Gun-fetish, Trump-suckers

It is a festive family photo with seven broad smiles and a Christmas tree. But one other detail sets it apart: each member of the Massie family is brandishing a machine gun or military-style rifle.

The photo was tweeted last week by Thomas Massie, a Republican congressman from Kentucky, with the caption: “Merry Christmas! PS: Santa, please bring ammo.”

A few days earlier, a school shooting in Michigan left four teenagers dead and seven people injured after a 15-year-old student allegedly went on a rampage…

Massie’s post earned widespread condemnation but was also seen as indicative of a performative, provocative brand of Republican politics, calculated to go viral, “own the libs” – that is, provoke outrage on the left – and contribute to the outsized influence of supporters of Donald Trump…

Each tossing of a verbal grenade commands more airtime than moderate Republicans receive going about legislative business, ensuring that Trump loyalists continue to dominate the national conversation…Massie’s gun fetish post now has more than 80,000 likes on Twitter.

A well-reasoned plea for folks with good sense to stop these shitheads in their tracks. Prevent a re-election of Trump. Help guide the Democratic Party into a political body with dynamism and courage.

Do I think this necessary? You betcha! Do I have confidence in the American electorate, the Democrat Party? Maybe.

6 thoughts on “Gun-fetish, Trump-suckers

  1. Just business says:

    Federal Prosecutors Seek Prison Sentence For Man Who Trafficked Oregon Guns To Mexican Drug Cartel http://www.borderlandbeat.com/2021/12/federal-prosecutors-seek-prison.html
    [Mexican] Government officials often point to the United States’ gun manufacturers as enablers of the bloodshed. In August, Mexico sued America’s largest gun manufacturers, alleging gun companies like Glock, Smith and Wesson, Colt and Beretta are knowingly facilitating the sale of guns to drug cartels and ultimately responsible for the tens of thousands killed by those weapons. Last month, the gun companies asked a federal judge in Boston to dismiss the case.
    Every year there’s an estimated half a million guns trafficked from the United States into Mexico, the country’s lawsuit states.
    According to the U.S. government, 70 percent of guns recovered in Mexico originate from the United States. The Mexican government — which has highly restrictive domestic gun laws — says that number is more like 90 percent. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/24/podcasts/the-daily/why-mexico-is-suing-us-gunmakers.html

  2. Cassandra says:

    “Much like an overexploited ecosystem, the increasingly polarized political landscape in the United States — and much of the world — is experiencing a catastrophic loss of diversity that threatens the resilience not only of democracy, but also of society, according to a series of new studies that examine political polarization as a collection of complex ever-evolving systems.” https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/937038
    …Ultimately, as social interactions and individual decisions isolate people into only a few intractable camps, the political system becomes incapable of addressing the range of issues — or formulating the variety of solutions — necessary for government to function and provide the services critical for society.
    The studies were published Dec. 6 in a special issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that stemmed from a collaboration between Princeton University and Arizona State University (ASU) and includes several papers led by Princeton researchers. https://environment.princeton.edu/news/like-a-natural-system-democracy-faces-collapse-as-polarization-leads-to-loss-of-diversity/

  3. Ammo says:

    (Fox Business): “Hunt is on for ammo this hunting season as shipping delays, increased demand clear shelves” https://www.foxbusiness.com/lifestyle/hunting-season-ammo-shipping-delays-demand-ammunition
    “Gun-hungry Americans buy more ammunition imported from Russia than from any other country. When President Joe Biden blocked the importation of Russian ammunition, the National Rifle Association trained its sights on the ban.
    American buyers like Russian ammunition because it is generally cheaper than American-made https://www.dcreport.org/2021/12/07/nra-fights-biden-ban-of-russian-ammunition/

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