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Time to wake up

Enough with the excuses already; the shooter who murdered 26 people, including 20 children at Sandy Hook Elementary School, didn’t commit this unspeakable crime because there wasn’t prayer in school, or because he was allegedly addicted to “violent” video games. He did it because he was mentally ill and had easy access to semi-automatic weapons.

Did you get that? Let it sink in please. He did it because he was mentally ill and had easy access to semi-automatic weapons.

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President Ronald Reagan defunded mental health care in America and President George W. Bush allowed the assault weapons ban to expire – that’s the NRA, uber-conservative legacy that was bequeathed to those 20 first graders at Sandy Hook. Enough with loving guns more than children; enough with claiming to be “pro-life” protecting the fetus in the womb at all cost but allowing innocent lives to be sacrificed on the altar of the second amendment. You don’t need semi-automatic pistols with 30 round clips or AR-15s and AK-47s to defend your home or to hunt with.

The Second Amendment was written to guarantee the “well regulated” arming of a militia, not for gun collecting or target shooting. The Second Amendment isn’t sacrosanct; it wasn’t written on a stone tablet by the finger of God; it was written in the 19th century to help a young fledgling nation protect itself in a world dominated by the military powers of Europe. We no longer defend our nation by citizen armed militias; we do it by a well trained, well armed and well lead professional military, and spare me that you need your weapons to protect yourself and your prosperity from the heavy handed federal government. It’s time to remove the tin foil hats, and face reality. There isn’t going to be a zombie apocalypse, nor an invasion from North Korea, China or Russia, nor is the 101st Airborne Division going to come rolling into small town America to enforce the ranting of a police state.

We need to wake up in America. We need to make mental health care a priority in this country again and fully fund it, and we need to make it illegal to own semi-automatic and automatic pistols and assault weapons. Not one more child will be lost because we won’t face the truth. Not one more child will be lost.

Please sign my petition calling upon Congress and the President to outlaw weapons used in these mass murders. Not one more child.

http://signon.org/sign/not-one-more-child.fb23?source=c.fb&r_by=5958749

 
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Posted by on December 17, 2012 in Guns, Second Amendment

 

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Take our country back?

I woke up this morning to beautiful spring sunshine; I knelt down next to my bed and thanked my Heavenly Father for watching over my family and for all the blessings He has given me, and asked for protection and guidance through the day; then I picked my scriptures and studied for about 15 or 20 minutes.

I went outside, noting there were no police officers waiting to haul me off to jail, and saw my flag was still in its traditional spot, my cars were still in my driveway, my house was still where I’d left it, and I heard the music of birds chirping, people saying goodbyes to family members as they left for work or school and enjoyed the warm sunshine. I noticed there were neatly rolled up newspapers in my neighbor’s driveways.

I went back inside, and just for fun, checked to see my fire arms were still safely in place and that my pantry still had food in it and then looked around to ensure no soldiers were sleeping uninvited in any of the bedrooms or in my den or living room; then I turned on my computer and read the morning news, where I noticed another half dozen protests in Wisconsin, New York, Oakland … I checked my emails, replying to one addressing a concern from one of my members of Congress, and then I commented on a myriad of political topics on blogs and Facebook. I also checked my bank statements, purchased some books, and watched an amusing video or two.

I hear a lot of “discussion” about “taking our country back”, about coercion and usurpation, but I’m still trying to find which of my “liberties” has been seized by the big, bad, federal government?

 
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Posted by on April 6, 2012 in Right Wing Crazies

 

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President Obama will attack Romney’s faith?

If you needed proof it’s time for Republican Tea Party (GOTP) Senator Orrin Hatch to retire, look no further than his remarks “warning” supporters that President Obama might attack GOTP presidential “yes I’ll say whatever to be your nominee” hopeful Willard Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith in the general election.

And the President will do this because Romney isn’t already a politically target rich environment when it comes to his continual minute-by-minute flip flopping on every issue from A to Z? Really Senator, that’s the best ya got?

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman, Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz is describing that suggestion as “preposterous” and “utter nonsense.”

“Let’s remember that President Obama has had so many things hurled at him – birth certificate questions, whether he is or is not a Christian,” Wasserman Schultz said. “For them to suggest that religion will be injected by President Obama and the Democratic Party, I mean, I think they need to take a look inward at the accusations that their party and their supporters have hurled before they take that step.”

Hatch made the remark in response to a question at a political event being held in – wait for it – northern Utah; but that wasn’t enough for the “senior” senator, he felt he needed to use the line a second time after a debate in Draper, Utah.

“For them to say they aren’t going to smear Mitt Romney is bologna,” Hatch said. “It’s way out of bounds, but that’s what is going to happen.”

First, someone needs to help the Senator understand it’s been his boy – Mitt – who’s been smearing his opponents, including the President, pretty much nonstop for the last couple of months; and second, it’s been the conservatives of the GOTP who’ve been hitting Willard on being a Mormon. It’s a pretty desperate attempt by a senator trying to grab some headlines. More fear mongering and gloom and doom from the party that brought you 9-11, Afghanistan, Iraq and the worse economic decline since the great depression. The GOTP knows one song, gloom, gloom and when that doesn’t work, more gloom.

Hatch’s assertions aren’t sitting particularly well with fellow Latter-day Saints who are Democrats, said Craig Janis, who’s working for Utah Democratic Party to recruit LDS Church members.

“Divisive and unsubstantiated claims about religion have no place in our debate,” Janis said. “This is a country that was founded on the principles of respect and freedom for religion … we hope that, going forward, Senator Hatch will remember that, as a statesman, he is held to a higher standard of conduct, and will choose his words more carefully.”

Unfortunately Senator Hatch was scared out of his wits two years ago when the Tea Party ousted his longtime fellow conservative Bob Bennett, and now he’s playing their tune; let’s see how long it takes for him to also embrace the birther notions as well; it’s time to retire Senator, you’re embarrassing yourself, your family, your state and your fellow Latter-day Saints. There’s no room for this kind of vitriol, and frankly sir I used to think better of you.

 
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Posted by on April 5, 2012 in 2012 Election

 

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