Murder by 2nd Amendment: America’s largest mass murders made possible by NRA by Frank Giorno

Such great sorrow in America…deepest sympathy to all those who died and their families in this unbearably senseless and preventable tragedy.

This photo from Rolling Stone Magazine’s coverage of the Las Vegas second amendment murders depicts the terror concert goers experienced during the largest massacre of Americans by a mass murderer. Photo courtesy of Rolling Stone Magazine

These 58 deaths in Las Vegas should be known as murder by 2nd amendment. For it was the shooters 2nd amendment rights that permitted the right to purchase an arsenal of weapons to slay 58 Americans. Imagine of those 58 deaths occurred at the US embassy over sees, what the reaction would be?

Think about the majority Republican Congress and the strident comments they would be making about stopping terrorism, restricting immigration, building a way, curtailing people’s civil liberties by torturing those responsible and tapping phones and spying on social media.

Sadly, the cowards in the Republican party will act sad and decry the crime, but the will stand by the National Rifle Associations distorted and incorrect view of what the second amendment says about who may own guns.

The 58 murders in Las Vegas and the shootings every where in the United States really are brought to you by the NRA and their 40 year record of helping people like Steve Paddock, the Las Vegas shooter, obtain an arsenal of deadly weapons by fraudulently asserting everyone’s right to guns of all sorts including rapid fire machine guns and military assault rifles.

Thanks to the NRA instead of a well regulated system of gun purchases, you have total gun anarchy.

And this is despite recent polling showing that Americans overwhelmingly want some form of control on guns to end gun anarchy that NRA has promoted and bullied lawmakers into achieving.

Majority of Americans Support Gun Control: Time Magazine

Donald Trump supports NRA absolute right to guns. It is no coincidence that since this  deadly and divisive President assumed centre stage there have been at least four or more deadly shootings since June 2016.

In fact, since Trump took over the presidency in January, 2017 there have been 273 mass shootings already in 275 days according to the Gun Violence Archives.

Gun Violence Archives Mass Shootings in America

The NRA and its executive leadership should be viewed as accessories to mass murder, by literally handing those guns to murderers like Paddock who bought his weapons legally.

The NRA has since the mid-1970s been forcing US lawmakers, through what amounts to bribery, in the form as major cash donations to candidates running for office to support their extremist view of the 2nd amendment.

This is democracy? The majority want gun control, but money bribes by the NRA bullies politicians into denying the majority what they want — gun control, not gun anarchy!

Las Vegas native and late night host Jimmy Kimmel put it this way:   Since the 58 dead and 500 wounded were murdered by a rich American gun owner as opposed to a non-American,  Trump, McConnell and Paul Ryan – the Republican party, will do nothing “because The NRA has a money belt clipped around their balls.”

Remember 2nd Amendment says “…for the purposes of a well regulated militia the rights to bear arms shall not be infringed.”

Second Amendment to the US Constitution

I guess current American conservative gun advocates do not speak English very well, because their interpretation of the 2nd amend is predicated on the erroneous view, that the first clause in the amendment is irrelevant, and has no bearing on the second clause — “the right to bear arms shall not be infringed.”

Conservative legal scholars have argued that the for purposes of maintaining a well regulated militia was a meaningless and hollow preamble, and should be disregarded.

Now an example of a preamble that does not relate to the second part of the 2nd amendment would be something like ” Wasn’t that a great ball game last night,  the right to bear arms shall not be infringed.”

In my understanding of the English language there is much weight and relevancy to the fact that the founding fathers wanted a well regulated militia, and for that purpose, for the purpose of a well-regulated militia, the right to bear arms shall not be infringed.

Why? Because the USA of 1784 did not have the military might of Britain, France, Spain, Germany and it necessarily depended on well armed citizens to come to the aid of their country if invaded.

The founding fathers certainly did not want guns to go into the wrong hands, that is why it was a well-regulated militia.

Not complicated at all, if you understand the English language.

In other words you can buy arms to participate in a well regulated militia. And you can screen those who purchase arms for purpose other than maintaining a well regulated militia.

After all, there were many people in the newly founded USA of 1784 that the founding fathers did not want to own guns like British spies, possibly slaves who wanted to rebel, Native Americans who wanted their lands back, and others who posed a serious risk to the foundation of  the young US.

I doubt Steve Paddock bought  the arsenal of weapons , without background check, without restriction, so he could serve in a well regulated militia.

Police in Las Vegas said, Steve Paddock, the shooter who mowed down 58 innocent Americans, lawfully purchased a varied of weapons at gun stores. Thank you NRA for making this mass shooting possible. Photo Courtesy of Slate.com

Yet even the Supreme Court of the United States have become so politicized over the 2nd Amendment that conservative judges voted to refuse to hear gun control challenges after the Sandy Hook mass murder of school children and teachers by a mental disturbed young man who loved to go shooting at a gun club.

Nice guys, eh? 26 people killed at Sandy Hook, many young children and SCOTUS doesn’t give a whistle about their lives snuffed out as such a young age.

Suffer the little children, SCOTUS would rather you die to protect the NRA myth of absolute gun rights for all. Gun Anarchy! Or Gun Control.

Please send an email, a letter – Hell if you are close enough tie a note to a rock and throw it through the NRA’s window, and tell them how you feel about The NRA allowing gun anarchy in the USA.

58 dead in Las Vegas; 49 dead in the Orlando night club shooting;26 Dead in Sandy Hook; 9 dead in a church in South Carolina;  20 Dead in Aurora movie theatre shooting etc etc etc.

Last year was the 50th anniversary of the 18 people killed by Charles Whitman at University of Texas from a clock tower in 1966. Since then 1,000 people or more are killed by guns each year in the US.

Since 1966, approximately 50,000 Americans, and that is a conservative number it’s probably way higher.

50th anniversary of first modern mass murder by gun in August, 1966

Thanks to the NRA, once an organization of hunters and responsible gun owners up to the mid-197os, when it was hijacked by extremists, the Americans have suffered unbearable sorrow at the hands of legally sanctioned gun anarchy.

NRA, this mass murder in Vegas is for you, for all you do to guarantee, people like Steve Paddock, can buy the most vicious weapons unchecked. Way to go guys! Thanks to the NRA gun anarchy reins supreme.

Mass murder thanks to the NRA, and its ass kissing conservative lawmakers have made mass killings, and indeed all gun murders an American Ritual….where everybody loves to Shoot Shoot.

And Trump wants to ban Muslims? And Trump wants to build a wall against Mexicans.

Please!

Walt Kelly’s perceptive comment voiced in the Pogo cartoon strip. Courtesy of Pinterest

In the words of Pogo the cartoon character “I have seen the enemy and the enemy is us.”

Well not “us” but the NRA and Donald Trump and that ilk of fear mongering bigots and distorters of the intent of the 2nd Amendment.

Sometimes I wonder, if some Americans actually speak the English language…but that is another story for another blog.

The ridiculousness of the SCOTUS  leaving out the first clause of the 2nd amendment calling for a well regulated militia, is not only poor English but it is maniacally insane and poor legal interpretation.

End Gun Anarchy with thoughtful and necessary Gun Control.

Simple as that.

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Speech is never free. It comes with a cost by Frank Giorno

Let’s get one fact straight about “Free Speech” – speech, like action is never absolutely free.

Every utterance; every action comes with consequences.

That’s why it is best to think before you speak. Think before you act. Your words can hurt others, and so can your action. It is like throwing a pebble into a lake or pond. Words and actions cause ripples.

The noble eight fold path, developed 500 years before Christ, enshrined the concept of responsible thought, speech and action. Thought gives rise to speech. Speech gives rise to action. They in turn produce consequences, or in the words of the Buddha – karma.

Right thought, speech and action  may generate good and positive results for the individual, his or her  community, his or her neighbours.

Bad or wrong thought, speech and action brings dire consequences for the individual who influenced by faulty thought impulses, speaks recklessly, and harmfully caused or inspired violence, hatred of others. It could lead to condemnation, arrest and incarceration , a life time of ridicule.

For hate- filled proponents of Free Speech in the U.S., Canada, Europe and else where , who go around chanting anti-black and anti Semitic provocation they must accept the cost of their irresponsible thought, speech and actions.

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In Charlotesville, Virginia the cost of hateful free speech was the murder of a young woman of outstanding character and understanding, Heather Heyer, who worked to improve lives in America.

She was murdered by a troubled young man who made a very bad choice — he chose hate over love and compassion.

There is no such thing as Free Speech…it comes with a cost.

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Heather Heyer was murdered by an American neo-Nazi terrorist who slammed his car into her body killing her and injuring 18 people who were speaking out against neo-Nazis , white supremacists and the KKK. But as Heather’s mother said at Heather’s funeral eulogy, “they didn’t silence her, they magnified her” and her values of love and decency.

 

 

 

American free speech has been paid with the blood of its citizens, soldiers, who died fighting to defeat Nazism a philosophy that silenced tens of millions of people.17_0820_USfightingNazis_WW2_A

To see American, neo-Nazis demanding free speech  and exercising “free speech” in order to organization, and build up their power to oppress decent Americans is totally unsupportable. American neo-Nazis demand to express their speech to gain power to silence people they do not like.

People like Donald Trump, he is no president and I will not call him such — aid and abet white supremacists and neo-Nazis. His own personal history shows he has been an out right racist as in the 1970s, when he was prosecuted for discriminating against blacks in his apartments buildings.

Trump, the man who murdered truth, and decency ignited his hate-filled drive to become the accidental president, by perpetrating one of the greatest hoaxes in US political history.

He fanned the flames of bigotry by insisting Barack Obama was not a legitimate president, because he falsely claimed Obama was born in Kenya.

Even after Obama showed his Hawaiian birth certificate racist Trump continued to spread false news right up to the month before the November 2016 election about Obama.

The audacity of Trump to cry that the media is trying to de-legitimize his accidental victory over Clinton — the bastard made his career attempting to de-legitimize Obama.

Talk  about karma, eh? Trump, what goes round comes round.

While Trump fans the growth of American neo-Nazis and white supremacists he is taking a giant stand against American history.  America is passionately anti-Nazi. America has fought against white supremacy in the civil war, in the civil rights movement. America took a strong stand against Nazism by fighting to defeat it in WW2.

Trump embraces neo-Nazis (despite his insincere condemnation of them on Monday only to go back and defend them at the disgraceful news conference on Tuesday.)

Neo-Nazi’s are in fact traitors to the US, and all the gallant, Americans, British, Canadians, Australian, Russian, French; and all the French, Jewish, Polish, Italian resistance who fought  — Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini and other Nazis and fascist.

Nazism and fascism oppressed speech that did not conform to its hateful philosophy and policies.

Nazism and white supremacists are anti-Americans, the are an enemy to mankind.

Every hate-filled thought, speech and action by American neo-Nazis’ and White Supremacists’desecrates the graves of all Americans who died fighting Nazism; the graves of Union soldiers who defeated the Confederacy and brought an end to slavery in the U.S.

The deaths of US soldiers fighting against Nazism and fascism and slavery is proof that speech is never free.

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Nazi officers surrender to American Troops. Why should Americans follow neo-Nazis like Richard Spencer, when US soldiers spent four years fighting Nazis?

The United States lost 415,000 troops during world war 2. Britain lost another 370,000 lives combating Hitler and Mussolini.

The United States fought Nazis in WW2.

During the civil war 620,000 lives were lost on both the Union and the Confederate sides. The pro-slavery south lost the civil war and surrendered in April 1865 at Appomattox, Virginia.  Slavery was ended. But that was not the end of the fight for civil rights as white supremacists, KKK’ers, and others enacted Jim Crow laws, instituted racism and discrimination as part of their government. Lynchings and other terrorist tactics were unleashed to spread fear among the black American. In some parts of the United States, the north as well as the south it was as if the Civil war never happened.

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Robert E. Lee signs surrender marking the end of the Confederacy and slavery.

Civil rights leaders and activists like Martin Luther King, James Meredith murdered by racist terrorists. Innocent children, college students who supported the fight for equality were blown up by terrorist white supremacist bombs.

Speech must be responsible and it must lead to the greater good of our neighbourhood, community, cities and towns. Our country.

Let’s look at the sister right of freedom association. You can choose to associate with others, but that right is not absolute either. You cannot associate with others for example to conspire to commit crimes.

Similarly, the United States, Canada, Britain, France and especially Germany have enacted laws to prevent hate crimes ,

Thinking hate, speaking hate, acting out hate is the lifestyle of neo-Nazis, white supremacists and KKK activists and their supporters.

Their values harm social harmony and the public peace.

Free speech comes with a high cost.

Therefore it is right and just to counter these latter day Nazi traitors at every turn until they see the folly of their ways.

But make no mistake about it — people like Richard Spencer and David Duke are using poor, unhappy, alienated white children and teens to propagate their vile plans for an all white state.

They are using free speech to recruit and organize. Armed “militias” with great firepower are preparing for a new American civil war.

It’s up to all of us to work together and reach out to these alienated youth, who feel marginalzed and show them the right path, the right way to succeed in life.

It starts with teaching out through schools, social agencies, sports organizations, popular culture and showing their is hope in America.

Government policy can help by providing free college and university education, financial support to impoverished families of all races who need a hand up.

It is not enough to merely oppose neo-Nazis, it is important to deal with the root causes of lower class, poor whites. Well educated neo-Nazis like Richard Spencer and KKK’ers like David Duke are using these children and teens, poisoning their minds for their own purposes.

As with extremism of all kinds including ISIS it is poverty and ignorance that provides the fertile soil to grow generations of hate.

Let’s think right, speak right and act right by extending a hand to all the poor people of the world and unite them with hope.

Above consider which side are you on?

As this song by Pete Seeger asks. Which Side are You On.

I know which side I am on. Equality for all. Love trumps Hate.