The Wrong Direction

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It was a very rainy Sunday where we live, so my wife and I searched for a lightweight movie to watch and we finally settled on “The American President,” starring Michael Douglas and Annette Benning.

The movie was entertaining and enjoyable in a rainy Sunday afternoon kind of way. But what struck me most about this 1995 movie is that the Michael Douglas’ character, the President, was trying to push gun control legislation through Congress. And Annette Benning’s character, a lobbyist, was trying to get legislation passed to reduce carbon emission levels in order to combat global warming and climate change.

So we are, almost a quarter of a century later, and our Congress has not only not made any progress in either of these critical issues, but since Donald Trump was elected President, we’re actually moving in the wrong direction.

Our lawmakers should be ashamed of themselves.

The Wrong Solution for the Wrong Problem

75F050AF-1AAF-4D3A-9907-9228BEC6B74DThe following is taken word-for-word from a blurb I saw in today’s morning newspaper.

The Trump administration is planning to roll back Obama-era policies aimed at ensuring that minority children are not unfairly disciplined, arguing that the efforts have eased up on punishment and contributed to rising violence in the nation’s schools.

The decision culminates a nearly year-long effort begun by the Trump administration after the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The deaths of 17 students and staff members last February prompted lawmakers in both parties to demand tougher gun laws.

But President Trump abandoned that focus and instead empowered a school safety commission, led by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Almost immediately, the commission turned away from guns, and instead scrutinized the Obama administration’s school discipline policies, though none of the most high-profile school shootings were perpetrated by black students.

Talk about implementing the wrong solution for the wrong problem. This article is just another example of the racist nature of the entire Trump administration. In my humble opinion, of course.

Further proof that we have the wrong president. A very, very wrong president.

A Good Guy With a Gun

B9C60C41-6B49-456E-885A-B5B31B0DE222According to the National Rifle Association (NRA) “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun.” That is unless the good guy is a black man.

Emantic “EJ” Bradford Jr. was allegedly trying to help people in a shooting incident at an Alabama mall by waving them to safety. Unfortunately for EJ, he was carrying a gun, one for which he had a carry permit. And a policeman apparently didn’t take the time to find out if EJ was a good guy with a gun or a bad guy. He saw a black man with a gun and, assuming he was a criminal, fatally shot him.

The local police department has since made a statement saying that Bradford was likely not the gunman responsible for the initial shootings. That person remains at large.

The police also offered sympathy to EJ’s family, but threw in the caveat that his decision to pull out his weapon “heightened the sense of threat at an already chaotic scene.”

When is this country going to recognize that 300 million guns in a nation of 325 million people is not a good idea? When are our legislators going to have the courage to be the real good guys and stand up to the NRA in the interest of their constituents and enact common sense gun control legislation?

One-Liner Wednesday — Death and Horror

E82A676F-9B92-43AB-BED4-476CB6478312Before I present my one-liner for today, let me first confess that it’s actually a two-liner. Sorry for bending the rules a bit.

Let me also say that I’m quoting Eliot Spitzer, the disgraced former Attorney General and former governor of New York. Sorry about that, too.

Anyway, here’s what Spitzer said:

Yes, people pull the trigger, but guns are the instrument of death. Gun control is necessary, and delay means more death and horror.

So why am I quoting Spitzer? Because I think what he expressed is a rational response to the NRA’s refrain that “guns don’t kill people, people kill people.”

The only way to reduce the incidence of more death and horror from mass shootings like the one on Sunday night in Las Vegas is, as Spitzer said, to pass common sense gun control laws.

If a disgraced politician like Eliot Spitzer can see that, why can’t the Republicans in Congress, whose refrain is always “now is not the time” to talk about gun control. But delaying such a discussion means more death and horror.

Yet for Republican legislators, it seems that never is the only good time to talk about gun control.


Written for the One-Liner Wednesday prompt from Linda G. Hill.

Not Interested

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I could have written a post today about the paltry interest rate my bank is paying on my savings account, especially compared to the much greater interest rate I’m paying my bank for my mortgage.

I could have written a witty, clever bit of flash fiction that some readers might have found of interest.

I could have come up with all kinds of ways for incorporating the word “interest” into a post.

But with everything that is going on in this country, I just don’t have the interest in writing a post in response to this prompt.

Just as our lawmakers seem to have no interest in doing anything about enacting more common sense gun legislation and the NRA’s only interest is to protect the gun manufactures and to pay off the members of Congress to ensure that gun control laws are not on the agenda.

Just as conservative pundits have no interest in discussing gun laws in the wake of the tragic Las Vegas mass shooting on Sunday night. They say this is “not the right time” to be discussing such things. We should, they say, just send our thoughts and prayers to the families of the victims.

Just as our president has no real interest in making America great again. His only interest is to do everything he can to enrich himself, his family. and his already wealthy friends.

Maybe tomorrow I’ll have more interest in posting to my blog. But today, I have no interest.


This post was written for today’s one-word prompt, “interest.”