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#NationalSchoolWalkout - National School (And Work?) Walkout Planned Over Mass Shootings for March 14, 2018

#NationalSchoolWalkout – National School (And Work?) Walkout Planned Over Mass Shootings for March 14, 2018

Via ActionNetwork,org

Women’s March Youth EMPOWER is calling for students, teachers, school administrators, parents and allies to take part in a #NationalSchoolWalkout for 17 minutes at 10am across every time zone on March 14, 2018 to protest Congress’ inaction to do more than tweet thoughts and prayers in response to the gun violence plaguing our schools and neighborhoods. We need action. Students and allies are organizing the national school walkout to demand Congress pass legislation to keep us safe from gun violence at our schools, on our streets and in our homes and places of worship.

Students and staff have the right to teach and learn in an environment free from the worry of being gunned down in their classrooms or on their way home from school. Parents have the right to send their kids to school in the mornings and see them home alive at the end of the day.

We are not safe at school. We are not safe in our cities and towns. Congress must take meaningful action to keep us safe and pass federal gun reform legislation that address the public health crisis of gun violence. We want Congress to pay attention and take note: many of us will vote this November and many others will join in 2020. Join us in saying #ENOUGH!

We at Back2Stonewall.com think that since this problem affects everyone, that EVERYONE, students and adults leave their schools, places of work, and homes for 17 minutes in a show of solidarity and power at 10am on March 14, 2018 and show Congress and the world that we will no longer stand for the senseless slaughter of innocents because of the Republican party and the NRA.

#EnoughIsEnough

HomoCON Chadwick “Kapo” Moore: The Stonewall Inn is “the [gay] equivalent of Mecca for Muslims”

HomoCon-artist and media-whore Chadwick Moore appeared on gay basher Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show on Tuesday and let and denouncing the Gays Against Guns rally held at the Stonewall Inn to mark the anniversary of the Pulse massacre. and say that most gays don’t care about politics.

Via Gay Times:

After describing the Stonewall Inn as “the [gay] equivalent of Mecca for Muslims”, Moore complained that some of those in attendance began protesting laws that allowed the shooter to easily get access to guns. “Most gay people aren’t political,” Moore claimed. “Most gay people, you know, they care about pop music and going to the beach. They probably don’t even know what the Second Amendment is.

“So they show up to be together, to celebrate the community and to mourn together, and instead they’re just fed this anti-gun nonsense.” Moore also criticised the anti-Trump sentiments expressed by those at the vigil, claiming it didn’t make sense for LGBT+ people to treat him as “the bad guy in the room” given that he visited Pulse nightclub just days after the shooting.

Moore went on to say that Donald Trump rushed to Orlando after the Pulse attack. Which, you guessed it Never happened.

 

Democrats Stage Sit-In Demand Gun Control Vote, House of Representatives Shuts Down – WATCH LIVE!

Elizabeth Warren

 

Scores of House Democratic lawmakers took on the House floor Wednesday staging a sit-in to demand a vote on gun control legislation and have refused to let Republicans take back control. They have taken turns talking about gun violence, said they wouldn’t leave until House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., allowed a vote on measures to curb it, and chanted over and over “No bill, no break!” The House is scheduled to adjourn on Friday and be out of session until July 5.

“Where is our courage?” said Democratic Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, who organized the impromptu sit-in. “Those who pursue common-sense improvement are beaten down. Reason is put aside … What is the tipping point? Are we blind. Can we see? … Give us a vote! we came here to do our job!”

Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, repeatedly banged his gavel to call the House into order, but the Democrats refused, and so he gaveled the House into recess.

House Minority Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., suggested that could be a marathon recess.

“Our people deserve to know where their representatives stand on this issue, just as they now do with their senators,” he said. “Led by civil rights hero Rep. John Lewis, we will be sitting-in until the House is allowed an opportunity to vote. This is an issue that ought to transcend party — it’s about saving lives and keeping our communities safe.”  

Most of the demonstration, unlike last week’s filibuster in the Senate, was not broadcast on C-SPAN. The network carries feeds from cameras belonging to the House and the Republican controlled House leaders shut it down.

But many lawmakers took to social media to post photos and video of the protest.

“The cameras may have been shut down, but we’re still here,” Rep. Tony Cardenas, D-Calif., tweeted.

Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Calif., went to the floor and called for a moment of silence as some held hands and continued chanting. 

“We cannot let another moment of silence happen on the House floor without acting,” Pelosi said. 

Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., led a prayer. Nine people were gunned down in a church in South Carolina last June.

“I am prepared to stay here until hell freezes over,’’ Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., said. “We’re here because we can’t take it anymore…We can’t take burying our young people.”.

Congressman Beto O’Rourke of Texas has begun streaming the sit-in on Facebook, giving people outside of the chamber another way to tune in as the House’s televisions, which are controlled by Republican Party leaders, remain turned off. It looks like Facebook does not allow users to embed videos while they’re still live, so go here to watch.

N.Y. Daily News Calls Out NRA President Wayne LaPierre As A Terrorist On It’s Front Page

One day after New York City’s The Daily News, the fourth most widely circulated daily newspaper in America has jumped on the anti-gun bandwagon. Yesterday the newspaper infuriated right wing with the headline “God Isn’t Fixing This” mocking the false prayers and condolences that GOP politicians have made after the recent epidemic of mass shootings. Today The Daily News went one step further and listed NRA President Wayne “Jihadi” LaPierre in a front page photo panel of infamous terrorists.

While many most will probably dismiss this as just a way to sell more papers – Ratcheting up the rhetoric for gun control is what we need to match the rhetoric that the NRA uses.  And Back2Stonewall.com applauds The Daily News for doing so.

 

 

Liberty Counsel Loon Matt Barber: Pro-Gay Marriage Ruling Will Destroy The Church! (Oh and buy my SWAG.)

Fat Matt Barber Liberty Counsel

The Liberty Counsel’s own Matt “Bam-Bam” Barber went on a bit of a tangent (again) the other day speaking on the L.C. radio propaganda-gram over the crushing consequences that will happen if the Supreme Court comes out with a pro-same sex marriage verdict.

“If, God forbid, the Supreme Court somehow defines and manufactures a constitutional so-called right to sodomy-based marriage this summer, in June, if they do that then the floodgates will be open. There will be Christian persecution widespread across the United States and the so-called gay marriage agenda will be the sledgehammer used to crush the church and to crush religious liberty and the crush individual Christians, their finances, to ruin them. That’s what this agenda was always about and that’s what we will see if the Supreme Court goes the wrong way in June.” – Matt Barber

Bam-Bam it seems is not taking any chances on his finances being “crushed”and often sends out an email blast to promote his own line of right-wing “loving Christian” swag products.

Recently Barber pitched a  t-shirt: “A humorous Second Amendment twist on ‘Smile, wait for flash’ phrase commonly used when taking photos. A great way to bring a smile to people’s face, or to warn criminals what’s waiting for them if they mess with you. Printed on the front of a gray shirt.”

By the way Barber has twice published columns from anti-gay advocates pushing for the gay death penalty.

 

Barbarism

FRC’s Tony Perkins: Lack of Religion Caused Boston Bombing, Jesus Wants Christians To Buy Guns

Tony Perkins FRC KKK

Family Research Council hate group President and white supremacist Tony Perkins  whose job is to write  dangerous, irresponsible, releases and columns has penned another for his weekly Washington Update on the FRC website (which I will not link to here so they do not garner traffic though this site) tying together the tragic Boston Marathon Bombings and the recent fight for gun control in Congress

Perkins and FRC claims that gun violence prevention legislation isn’t needed because it wouldn’t have stopped the Boston marathon bombing. What is to blame for recent mass murders, what is to claim they say is  “the government’s own hostility to the institution of the family”  and Congress’  encouragement of  “abortion, family breakdown, sexual liberalism, or religious hostility.”

“In the aftermath of horrible tragedies like Newtown, the government desperately wants to do something–even if that something is the wrong thing. There seems to be this notion, at least among liberals, that more laws will protect us–but as we all witnessed in Boston, that isn’t necessarily the case. The government can’t make us safer until it recognizes that the problem isn’t the instruments of violence–but the environment of it. Stronger background checks wouldn’t have prevented the deaths of three people at the finish line on Monday, any more than it would have stopped Floyd Corkins from walking into our lobby and shooting Leo Johnson.

If Congress wants to stop these tragedies, then it has to address the government’s own hostility to the institution of the family and organizations that can address the real problem: the human heart. As I’ve said before, America doesn’t need gun control, it needs self-control. And a Congress that actively discourages it–through abortion, family breakdown, sexual liberalism, or religious hostility–is only compounding the problem”

Perkins later goes on to write:

Of course, some will say–and I agree–that transforming the culture is the church’s job. But that doesn’t mean that there isn’t a place at the table for Christians in the gun debate. Not only did Jesus tolerate weapons, he instructed His disciples to buy them! In Luke 22:36, we read, “He said to them… if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.” Jesus did rebuke Peter for being too quick on the draw (John 18:11), recognizing that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal-but spiritual.

As Christians living in very dangerous times, we not only have a right–but a responsibility–to protect our families from threats of violence, which only increase as America’s focus moves from personal control to more government control.

What opportunistic jingoistic religiously evil driven bullshit.

To tie to the Boston Marathon tragedy to its own hateful agenda is a new disgusting low for even Perkins and the FRC .

The scariest thing is the gist of what Perkins wrote himself is eerily similar to what one of the marathon  bombers said himself. “There are no values anymore, people can’t control themselves.”

It’s ironic that Perkins doesn’t seem to see the parallels between his and his groups narrow hateful interpretation of Christianity and  that of radical Islamic extremist.  This is indeed proof of how religion can warp the sense of morality.  It causes people to believe that compassion and harmless fun are “evil” while hatred and violence are “righteous”.

Religious fanaticism caused the Boston Marathon tragedy, so the blood is not only on  the Tsarneav brothers hands but also on Tony Perkins, the FRC, and all other religious extremists terrorist groups.

Tony Perkins is the Osama Bin Laden of America’s religious extremist terrorist groups.

Sources:  The New Civil Rights Movement and Right Wing Watch

 

President Obama’s Emotional Speech After Gun Control Defeat – Video and Transcript

 

Transcript

THE PRESIDENT: A few months ago, in response to too many tragedies — including the shootings of a United States Congresswoman, Gabby Giffords, who’s here today, and the murder of 20 innocent schoolchildren and their teachers –- this country took up the cause of protecting more of our people from gun violence.

Families that know unspeakable grief summoned the courage to petition their elected leaders –- not just to honor the memory of their children, but to protect the lives of all our children. And a few minutes ago, a minority in the United States Senate decided it wasn’t worth it. They blocked common-sense gun reforms even while these families looked on from the Senate gallery.

By now, it’s well known that 90 percent of the American people support universal background checks that make it harder for a dangerous person to buy a gun. We’re talking about convicted felons, people convicted of domestic violence, people with a severe mental illness. Ninety percent of Americans support that idea. Most Americans think that’s already the law.

And a few minutes ago, 90 percent of Democrats in the Senate just voted for that idea. But it’s not going to happen because 90 percent of Republicans in the Senate just voted against that idea.

A majority of senators voted “yes” to protecting more of our citizens with smarter background checks. But by this continuing distortion of Senate rules, a minority was able to block it from moving forward.

I’m going to speak plainly and honestly about what’s happened here because the American people are trying to figure out how can something have 90 percent support and yet not happen. We had a Democrat and a Republican -– both gun owners, both fierce defenders of our Second Amendment, with “A” grades from the NRA — come together and worked together to write a common-sense compromise on background checks. And I want to thank Joe Manchin and Pat Toomey for their courage in doing that. That was not easy given their traditional strong support for Second Amendment rights.

As they said, nobody could honestly claim that the package they put together infringed on our Second Amendment rights. All it did was extend the same background check rules that already apply to guns purchased from a dealer to guns purchased at gun shows or over the Internet. So 60 percent of guns are already purchased through a background check system; this would have covered a lot of the guns that are currently outside that system.

Their legislation showed respect for gun owners, and it showed respect for the victims of gun violence. And Gabby Giffords, by the way, is both — she’s a gun owner and a victim of gun violence. She is a Westerner and a moderate. And she supports these background checks.

In fact, even the NRA used to support expanded background checks. The current leader of the NRA used to support these background checks. So while this compromise didn’t contain everything I wanted or everything that these families wanted, it did represent progress. It represented moderation and common sense. That’s why 90 percent of the American people supported it.

But instead of supporting this compromise, the gun lobby and its allies willfully lied about the bill. They claimed that it would create some sort of “big brother” gun registry, even though the bill did the opposite. This legislation, in fact, outlawed any registry. Plain and simple, right there in the text. But that didn’t matter.

And unfortunately, this pattern of spreading untruths about this legislation served a purpose, because those lies upset an intense minority of gun owners, and that in turn intimidated a lot of senators. And I talked to several of these senators over the past few weeks, and they’re all good people. I know all of them were shocked by tragedies like Newtown. And I also understand that they come from states that are strongly pro-gun. And I have consistently said that there are regional differences when it comes to guns, and that both sides have to listen to each other.

But the fact is most of these senators could not offer any good reason why we wouldn’t want to make it harder for criminals and those with severe mental illnesses to buy a gun. There were no coherent arguments as to why we wouldn’t do this. It came down to politics — the worry that that vocal minority of gun owners would come after them in future elections. They worried that the gun lobby would spend a lot of money and paint them as anti-Second Amendment.

And obviously, a lot of Republicans had that fear, but Democrats had that fear, too. And so they caved to the pressure, and they started looking for an excuse — any excuse — to vote “no.”

One common argument I heard was that this legislation wouldn’t prevent all future massacres. And that’s true. As I said from the start, no single piece of legislation can stop every act of violence and evil. We learned that tragically just two days ago. But if action by Congress could have saved one person, one child, a few hundred, a few thousand — if it could have prevented those people from losing their lives to gun violence in the future while preserving our Second Amendment rights, we had an obligation to try.

And this legislation met that test. And too many senators failed theirs.

I’ve heard some say that blocking this step would be a victory. And my question is, a victory for who? A victory for what? All that happened today was the preservation of the loophole that lets dangerous criminals buy guns without a background check. That didn’t make our kids safer. Victory for not doing something that 90 percent of Americans, 80 percent of Republicans, the vast majority of your constituents wanted to get done? It begs the question, who are we here to represent?

I’ve heard folks say that having the families of victims lobby for this legislation was somehow misplaced. “A prop,” somebody called them. “Emotional blackmail,” some outlet said. Are they serious? Do we really think that thousands of families whose lives have been shattered by gun violence don’t have a right to weigh in on this issue? Do we think their emotions, their loss is not relevant to this debate?

So all in all, this was a pretty shameful day for Washington.

But this effort is not over. I want to make it clear to the American people we can still bring about meaningful changes that reduce gun violence, so long as the American people don’t give up on it. Even without Congress, my administration will keep doing everything it can to protect more of our communities. We’re going to address the barriers that prevent states from participating in the existing background check system. We’re going to give law enforcement more information about lost and stolen guns so it can do its job. We’re going to help to put in place emergency plans to protect our children in their schools.

But we can do more if Congress gets its act together. And if this Congress refuses to listen to the American people and pass common-sense gun legislation, then the real impact is going to have to come from the voters.

To all the people who supported this legislation — law enforcement and responsible gun owners, Democrats and Republicans, urban moms, rural hunters, whoever you are — you need to let your representatives in Congress know that you are disappointed, and that if they don’t act this time, you will remember come election time.

To the wide majority of NRA households who supported this legislation, you need to let your leadership and lobbyists in Washington know they didn’t represent your views on this one.

The point is those who care deeply about preventing more and more gun violence will have to be as passionate, and as organized, and as vocal as those who blocked these common-sense steps to help keep our kids safe. Ultimately, you outnumber those who argued the other way. But they’re better organized. They’re better financed. They’ve been at it longer. And they make sure to stay focused on this one issue during election time. And that’s the reason why you can have something that 90 percent of Americans support and you can’t get it through the Senate or the House of Representatives.

So to change Washington, you, the American people, are going to have to sustain some passion about this. And when necessary, you’ve got to send the right people to Washington. And that requires strength, and it requires persistence.

And that’s the one thing that these families should have inspired in all of us. I still don’t know how they have been able to muster up the strength to do what they’ve doing over the last several weeks, last several months.

And I see this as just round one. When Newtown happened, I met with these families and I spoke to the community, and I said, something must be different right now. We’re going to have to change. That’s what the whole country said. Everybody talked about how we were going to change something to make sure this didn’t happen again, just like everybody talked about how we needed to do something after Aurora. Everybody talked about we needed change something after Tucson.

And I’m assuming that the emotions that we’ve all felt since Newtown, the emotions that we’ve all felt since Tucson and Aurora and Chicago — the pain we share with these families and families all across the country who’ve lost a loved one to gun violence — I’m assuming that’s not a temporary thing. I’m assuming our expressions of grief and our commitment to do something different to prevent these things from happening are not empty words.

I believe we’re going to be able to get this done. Sooner or later, we are going to get this right. The memories of these children demand it. And so do the American people.

 

Ann Coulter Loses It!: Calls For Murder of Meghan McCain

Ann Coulter is a bitch

Well looks like Ann Coulter an honoary board member of the HomoCON group GOProud  has finally fully lost what little mind she had left when in a FOX News column  she called for the killing of Megan McCain.

In a column published on Thursday, conservative pundit Ann Coulter joked that the killing of politicians’ children should “start with Meghan McCain.” Earlier this week, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MA) told MSNBC host Martin Bashir that he was sensitive to the need for more gun control because his nephew had been shot and killed several years ago.

 Bashir suggested that members of Congress should not have to experience the death of a family member to understand that gun violence was a problem. “But Congressman, is that what needs to happen to move these senators to stop threatening a filibuster?” Bashir asked. “Is that really what needs to happen? That you need to have a member of your family killed in order for you to do what the American people want you to do?”

Conservative websites interpreted Bashir’s statement to mean that he was advocating the murder of politicians’ family members. And on Thursday, Coulter decided it would be funny to suggest the daughter of Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) should be the first to die.

Now Bashir’s question was legit but that nasty horsefaced whore Ann Coulter’s statement was targeted and dangerous on purpose.

Lets hope her hoof finally went off in her mouth and we are done with this evil bitch forever and Cindy McCain whoops her bony little her ass.

The “Gay NRA” The Pink Pistols Release Reprehensible Statement About Sandy Hook and Gun Control

Pink Pistol lunatics

The Pink Pistols are a LGBT  gun rights organization founded in the year 2000 has always been a controversial group.   Their mottos are “Pick on someone your own caliber” and “Armed gays don’t get bashed.” inspired by a Salon.com article written by Jonathan Rauch, have inspired some but have also repulsed others who believe that it’s nothing more than a front for crazy gay Republican and Libertarians. (Calling Jimmy LaSalvia!)

Well the “Gay NRA” has broken their silence about the Sandy Hook and issued a statement that weighs-in on President Obama’s calls to make America less deadly due to guns making their organization seem even more repugnant than ever.

Said Pink Pistols spokesperson Gwen Patton:

“This is what we need, a reasoned discussion, not emotional knee-jerking. The deaths at Sandy Hook were awful and tragic. But we should not get caught up in the urge to do something, anything, and do the wrong thing. I said it before, and I’ll say it again. No compromise on either our gay rights OR our right to bear arms is acceptable to the Pink Pistols.”

Well what is unacceptable for me at least is them wrapping their pro-gun agenda in our gay rights issue.  It’s unacceptable,  offensive,  and disgusting.

And while the Human Rights Coalition (HRC) and Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), claim their organizations had no stance on the issue and refuse to say anything.  In my opinion to tie in gun rights, the Second Amendment and being gay is just wrong.

To be  legally licensed, trained, background checked and armed with a small personal weapon to protect yourself is one thing.  But to use being gay and vulnerable as a blanket statement for the Second Amendment foolishness of the NRA is reprehensible and insane.

H/T to Mike Petrelis @ The PetrelisFiles

 

Former Rep. Gabby Giffords Pleads For More Gun Control, NRA’s LaPierre Says: No Background Checks

Good vs Evil

Former Rep Gabby Giffords who survived an assassination attempt in 2011 traveled to Washington D.C. to deliver a profoundly powerful opening statement at the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing on gun violence.

Said Giffords:

“Thank you for inviting me here today. This is an important conversation for our children, for our communities, for Democrats and Republicans. Speaking is difficult, but I need to say something important. Violence is a big problem. Too many children are dying. Too many children. We must do something. It will be hard, but the time is now. You must act. Be bold, be courageous. Americans are counting on you. Thank you.”

Meanwhile National Rifle Association head Wayne LaPierre testified that the government is already failing to prosecute people who illegally apply to purchase a gun, therefore it’s pointless to impose background checks on people who buy guns at gun shows and they should stop.

Jesus didn’t weep, he sobbed.