The “law and order” Rushpubliscum Party suddenly becomes deaf and blind to the pleadings of Police agencies across America, who are weary of having to deal with all of the death and destruction wrought on America’s cities via the easy access to deadly firepower.

This isn’t exactly a shocker, of course: the “Support the Troops!” Rushpubliscums are also pretty deaf when it comes to finding out what our Armed Forces need in order to keep the troops healthy and (reasonably) happy. But the hypocrisy is still aggravating as hell.

There is no chance at all that the Rushpubliscum Party, co-owned by the NRA and the Koch brothers, is going to even acknowledge this plea. But people should be aware of it, all the same.


“After looking at what happened in Aurora, Colo., who could be in favor of these high-capacity magazines?” asked Hubert Williams, president of the Police Foundation and chair of the National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence.

They issued their plea as the House condemned the mass shooting and expressed condolences to the families and friends of the 12 people killed and wishes for the recovery of the 58 wounded. The Rev. Jesse Jackson, visiting Aurora on Thursday, called for renewal of the assault weapons ban that expired in 2004.

“We cannot be . . . hiding behind the Second Amendment to justify weapons that the writers of the Constitution never imagined,” Jackson said in an interview. Asked about the resistance in Congress to gun-control legislation, he cited the difficulty in passing civil rights legislation. “You have to be persistent. It was tough, but we were right.”

President Barack Obama on Wednesday vowed to “leave no stone unturned” in seeking ways to curb the challenge of violence in American cities, although he did not call for any new gun-control legislation. He said he nonetheless believes that even gun owners would agree “that AK-47s belong in the hands of soldiers, not in the hands of criminals” and that “we should do everything possible to prevent criminals and fugitives from purchasing weapons.”

His spokesman said Thursday the White House was focused on enforcing laws on the books and broader efforts to stop violence.

“I think you’re aware of the fact that there is a stalemate in Congress on a broad range of issues, and this would include this one,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said. “The assault weapons ban is an issue that the president has supported the reinstatement of since its expiration in 2004. But given the stalemate in Congress, our focus is on the steps that we can take to make sure criminals and others who should not have those guns — make sure that they cannot obtain them.”

Kristen Rand, legislative director of the Violence Policy Center, said the president is “moving — or crawling — in the right direction.”

On Capitol Hill, House Speaker John Boehner, the Ohio Republican, added, “I think what’s appropriate at this point is to look at all the laws that we already have on the books and to make sure that they’re working as they were intended to work and are they being enforced the way they were intended to be enforced.”

But James Johnson, the Baltimore County, Md., police chief, joined other law enforcement officers at the National Press Club to declare that a high-capacity magazine, like one used in the Aurora shooting, “simply has no place in civilian hands.”

“It is ridiculous to argue that hunters or civilians who own weapons for self-defense need a 100-round drum magazine,” he said. “As we have seen, people don’t stand a chance against this kind of firepower.”


As you can see, Boehner is too drunk to even understand just what happened in Aurora. So he issues a perfunctory statement, and picks up his NRA check. NRA moey spends just as well as anyone else’s does, down at the bar.

The rest of us, though…. we ought to be talking about this. Screaming about it, even.

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