Friday, May 30, 2014

"An Unfortunate Accident"...

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Purveyor of Truth

It was bound to be said. For at least one republican politician, Iowa State Senator Joni Ernst, a candidate for the U.S. Senate, the UCSB shooting was an accident. A strong 2'nd Amendment supporter (nothing wrong with that) endorsed by the NRA she made a couple very concerning comments during a televised primary debate.
"Mrs. Ernst, a viewer wrote us saying in light of the shooting of Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, the shootings at the Aurora, Colo., theater, and most recently at the UC Santa Barbara campus, 'we have a Joni Ernst in the television ad that is running continuously on all local television stations that contains violent imagery pointing a gun directly at the viewer and vowing to quote ‘shoot them down’ and hateful language directed toward their opponents. Is this really what politics has become in this country?'" the moderator said. "Mrs. Ernst, what do you say to this viewer?"

"Yes, I would say to this viewer that what happened in that shooting and that stabbing is an absolute tragedy," Ernst said. "However, I remain firm in my commitment to the Second Amendment. I have been endorsed by the NRA in this race, and again, just because of a horrible, horrible tragedy, I don’t believe we should be infringing upon people’s Second Amendment rights."

The moderator then asked Ernst if she would change the ad or its timing in light of the UCSB shooting.

"I would not -- no. This unfortunate accident happened after the ad, but it does highlight that I want to get rid of, repeal, and replace Bruce Braley’s Obamacare," Ernst replied, referring to a Democratic Senate candidate. "And it also shows that I am a strong supporter of the Second Amendment. That is a fundamental right."

A tragic accident or an intentional act of violence and murder(s)? You decide.

What is apparent is that as long as the NRA can peddle their fear to the people, and influence legislators like Ernst, there will be no possibility of arriving at a responsible and reasonable solution to a very real problem. Nothing trumps the 2'nd and in the eyes of the unthinking there is no need for a national discussion.


Via: Memeorandum


  1. Unfortunately? True.

    Accident? Absolutely not! He did exactly what he intended to do. It was no fucking accident.

    1. You are right Jerry. I feel your anger, it is crazy we have allowed special interests to stymie any responsible and reasonable uniform federal regulations.

      BTW Jerry, at least asterisk the f-bomb in a couple places please. I'm trying to keep my G rating :-)

  2. a tragic accident is falling off a ladder and breaking a leg....

    USCB student, 20-year-old Christopher Ross Michaels-Martinez, was shot and killed inside the IV Deli Mart.

    ....being killed while getting a sandwich is a NATIONAL DISGRACE, A HORROR, AN ABOMINATION......whatever happened to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, to say nothing of the right to get a sandwich without being randomly shot??????? My right to life trumps someones right to carry weapons and kill.

    1. We note, sadly, that after each such incident, the NRA goes into spin mode and the rest of us do nothing. "How many years....the answer is blowing in the wind"

    2. okjimm, not according to the NRA and bought politicians. Rights carry responsibiliy. The NRA could be a force for positive change and support the 2'nd simultaneously, they just aren't that bright. Neither are many legislators.

  3. Blowin in the wind indeed BB Idaho. Just Blowin in the Wind.

    We can preserve our 2'nd Amendment right and
    pass meaningfully and uniform legislation. Congress simply lacks the political will.

  4. We know we can preserve our 2'nd Amendment right and pass meaningfully and uniform legislation because we did it for most of our history. The gun nuts are all quite up on their stats and footnotes, with the glaring exception of that fact. Gun laws today are far looser than they were throughout most of our history, and the weapons themselves have become far deadlier.



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