This Thursday the US Senate will take up gun safety legislation. So far, several Senators have threatened to stop any and all legislation.
Rand Paul of Kentucky, Mike Lee of Utah, Ted Cruz of Texas, Marco Rubio of Florida and Jerry Moran of Kansas, Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, Richard Burr of North Carolina, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Mike Enzi of Wyoming, Jim Risch and Mike Crapo of Idaho, Dan Coats of Indiana and Pat Roberts of Kansas.
Gabby Giffords wrote a piece denouncing the cowardice and ignorance of these Senators. I think she’s run out of patience:
But lately I’m not feeling too patient toward senators and representatives who are listening to the misinformation that’s out there about universal background checks instead of to their constituents, and saying they may not support common sense solutions to ending gun violence.
Last night I was looking at a few pictures of some of the Newtown victims and found this one:
I had seen the picture before but I didn’t focus enough to see that the girl on the far right, Josephine Gay, was sitting down. And I wondered:
“They said their daughter was “autistic and severely apraxic.” Apraxia is “a neurological disorder characterized by loss of the ability to execute or carry out skilled movements and gestures,” according to the National Institutes of Health.
“She could not speak, yet she touched the lives of so many around her – teachers, therapists, friends, neighbors, all loved and cherished her,” her family said. “Joey was social and affectionate. She smiled, she loved hugs and she even had a wonderful sense of humor. Her spirit was indomitable.”
While the event was horrific enough the fact that this girl was disabled and unable to speak…that’s beyond my ability to define in words. I didn’t think I could hear anything worse than the number of rounds fired (154) in less than five minutes.
I haven’t really seen a logical argument as to why we need assault weapons with 30-round magazines. Hell, despite 90%+ of America wanting Universal Background Checks the US Senate may not even pass that.
The system is definitely broken. Maybe we can fix this. If you haven’t yet, no matter if your Senator is ‘misinformed’ and on the above list, call or email today and let them know where you stand on this issue. They say we shouldn’t get emotional. Fine, I’m cold as ice right now. The only ones I see losing their minds are those who refuse to see the gun violence problem and work to fix it.
The list of Senators and their contact info is here.