October 9, 2015

The Washington Times, known formerly as the Moonie Paper has been a holding of the Unification Church of the late Sun Myung Moon. Today it features Conservative perspectives, like those from "I'm Not A Witch," Christine O'Donnell and Fox News' Monica Crowley and Former Judge, Andrew Napolitano. The Washington Times doesn't enjoy the legitimacy of the Washington Post, but when you live in the DC Bubble, and you're interested in the news from only a perspective that you want to hear, you will turn to the Times.

Today's piece is designed to make the readers of the conservative-leaning rag upset about those damned Democrats who are always trying to take EVERYONE'S guns away from them. The title of the story itself is inflammatory, "Armed guards protect Senate Democrats as they demand new gun-control laws." The focus on the armed guards is supposed to provide irony along with the 'in your face' style readers of the Times are accustomed to. The big conundrum? Why would they need armed guards if they want to take away guns?

They are ignoring the big elephant in the room: it seems to be just a little bit life-threatening when you try to take on the NRA in any way, or try to make it just a little bit more complicated to acquire a firearm, especially in the heat of passion or fury. These 27 Democratic Senators understand the lack of mental stability that seems to accompany gun enthusiasts who are always at the ready to take up arms against their 'oppressors.' Remember the deafening silence of the NRA after Congresswoman Giffords received so many death threats when she attempted to modify laws to prevent other people from being shot, just like she was?

Having security doesn't discount their commitment to changing the laws in favor of sensible gun control. When you have members from across the aisle who think Kindergartners should be armed, you are not dealing with a bunch of people in control of their own faculties.
The Times explains

Senate Democrats gathered Thursday on the steps of the Capitol surrounded by about a dozen armed guards to announce a new push for tougher gun-control laws.

The officers from the U.S. Capitol Police, who carried sidearms, were in addition to the regular detail paroling the Capitol ground due the large number of elected officials attending the event, according to a officer on the scene.

They announced a set of priorities for combating gun violence, which centered on measures to expand and strengthen background checks for gun purchasers.

They echoed calls by President Obama following the mass shooting last week at a community college in Oregon in which he urged Americans to put pressure on lawmakers to take action to stop the scourge of gun violence in the country. (see video above)

“We are asking, as the president said, to make their voices heard,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, the No. 3 Democrat in the Senate, “We expect there will be a groundswell.”

The Democrats’ priorities for gun control, which also closely mirrored the plan rolled out last week by Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton, included:

*Closing background check “loopholes,” such as stopping criminals from buying firearms at gun shows or online;

*Improving background checks to include barring domestic abusers and stalkers from buying guns;

*And shutting down the “illegal gun pipeline” by making straw purchasing of guns and gun trafficking a federal crime.

“The victims and their families deserve better than a Congress that shrugs its shoulders and waited for the next tragedy,” said Sen. Ron Wyden, Oregon Democrat. “They deserve action.”

When you read the article, there is a pop-up story that is glamorizing women shooting guns, and how fun shooting can be. If this isn't simply another sales gimmick for the merchants of death machines, I don't know what is. No one can ever make the correlation between weapons that are easier to access than a Fishing License and the rising number of tragedies at the hands of people with firearms. Moar gunz is not the answer, it is the problem!

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