One reason The Pink Flamingo is no longer able to tolerate the far right is because they are just plain old mean, cruel, vile, vicious, lacking honor, basic human decency, and social grace. Nothing was more evident about their rancid behavior than when Glenn Reynolds, the Instapundit, called Gabby Giffords a bully. It makes you wonder just what sort of person Glenn Reynolds actually is.
When did conservatives think they could start getting away with this sort of a thing?
I don’t get these people anymore. Let’s be honest here, I don’t even want to be around them any more. I’ve lost what little respect for them that I once had. I’ve had it with them. I’ve had it with their lies, their lack of empathy, and their inability to see any side of a story but their own narrow minded view. Do these people even know how badly they sound and look? Do they even comprehend that they are completely out of the mainstream of American life?
“...I was done with conservatives screaming “politicizing” every time someone tries to enact policies to stop social problems that wingnuts would prefer continue. This accusation of “bullying” is part of the constellation of that argument. The thought process goes like this: Politics isn’t about real world problems, but is just sports for nerdy people. Thus, when real world problems occur, it’s off-limits for politicians to try to pass policies to stop those problems. In fact, it’s “bullying” for them to describe the problems as problems at all, even if your actual body—in this case, Gabby Giffords’ obvious brain damage from being shot in the head—is living proof that this is actually a problem. This is only true if conservatives prefer the problem to continue. The last clause is critical, because it’s not “playing politics” or “politicizing” for conservative to politicians to pass their preferred policies through political systems. Only liberals. Or in this case, only 90% of Americans of both political parties who have the crazy notion that it should be somewhat harder for criminals to get ahold of guns….”
Where does it stop and when do these people ever look in a mirror and see how badly they look?
What is wrong with the far right? Can’t they comprehend that the vast majority of Americans want some sensible gun laws?
Why do we want sensible gun laws? Try this one. It rather fascinated The Pink Flamingo.
“…The FBI said Tuesday that gunpowder, along with pieces of metal and ball bearings, were packed into at least one pressure cooker and another device to make the crude bombs that killed three people—including an 8-year-old boy—and wounded more than 170 more during the Boston Marathon Monday. But a crucial piece of evidence called a taggant that could be used to trace the gunpowder used in the bombs to a buyer at a point of sale is not available to investigators.
“If you had a good taggant this would be a good thing for this kind of crime. It could help identify the point of manufacturer, and chain of custody,” Bob Morhard, an explosives consultant and chief executive officer of Zukovich, Morhard & Wade, LLC., in Pennsylvania, who has traced explosives and detonators in use in the United States and Saudi Arabia, told MSNBC.com. “The problem is nobody wants to know what the material is.”
Explosives manufacturers are required to place tracing elements known as identification taggants only in plastic explosives but not in gunpowder, thanks to lobbying efforts by the NRA and large gun manufacturing groups. NRA officials at the group’s headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia declined to respond to calls and emails from MSNBC.com requesting comment.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation and the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute, Inc., share a cross-membership of dozens of firearms manufacturers based out of their joint offices in Newtown, Connecticut. Foundation spokesman Bill Brassard, Jr. told MSNBC.com that no one from either group was available for comment.
“They are concerned about tort liability,” Morhard added to MSNBC.com, referring to manufacturers worried about being sued over the improper use of their ammunition or explosives. Worries about the cost of adding taggants to gunpowder were also raised by the Institute of Makers of Explosives. NRA officials seem more concerned about government use of technology to trace either firearms or the gunpowder used to make ammunition. Fear of government use of tracking technologies is also echoed online.
“These taggants would allow the police to identify the maker and even the lot of the ammo by the taggant,” posted blogger dfariswheel online in January in a closed gun-forum called AR15.com, a longstanding group named for the same type of military-style, semi-automatic rifle used in both the Newtown grade school and Aurora movie theater mass shootings.
In the past, the NRA has argued that taggants could affect the trajectory of bullets and would also be a de facto form of weapons registration, reported the Los Angeles Times in 1995….”
In other words, the way it looks to The Pink Flamingo, the minions of the far right, and their political supporters who are bought and paid for by the NRA, are more interested in protecting criminals than they are keeping people safe.
We don’t need such liberal ideas.