Shooting Holes Into Our Democracy – Again

June 15, 2010

So the DISCLOSE Act, Congress’s attempt to remedy the wretched Citizens United Supreme Court ruling, could not pass without granting an exemption to the NRA, whereby it would not have to disclose its top donors…related to spending on advertising and other political activities, as HuffPo tells us here.

Why not? Could it be that all of these supposedly brave Americans who absolutely demand that their gun rights come before all else are too afraid to admit when they support a particular politician or political advocacy group?

Yes, I know all too well (particularly in PA) that the NRA tells our lawmakers to jump, and they plead “how high?” Yes, I know the political reality.

But it really doesn’t demonstrate any courage to attack a political opponent when you don’t even tell people who you are (and it’s no comfort that bending yet again to the “lock and load” crowd is what it took to get the DISCLOSE bill to pass).

You want to know what real courage is, NRA? Listen to Colin Goddard, a survivor of the Virginia Tech shootings, calling on all of us to tell our utterly craven, spineless politicians to, at long last, close the gun show loophole. Goddard has no problem with telling people who he is and why his story matters.

Unlike you (and by the way, I’ll ask again why Virginia AG Ken Cuccinelli hasn’t impaneled a grand jury over this).

Update 6/17/10: I was a bit unclear in the post above; the DISCLOSE Act passed the House with the NRA provision, but the Senate awaits (and good for Dianne Feinstein here, though she needed to make up somewhat for this).

The Latest On The Fort Hood Shootings

November 6, 2009

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of the victims: ABC News reports here that one of the shooters (possibly two more, but I haven’t seen that confirmed) has been identified as Major Nidal Malik Hasan, who was due to be deployed to Iraq Afghanistan (just found that out on Rachel Maddow’s program – updated to Afghanistan 11/6).

Update: The two other possible shooters/suspects have been released from custody (here).

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