Tonight we notice that the Mayor's gun control rhetoric has becoming increasingly grim and hopeless.
A tragic reality . . .
For the past two years Kansas City violence has reached record-breaking levels as this cowtown copes with deadly shootings every few days.
Now . . .
MAYOR Q BLAMES THE NEXT KANSAS CITY MASSACRE ON OPPONENTS OF GUN CONTROL!!!
The attempt to convict 2nd Amendment defenders of future crimes is craven and so deeply divisive that it's hard to imagine an elected official using this kind of rhetoric.
Again . . .
Using cryptic language about the safety of youngsters is a new low for the American discourse but something that has been normalized as midterms elections approach.
What's unfortunate is that this kind of talk has marked the upward ascendance of Mayor Q and is celebrated by social media fans & followers . . . Meanwhile, those of us who don't really care about the pointless national gun debate or blood-lust for power merely see the chatter as some guy threatening schools, parents and opponents with fate . . . A tactic that ALWAYS looks horrible in retrospect.
In fairness, we've highlighted the baleful passages as we link to more info and resources whilst KC's fading daily newspaper offers Mayor Q their platform this evening . . .
“For us to just put our heads down and suggest nothing will happen and nothing needs to happen is to, I think, submit to more massacres of the types we saw recently,” Lucas told the Star on Tuesday, after a weekend spent talking about gun control on national outlets, like Face The Nation and The New York Times.
Lucas said while his powers to control guns on a local level are limited, he’s determined to keep the conversation alive on a state and federal level.
“I will be a very, very angry person if there is a massacre in Kansas City, and a massacre committed by a teenager who got an AR-15 when a very simple solution would’ve been having a longer waiting period or making it so that teenager could not have bought that firearm.”
“If we don’t talk about guns, if we don’t talk about the threat of guns, if we don’t talk about the flood of guns on our streets, we’re condemning ourselves to continue living like this forever,” Lucas said. “I don’t want to live like this.”
Read more via www.TonysKansasCity.com link . . .
"I will be a very, very angry person if there is a massacre in Kansas City," Mayor Quinton Lucas said. He said if he had the power to make one change tomorrow, it would be to require concealed carry permits again.
Related reading . . .
After what feels like a relentless sequence of high-profile mass shootings, Americans are once again debating whether the country needs stronger regulations on guns. Many lawmakers and activists contend that, even in a country as bitterly polarized as the United States, some gun-control measures actually attract wide support - whether Americans actually vote for the measures they say they support is another matter.
Guns were a ubiquitous part of my childhood. My grandfather, who had been a master sergeant in the Army, had a small arsenal in his house in Mechanic Falls, Maine. He gave me a bolt-action Springfield rifle when I was 7. By the time I was 10, I had graduated to a Winchester lever-action 30-30.
Sen. John Cornyn said Monday he's "optimistic" there will be "60 plus" votes on gun control legislation a bipartisan group of senators has been negotiating. That would be enough to overcome a filibuster and send a bill to the floor.
President Biden urged Congress to act and the House is preparing to pass multiple gun control measures. But the Senate is where a compromise must be made. A bipartisan group of lawmakers is reportedly discussing policies like enhanced background checks and a federal red flag law.
In the wake of mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas, and Buffalo, New York, the GOP has doubled down on its often-repeated gun mantras: "guns aren't the problem, people are" and "gun control isn't the answer to gun violence." They're right, albeit not in the way they mean.
Matthew McConaughey, the actor and Uvalde native who has been one of the most outspoken and prominent voices since the mass shooting in his hometown last month, called for "reasonable, practical, tactical" gun regulations during an emotional speech at a White House press briefing Tuesday, June 7.
MoneyWatch Ben & Jerry's is calling on corporate America to stop financing politicians who oppose gun control measures supported by most Americans. "It's time for companies and their trade associations to stop political contributions to elected officials who do the gun lobby's bidding, blocking common sense gun laws that nearly all Americans support," the Vermont ice cream maker said in response to recent mass shootings.
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