“Congress explicitly banned AR-15s and other semiautomatic rifles that fit its definition of assault weapons from 1994 to 2004.
Since that law expired 14 years ago, in most states it has been just as easy to buy an AR-15-style gun as it is in Florida. (Buyers can also purchase the weapon in person or online from private sellers who are not required to perform a background check — an exemption known as the “gun show loophole.”)
Only New York, California, Washington, D.C., and five other states have their own assault-weapon bans, according to the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Washington, D.C., and eight states also limit the large capacity magazines that have made many mass shootings so deadly. Even so, there have been efforts to circumvent the bans, legally and illegally, by making minor changes to the weapons.”
Snap by L.K. Thayer – “escape artist” – DTLA
(Photo “Orange Crush” by Rich Ferguson)
What the What
What we argue about.
What we know to the depths of our souls.
What causes the soles of our feet to burn.
What our pain is, and what we do with it.
What we do for love.
What animals mate for life.
What weapons will look like in 100 years.
What our history of violence tells us.
What the silence tells us on nights we can’t sleep.
What time whispers in our ears when another year slips by.
What slips between our fingers, between the cracks.
What cracks us up.
What gets us up out of bed every morning.
What we see when we look in the mirror.
What to do for a broken heart.
What to do when your what-if machine breaks.
What your tongue can tell you about your health.
What your health can tell you about your wealth.
What we can learn from our mistakes.
What we can learn from the color of a star.
What we wish for when we wish upon a star.
What truths are self-evident.
What our parents aren’t telling us.
What our politicians aren’t telling us.
What it means to be kind, what it means to be cruel.
What it means to be rich, what it means to be poor.
What to do to cleanse your colon.
What to do to cleanse your soul.
What to take for a yeast infection, or erectile dysfunction.
What a dangling or misplaced modifier looks like in a sentence.
What a prison inmate’s life sentence costs the average taxpayer.
What it costs to build a house.
What it costs to buy a house.
What Lincoln said about a house divided.
What Shakespeare said about destiny and the stars.
What scars we wear proudly.
What wounds we keep hidden deep.
What we’ve lied about, rioted about.
What we’ve remained absolutely quiet about.
What the coroner’s report will say about us when we’re gone.
What our families, friends, and coworkers will say about us when we’re gone.
What to do to get turned on.
What to do when you’re turned off.
What made Van Gogh cut off his ear.
What paint colors go together, or make people look more beautiful.
What it really means when people say beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
What eye color is most sensitive to light.
What it takes to power Times Square.
What 9/11 looked like from outer space.
What you can and can’t take on airplanes.
What you can and can’t buy with food stamps, or eat while pregnant.
What role folic acid plays in pregnancy.
What acid taught Timothy Leary.
What we should and shouldn’t be leery of.
What agitates us, brings us peace.
What meditation does to the brain.
What cancer does to the brain.
What we know about wisdom vs. intelligence.
What we know about ignorance vs. stupidity.
What stupid things people do with their smart phones.
What women do that drive guys crazy.
What guys do that drive women crazy.
What it really means when a guy says he’s scared.
What it really means when a woman says, “Fine.”
What degree of separation you are from Tom Waits vs. Tom Cruise.
What your musical taste, or taste in movies says about you.
What the chicken says when crossing the road.
What the road has told us when we’ve journeyed off alone.
What we’ve done for kicks on Route 66.
What 666 means to a mathematician vs. a devil worshiper, or biblical scholar.
What prayers to say for abundance, what prayers to say for healing.
What we’ve held in our hands.
What we’ll be handing over to the next generation.
What we’ve handed over as a bribe, peace offering, or evidence.
What the witness saw.
What the victim saw.
What the shooter saw when staring down the barrel of his rifle.
What we see when looking up at the clouds.
What we see when looking down deep into ourselves.
“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.”
(CNN) – Pope Francis is having cards printed and distributed showing a 1945 photo of victims of the nuclear bombing of Nagasaki along with the words “the fruit of war.”
“Ring out the false, ring in the true!!”
“Democrats are the party of patriotism, because they’re doing something infinitely more urgent and substantive than berating football players who kneel during the national anthem. They’re recognizing that a hostile foreign power tried to change the course of an American presidential election. They’re pressing for a full accounting of that. They’re looking for fixes, so that we can know with confidence that we control our own destiny going forward. The president, meanwhile, plays down the threat, and Republicans prop him up.
Democrats are the party of national security. They don’t taunt and get into Twitter wars with the rulers of countries that just might send nuclear warheads our way. They don’t alienate longtime allies by flashing contradictory signals about their commitment to NATO. The leader of the Republican Party does all of that and more, denying the G.O.P. any pretense to stewardship of a stable world order.
Democrats are the law-and-order party. While many Republicans and their media mouthpiece, Fox News, labor to delegitimize the F.B.I. and thus inoculate Trump, Democrats put faith in prosecutors, agents and the system.
Democrats are the party of decency and modesty. None of their highest leaders uses the public arena to bully private citizens in the way that the Republican president does. None advances his or her financial interests as brazenly or brags as extravagantly.
Democrats are the party of tradition, if it’s interpreted — and it should be — to mean a news media that operates without fear of government interference, an internet to which access isn’t tiered, judicial appointees who have a modicum of fluency in trial law.
Under Trump’s thumb and spell, the Republican Party is watching the pillars of its brand crumble. Democrats should grab hold of and appropriate them. And they’re starting to, fitfully and imperfectly. Jettisoning Al Franken as the Republican National Committee reteamed with Moorewas part of that effort.
Who among us doesn’t care about family values, defined justly and embraced honestly? Who doesn’t see the good in patriotism, tradition and decency? They’re neither hokey words nor musty concepts, and that’s why Republicans have been using (and misusing) them. But in the age of Trump, they constitute a language that Democrats can more credibly speak.”