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THE IDIOT GUN LOBBY GETS THE CREDIT FOR LATEST COLORADO TRAGEDY 

Well, it appears the gun lobby has yet another deadly incident it deserves credit for. This time it’s the horrendous killing of two young mothers and a 35-year-old bicyclist dad in Colorado Springs on Halloween.

Here’s what the organization Colorado Ceasefire said in its release regarding the shooting:

“Quite alarming was [the] response of the dispatcher to a 911 call reporting a man with an assault rifle walking down the street. According to the Washington Post, when ‘Naomi Bettis called 911 to report a man with a long black rifle outside her home,’ the dispatcher began telling her about the open carry law, indicating it was legal for the man to be carrying the rifle publicly. Bettis then hung up, but called back when the ‘man with the gun opened fire on a bicyclist outside her door.’ “Bettis said ‘I don’t think she thought it was an emergency until I made the second call.’ The shooter then continued walking down the street, shooting and killing the two women [mothers with two children each].

“Although all the details have yet to emerge, it appears that police were not dispatched to the scene until the shooting began (Colorado Springs police have yet to release the 911-dispatch tapes).”

And there you have it, folks. Thanks to the insanity of open carry laws in many Colorado counties, a mad murderer walked right down the middle of the street carrying an assault rifle, and the cops didn’t even have the power to bother him until after he started murdering innocent people. Thanks NRA and all you other paranoid gun nuts who’d rather see mothers and fathers gunned down in the streets than to allow laws that might keep guns out of the hands of those with mental illness. Is it really worth this ongoing slaughter of the innocent so you and your pals can play Red Dawn, preparing for some make believe UN troop invasion with your unregistered firearms?

Here’s to hoping that all you politicians who are too cowardly to stand up to the murderous idiots who comprise the gun lobby have as much trouble sleeping and looking yourself in the mirror as you do to saying “no” to their blood money.

It’s time to stop mincing words. If you support keeping gun laws insanely weak, then you are responsible for these ongoing tragedies. Period.

Guns don’t kill people. Stupid idiots who support weak gun laws kill people.

MEDIA MEMORY NOW SHORTER THAN A 5-YEAR-OLD’S 

Wednesday’s Washington Post headline summed it up this way: “Why Matt Bevin’s win in Kentucky could be the future of America’s politics.”

It’s over, folks. Democrats are doomed. Everything has now shifted to the right. We may never see another Democratic president in our lifetime.

But wait. 

As I peruse the headlines from 2008, I find newspaper after newspaper declaring that the Republican Party is dead, vanquished, no more. The media declared that Obama’s victory was such a monumental shift in the electorate that the Republican Party had become just another footnote in history.

And the moral of the story is… the news media should read more Harry S. Truman — the only thing new is the history you don’t know. Headlines like the Post’s declaring that the victory of a Tea-Party Republican (Bevin) in Kentucky is the harbinger of a permanent political shift in America is the kind of nonsensical reporting that happens when you offer buyouts to every journalist with 10 or more years of experience in an effort to get rid of all those pricy newshounds actually making a living wage.

Young news scribes, take it from us old-fart journalists: what goes around comes around. Republicans may win this year or next but then we will declare the next permanent political shift back to Democrats the year after that. At which point your daily paper will lay you off and reload with a fresh, cheap j-schooler who will be shocked when they learn that each election cycle isn’t the beginning of a permanent political dynasty.

But it does make for dramatic headlines.