It’s been a busy week in the news what with Pope Francis washing the feet of prisoners, gays getting to the altar in time and Guns! Guns! Guns! Hopefully in the hands of teachers and students and guards and administrators like the NRA wants!
It’s gun fever lately! The good old NRA is having their best fear mongering year in a very long time! Last week they showed the country that they are a sensitive and thoughtful organization by robo-calling households in Newtown CT, including parents of the dead children, telling them NOT to support stricter gun laws that were working their way through the Connecticut Legislature. The Balls of Steel that Wayne La Pierre, Executive Vice President of the NRA, and his group have are utterly beyond words. I cannot imagine the conversation in their big glass headquarters in Virginia on exactly how these calls were going to be made and to whom.
I suspect that because one father of a murdered child is standing with the NRA, they must feel the whole town must be supportive as well. Once again the NRA ignores common decency and barrels ahead with their disgusting display of insensitivity to the parents of dead children. These children are dead because Adam Lanza was able to reload and fire hundreds of rounds into their bodies within five minutes. I suppose the NRA thinks that was too long. I assume the NRA thinks those kids should have been murdered faster with hundred round clips. It’s the American way to be able to have as many bullets and ammo as you want!
The calls were so distasteful and so upsetting to the community, Senators Blumenthal and Murphy penned a letter to the NRA asking them to cease and desist these incredible invasive calls.
In a community that’s still very much in crisis, to be making these calls opens a wound that these families are still trying hard to heal. Put yourself in the shoes of a victim’s family member who gets a call at dinnertime asking them to support more assault weapons in our schools and on our streets.
I’m sure the NRA cares very little about the feelings of any of these families. I have no doubt they care very little about the pain families and loved ones go through after yet another spate of horrific gun violence because their sick and twisted answer is MORE GUNS! Yes, they think that putting more guns in the hands of people and teachers will actually decrease gun-related tragedies. Thankfully Connecticut approved some of the strictest gun control laws in the country. Sorry Wayne, saner heads prevailed.
Now my opinion is that the money the NRA receives from their board members, many of whom are gun manufacturers, is the driving force behind everything the NRA does. When money talks, compassion and compromise walk.
Money is the fuel that keeps the fear mongering going, the fear that some nameless faceless (non-existent) government thug is going to come to your house and personally take your precious guns away. What is frightening is the amount of stupid people that believe such nonsense. Yes I said it, stupid. The NRA nuts are probably the same people who believe President Obama is a Kenyan born Marxist, not that these people know what a Marxist is.
The gun makers send money to the NRA, the NRA gives money to their puppets in Congress and since Congress members and the Senate are more interested in keeping their jobs than protecting Americans, this game Mr. Pierre and his posse of gun toting thugs will continue unabated. Unless these cuckholded pols grow their own set of Balls of Steel, we will be stuck with watered down, useless and soggy “gun-control” legislation that does absolutely no good at all.
Supremely Gay Marriage!
It’s about time that the Supreme Court took up the question of Gay Marriage and exactly what “Equal Protection Under the Law” really means. I’ve written about my views on Gay Marriage and it’s no shocker that I fully support marriage in any of its forms. Anyone should be able to marry anyone they love anywhere and at any time. This is a civil right, one is born gay, I was born straight, I didn’t have to think about it during puberty, weighing my options, pretty girls against smelly boys (I ended up with smelly boys, sigh) and then make a decision. And no, college experimentation doesn’t count.
I have many friends who are now married thanks to New York State and I am thrilled for them. My marriage didn’t work out and some of these new marriages may not work out either. But that’s the beauty of marriage, it takes two people and brings them together to combine lives as no other union can. Some people say, “Why not just get a Civil Union?” I ask them, why don’t you just get a Civil Union? Why can you get married and not them? Once you leave the religious stuff out, they really cannot come up with a good reason.
Civil Unions were a great first step. But Civil Unions are not the same as marriage. Couples who have a Civil Union do not have any of the protections or responsibilities the federal law provides to married couples. These include social security survivors’ and spousal benefits, federal veterans’ spousal benefits, immigration rights associated with marriage, federal spousal employment benefits, the right to file joint federal tax returns, exemptions from income tax on your partner’s health benefits, the federal exemption from inheritance tax, and many other federal protections which are denied same-sex couples whether legally joined in a civil union or a civil marriage.
This is why the fight to end DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) is of enormous importance. The woman who brought this suit all the way to the Supreme Court, Edie Windsor, 83, was with her partner for 40 years, longer than most straight marriages, and was forced to pay over $300,000 dollars in taxes because the Federal Government did not recognize their marriage. Straight people, has that ever happened to you? I didn’t think so.
The defense behind Prop 8 seems to be that marriage is only for procreation. The defenders of Prop 8 seem to think that the only reason to get married is to have children. This is the most asinine reason one could have given and Justice Elena Kagan tore into Charles J. Cooper, the lawyer representing Protectmarriage.com.
Justice Kagan: It seems as though your principal argument is that same-sex and opposite — opposite-sex couples are not similarly situated because opposite-sex couples can procreate, same-sex couples cannot, and the State’s principal interest in marriage is in regulating procreation. Is that basically correct?
MR. COOPER (defending prop 8): I — Your Honor, that’s the essential thrust of our — our position, yes.
Justice Breyer: What precisely is the way in which allowing gay couples to marry would interfere with the vision of marriage as procreation of children that allowing sterile couples of different sexes to marry would not? I mean, there are lots of people who get married who can’t have children.
Justice Kagan (continuing): Well, suppose a State said, Mr. Cooper, suppose a State said that, Because we think that the focus of marriage really should be on procreation, we are not going to give marriage licenses anymore to any couple where both people are over the age of 55. Would that be constitutional?
MR. COOPER: No, Your Honor, it would not be constitutional.
Justice Kagan : Because that’s the same State interest, I would think, you know. If you are over the age of 55, you don’t help us serve the Government’s interest in regulating procreation through marriage. So why is that different?
MR. COOPER:: Your Honor, even with respect to couples over the age of 55, it is very rare that … both parties to the couple are infertile, and the traditional –
Justice Kagan … I can just assure you, if both the woman and the man are over the age of 55, there are not a lot of children coming out of that marriage.
Maybe Mr. Cooper knows a lot of women over 55 who are getting pregnant.
Speaking of marriage, the Pope seems to be settling into his new job rather well. I am actually glad to see that he takes this position seriously and got rid of the ostentatious red shoes, finely appointed Vatican apartment and at Easter washed prisoners feet, not the well manicured tootsies of the cosseted priests of the Vatican.
My last word on God is about the Mark Burnett produced movie “The Bible.” I have not watched the show so I will not review the quality, but for God’s sake, did they really have to cast Minnesota Jesus (the blue eyed blond White guy)? The overwhelming Caucasian actors playing Middle Eastern and Jewish people is so insulting and ridiculous that it boggles the mind. Oh and Mary, Mark’s wife Roma Downey plays Mary. I guess no great Jewish actresses were available. Or sleeping with Mark.
Elizabeth Burke is a New York-based actor. She has been involved in politics since her first campaign at age 16.