Saturday, February 17, 2018

More Grief, Another Shameful Spectacle and Still No Action

What is wrong with our country?

March, 1996, 16 children and one teacher die in an assault on a school in Scotland. As a result, Britain passes a Firearms Act restricting gun ownership.

A slaughter in April,1996, in Australia results in 35 fatalities. The country implements strict gun control laws.

Following shootings in Germany in 2002 (16 people killed) and 2009 (15 people killed), Germany enacts gun control laws.

Only one recent mass shooting – the 2011 attack in Norway (no mass shootings in Norway since) – was deadlier than the Las Vegas massacre. No mass shootings in Norway since 2011. The U.S. cannot say the same after Columbine…Virginia Tech…Sandy Hook…Orlando…Texas…Parkland…

Politicians utter messages of vapid prayers and empty words blaming mental illness, the community, immigrants.

Prayers from those who have the power to change things but do nothing are meaningless, the author a coward.

President Trump did not mention the word ‘gun’ ONCE in his message to the nation concerning the tragic deaths in Parkland, Florida. He and his accomplices turn their back on one of the greatest scourges confronting the country. Trump mentioned mental illness initiatives in his speech. Yet one year ago the Republican Congress passed and Trump signed legislation repealing an Obama-instituted law that prevented individuals receiving government-funded treatment for mental illness from purchasing firearms.

Hands outstretched, politicians kowtow before the NRA. The organization showers millions on men and women working to prevent any form of gun control. Grateful recipients of NRA largesse include:

John McCain – Republican Senator from Arizona - $7,740,521. Most funds received during his 2008 Presidential campaign.
The two Republican Senators from North Carolina Richard Burr - $6,986,620, and Thom Tillis - $4,418,012.
Roy Blunt - Republican Senator from Missouri - $4,551,146
Cory Gardner – Republican Senator from Colorado - $3,879,064
Marco Rubio – Republican Senator from Florida. He tweeted
, "Just spoke to Broward School Superintendent. Today is that terrible day you pray never comes."  NRA Contributions: $3,303,355
Joni Ernst – Republican Senator from Iowa - $3,124,273
Rob Portman – Republican Senator from Ohio - $3,061,941
Todd Young – Republican Senator from Indiana - $2,896,732
Bill Cassidy – Republican Senator from Louisiana - $2,861,047

Congressmen receiving substantial funds from the NRA can be found here.

Democrats collect NRA contributions, but not much. In 2016 Democrats received a total of $3,845,342 while Republicans got $19,074,616.

We must step up and do something besides feel angry, frustrated and powerless. The groundswell of support for sensible gun control must come from the bottom up, because elected officials do nothing substantive to stop the shootings.

Donate to organizations working for gun control such as the Brady campaign and Giffords Courage to Fight GunViolence

Contact your representatives and express support for gun control. You can fill out a form on the Everytown for Gun Safety website. 

Support officials advocating sensible gun control measures and vote on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Elect Congressmen and women who will fight for effective gun control.

Additional ways to support gun control laws can be found here.

It is up to us to do more than pray.


  1. There are simple solutions that our gutless politicians refuse to implement. We will get on them to get off their lazy, privileged asses to do it. This time we will not let up.

  2. Thanks for this, Meryl!
    I do applaud the Parkland students who stood up to say thoughts and prayers are not enough. It's past time to talk about it!

  3. I was astounded by the amount of money politicians received from the NRA. It's unconscionable! The Parkland students have been amazingly articulate in calling out the public. I hope they will be listened to. Not by 45, though. He doesn't listen to anyone and is only concerned for himself and NO ONE else.

  4. I will march in the rally that will be held in my city. I have no respect for those elected officials who do nothing because of being beholden to the NRA. Vote them out!

  5. Good for you in naming names. I used to like John McCain. No more. But you should include Patrick Leahy of Vermont, who as a liberal democrat should be especially ashamed of himself.

    1. He has an interesting voting record on guns. He's only rated a C by the NRA. A C rating indicates that they are actually thinking and willing to compromise on issues and are not just voting for what the NRA tells them to. I'm not from VT, but I do want to recognize people who are at least making an effort at making the right decisions.

  6. I am amazed by the teens at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. They are not going to let this fight drop. I think politicians who are trying to make fun of these kids or downplay their actions as too emotional will be surprised by the work they will be able to accomplish.

  7. There are NO simple solutions. The problem is not the NRA money, it's this countries gun culture. If it was money, Mike Bloomberg has the cash to outspend them. It's also not the NRA but the NRA leadership, who are paid shills of the gun manufacturers. We should be calling them out as they wish to remain anonymous. That's why they pay Wayne LaPierre 5 million a year to catch flack. Also, the gun-lovers are motivated and vote single-issue. Changing the culture is hard and will likely take decades and sustained effort.