Republicans are branding the recent gun violence disaster in San Bernadino as something other than what it is.   They just can't wait to label the San Bernadino mass slaying as Islamic radicalism rather than what it was-- gun violence.

Regardless of what caused the death and carnage in San Bernadino or the motive of the killers, the facts are nearly the same as with all the other litany of horrific mass shooting where too many people (mostly young, by the way) were murdered.  It's about guns.

Shame on people like Senator Ted Cruz (aka "Cruz to Loose") for giving the San Bernadino mass shooting a euphamistic label,  rather than use the words "gun violence".

Sen. Ted Cruz on Thursday linked the shootings in San Bernardino, Calif., to the attacks in Paris, telling donors and activists with the Republican Jewish Coalition that America needed a "war president" who would take such events more seriously.
"At this point, the details of what happened in San Bernardino are still unclear," the Texas Republican Cruz said, referring to the shooting Wednesday that left at least 14 people dead at a community center program for disabled people. "But our prayers are with the families of those who were murdered and those who were shot. And all of us are deeply concerned that this is yet another manifestation of terrorism, radical Islamic terrorism here at home. Coming on the wake of a terror attack in Paris, this horrific murder underscores that we are in a time of war."  (Frankly, I wonder just how many prayers Senator Cruz has really said on behalf of all the victims of gun violence.  If he were really saying prayers, for the hundreds of victims, I doubt he'd have time to invent lables and slogans about mass casuality serial murders caused by guns.)

Here are my suggestions:

1.  Guns are so prevasive in America, it's virtually impossible to regulate them in any meaningful way. Neverthless, why can't we tax ammunition like's it's liquer?  People who engage in black marketing of ammunition would be subject to the same violations as people who sell booze illegally.  Although I have no idea what ammunition costs, the tax to purchase it should be three times the value of the bullets.  Money from the taxation of ammunition could be dedicated to improve mental health care.

2.  Mass casualtiy shootings where a deranged killer, mentally competent or not, murders more than one person in a killing spree should be a federal crime, prosecuted like kidnappings or sedition.  

3,  All assault weapons must be outlawed, except when authorized for use by law enforecement or the military. People who currently own human killing weapons like AK47s and look-alikes, must surrender them to authorized agents. They can't be owned by anybody.  

Indeed, we must all pray for the victims of gun violence. Yet, prayers are also needed for the US Congress, who are morally obligated to protect the public from the growing numbers of gun violence deaths. Gun violence is a killing epedimic and must be treated as a public health menace.

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