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Activist Scorches Pro-Gun Pols Who Offer Only Their Empty 'Thoughts & Prayers' After Orlando Attack | Alternet

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Volsky calls out politicians who simply offer their 'thoughts and prayers' after mass shootings by pointing out their connections to the NRA. In the aftermath of the horrific Orlando attack, Volsky has provided this public service yet again. EXPOSED!


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Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Monday June 13, 2016, 5:11 pm
If this doesn't get TO you - then nothing can!

And ON and ON it goes.......
.@SenRonJohnson accepted $1.3 million+ from gun rights groups, so all you'll get are his #ThoughtsAndPrayers

And ON and ON it goes.......

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Monday June 13, 2016, 5:14 pm

Reminder: In May, these GOPers voted to protect federal contractors' ability to discriminate against LGBT people


Darren Woolsey (218)
Monday June 13, 2016, 5:17 pm
To the NRA, death is business. . .

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Monday June 13, 2016, 5:24 pm
Despite the possible homophobic motive behind the attack, U.S. Republican lawmakers sent out “thoughts and prayers” messages on social media and made statements that seemed to completely avoid any mention of the LGBT community in the U.S. or make any reference to the fact that a popular gay bar was targeted.
Think Progress website had a long list of tweets from more than a dozen U.S. Congress members to show how there was no mention of the LGBT community. The trend was also highlighted by several other outlets in the country.

U.S. Republicans Blame Islam, Not Guns

Another disturbing trend by Republicans
was the fact that
almost all of them
chose to exclusively blame the attack on “radical Islam” and home-grown “Islamist extremism” while ignoring the fact that the shooter had easy access to large guns and explosives due to loose gun control laws in the U.S.
Most Republican lawmakers reject any gun-control laws
due to financial interests with weapon manufacturers and lobbyists.

In fact the same gun used by Omar Mateen, an AR-35 assault rifle, was used in the infamous Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on Dec. 14, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut, when 20-year-old Adam Lanza fatally shot 20 children aged between 6 and 7 years old. The same gun was also used in the July 20, 2012 mass shooting which took place at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, during a midnight screening of the film The Dark Knight Rises, killing 12 people.
Many on social media said government officials should not use the Muslim background of the shooter to ignore and dismiss the debate on gun-control in the United States.
“Yet Another Mass Shooting, but because a Muslim is involved certain people will prefer to ban Muslims from America instead of guns,” Eliot Higgins, British investigative journalist and researcher said in a tweet Sunday.

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Sheryl G (359)
Monday June 13, 2016, 5:58 pm
Thoughts and prayers have been worn out......neither helps the families heal, will bring back their loved one or return the ability to walk from the severed spine. It hasn't stopped future murders it doesn't even provide health care for many who might not even have it.

Yes, call them out......just follow the money. We need to get the money out of our elections and we need to get entities like ALEC out of DC.

Sam H (410)
Monday June 13, 2016, 6:48 pm
Texas Lt. Governor offered his 'thoughts and prayers' by tweeting his gleeful, compassionate, heartfelt "reap what you sow."

It seems ISIS already has a Lt. Governor in Texas!

Animae C (508)
Monday June 13, 2016, 8:27 pm
Congress works for the NRA!!

"When 90% of Americans want increased gun control policies and their elected officials reject even minimal reform, it begs the question, who exactly are our Congress members representing? Well, as usual, the money tells a significant part of the story: 42 out of the 45 Senators who voted no on the recent bill have received significant donations from the gun lobby."
Among the top NRA recipients are Roy Blunt (Missouri) with $60,550 and Saxby Chambliss (Georgia) with $56,950. Fellow Republican Senators John Thune (South Dakota), Lindsey Graham (South Carolina) and Jim Inhofe (Oklahoma) have each received well over $40,000 apiece, as well.
"While donations of this sort are generally made during election cycles, at least two Senators suspiciously received money from the gun industry in recent weeks. During the month of March, Richard Burr (North Carolina) and Dan Coats (Indiana) had donations from an ammunition manufacturer and shooting group. Considering that these donations came at a time when gun control looked more likely to pass, their potential impact cannot be discredited."

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Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Monday June 13, 2016, 9:37 pm
Congress Must Ban Assault Weapons - Credo Action

Sam H (410)
Monday June 13, 2016, 10:32 pm
This is like taking an aspirin to treat cancer!

The whole Second Amendment needs to be scrapped or interpreted correctly!


Darren Woolsey (218)
Tuesday June 14, 2016, 2:10 am
We've reached 112,023 of our goal of 150,000.

Reshared petition on social media, BMutiny.

Couldn't agree with your more, Sam.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 14, 2016, 4:30 am
Agree---get the money out of our elections--that's part of the root of this problem. Corruption!! We're all puppets and the 1% control the entire puppet planet!! Revolutionary puppets are not allowed, but they sometimes snip their strings and unite, removing the marionettes--for a few years. Thanks BMutiny.

Sheryl G (359)
Tuesday June 14, 2016, 6:56 am


I just posted this grim statistic article
1,000 Mass Shootings In America in 1,260 Days

Also if you would like to leave a message to those who lost family or friends in this Orlando shooting I've provided a link.
More Love Less Hate A Memorial Thread

Darren Woolsey (218)
Wednesday June 15, 2016, 7:46 am
You have to wonder what would break the NRA and Pro-Gun people sufficiently enough to make them see the current stance regarding guns and weaponry is wrong.

Shared all the articles and reshared the petition over social media to spread awareness, galvanize attention and encourage signers.

Scott S (14)
Wednesday June 15, 2016, 8:34 am

Marco C (31)
Wednesday June 15, 2016, 8:59 am
America is a fear based society.Americans are afraid of EVERYTHING. Isolated, fractured, alone, insecure, in a car, in suburbia, in the mall, in the microwave, indoors, in TV, sheltered, out of context and out of reality.

Conditioned to be afraid of lagging behind their neighbors, afraid their kids are not in the "right" schools, afraid of loosing their jobs, afraid of someone breaking in, afraid the government is going to take something away. afraid they are not in the "right" church, afraid to be seen with the wrong people, afraid to help the weak, afraid to confront the wealthy, afraid of the world, afraid to speak their own minds, afraid to stand out.

Arielle S (313)
Wednesday June 15, 2016, 9:35 am
Yes, enough of prayers (besides, "God helps those who help themselves".) If new laws could stop just one mass killing, why would they not try?

Not allowing those on the no-fly list to buy guns should not even be open to discussion - it's a no brainer that doesn't bear discussion...duh

Lenore K (0)
Wednesday June 15, 2016, 10:35 am

Janet B (0)
Wednesday June 15, 2016, 1:53 pm

Lois Jordan (63)
Wednesday June 15, 2016, 2:05 pm
Noted. Thanks, BMutiny.

Really glad to see those tweets, and very good to call out specific Congress members who have taken so much money. But, after Cong. Gabby Giffords was nearly murdered, Congress displayed the same amount of condolences-----for one of their own! Nothing was done; absolutely nothing. Then when those innocent children were murdered---still nothing!
Why should my taxes pay for members of Congress who will not listen to 90% of their own constituents? The idea that they should just wear labels on their clothes indicating who is chiefly funding their campaigns is excellent. A better idea is to vote these people out. That means we have to have many people to monitor the elections and vote-counting. If a vast majority of citizens want stronger gun regulations, how do these people keep winning elections?

Birgit W (160)
Wednesday June 15, 2016, 2:27 pm
Thank you.

Colleen L (3)
Wednesday June 15, 2016, 2:54 pm
Petition signed that Dandelion listed. Thanks BMutiny

Evelyn B (63)
Thursday June 16, 2016, 2:59 am
I've nothing against the "Prayers" side
- but pray for an end to NRA's power over society
- Pray for the rights of ordinary citizens to be able to send their kids to school, go shopping, go to their place of worship, go to a restaurant, go to a nightclub without risking that some nutcase exercise his (yes, usually a male) NRA promoted right to carry an arm ... and use it.
- Pray that for once, a large majority of Congress & Senate members vote to protect the majority

Thanks, BMunity, for posting this - and I believe you are right: one needs to target those receiving NRA & arms manufacturers' money - and do so rapidly, integrate this in election information documents.

Lois - you are so right. How many people vote for for a candidate without being aware of their gun lobby stance? If people would use their votes to shout their objection to inadequate gun control ... ***********

Marco, from where I sit outside the US, you seem to put your finger on a core problem. Just look at the way FEAR is used as an electioneering tool! Fear of "socialism" is missing from your list!! But listen to what people say against Bernie ... Listen to what HC says against Trump ... Listen to what Trump says to muster support. It seems that far more than half the narrative of the campaigning is based on using people's fears (rather than constructing pragmatic responses to real problems that the US society faces)

And Janice - yes, the driver for developing the fear triggers is the funding by (very) interested parties! Bernie has demonstrated that one CAN run campaigns - even as expensive a campaign as for the Presidency - without being "bought" by those with major interest in influencing one's political stance. No wonder corporate interests don't want him to become the official nominee!! (But major damage has been done, we no longer accept the idea that PACS & SUPERPACS are an unavoidable evil!)

Evelyn B (63)
Thursday June 16, 2016, 3:30 am
Isn't it noteworthy that, when a crazy perpetrator is Muslim, there is automatically an assumption that it is terrorism. An assumption that doesn't arise for anyone of any other religious background?

Take a look at the statistics. Mass Shooting Casualties, By Religion of Perpetrator: Muslim Vs. Non-Muslim (US) Updated 12 June
NRA supporters' response to each mass shooting is "put armed people in", or "this is proof that people NEED to be armed" - and the numbers of deaths & injuries due to mass shootings is escalating. The graphs speak loudly - and the proportion of deaths from events where the perpetrator was a Muslim is still minor.

But it suits the gun lobby to throw around "terrorism" as the explanation wherever possible (and they only do that if the perpetrator happens to be Muslim) - because then they expect to sell more arms

Julie W (33)
Thursday June 16, 2016, 3:43 am
Mealy mouthed, homophobic hypocrites! A pox on their 'prayers'. Deeds, not words.

Mark Spiegel (5)
Friday June 17, 2016, 10:44 pm

We hear the same arguments every time there is another massacre of the innocents, banning weapons or requiring background checks or putting people on a watch list won’t make any difference.

From The Guardian English news service for June 8, 2016;

A man with a history of mental illness, who repeatedly cut the throat of a stranger at a London tube station claiming it was in revenge for Syria, has been convicted of attempted murder.
Muhiddin Mire, 30, shouted “This is for my Syrian brothers. I’m going to spill your blood” during the rampage last December, and also attacked or threatened four other travelers.
Scotland Yard originally classed the attack in December 2015 as an act of terrorism. But the victim, the doctor who treated him and Britain’s security establishment believed Mire’s violence was a result of his acute mental health problems rather than a political motivation.

From CNN for June 13, 2016;

Orlando, Florida (CNN)An American-born man who'd pledged allegiance to ISIS gunned down 49 people early Sunday at a gay nightclub in Orlando, the deadliest mass shooting in the United States and the nation's worst terror attack since 9/11, authorities said.

Muhiddin Mire attacked one man with a knife. That man survived.

Omar Mateen attacked a building full of people with a Sig Sauer MCX semi-automatic assault style weapon. He killed 49 and wounded 53.

A knife – 1 wounded

A semi-automatic assault style weapon - 49 dead, 53 wounded

Any more questions?

Evelyn B (63)
Saturday June 18, 2016, 2:21 am
Mark -I do agree!
Along these lines - James O'Brien made a very powerful point on LBC yesterday James O'Brien's Monologue On Jo Cox Is A Must-Listen (VIDEO - DO WATCH)
He was talking about Jo Cox's murder, but the points he makes are - I believe - very applicable to other extreme violence events (which people label as terrorism)

"If I was reading my newspaper every single morning and being told that my very existence was under siege from people I've never met and never seen but keep getting told are coming here in their hordes...

To hear that everybody coming here is a rapist, and they've got their eyes on our women and we've got no chance whatsoever of protecting ourselves and unless we do this or do that... then we're all doomed.

Every time I got out of bed, I think I'd begin to believe it. I think. If I didn't have the knowledge, the insight, and the education to know that it is not true"

Darren Woolsey (218)
Sunday June 19, 2016, 12:53 am
Whilst the attitude of divide and conquer exists in the mind's of individuals, our world is not going to repair and heal itself.

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Saturday June 25, 2016, 3:35 pm
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Darren Woolsey (218)
Thursday September 15, 2016, 3:31 am
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