In a materialistic world, next to my MAC computers, because of what I write as a consumerist, I jokingly value my personal defense weapons the most.  When you write about food as a critic, in my dreams I have a vision of a hatchet crazed chef mad and coming at me. 

Some of the products I write about as a religious consumer writer might just warrant protection too. 

Those who mysteriously get phone calls from God, or their believers get checks for thousands of dollars by praying, titheing, donating, and healings of cancer, leukemia, heart attacks, strokes, or a deadly ingrown toenail.  

Do people really believe that crock of bovine excretion. They rape the US of funding for the poor, take money from your moms, grandmas and overseas folks of 780 million dollars last year,  and estimated might top a billion this year.  

The NRA didn’t do too bad with 7,000,000 members at 30.00 each plus donations from corporate gun manufacturers. There are better uses for these funds, real people in need.  THESE POSITIONS ARE ALL BASED ON LIES

I spent years and lots of dollars as a dedicated competitive shooter earning points, not kills, in state and regional events for the sport of it.  The combat defense side, rifle and some simple sniper training was provided by the Armed Services, and enhanced by IPSIC, and as a certified range officer.  I loaded my own ammunition, in three calibers, like many competitors, and so forth. 

I was fully emerged and the NRA was in a leadership role at one time in the shooting sports, not anymore. I really liked the sporting clays and skeet shooting.

I retired from competition some years ago, my age and related arthritis told me I was done, it means slower reflexes and I couldn’t compete against the kids anymore.  The long rifle and the shotgun were edging me into a condition called TMJ by displacing the cheekbones my right side.  I still use my handguns and retrain once a month at the range with Glocks and Colts keeping fit.

My armament was never used for harm, simply sport and protection. War was different.  They gave us guns and I used them for what they were intended. 

I worked on charity events for the women’s sporting foundation, potentially meeting some of the younger shooters priming for the Olympics.

I shot sporting clays with the bear, General Norman Schwartzkoph, one hell of a shooter.  I met with the Beretta family, even got a hat and borrowed a 20,000 dollar shotgun and fired icon one stage.  I was ready to sell the house and get one.

Then I was introduced to Louise  Mandrell, an American country music singer. She is the younger sister of fellow country singer Barbara Mandrell, and older sister of actress Irlene Mandrell. 

Louise had a successful singing career in country music from the 1970s, with a string of hits all during the 1980s.s,  She is an extremely good clays shooter in the top ranks.   What a wonderful trio of beautiful ladies each a pretty as a button, and I was gaga over Irlene because she played drums, could do a set with anyone, ... and hunted and supported charities like the Special Olympics.

Irlene Mandrell is an accomplished hunter. She has hunted North America US and Mexico,  South America and Africa. She has killed several animals that qualify for the SCI Record Book. Mandrell is proficient with handgun, shotgun, rifle, and crossbow. She is very competitive in many sporting events, including as a race car driver. 

She is an active member of Quail Unlimited, Buckmasters, the NRA, Safari Club International, a life member of National Wild Turkey Federation and the Sportsman Against Hunger banquet, the National Whitetail Deer Education Foundation 

Irlene Mandrell participates in several charities, such as Pegasus, Special Olympics, American Heart Association, and Easter Seals, but is closest to Wish Upon A Star and the Boy Scouts. The Irlene Mandrell Celebrity Shoot raises a large amount of money for both Wish Upon A Star and the Boy Scouts. As a 501c3 charity event, the Shoot has contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to these two causes.

I loved the game, the competition and as club VP created websites for the industry in the days when the computer was born and supported one company on the web for 34 years.  

I support the second amendment when it protects people, but not when it is abused and lied about.   The amendment is a relative suggestion, all the amendments have lines of reason.  You may own a gun but not a rocket launcher, nor a grenade. (They never mentioned the military weapons as sporters)

Gun ownership is a privilege, not an excuse, and safety and proper usage is it’s defining role. 

I cried when I saw what happened to those children having kids in that school range, and middle to high school, and thinking it can’t get worse, I was wrong. 

It has happened again and again and in my own state three times.   Now adding 17 more to the carnage enough is enough.  It is a time for action not words, it has turned me against the lies and the politicians bought off by the gun lobby.

One picture here is significant, the guy in the grey shirt shooting an M-16 Shorty with picatinny rails, forward assist, small scope, collapse stock IS ME   35+ years ago when the shorty or correctly designated the M-4 carbine prototype was being field tested, a privilege and had not been issued as yet. Let me explain, the guy in the picture has hair, dark and plenty of it and during the test it was referred to as the M-17.  Thirty five years ago I had dark hair, now what little is left comes from a tube of new dye shampoo.  


That Allegedly Infiltrated the NRA and the TRUMP HOUSE

JULY 18, 2018 - Maria Butina is an accused Russian spy who has been charged with infiltrating the NRA to influence US politics and help elect Trump in 2016. 

•  “No matter how strongly Donald Trump denies collusion, his own Justice Department has indicted a Russian national by the name of Maria Butina,” explained Igor Volsky of Gun Down. “And it has accused this lifetime NRA member of working on behalf of the Russian government to infiltrate the National Rifle Association, sow division within the American political system and naturally, advance Russian interests.” 

•  In 2011, Butina co-founded a group in Russia called Right To Bear Arms with top Putin insider Alexander Torsion  And, apparently, nobody at the NRA wondered why close Putin allies would form an organization advancing private gun ownership, when Putin himself had rejected that idea. 

Prosecutors allege that Butina and Torshin were trying to set up secret meetings between then candidate Trump and President Putin.  And though the meetings never took place, they did connect with Donald Trump Jr. 

•  It’s unclear how much the NRA knew about Butane’s agenda, though the organization is reportedly under FBI investigation for potentially funneling Russian money into the election. And the whole indictment highlights what many have already known about the gun lobby — that it will clearly stop at nothing to grow its political power.  

Here are some things we know about Maria Butina. She is a 29-year-old white woman with an enthusiasm for guns who has attended multiple National Rifle Association events, socialized with NRA leaders and repeated NRA talking points.

•  She attended Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s 2015 announcement seeking the Republican nomination for president, and later supported Republican Donald Trump for president. She attended the National Prayer Breakfast, a Republican gathering place, in Washington this year.   

•  Butina published an article in a conservative journal advocating close ties between Republicans and United Russia, the party of Vladimir Putin, citing shared values and the GOP’s support from "social conservatives, businessmen and those that support an aggressive approach to the war against Islamic terrorism." 

In addition, she has had a romantic relationship with an older male Republican operative who introduced Butina to other Republicans and appears to be the type of entrepreneurial grifter that is a mainstay of movement conservatism.

•  The most obvious conclusion to draw from this brief profile? Maria Butina is a Republican. 

•  Federal prosecutors might dispute that characterization. They jailed Butina last weekend on charges that she is a Russian agent who worked surreptitiously, on orders from a close crony of Vladimir Putin’s, to subvert US politics for Russia’s benefit. But in the era of Trump, days after a summit in Helsinki, Finland, that forced the entire world to reckon with just how blatantly subservient the American president is to the Russian president, the distinction between Russian and Republican is not what it once was.

•  Butina appears to have been shrewd enough to recognize that herself. In 2015, she made a trip to South Dakota and spoke to a teen Republican group. According to Dusty Johnson, a South Dakota Republican and current congressional candidate who attended the event, Butina "described Putin as a dictator and a tyrant.” 

•  That, at least, was her message to the kids in flyover country. Back in Washington, however, where Butina assiduously courted conservative activists in the gun movement and the religious right, she recognized that her new friends were engaged in a racial struggle and culture war so intense that they might be open, even eager, to align with Putin to defeat their real enemy: fellow Americans.

•  Putin is a thug, but for Trump, obviously, and for many of his conservative acolytes, increasingly, Putin is a thug to admire. Polls have shown rising Republican support for Putin’s Russia despite Russian military aggression in Eastern Europe, Russian carnage in Syria, Russian murders of journalists and of Putin’s political opponents, and even Russian cyberattacks against the US According to a 2017 Pew survey, the share of Republicans expressing confidence in Putin doubled from 2015 to 2017, from 17 percent to 34 percent. 

•  Like Trump, some Republicans have weighed Russia’s attack on the Democratic Party in 2016 and concluded that they very much like what they saw. Two-thirds of Republicans approved of Trump’s summit in Helsinki, where the only known accomplishment was Trump’s obsequious exoneration of previously documented Russian sabotage. As the Trump team’s collusion with Russia, both open and covert, has come into clearer focus, many Republicans are moving from “No Collusion!” to “So what?” as their inevitable default.

•  Yet in a Republican Party where many are still wary of gangster politics, Butina chose her targets well. The gun militants of the NRA and the Christian militants of the religious right are Trump’s most unflinching supporters and pillars of the GOP’s authoritarian-racial wing. Those who are not already fans of Putin’s racist, homophobic, macho and militaristic Mother Russia are increasingly Putin-curious.

•  Putin clearly sees the potential for transnational white Christian solidarity. Dozens of Russians attended the most recent National Prayer Breakfast in February. As the New York Times reported:

•  In 2013, Bryan Fischer, then a spokesman for the American Family Association, called Mr. Putin a “lion of Christianity.” In 2014, Franklin Graham — the politically influential evangelist and vocal Trump supporter — defended Mr. Putin for his efforts “to protect his nation’s children from the damaging effects of any gay and lesbian agenda,” even as he lamented that Americans have “abdicated our moral leadership.” In December 2015, Mr. Graham met privately with Mr. Putin for 45 minutes.

•  Butina didn’t camouflage her Putin connections in courting the NRA. She flaunted them. She worked as an assistant to Alexander Torshin, a Putin crony, oligarch and high-ranking member of United Russia, who had already been welcomed into the NRA’s embrace with a lifetime membership and social engagements with NRA leaders – despite credible allegations that he is has connections to organized crime. 

•  Butina arranged a 2015 NRA trip to Moscow under the auspices of Right to Bear Arms, a small, strange Russian gun-rights group that she ostensibly leads  though she has been in the US on a student visa since 2016 -- and which apparently remains un-oppressed by a Russian government with little interest in large numbers of citizens bearing arms. Butina called the group a “Russian version of the NRA.” A 2012 article in the New Republic described it as “a soup of communists and nationalists.” 

•  One NRA luminary on the trip, right-wing provocateur David Clarke, was Milwaukee County sheriff at the time and included the trip on a county financial disclosure form.  According to Clarke's disclosure, the little Russian version of the NRA was flush enough with funds to pay $6,000 of Clarke's expenses in Russia. 

•  Clarke tweeted that the NRA delegation had met with the Russian foreign minister, further evidence both that Butina’s outreach to the NRA was blessed at the highest level of the Russian government and that the NRA understood that very well. In pushing Republican gun extremists to ally with Putin’s Russia, Butina appears to have been pushing on a door that, at the very least, was flimsy and ajar.  

•  In documents filed in Butina’s case, the US Department of Justice wrote: "Moscow seeks to create wedges that reduce trust and confidence in democratic processes, degrade democratization efforts, weaken US partnerships with European allies, undermine Western sanctions, encourage anti-US political views, and counter efforts to bring Ukraine and other former Soviet states into European institutions."

•  Just as Willie Sutton frequented banks in search of money, the implication of the criminal case against Butina is that she targeted the GOP because that’s where the extremism and authoritarianism are. To the current leader of the Republican Party, and to millions of his followers, the Justice Department’s description of Moscow’s espionage doesn’t read like an indictment. It reads like an agenda.



Gun maker Remington, America’s oldest, files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.  The Remington Outdoor Company, the oldest US gun manufacturer, has filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection according to court papers filed in Delaware late Sunday.  ED: More known for hunting and sporting arms, it’s hard to compete when everyone wants to own “People Hunting Guns”

The move by Remington Arms Co. and its parent, Remington Outdoors, comes amid slumping sales at the firm founded more than 200 years ago.  It also follows student-led rallies across the United States calling for stricter gun laws after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., in February.   Hundreds of thousands of people participated in "March for our lives" events on Saturday.  March for Our Lives could be the biggest single-day protest in D.C.’s history.

Remington, based in North Carolina, has been making various handguns, rifles and shotguns since 1816. It is now majority-owned by Cerberus Capital Management, a private-equity group that intends to sell off the gun maker’s assets once the bankruptcy process is complete. 

Remington will continue to operate while it pursues Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, an action that allows ailing companies time to come up with a reorganization plan to stay afloat, and to pay off company creditors.

Stephen Jackson, Remington’s chief financial officer, said in the filing that the company has seen a significant decline in revenue and sales over the last 12 months.

He said the "overall business and industry environments continue to cause significant financial hardship," a situation that could be partly attributed to the perception that President Trump, a National Rifle Association supporter, won't impose new restrictions on gun sales. 

Remington's reputation took a hit in 2012 after it was confirmed that Adam Lanza used one of the company's Bushmaster XM15-E2S guns in the Connecticut massacre in which he killed his mother and 26 children and educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Remington was cleared of any wrongdoing in the tragedy. 

Bushmaster Firearms was a company in Bangor, Maine, that went bankrupt and was purchased by Richard Dyke in 1976 and moved to Windham, Maine. ... The company became part of the Freedom Group, owned by Cerberus Capital Management, in April 2006 which also is now known as Remington Outdoor Company which has acquired notable brands such as Bushmaster, DPMS, Remington and Marlin.

In March 2012, Robert Nardelli stepped down as CEO of Freedom Group and as head of the operations and advisory business of Cerberus Capital Management LP and became adviser to Stephen Feinberg, the head and founder of Cerberus. He became CEO of Freedom Group in September 2010 as the North Carolina-based gun maker searched for a permanent CEO.

In December 2012, citing the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting as "a watershed event that has raised the national debate on gun control to an unprecedented level," Cerberus announced it would sell all of its investments in Freedom Group. The private equity firm said it would retain a financial adviser to sell its interests in Freedom Group, and would return the proceeds to investors.

The decision was made after a California pension board, a Cerberus stakeholder, announced it would dispose of all stakes it held in firearms manufacturers that make weapons banned by state law.  As of February 2018, Cerberus still owns the company.

On August 15, 2017, James Marcotuli announced his resignation as Chief Executive Officer citing personal reasons as his cause of departure.  On October 25, 2017, the company announced that Anthony Acitelli would take on the role of CEO. 

Remington first announced that it would file for bankruptcy protection on Feb. 12, but the Parkland shooting two days later in which 17 people died may have delayed it.


I was a life member of the NRA, and quit when they became political hacks, liars, story tellers and bribery became their main calling with your dues being given to politicians.  Years ago, I forget exactly, maybe late 80’s at an NRA rally in Tampa,  I was a member and believer in the NRA and asked to and addressed with several other speakers, the mostly adult crowd at the Tampa police Range, now closed, some in semi military uniforms with cute children in matching camos and cowboy boots.  This is the South, and dress for success has some strange codes. 

The occasion was representative of the paranoia and fear when some restrictions on firearms (big magazines and auto firearms) were being discussed in Congress.  The crowd was pretty well charged up.  My turn to speak and I defended our rights under the second amendment and basic Republican Principles, I promoted the NRA,  and then:

I asked them to raise their hands and show their membership card  if they supported the NRA, hands went up. 
I  asked them to hold up their drivers license’s, most raised their hands.
I asked them if they had a credit card, yes, hands went up about half.
Then I asked them to hold up their Voter Registration cards… and it was pathetic.  


•   Its simple, the NRA lobbyist group exists because our Congressmen take their bribes.  And refuse to discuss gun control or create false narratives claiming it is not the time.  Blaming it on anything they can other than truth, mental health, climate change, the Russian hoax, ingrown toenails, and bone spurs, alone kept these celebrity hair-do’s out of the military and many of them are into pubic service instead of public service.

•   Our Coward Commander who unarmed was going to run into the school,  bullshit, he never served,  or as the Secretary of the Interior Zilke who had a nervous condition and avoided the draft.  Scumbags...people of privilege who let others die...  these are the ones that gun control is decided by...I stand by it...scumbags.  I worked with the real guys and so far none of his cabinet impresses me.  Talking not walking...

•  If they vote positive for  gun control the NRA will spend their money on votes against them in their next re- election. So who controls gun control, the scumbags at the NRA and the Congress.  Children die and they do nothing.

•  Truly the Presidents cabinet of losers slowly showing how weak, stupid, ignorant with a lack of compassion, unreal thinkers , sub-zero intellect, and should be removed and/or shot for the damage they will do to this country.

•  The President of the United States, our liar-in-chief who defends his brainless GOP base following.  As I once said, It takes a schmuck to lead schmucks.  His military academy friends thought he had shiniest shoes in the brigade. Kelly should appreciate that.

•  Mitch McConnell, the obstructor of the Senate who gets a biggie from the NRA.  

•  Paul Ryan who organizes the bills that don’t make it to the Congress floor.

•  $5,900,000  Given to Republicans in 2016 election cycle,   $106,000 given to Democrats in 2016 election cycle

•  The Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan think tank that tracks money in politics, found that in 2016 more than half of the members of the House of Representatives — or 232 of the 435 — received money from gun rights groups like the National Rifle Association and Gun Owners of America. That money went disproportionately to Republicans. Only nine Democrats received campaign contributions from these groups.

•  POLITICO tallied contributions to representatives in the 2016 election cycle. Some, like Ryan Zinke, no longer serve in Congress.  Zinke  ( which according to Klingon transcribers means dumb as a rock in Klingon)  now heads the Department of the Interior, but he received $79,000 in 2016, making him the recipient of the second-highest contributions, after Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan.



President Trump met with state and local officials on school violence Thursday, including Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. (Closest Florida Friend, Rick Scotts pick,  and Trumps dollars went to her during the election)  Potentially looking at a post the real reason she’s there, certified GOP party girl and career seeker and he likes a Blond on his left)

In trying to clarify his Wednesday comments about arming teachers and other school personnel, President Trump, a day later, aligned himself even more closely with the National Rifle Association on the issue of teachers with guns and beefing up school security.  

Whats the secret,  he needs their 5,000,000 paid members for votes since those Neanderthals are part of the GOP base. So much so, they seemed, at times, to be reading from the same script.  Are you nuts, you don’t see it?   Of course he’s reading from their scripts, thats what certified scumbags do, it’s their party line.   

He never writes what he reads, because he suffer from Cranial Rectal Dyslexia, or what we call a potty mouth.  That’s what his fake scriptwriters are for,  a fake President.  Steve Miller should have be interned in a mental institution years ago. Only 5,000,000  members in the NRA and their other money comes form the sale of guns, like donations from manufacturers.  If we use the GOP blame game against them, the GOP base are the real facilitators of children being killed.

One final point in support of the notion that membership numbers are flat: The NRA has been publicizing the same membership figure for nearly five years now. Several months after the Sandy Hook mass shooting, for instance, LaPierre boasted that membership had surpassed 5 million individuals. “By the time we're finished,” he told members at the group's annual meeting in 2013, “the NRA must and will be 10 million strong.”

But as of February, the group's “About the NRA” page states it has “nearly” 5 million members. The road to "10 million strong” is evidently turning out to be a long one.The NRA sells single-year renewable memberships for $40, with multiyear and even lifetime membershipoptions available. It also periodically offers discounts for renewals or new memberships. 

That variation in price makes it impossible to reverse-engineer exact membership numbers from total membership revenue: For instance, $1,500 in membership revenue could come from 38 annual membership renewals or from one new lifetime membership.

Still, the group's total annual revenue from dues is a useful, if rough, barometer of the number of individuals who find the NRA's cause compelling enough to join the group. And that number has fluctuated considerably in recent years.

Since 2004, the group has averaged about $128 million a year in total membership revenue. But that number has varied from $72 million in 2006 to $228 million in 2007, a peak it hasn't come close to matching since.

Membership revenue seems to spike following mass shootings and the resultant national discussions about gun control and gun rights. For instance, that 2007 peak came in the year that a gunman murdered 32 people on the campus of Virginia Tech. 

And in 2013, membership revenue increased by 63 percent over the previous year, following the killings of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in late 2012.

Membership revenue declined slightly in 2016, the most recent year for which IRS data is available. The group also raised the price of annual memberships that year, which may have something to do with the decline.



Senator Marco Rubio, certified candidate loser and first rate loser to T-HUMP, he caved, and a spokeswoman for the National Rifle Association were repeatedly heckled at a nationally televised forum on Wednesday night in Florida after they refused to back new gun control measures.


The spokeswoman for the N.R.A., Dana Loesch, offering the group’s first public comments after a shooting last week at a Florida high school, strongly defended the gun advocacy group’s positions in front of students and teachers from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

“People who are crazy should not be able to get firearms,” she said, insisting that enforcement of mental health laws, not new gun restrictions, would prevent future massacres.

Mr. Rubio, Republican of Florida, also drew the ire of the crowd for refusing to support a ban on assault weapons and for saying that he intended to continue accepting money from the N.R.A. and other groups that support his pro-gun agenda.

Ms. Loesch and Mr. Rubio appeared during the two-hour forum, broadcast on CNN from a site near Stoneman Douglas in Parkland, Fla., knowing full well that they would be assailed by the gathering of people directly affected by the mass shooting last week.

President Trump and Gov. Rick Scott of Florida, a Republican, both declined invitations to participate in the town hall-style meeting.  COWARDS

The father of a 14-year-old girl who was killed at Stoneman Douglas angrily lectured Mr. Rubio for his refusal to support gun control legislation.  The father, Fred Guttenberg, demanded that Mr. Rubio explain his opposition to a ban on the kind of assault weapon that the gunman at the school used to shoot his daughter, Jaime.

“My daughter, running down the hallway, was shot in the back with an assault weapon, the weapon of choice,” Mr. Guttenberg said during the forum as Mr. Rubio stood stone-faced. “It is too easy to get. It is a weapon of war. The fact that you can’t stand with everybody else in this room and say that, I’m sorry.”

The room erupted in applause for Mr. Guttenberg and repeatedly booed as Mr. Rubio sought to explain his opposition to a proposed assault weapons ban. The bill, he said, is riddled with loopholes that would make it easy for criminals to get around.

“First, you have to define what it is. It basically bans 220 specific models of gun,” Mr. Rubio said, prompting applause from the audience.  He continued, saying that the bill also allows for “2,000 other types” of guns that operate the same way but are not classified as assault weapons.  BULLSHIT

Ms. Loesch repeatedly deflected questions about restrictions on the availability of guns, insisting instead that keeping guns out of the hands of the mentally ill or people with criminal records would keep students safe.

“I don’t believe that this insane monster should have ever been able to obtain a firearm, ever,” Ms. Loesch told Emma González, a senior at the high school. “None of us support people who are crazy, who are a danger to themselves, who are a danger to others, getting their hands on a firearm.”

But her answers prompted angry taunts from the audience. At times, Ms. Loesch struggled to answer, but she steadfastly refused to back down on the N.R.A.’s position opposing new gun restrictions.

She said the group opposed raising the legal age for purchasing an assault weapon to 21 from 18, an idea that Mr. Trump had earlier signaled support for. Students who are old enough to serve in the military should be allowed to own firearms, she said.

Diane Wolk Rogers, a history teacher at Stoneman Douglas, confronted Ms. Loesch by asking her to defend the idea that allowing the suspect in the shooting, a 19-year-old, to own an assault rifle represents “a well-regulated militia” as is written in the Second Amendment.

Ms. Loesch said the phrase was meant to protect the rights of anyone who “could operate and service their firearm,” an answer that drew loud yelling and more boos from the audience.  CLEARLY LOST ON THIS ONE

Mr. Rubio, for his part, had offered opening remarks that he clearly hoped would deflect criticism during the event. He expressed grief for those who were affected by the shooting, but he said that people in the United States needed to find ways to disagree “without accusing one another of being evil people.”

But the audience, including Mr. Guttenberg, did not hold back in criticizing Mr. Rubio’s position on gun control. Mr. Guttenberg repeatedly asked whether Mr. Rubio believed that “guns were the factor in the hunting of our kids.”

The senator said he agreed, but he insisted that other types of laws would better prevent such attacks. He said that he would support a bill to increase the minimum age for the purchase of an assault weapon to 21 from 18.  And he said that he backed improvements to background checks and a ban on so-called bump stocks, which can convert semiautomatic weapons to fire automatically.

Students and teachers at the forum on Wednesday also had questions for Florida’s other politicians, including two Democrats, Senator Bill Nelson and Representative Ted Deutch.

One young student talked about how her best friend was killed in front of her, and she asked Mr. Nelson about background checks, and how to improve them.

Another student, whose brother died in the shooting, bluntly said to Mr. Deutch that “my friends and I are worried that we are going to be murdered in our classrooms.” He asked what Mr. Deutch was going to do about it.

“As a starter,” the congressman said, “I’m going to introduce legislation to make sure that assault weapons are illegal in every part of this country.”

The audience burst into applause.

But Mr. Rubio, who ran for president in 2016, was repeatedly challenged on his positions on gun control and his willingness to accept donations from the N.R.A.

The issue of donations was raised by a junior at Stoneman Douglas who stood just feet from the senator and asked him whether he would renounce money from the gun advocacy group in the future. When Mr. Rubio refused, the audience booed loudly.   MONEY, MONEY, MONEY = SCUMBAGS

“People buy into my agenda, and I do support the Second Amendment,” Mr. Rubio said, repeatedly refusing to say he would stop accepting money from the group. “The influence of these groups comes not from money, the influence comes from the millions of people who support the agenda.”

Mr. Deutch at one point engaged in a brief debate with Mr. Rubio, saying that a gun allowing someone to fire off 150 rounds in six to seven minutes “should be banned.”

Later, Chris Grady, a student at the high school, thanked Mr. Rubio for appearing at the forum, unlike Mr. Trump and Mr. Scott.

“A lot more than can be said for our so-called president and governor,” Mr. Grady told Mr. Rubio. “We need you and your colleagues on both sides to come together with us and find a compromise if we are ever to solve this epidemic.”

Mr. Grady asked the senator whether he supported legislation to limit high-capacity magazines that allow weapons to fire many bullets quickly. Mr. Rubio said that he had long opposed such legislation, but was now reconsidering that position.

The senator said that there could be evidence from the Florida school shooting that suggested the gunman might have killed fewer people if he did not have high-capacity magazines.

“It wouldn’t have prevented the attack, but it would have made it less lethal,” Mr. Rubio said.



So when it comes to “hardening" schools, not a phrase that was in wide use before Thursday, and speaking out against "gun-free zones," it appears the president and the NRA are, well, on the same page.  Trump does appear, however, to differ with the gun lobby when it comes to his support of increasing the age to be able to buy an assault rifle, from 18 to 21. Trump said he wasn’t concerned, though, about that.

I don't think I'll be going up against them," Trump said. "I really think the NRA wants to do what's right. I mean, they're very close to me; I'm very close to them; they're very, very great people. They love this country. They're patriots. The NRA wants to do the right thing.”   ( And he’s spoken like the true scumbag he is, nothing but a coward, and needs any friends he can find since his counterpunching never seems to work )  

And then in his next sentence, he may have given away the reason he and the NRA seem to be using similar, and sometimes the exact same, language.  They made him practice...

“I’ve spoken to them often in the last two days,” Trump acknowledged, “and they want to do the right thing.”  They have never done the right thing, they are liars too, not patriots, from the Black helicopters to the secret Army Bullshit on our soil, they spread, lies and more lies about the second amendment.

Trump also reiterated his calls for arming more teachers and other adults working in the nations' schools, something LaPierre also called for. But Trump has made several conflicting statements on the controversial issue over the course of less than 24 hours beginning Wednesday.

At White House listening sessions Wednesday with students and parents, including some from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where a gunman killed 17 people last week, Trump said, "If you had a teacher who was adept at firearms, it could very well end the attack very quickly."

But Thursday morning, the president put out a barrage of tweets, defending himself and clarifying, "I never said 'give teachers guns' like was stated on Fake News." He added that he wanted to look at the possibility of giving “ oncealed guns to gun adept teachers with military or special training experience."


Those who fervently defended their right to bear arms and voted for the men to protect those rights were on a noble trip but driven by a fools errand.  Many important decisions are made by our Congressmen and Senators.  They, some of those bouffant  brained useless individuals are not supporting the publics wishes, ignoring the situation, bowing to the demands of the Gun Lobby and running like the cowards they really are.

Whom you elected did not abide by what you voted for.  This is wrong.  78% voted for more stringent gun control before all the mass shootings took place and it failed in Congress since the NRA bought them off a long time ago.  It’s now in the higher eighties and close to 90%.

And voting is the answer to gun control.  We vote hopefully to put those with our interests in place to make wrongs right.   We have serious issues in this country, and most of it being caused by whom we elect.  They have all been bought off, lock stock and barrel, from the local state representatives to Congress.  Its time to take the streets back from the bad guys and the men who are bought and sold by the NRA using the second amendment to justify, as they are as guilty as the shooters.

I was a lifetime member at this point. I had the magazine subscriptions, the Gold plated Lifetime belt buckle and deeply embedded  in the Second Amendment.  Years later after the NRA got too political and good research proved there was more lies than truth, I donated the shiny buckle and it’s cheap plating to the Atlantic ocean, the magazine collection to the trash, dumped my website...

I could not support a bunch of liars, and political hacks, who cared about the dollar more than people. Worse after attending the gun shows I saw an element of society that really fit the bill of the NRA.  Speaking with some of them, I saw more mental issues and lies than at a crackhead convention.


Most voting decisions are made in the curtained voter both usually based on a previous decision by what TV Channel you watch or name recognition.  This is wrong.  Many votes are simply unthought of, unchallenged, unqualified and unsupported, you pick a name and lets see what happens. Lately seven, maybe eight of ten are bad choices.

And year after year, those same politicians will do nothing, respond to nothing, repair nothing, but cheerfully accept huge donations from groups that fuel the gun lobby, mainly the National Rifle Association with the complete knowledge of the usual propaganda and mis-truths.  

Though a majority of members voted for more stringent gun controls, it went unheard by the NRA hierarchy.  Money trumps almost anything.  Trump is all about the money.

In any other industry this would be called “Bribery”.  In other countries, they might get shot.   But this not the whole or real picture.  This is wrong and it has gone on too long.  The NRA recently stands for “ Nothing Real America” and has become in a sense its own militia.

The NRA is a company that talks about rights and freedoms and lies through its teeth to its constituents and members, ignoring their wishes and altering the progress needed to bring forward safety for all in the country.  This is wrong. The truth is the position of the good members of the NRA is being ignored when a substantial percentage of 80% plus want to change the gun registration laws, with common sense approaches and enforce the established laws which are ignored. New leadership is needed. 



QUOTE:   Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC  Lapierre made the following heartwarming statements.  “Can we protect so much with armed security, while we drop our kids off at school, that are so-called gun-free zones, that are wide-open targets for any crazy madman bent on evil to come there first? 

In every community, PTAs, teachers' unions, local law enforcement, moms and dads – they all must come together to implement the very best strategy to harden their schools, including effective trained, armed security that will absolutely protect every innocent child in this country. That has to happen now. Evil walks among us, and God help us if we do not harden our schools and protect our kids. ...

"I refuse to leave this stage until I say one more time that we must immediately harden our schools. Every day— every day, young children are being dropped off at schools that are virtually wide open, soft targets for anyone bent on mass murder.

It should not be easier for a madman to shoot up a school than a bank or a jewelry store or some Hollywood gala. Schools must be the most hardened targets in this country.

This is the nutcase guy who referred to the secret soldiers being trained in the US to take away our right and privileges  One of many of his lies.  Since then, the name of those high leather boots has been commonly used as a symbolic reference to totalitarian governments.  The secret soldiers at FT. Benning and other bases were part of our Central and South American comprehensive training and on my many trips to Ft. Benning stayed in those barracks and housing. 

On April 19, 1995, just six days after LaPierre sent out his NRA fundraising letter, the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City was destroyed by a bomb, killing 168 people.

It was later discovered that the conspirators behind the Oklahoma City bombing, Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, were also angry over gun control laws and the federal government’s involvement in the Ruby Ridge and Waco tragedies.  Gun control advocates suggested that the inflammatory rhetoric in LaPierre’s letter had encouraged the bombing. 

NRA officials denied that there was any link.   However, a few weeks after the Oklahoma bombing, in an interview reported by the Associated Press, LaPierre did publicly apologize for the harshness of his remarks about federal officials. 

“If anyone thought the intention was to paint all federal law enforcement officials with the same broad brush,” LaPierre said, “I’m sorry.”

Nonetheless, LaPierre’s use of the phrase “jack-booted government thugs” in his fundraising letter remains notorious among gun control advocates and critics of the NRA.

Listening to Wayne LaPierre is like listening to Adolf Hitler, all the conversation is about the evil ones, the soft targets, the gun free zones, and it's never about the 331 million people here and the 350 million guns presently reportable, and we don't know how many illegal guns and users are in that mix.

Hours later, Trump was at the White House talking about school safety after last week's mass shooting at a Parkland, Fla., high school. Notice, Trump used some of the same talking points, key words and phrases as LaPierre (again, emphasis ours):

"We have to harden our schools, not soften them. A gun-free zone to a killer or somebody who wants to be a killer, that's like going in for the ice cream. That's like 'here I am, take me.' We have to get smart on gun-free zones. When they see 'this is a gun-free zone,' that means that nobody has a gun except them, nobody's going to be shooting bullets in the other direction. And they see that, it's such a beautiful target. They live for gun-free zones.

"Now what I'd recommend doing is the people that do carry, we give them a bonus, we give them a little bit of a bonus, because frankly they'd feel more comfortable having the gun anyway, you give them a little bit of a bonus, so practically for free you've now made the school into a hardened target. ...

"You want a hardened school, and I want a hardened school, too."

Wayne LaPierre, regularly describes America as a kind of place where only the armed can survive. As he wrote in a 2013 article, “Hurricanes, Tornados. Riots, Terrorists, Gangs, Lone criminals.  You need a gun.  The NRA and the gun manufacturers are in a symbiotic relationship, where they both benefit whenever guns become a political issue.  He has created the maniacal enterprise of fear, retribution, a touch of insanity and the weak in our society have succumbed.  Four of the last shooters were not sane enough to be near a firearm.

For the NRA, it’s about members and money. Follow the money, for the gun manufacturers, it’s about sales and protection from legal liability.  And as long as gun owners are kept agitated, angry, and afraid, they both win.

In the US, there are now somewhere between 270 million and 310 million guns, according to the Pew Research Center.  That’s almost one gun for every person in the nation. Judges and legislators across the political spectrum recognize the constitutional right to bear arms.  

And gun and ammunition sales to private citizens are a significant part of a roughly $15 billion industry that’s seeing plenty of growth.

What makes the gun industry so controversial, of course, is the ever-shifting debate about how to reconcile gun rights and public safety.  Each year in this country, more than 31,000 people are killed by firearms, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate — roughly 85 people per day. The US has one of the highest rates of civilian gun ownership and one of the highest rates of firearm-related deaths per capita across developed countries around the world. 

The NRA is not the NRA of the people anymore, the NRA is not the NRA of the
Gun owners, sportsmen, 
competitors, collectors nor enthusiasts.
The NRA is the NRA of the gun manufacturers, it is a lobbyist organization.

And your membership dues will not be used for the purpose of promoting anything other
than a few so-so has-been programs, but mainly used for bribes to Congressmen 
so the gun manufacturers will make more money for the lobby and protect
the industry from government regulation... Failure to support the NRA will 
result in the NRA supporting the opposition when it
’s time for re-election.

For the uninformed and ignorant, the NRA gets tens of millions of dollars from gun manufacturers, through a variety of channels, not just checks but advertising in NRA publications and special promotions the manufacturers run. For instance, every time someone buys a Ruger, the company donates $2 to the NRA. Buy one from Taurus, and they’ll pay for a year's membership in the NRA.

What do you call the frightened, paranoid, insecure guy having a midlife crisis who prepares for the inevitable breakdown of society and shakes his fist and shows disrespect  OR LOVE in TRUMPS case at the President?   You call him a customer.  He's the one who responds to every "urgent" appeal from the NRA to donate a few more dollars and go buy another rifle or handgun or two, while the manufacturers watch their profits rise and their stock prices soar. He’s money in the bank. 

What’s more, a growing body of research suggests that simply owning a gun is correlated with an increased likelihood that you’ll be a victim of violence.    A study published in 2014 in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that people who live in homes with firearms are over three times as likely to die from suicide and two times as likely to be a victim of homicide as those who don’t have access to firearms. The study analyzed the results of 16 other studies and found that in all but one, access to guns was linked to a higher probability of murder or suicide.

Mr. Wayne Lapierre, head of the NRA, its grand mufti, fueler or is it fuehrer of the party, grand chancellor of misinformation lies and social media guru  is not in my opinion, a truth teller.  He is a publicity head with a million dollar a year paycheck and it shows me this has nothing to do with anything other than follow the money and the money is huge in this industry.   With most products in the industry starting at about 200.00 dollars and the sky is the limit, it relates to millions, most likely billions of dollars.  This is wrong.

I am not against the NRA just the lies, paranoia, slander, and bribes the organization leadership panders with. If they went back to what they chartered for, the sportsman,
the hunter, competitor and other honorable endeavors, I would go back...  

it appears that will not happen.


We have all witnessed their convoluted redundant  rhetoric time after time.  The claims of  jackbooted foreign soldiers on American Soil getting ready to take over the country.  TRUTH:  More like the South American regular troops the Army is training in counter insurgency and drug dealing  the US provides at what is called the School of the America’s.  I have attended many functions there. I have stayed in those barracks.

The so-called the New World Order TRUTH: which had nothing to do with guns, it involved financial worldly growth of the new players in commerce and finance like the BRIC countries which are Brazil, Russia, India and China, nothing more. The phrase goes back to Roman times and has been used many times in the US by politicians and especially used in several speeches including the UN, by President Bush 41.

And more claims of spotting Black Helicopters.  TRUTH:  There were no black helicopters swooping down on your back forty other than mosquito control boys which will be in abundance this year because of ZIKA.  And they are not all black.  More bullshit rumors and lies from the NRA. The only Black Helicopter I ever saw was I believe owned by Hugh Hefner and the Playboy corporation, Black with a white logo.


There is no assault on the second amendment. The unsubstantiated rhetoric “Soon they’ll be taking your guns away”.   The NRA cries that no matter what’s going on in the political world, it portends an imminent massive gun confiscation with President Obama wanting more background checks?   

This claim — prominent among gun-rights advocates — implies that the Second Amendment establishes not just a right to own guns, but a right that the government cannot legally limit.   None of our rights work this way.  "The Supreme Court has said repeatedly that no right under the Constitution is absolute," says Adam Winkler, a law professor at UCLA and the author of "Gunfight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America. “ In general, where the government has very strong reasons to restrict a right, it can.”

"We already restrict access to firearms in many ways. We prohibit people from owning machine guns. We prohibit people from owning shoulder-launched missiles and hand grenades. We prohibit felons and the mentally ill from possessing firearms. We prevent children from owning firearms.”

Tell that to the 59 dead (and the list will grow) and 527 wounded at the massacre in Las Vegas.

The Supreme Court declined to review local laws that prohibit certain kinds of weapons like semiautomatic guns.  “We see a lot more absolutist rhetoric today than we did in the past,” Winkler says, "partly because we have over the last 40 years seen the rise of a rather extreme pro-gun movement, led by the NRA."  

And the excuse about 2nd amendment rights and denial of service for those on federal lists such as no-fly and terrorist who might be denied a weapon or concealed carry permit don’t carry easily with me.  We can afford to affront someone once in a while, but we can’t afford another San Bernardino.  Thats a weak excuse and it’s about time a few in Congress step up since their party is turning in a bad direction anyway.  

Strange today with fewer Americans living in rural areas and hunting no longer as popular a recreational activity as it once was, far fewer Americans own sporting guns today than a generation or two ago according to data from the General Social Survey. And their numbers tell the story of a gun culture, for hunting purpose often a rifle and a shotgun has changed to a culture of mostly handguns and assault weapons. 

Less than one week ago South Dakota passed a bill allowing teachers in both primary and secondary grades to be armed with guns. The proposal for such a measure started shortly after Sandy Hook and marketing toward this goal stated popping up on various NRA supported sites.   

The good news is that there appears to be a grassroots movement against this “grassroots movement” that is now funded by the weapons industry. The NRA is growing increasingly out of touch with its original goals and even with its own membership. It is estimated that as many as 83% of NRA members are okay with background checks at a time when the organization is trying to remove all barriers. You see, members also have family they would like to keep safe. 

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