The Congress Members Receiving the Most N.R.A. Funding – The New York Times

“Most Americans support stronger gun laws — laws that would reduce deaths. But Republicans in Congress stand in the way. They fear alienating their primary voters and the National Rifle Association.

Below are the top 10 career recipients of N.R.A. funding – through donations or spending to benefit the candidate – among both current House and Senate members, along with their statements about the Las Vegas massacre. These representatives have a lot to say about it. All the while, they refuse to do anything to avoid the next massacre.”


Jimmy Kimmel Seizes on Las Vegas Shooting to Champion Gun Laws in Emotional Monologue – The New York Times

“‘There Are a Lot of Things We Can Do’Jimmy Kimmel, a son of Las Vegas, delivered one of the most emotionally searing monologues in his show’s 14-year history on Monday as he honored those killed and injured in Sunday night’s shooting, and challenged President Trump and Congress to act against gun violence. Just as he did in his attacks on the Republican health care bills this year, Mr. Kimmel used plain, pointed language while acting as a social conscience as he called out politicians, the National Rifle Association and complacent citizens.

Choked up from the start, he ultimately broke into tears as he related the events and the aftermath of what was one of the deadliest mass shootings in American history. “This morning, we have children without parents and fathers without sons, mothers without daughters. We lost two police officers. We lost a nurse from Tennessee. A special-ed teacher from a local school here in Manhattan Beach. It’s the kind of thing that makes you want to throw up or give up. It’s too much to even process — all these devastated families who now have to live with this pain forever because one person with a violent and insane voice in his head managed to stockpile a collection of high-powered rifles and use them to shoot people.”” — JIMMY KIMMEL

Video by Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Las Vegas Shooting Near Mandalay Bay Casino Kills 58 – The New York Times

Here are some of the top comments.The ones I endorsed say recommended.
Not Recommend.

Alive and Well Freedom City 5 hours ago

Reportedly the shooter was a 64 year old man with what amounts to a machine gun. The authorities hesitated, I understand, to call it terrorism.

Gentlemen and Ladies of the Authorities: This Is What Terrorism Looks Like.

We are suffering under domestic terrorism that the authorities seem to be willfully turning a blind eye to. Because: Guns.

The 2nd Amendment includes language that says that guns are to be used within a “well-regulated militia.” Why is that language ignored?

The time is now to stand up to domestic terrorism under the guise of 2nd Amendment protections. The time is now to invoke the “well-regulated militia” part of this law.

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Wade Nelson Durango, Colorado 5 hours ago

If a pile of dead 3rd graders (Sandy Hook) won’t bring about reasonable gun control in America 50 dead country music fans won’t either.

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Kris New York, NY 5 hours ago

If the perpetrator had been Muslim, there would be no hesitation to condemn all Muslims as violent fanatics. When the shooter is the usual white American male, there is no mention of his faith or motivations. He is simply described as tragically mentally ill.

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Christian St Barts, FWI 5 hours ago

If I hear one more politician say “My thoughts and prayers are with the victims,” I’m going to take a gun out and shoot my radio. Politicians’ job is to legislate, not to pray. Do your job: gun control! Gun control! Gun control! Start with assault rifles. A weapon intended to mow down scores of people has no reason to be sold to civilians, if it has any reason to be sold at all.

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America’s Lethal Politics – The New York Times

“Was this attack evidence of how vicious American politics has become? Probably. In 2011, when Jared Lee Loughner opened fire in a supermarket parking lot, grievously wounding Representative Gabby Giffords and killing six people, including a 9-year-old girl, the link to political incitement was clear. Before the shooting, Sarah Palin’s political action committee circulated a map of targeted electoral districts that put Ms. Giffords and 19 other Democrats under stylized cross hairs.

Conservatives and right-wing media were quick on Wednesday to demand forceful condemnation of hate speech and crimes by anti-Trump liberals. They’re right. Though there’s no sign of incitement as direct as in the Giffords attack, liberals should of course hold themselves to the same standard of decency that they ask of the right.

Was this attack evidence of how readily available guns and ammunition are in the United States? Indisputably. Mr. Hodgkinson, by definition, should not have had a gun, but he was licensed in his home state, Illinois. And in any event it would have been easy for him to acquire a weapon in Virginia, which requires no background checks in private sales, requires no registration for most weapons and has few restrictions on open carry.”

David Lindsay Hamden, CT Pending Approval

Here are some estimates from the
“114,994 people in America are shot in murders, assaults, suicides & suicide attempts, unintentional shootings, or by police intervention.>

33,880 people die from gun violence

11,564 people are murdered
21,037 people kill themselves
544 people are killed unintentionally
468 are killed by police intervention
267 die but intent is not known

81,114 people survive gun injuries:

60,041 people are injured in an attack
3,700 people survive a suicide attempt
16,428 people are shot unintentionally
947 people are shot by police intervention

Millions of guns are sold every year in “no questions asked” transactions. Experts estimate that 40 percent of guns sold in America are done so without a Brady background check. Take action with our Finish the Job campaign now.”

With so many deaths in the US from too many guns on the street in the hands of people who shouldn’t have them, there is poetic justice in the random killing of politicians who oppose gun controls.

Husbands Are Deadlier Than Terrorists – Nicholals Kristof – NYT

“With the President Trump Reality Show, it’s easy to be distracted by ANGRY ALL-CAPITAL TWEETS or Oval Office tantrums. But resist, and stay focused on matters of life and death.

Consider two critical issues: refugees and guns. Trump is going berserk over the former, but wants to ease rules on the latter. So let’s look at the relative risks.

In the four decades between 1975 and 2015, terrorists born in the seven nations in Trump’s travel ban killed zero people in America, according to the Cato Institute. Zero.In that same period, guns claimed 1.34 million lives in America, including murders, suicides and accidents. That’s about as many people as live in Boston and Seattle combined.It’s also roughly as many Americans as died in all the wars in American history since the American Revolution, depending on the estimate used for Civil War dead.”

A Week From Hell, by Charles Blow – The New York Times

“This was yet another week that tore at the very fiber of our nation.After two videos emerged showing the gruesome killings of two black men by police officers, one in Baton Rouge, La., and the other in Falcon Heights, Minn., a black man shot and killed five officers in a cowardly ambush at an otherwise peaceful protest and wounded nine more people. The Dallas police chief, David O. Brown, said, “He was upset about Black Lives Matter” and “about the recent police shootings” and “was upset at white people” and “wanted to kill white people, especially white officers.”

We seem caught in a cycle of escalating atrocities without an easy way out, without enough clear voices of calm, without tools for reduction, without resolutions that will satisfy.There is so much loss and pain. There are so many families whose hearts hurt for a loved one needlessly taken, never to be embraced again.There is so much disintegrating trust, so much animosity stirring.So many — too many — Americans now seem to be living with an ambient terror that someone is somehow targeting them.Friday morning, after the Dallas shootings, my college student daughter entered my room before heading out to her summer job. She hugged me and said: “Dad, I’m scared. Are you scared?” We talked about what had happened in the preceding days, and I tried to allay her fears and soothe her anxiety.

How does a father answer such a question? I’m still not sure I got it precisely right.Truth is, I am afraid. Not so much for my own safety, which is what my daughter was fretting about, but more for the country I love.”

Source: A Week From Hell – The New York Times

Here is a comment from the NYT which I support:


is a trusted commenter Downtown Verona, NJ 6 hours ago

“In a deeply perverted and ugly American way, a gun is a form of expression or speech.

As opposed to civilized forms of expression or speech – intellectual discourse, art, talking things through, music, sport, living a life in quiet peace – a gun is a way to express your self in a threatening, physical, menacing, bloody, violent and fatal way.

America is a country where one political party – the same party that pretends to be a ‘law and order’ party – promotes the near unrestricted access of guns as a form of holy American expression, thereby producing a nation drowning in over 300 million guns, a number so extreme and deranged that it has literally produced a nation’s police force afraid of its own streets and citizens…while arming almost every angry young male with weapons of mass destruction.

Racism aside, which still remains as America’s very real and unrecognized national hood ornament, America is not really a land of law and order anymore specifically because 300 million civilian guns in circulation has created a complete and terrifying daily gun anarchy and metastatic single-cell terrorism complex nationwide.

In 2008, the United States had over 12,000 gun-related homicides.

That same year, Japan had only 11 gun murders – less than half as many killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

America has chosen – by virtue of its right-wing – to create a national shooting gallery out of its country.

‘Guns Over People’ has issued a national death wish to all Americans.”

I posted this piece to Facebook, and wrote:  Here is a piece that is amazing, as are the comments. One commenter writes that she thinks this is Charles Blow’s finest column ever. I reprinted one on gun violence and gun control. I differ with Blow, that this series of tragedies is so emotional, than one can not discuss gun violence and control now, and mention the idiocy of having 300 million guns in the hands of our populace. Perhaps he is right, though. Now is a moment to discuss deeper issues of the human soul and condition, as relating to US society and its dark history of slavery and racism.

The late-night hosts had been here so many times, after so many mass murders, that the sad comic’s changed their messages.|By James Poniewozik

“Samantha Bee, the host of “Full Frontal” on TBS, said that she was too angry to deliver some “well-meaning words about how we will get through this together, how love wins, how love conquers hate.” She continued: “Love does not win unless we start loving each other enough to fix our [expletive] problems” — starting, she argued, with restricting access to guns like the semiautomatic that Omar Mateen used to kill dozens of clubgoers.”

The late-night hosts had been here so many times, after so many mass murders, that the sad comic’s display of apolitical grief had become shtick.|By James Poniewozik
David Lindsay David Lindsay This should be the link to the Samantha Bee monologue, if you missed it. It is amazing, (as are the others as well).

What Donald Trump Gets Wrong About Orlando. The massacre was made possible by easy access to guns for terror suspects.|By The Editorial Board

The New York Times:


The massacre was made possible by easy access to guns for terror suspects.|By The Editorial Board

In most advanced countries, gun homicides are as rare as deaths from falling tree limbs or plane crashes.|By Kevin Quealy and Margot Sanger-Katz

“The mass shooting in Orlando on Sunday was appalling in scale: 49 killed in a single attack. But it’s not unusual for dozens of Americans to be killed by guns in a single day.

Gun homicides are a common cause of death in the United States, killing about as many people as car crashes (not counting van, truck, motorcycle or bus accidents). Some cases command our attention more than others, of course. Counting mass shootings that make headlines and the thousands of Americans murdered one or a few at a time, gunshot homicides totaled 8,124 in 2014, according to the F.B.I.

This level of violence makes the United States an extreme outlier when measured against the experience of other advanced countries.”

In most advanced countries, gun homicides are as rare as deaths from falling tree limbs or plane crashes.|By Kevin Quealy and Margot Sanger-Katz