Who Won The Week — 05/15/22

The idea behind Who Won the Week is to give you the opportunity to select who (or what) you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.

For the first time since I started Who Won the Week, I am designating another blogger, Jill Dennison, as this week’s winner. This morning she posted something (a bit of a justifiable rant, in my opinion) on her blog. It’s a rant that I consider a must read post. You can read her post by following this link to get to her blog. I’ve also copied and pasted her post below.


WHOA … THE HYPOCRISY!!!

What, exactly, is the ‘Right to Life’? Whose life? To what extent are we willing to go to preserve life? And what, exactly is life? I’m frankly sick of hearing people say they are “pro-life” when all they really mean is they are against abortion. Something in the news yesterday, though, connected some dots and made me stop … and after a bit of cursing and punching the coffee pot for not heating quickly enough, I sat down and said, “WHOA … the hypocrisy!!!!” What was that something? The second mass shooting of the weekend yesterday afternoon in a grocery store in a predominantly Black neighborhood in Buffalo, New York, where at last count, 13 people were shot, 10 murdered.

Folks, let me make something perfectly clear here: the nearly-uncontrolled right to own guns is completely inconsistent with the right to life. Completely. If a person buys a gun, he or she does so with the intention of using that gun to kill. Guns literally have no other purpose than to maim and murder.

Next time someone tells you they are ‘pro-life,’ ask them if they own a gun. If they say ‘yes,’ then you can inform them that they are a potential taker of life, so no, they are not pro-life at all, they are just using the term to justify their stance on taking away women’s rights.

The shooter in Buffalo was an 18-year-old white male who apparently hates Black people for some reason, for the government is treating this as a hate crime based on his ‘manifesto.’ Gee, I wonder where he got that prejudice from? Look first at the parents, but then look at society today. Wonder why an 18-year-old kid even has access to a gun? Last Wednesday, a judge in ruled that California’s ban on the sale of semiautomatic weapons to people under 21 is unconstitutional. What’s next … will it be ruled unconstitutional to ban giving guns to children age 14? Age 10? Age 5? The gun culture in this nation is truly insane. In no other nation is a civilian allowed to own an assault weapon, let alone an arsenal!

If you’ve followed this blog for any length of time, you know my stance on guns … they do not belong in the hands of civilians. Full stop. Need further proof?

In Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Friday night, there was yet another mass shooting that left 17 people injured, but no fatalities thus far, miraculously. This one took place late Friday night shortly after fans left a nearby NBA playoff game. Two other shootings in the same general vicinity took place earlier that evening, leaving an additional four people injured.

My message to every single member of the United States Congress is this …

Do not offer ‘condolences’ to the families of the victims in Milwaukee or Buffalo. Do not offer meaningless ‘thoughts and prayers.’ DO SOMETHING! Initiate and pass serious and meaningful gun legislation to get the guns out of the hands of people! No 18-year-old child has the need for a gun. Nobody who has EVER been accused of abusing another person in any way should be allowed to own a gun. And NOBODY anywhere, ever, for any reason has a need for an assault weapon! Shut down the gun shows where even the most basic rules are openly disregarded. Override with federal legislation the individual state laws that allow for carrying concealed weapons, for possession of a gun without a license, and make the federal law ‘One Strike, You’re Out’!

But alas, mine is a pipe dream, for those very people who claim to be ‘pro-life’ would scream, yell, and threaten any who even suggested such laws. No matter that gun violence is the leading cause of death in the U.S. You have a roughly 1-in-315 lifetime chance of death from gun violence.

For those who would claim that the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution gives them the right to own as many guns of any sort as they wish, let me clarify the exact wording of that Amendment:

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

NOWHERE does it say that people should be allowed to keep a gun in the glove compartment of their car or walk into a grocery store with one concealed in pocket or purse. NOWHERE does it say that guns should be freely available to teens. NOWHERE does it say that a person should be allowed to own an assault weapon that didn’t even exist when the Constitution was written in 1787!

Those who believe that abortion is an infringement on the right to life, better wake up and look at the gun culture, the lack of gun laws in this country, for already this year 15,862 people have lost their life to a person with a gun. That is more than the total gun deaths all year in 2016! But yet, do you hear anybody speaking for the ‘right to life’ of those victims?

Friday it was Milwaukee, Saturday it was Buffalo … will your neighborhood be Sunday’s statistics?

If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.

What about you? Who (or what) do you think won the week?

30 thoughts on “Who Won The Week — 05/15/22

  1. Mister Bump UK May 15, 2022 / 12:01 pm

    The age of the sound byte; these labels aren’t necessarily accurate but they make a position easily recgnisable.

    If you think about it, guns signifying freedom is perverse… the freedom to take somebody else’s life? That’s just stupid.

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  2. newepicauthor May 15, 2022 / 12:09 pm

    I am totally with you on this issue Fandango. 48% of Americans say that they own a gun for protection, and they also say it is better to have a gun and not need it, then not to have one and need it. Gun nuts recommend that every able body man and woman should have one pistol and one AR-15 in their house, along with a .22 rifle for their kids and a revolver for grandma. Guns empower people, as they like having a firearm in the house, but it probably won’t help in a dangerous moment, and it is more likely to create a risk. The National Rifle Association would like every American to stock up on guns for their personal safety.

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    • Fandango May 15, 2022 / 3:32 pm

      Of course. The NRA is a shill for the firearm manufacturers, not for gun owners.

      Liked by 3 people

  3. Nope, Not Pam May 15, 2022 / 1:06 pm

    I must say Australia did this one, after the Pt Arthur massacre both parties passed immediate legislation to outlaw prohibited use of guns and for those (farmers, sports scooters etc) strict regulations when owing a gun. We have not had another incident. But then the whole of Australia was in shock, perhaps that’s the difference

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    • donmatthewspoetry May 16, 2022 / 4:09 am

      I remember that Pt Arthur massacre Pam. A resulting amnesty on guns saw thousands handed in. As you say Australia went into shock being not used such a thing. Legislation came fast. Nothing has happened since. America needs to rein in it’s gun laws. But it won’t. The NRA has too much control..

      I think Americans in general have become desensitized to gun violence. A big part of the problem…….

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      • Nope, Not Pam May 16, 2022 / 4:15 am

        I agree. That kind of thing had never happened here before, we reacted and everyone rose to their feet in response. I’m very proud of us. It’s one of the few times politicians but their differences aside and just acted

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        • donmatthewspoetry May 16, 2022 / 4:41 am

          I’m glad living in Aus. Pam. We are indeed a lucky country.

          It’s politicians that make changes. Individuals can’t. My view has always been change occurs when a mass movement of people led by a strong leader make politicians bend to the will of the people…..

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  4. rugby843 May 15, 2022 / 1:09 pm

    I totally agree with Jill and her point of view.

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  5. Paula Light May 15, 2022 / 4:16 pm

    The prolifers have always been hypocrites, putting potential life over actual, breathing humans. And most of them are rah rah guns as well… total cognitive dissonance…

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  6. bushboy May 15, 2022 / 7:09 pm

    10 people a day killed by dickheads with guns so far this year is mind blogging!!!

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  7. jilldennison May 15, 2022 / 9:06 pm

    Thank you, Fandango, for sharing my rant! It seems a lot of people agree. Not that our lawmakers will actually find the cojones to act, but it’s good to know that there are still sane people in this country! Thanks again, my friend! I appreciate it!

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    • Fandango May 15, 2022 / 10:18 pm

      I’d say you took the words right out of my mouth, but in this case, I took your words right out of your blog. Well articulated, Jill.

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      • jilldennison May 15, 2022 / 11:48 pm

        Many thanks, Fandango! I sometimes think I do my best work when I’m in a rage and just pounding the keys, letting my thoughts run amok!

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  8. Marleen May 15, 2022 / 9:16 pm

    There is actually one detail of this particular event that the current lawmakers should be able to address, according to stuff they’ve said before. That is unless they are capricious liar…

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  9. donmatthewspoetry May 16, 2022 / 4:43 am

    I’m glad I live in Aus. We are a lucky country.

    It’s politicians that make changes. Individuals can’t. My view has always been change only occurs when a mass movement of people led by a strong leader make politicians bend to the will of the people…..

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  10. Carol anne May 16, 2022 / 9:54 am

    A wonderful post by Jill! Congrats Jill on being this weeks who won the week winner!

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  11. JT Twissel May 16, 2022 / 1:49 pm

    When we have a bunch of Republican lawmakers who think sending out Christmas cards with their young children holding semi-automatic weapons, it feels hopeless. I’m past asking what’s wrong with those folks.

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  12. leigha66 May 16, 2022 / 7:20 pm

    Sunday’s statistic was in California… there is no viable solution yet as more laws unfortunately would not phase the criminals…. they find the ways to get the guns now illegally. SOMETHING has to be done though, It is the what that is unclear. I weep for our nation.

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  13. Marleen May 16, 2022 / 9:10 pm

    I saw and heard a good video, this morning, on the topic of China practicing (with military operations or war games) for an attack upon Taiwan. I can’t find it right now.

    https://www.msn.com/en-in/news/world/wion-global-summit-japans-ex-minister-yasuhide-nakayama-says-if-xi-is-smart-china-will-not-invade-taiwan/ar-AAXk27t

    WION Global Summit: Japan’s ex-minister Yasuhide Nakayama says if Xi is smart, China will not invade Taiwan
    wionnewsweb@gmail.com (Wion Web Team) 18 hours ago

    In the fifth edition of WION Global Summit, Japan’s former state minister of defense, Yasuhide Nakayama, said that if Chinese President Xi Jinping is smart, he will not invade Taiwan.

    The Japan’s ex-minister was talking during the first session of the summit on “Waving the white flag on armed conflicts”.

    While raising the issue of Taiwan, the Japanese leader said that worldwide media is currently only focused on Ukraine, but what about Myanmar, and Taiwan?

    ……………

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    • Marleen May 17, 2022 / 11:42 am

      https://thehill.com/opinion/national-security/579300-bidens-taiwan-test-is-coming/

      Chinese President Xi Jinping, in power since 2012, has become increasingly emboldened in pursuing his expansionist agenda, in part because three successive American presidents have allowed him to act with impunity. Having swallowed Hong Kong, is China itching to move on Taiwan, the island democracy whose incorporation Xi recently called a “historic mission”?

      By rehearsing amphibious and air attacks, China has displayed a readiness to seize Taiwan by force. Make no mistake: Taiwan is on the frontline of international defense against tyranny. This small island with almost as many people as much-larger Australia is a technological powerhouse that plays a central role in the international semiconductor business. Its absorption will not only make China a more formidable economic competitor to the United States, but also threaten global peace …

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  14. Marleen May 16, 2022 / 9:12 pm

    I saw and heard a good video, this morning, on the topic of China practicing (with military operations or war games) for an attack upon Taiwan. I can’t find it right now. It didn’t say anything about this summit. It was from three days ago.

    https://www.msn.com/en-in/news/world/wion-global-summit-japans-ex-minister-yasuhide-nakayama-says-if-xi-is-smart-china-will-not-invade-taiwan/ar-AAXk27t

    WION Global Summit: Japan’s ex-minister Yasuhide Nakayama says if Xi is smart, China will not invade Taiwan
    • 18 hours ago

    In the fifth edition of WION Global Summit, Japan’s former state minister of defense, Yasuhide Nakayama, said that if Chinese President Xi Jinping is smart, he will not invade Taiwan.

    The Japan’s ex-minister was talking during the first session of the summit on “Waving the white flag on armed conflicts”.

    While raising the issue of Taiwan, the Japanese leader said that worldwide media is currently only focused on Ukraine, but what about Myanmar, and Taiwan?

    ……………….

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