Background Checks

It’s not looking good this morning for the legislation to expand background checks for gun sales. The United States Senate is planning to vote this afternoon on the legislation. Several reports say the votes aren’t there for passage.

That is a damn shame. If it does fail, the failure will be the fault of Republicans in the U.S. Senate.

An April 4, 2013, Quinnipiac University poll found that voters “support universal gun background checks 91 – 8 percent, including 88 – 11 percent among voters in households with guns.”

It seems as though a vote for universal gun background checks would be a pretty safe vote politically.   Continue reading

They Deserve a Vote

It’s unimaginable that after living through the tragedy that took the lives of 26 children and adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, the families of the victims may not even get a vote on gun restrictions in the U.S. Senate.

They deserve a vote now.

It is being reported that several GOP Senators are planning to filibuster any new gun restrictions that are brought forth in the U.S. Senate. The 13 Senators are Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Richard Burr, Ron Johnson, Mike Enzi, Jim Risch, Mike Crapo, Dan Coats, Jerry Morgan, Pat Roberts, and Marco Rubio. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has indicated he supports a filibuster, too.

In case you are keeping score at home, these senators are far-righties.

If this is Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus’ rebranding plan for the GOP, then Democrats all across the fruited plains should be rejoicing.  Continue reading

Monday Morning Politics

Welcome to Monday Morning Politics!

This column is where I take a look at some of the political stories that caught my attention from the past weekend and put them in one place for my readers to see. I also provide some commentary!

Today in Monday Morning Politics I write about one subject, the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut.

Charlotte. Daniel. Olivia. Josephine. Ana. Dylan. Madeleine. Catherine. Chase. Jesse. James. Grace. Emilie. Jack. Noah. Caroline. Jessica. Benjamin. Avielle. Allison.

God has called them home.

Last night President Obama spoke at the Sandy Hook Interfaith Prayer Vigil in Newtown, Connecticut. He gave a very moving speech. You can read it HERE.

Some people took to Twitter saying the President’s speech was too “political.”

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The Sunday Message

“I hurt myself today
To see if I still feel
I focus on the pain
The only thing that’s real”

-Johnny Cash, “Hurt”

Friday was a very sad day in the United States. There are so many questions about the mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, such as “How could anyone go to an elementary school and kill innocent children?”

We may get a few answers in the following days and weeks, but we may never fully understand why this happened. We will hear calls for stricter gun laws and other things, but we need to remember the children and the adults who were senselessly killed on Friday, December 14, 2012.

One thing (the best thing) we can do is pray for the families of those who lost loved ones. Please pray for the first responders, the school employees, and the children who had to see the consequences of shooting. Please pray for the citizens of Newtown and the surrounding area. Please pray that God will comfort them during this time, as it will be very hard for them. This will leave a hole in their hearts.

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