And the Twitterverse loses its collective shit.
It really is beautiful to watch. The Senate today rejected four gun control bills that were proposed in the wake of the Orlando massacre, including one that would have relieved some Americans of their rights without due process.
The first, sponsored by Grassley, would have called for research on the causes of mass shootings and increased funding for the background check system, although it would not have expanded the types of gun sales that require them.
The second, sponsored by Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., would have expanded background check requirements to include private sales and sales over the Internet.
The third, sponsored by Cornyn, would allow federal law enforcement officials to delay gun sales to suspected terrorists, including those on watch and no-fly lists, for three days and then halt the sales, but only after proving probable cause before a judge.
The final amendment, sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., would have allowed the attorney general to halt sales to suspected terrorists and allow individuals to appeal to the Department of Justice if they are denied a firearm.
Causes of mass shootings… hmmmmm… that’s what we need to spend taxpayer dollars on when our debt levels are more than 100 percent of GDP? Research on why evil exists?
Murphy, who bathed in the barely cooled blood of innocent victims and did a dance on top of their dead bodies by leading a badly-timed, classless filibuster on the Senate floor in the aftermath of the Orlando terrorist attack, stuttered and stammered, but finally admitted his bill would have done nothing to stop Orlando, Newtown, or any other monstrous act.
That third one, by the way, was supported by the NRA. Thanks a lot, jerks. I’m sure that young woman being stalked and threatened by a violent ex, who despite having no connection to terrorism whatsoever, and who winds up on the useless no-fly list along with that toddler, will be thrilled to know that she has to wait three days, hoping her assailant doesn’t find her, until she’s proven she’s worthy enough to exercise her right to purchase a tool of self defense!
And the final one to me was the most odious, since it assumes guilt, and it puts the onus on the individual to prove his or her innocence. That noxious hag Feinstein admitted exactly that in this video.
Screw your due process! Screw your innocent until proven guilty! We want gun control!
Well, luckily all the bills failed, and Twitter’s response was glorious!
Celebricunts gnashed teeth and left froth-flecked, 140-character, oh-so-profound ruminations on the subject.
The Senate rejected all four gun control measures that were up for consideration on Monday. Fuck you, Senate.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) June 20, 2016
Politicians engaged in hyperbole so ridiculous, one had to check to make sure it wasn’t petulant toddlers screeching how mommy was the worst mommy in the world, because she didn’t make cookies instead of adults debating critical national policy.
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) June 20, 2016
Idiot news whores blamed the NRA, because NRA won, even though the amendment they supported that would deprive those on the no-fly list, nearly half of whom have nothing to do with terrorism, of their rights for three days didn’t pass.
After gun votes Dem FL Sen Nelson she would have to tell Orlando victims & families of those murdered that “the NRA won again.”
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) June 20, 2016
And some dimwitted, emaciated, screeching twat displayed her contempt for basic human rights.
@SpartanGrp shut the fuck up with your due process..
— Jen Marden (@Jen_Marden) June 20, 2016
I won’t take apart policy tonight, because frankly, it’s been done and overdone. Y’all know where I stand.
I will not support hysterical attempts to relieve me of my rights.
I will not support reactionary, unconstitutional legislation that aims to infringe on the rights of every American who didn’t commit the latest atrocity
I refuse to acknowledge uninformed calls for closing nonexistent “loopholes.”
I oppose attempts by the ignorant to tell me what I can or cannot purchase with the money I earn.
My mere possession of a specific type of firearm does not infringe on anyone’s rights – even imaginary ones like the right to FEEL safe.
Any right that requires government permission to exercise is not a right.
And any horror like the one that happened in Orlando makes me yet more determined to fight any effort to infringe on my rights and more determined to help whose who want to defend themselves.
Anything less would be an outright embarrassment to my life and my oath to my country.
I hate devoting any bandwidth to the violent monster who murdered 49 people in Orlando over the weekend, but I feel like something needs to be said about this fetid piece of shit as more and more details emerge about his life.
I wrote before about the crotch bomber and wondered how much hatred you had to harbor if you were really willing to set your own junk on fire as a weapon against your perceived enemy.
This Nigerian assflake was actually fanatical enough to concede to blowing up his own nuts in an effort to kill a few Americans on a plane! He either values his manhood very little (quite obvious by the fact that the cowardly sow humper committed himself to killing innocent civilians, including children), or he’d overslept on his way to the airport and his suppliers all ran out of suicide belts leaving him with the choice of exploding panties, or a dynamite dildo. Maybe he thinks his junk will be restored in heaven just in time to hump his 72 virgins. I don’t know. All I know is that if I were a man, there is nothing in this world I’d hate strongly enough to blow up my own crotch!
Now I wonder how much hatred did Omar Mateen have for himself to have committed a cowardly act of mass murder.
Let’s examine some bits of info that have come out.
1) Mateen was a violent wife abuser. According to his ex-wife, he was an unstable, violent man who would beat her up for no reason. “He beat me,” she told the press. “He would just come home and start beating me up because the laundry wasn’t finished or something like that.”
2) He was investigated for having terrorist ties by the FBI in 2013 and 2014, but they couldn’t find definitive ties to Islamic extremism or terrorism, so the investigation was closed.
3) One co-worker described him as a violent bigot.
4) And now, some news outlets are reporting that Mateen was, in fact, gay himself, and that he’d been a regular at Pulse, the club in which he committed his bloody mass murder, was trying to pick up men at the club, and even used a gay dating app to get dates.
Everything points to self loathing, as I look at the information gathered on him.
He hated the fact that he was gay, so he lashed out at gays. His own father said he got irate in Miami recently when he saw two guys being affectionate with one another.
He lashed out at his own wife – again probably out of self loathing, whether it was because he couldn’t be happy with a woman, or he wasn’t sexually attracted to her – and wanted to punish the object of his rage, since he wouldn’t punish himself.
He would frequent the gay club, drink by himself, and get belligerent with other club-goers once he got good and sloshed. If that doesn’t scream, “I’M GAY AND I HATE MYSELF FOR BEING GAY,” I don’t know what does!
How much bitterness and loathing do you really have to harbor to murder nearly 50 innocent people in cold blood? Perhaps in them, he saw something he could never have himself – a pride in who they were. That’s a hard thing to overcome – it’s a burning envy. All these people celebrating who they were, their courage, their ability to accept themselves and one another, while he sat alone in the dark and loathed the fact that he could not.
Now, I’m not saying all this to somehow downplay the Islamic terrorism angle. That aspect is still under investigation, and when I know more, I’ll certainly write about it. But as someone who is interested in motives and mindsets, I thought I’d bring another analysis to the table.
In the aftermath of yesterday’s horror in Orlando, I have a message for you. I posted this on my Facebook page, and I’m posting it here as well.To my LGBT friends – I know you still face prejudice, bigotry, hatred, and ignorance even in this day and age. I know many of you are still afraid to walk down the street with your partner holding hands and are still apprehensive about entering a public bathroom for fear of becoming a victim. I know many of you still face physical threats.
I just want you to know I want you to be safe. I want you well-defended. I want you to have the tools and skills to protect yourselves.
If you are in the VA/DC/MD area and want a partner with whom to go to the range, just ask. I’ll not only go with you, I’ll pay for your range time! I’ll go with you if you want to purchase a gun for self defense. I’ll help you learn how to use it safely and properly. I’ll help you get your CCW.
I never want to see my friends trapped unarmed and terrified in a situation like the one in Orlando, begging for their lives and saying “goodbye” to their loved ones while waiting to die. I want you to have the tools to at least fight back against the prejudice and hate you face. I want you to live to see hatred and bigotry eradicated from this world. J want you to have a chance.
I want you to live. I love you all.
UPDATE: Death toll is at 50 now. Nauseating.
There was a mass shooting in Orlando, Florida early this morning/late last night. Details are a bit sketchy, because it’s still early, but the suspect walked into a gay nightclub and killed at least 20 people before being ventilated by law enforcement.
This is awful. Yet again an extremist psycho wielding a rifle and a handgun walked into an establishment filled with innocent victims and proceeded to murder them in cold blood!
My thoughts are with the victims and their families today.
How many of you thought “Oh! Some Christian anti-gay gun nut on a rampage”?
The FBI is looking at the perp’s Islamic extremist leanings.
When asked if the FBI suspected the gunman might have had inclinations toward militant Islam, including a possible sympathy with Islamic State, Ronald Hopper, an assistant FBI agent in charge, told reporters: “We do have suggestions that the individual may have leanings toward that particular ideology. But right now we can’t say definitively.”
Someone at Weasel Zippers also pulled voter data.
Omar Mateen was a registered Democrat.
The usual slew of suspects immediately started screaming about gun control. Actress Kirstie Alley immediately took to Twitter to advocate for a ban of “automatic assault rifles,” and then was gently corrected by myself and a number of others after admitting she “misspoke.”
But damn the NRA, and damn those Christian, gun-clinging Tea Party Republicans!