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The Morning Roundup: The Way of the Gun

Posted by on Mon, Jun 13, 2016 at 3:26 AM

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Yesterday was a horribly, horribly sad day for the United States.

How many times have we said that over the past several years? How many more times will we repeat it? How many more times are we going to mean it even more than we did last time, just because the death toll is higher? 

Fifty people gone. Fifty-three wounded. We have truly lost our way.

Let's begin by looking at some of our elected leaders that won't even try to protect us from the new normal of mass shootings, because they're too busy rimming Wayne LaPierre for NRA endorsements.

1. Outing the NRA's political lackeys: Igor Volsky, director of the Center for American Action Fund, was all over that Sunday:

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And:
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Oh, you wanna read Tillis's statement? OK, sure:

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Well, you did ask.

All of Volsky's Tweets from Sunday are worth your time. When he wasn't calling B.S. on the hypocritical and sanctimonious, he was just plain calling out hate:

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Note column one, highlighted item No. 2.

More on him later.

2. So here's what Pat did. On Twitter.

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(Hey, who's that other guy? We dig his style!)

We're sure that Pat often thinks and prays about Florida:

Campaign finance data maintained by the State Board of Elections shows McCrory received more than $190,000 from donors in Florida during 2015, by far the biggest source of his out-of-state contributions. McCrory raised more than $25,000 from donors in each of four other jurisdictions: New York, Washington, D.C., Virginia and South Carolina. 

(Just a little aside, there.)

Meanwhile, Patsy will likely continue to double down on promoting hatred toward the LGBT community, which includes lying about their supporters as he's defending the indefensible HB 2 law. And he will continue to kneel before the gun lobby, as he did last year to the delight of the NRA Institute for Legislative Action:

“The NRA is proud to have played a principal role in the passage of North Carolina’s Amended Firearms Laws Act,” said NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox. “House Bill 562 improves a great deal of existing statutes and allows the law-abiding citizens of North Carolina to freely exercise their constitutional rights.”  

This legislation makes several important changes to existing North Carolina gun laws including the strengthening of the state’s preemption statute, improving the Concealed Handgun Permit process, and the protection of shooting ranges.

Check out this little gem from Section 12, lines 36-38:
No county or municipality, by zoning or other ordinance, shall regulate in any 37 manner firearms shows with regulations more stringent than those applying to shows of other 38 types of items.
And be amazed at how Pat began his social-media outreach on Sunday, after the Orlando massacre had been in the news several hours already:


That's right. He bragged about expanding broadband. What a tone-deaf, clueless prat.

3. Speaking of: Meet openly ammosexual Rep. Larry Pittman, a Republican from Concord proposing a November referendum that's sure to make LaPierre and friends experience ecstasy at a Tantric level.

From The News & Observer:

Several N.C. House Republicans are proposing a constitutional amendment that would end the state’s permitting requirements for people who want to carry a concealed weapon.

Rep. Larry Pittman, a Concord Republican, filed the “Gun Rights Amendment” on Thursday. If Pittman’s bill passes, voters would be asked in the November election if they support a constitutional ban on concealed weapon permit regulations.

... Republican Reps. Michael Speciale of New Bern, Mark Brody of Monroe, Jeff Collins of Rocky Mount and Bert Jones of Reidsville have signed on as co-sponsors. It’s unclear whether House Speaker Tim Moore will bring the bill up for a vote.

Pittman’s bill would leave other regulations governing concealed weapons in place – allowing private businesses that serve alcohol to ban them, and continuing bans in courthouses and the State Capitol.

4. Meanwhile, Trump.

On Twitter Sunday:

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We'll just let SCOTY have the last word there. 

5. Burr for veep? Conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt is floating the idea that U.S. Senator Richard Burr is on Trump's candidate list for running mate.

From The News & Observer:

Hewitt mentioned Burr as a vice presidential contender recently on his radio show. “I was tipped yesterday by sources close to Team Trump that Richard Burr was on their short list,” Hewitt told Meet The Press host Chuck Todd. Todd said he hadn’t heard anything about it.

If Trump picked Burr for vice president, the North Carolina senator would likely have to drop out of his re-election bid – bad news for Republicans here who are already expecting a close race against Democrat Deborah Ross.

But Burr would help Trump by adding experience to the ticket, particularly on national security issues because Burr chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee. He’d help connect Trump with establishment Republicans who have been reluctant to support him. And North Carolina is a key swing state that Trump hopes to win.

Burr, says the N&O report, "has been more enthusiastic about Trump than many of North Carolina's Republican leaders."

Oh, Richard — are you sucking up to Donald? Tsk, tsk. You may want to keep this image in mind:


You've been warned, Burr. Stay away from that Trump boy and focus on getting un-elected to the Senate, please.

Folks, let's all try to do something to make the world a little better today. You could give a little money to political candidates that support sensible gun laws and LGBT rights. You could also remind friends and family to vote in November, and why it's important. 
 

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