One of the best legacies Justices Ginsburg and Breyer can leave is to retire now so a Democratic president and Senate can name their successor. These justices are hanging on and it seems more to do with ego and selfish pride than thinking about the greater good. If one of these justices is replaced by a conservative justice, we can see further erosion of Women's rights, voter's rights, democratic rights, minority rights, health care rights, etc. I just hope these justices give America a lasting gift for 2014 and let younger liberal justices replace them to secure their long term legacy. For crying out loud, even in retirement they can hear cases as part time judges.
Articles can be written lamenting the election losses this month. Yet it is not over. The democrat Mary Landrieu is in a runoff election. She may not be an ideal progressive candidate, but she is better than her Republican opponent.
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee bailed on her.
I would suggest helping to support her at
rather than just lamenting over November's election losses. She has won her runoff
elections in the past, she can do it again. I am sure your support would be helpful.
Try to help decrease the shootings and sign the White House petition for a firearms tax at
Here is today's new story. Another school shooting
TAFT, Calif. (AP) — A 16-year-old student armed with a shotgun walked into a rural California high school on Thursday, shot one student and fired at others and missed before a teacher and another staff member talked him into surrendering, officials said.
And the school follows the NRA advice about an armed guard. But he was snowed in.
WASHINGTON -- Taft Union High School in Taft, Calif., normally has an armed guard on campus to help officials with problems that go "beyond the scope" of the administration.
But on Thursday morning, as a student showed up with a shotgun and fired two to four shots at a teacher and a classmate, the officer was nowhere to be found.
"He couldn't get there because he was snowed in," Sheriff Donny Youngblood of the Kern County Sheriff’s Department said in a press conference Thursday afternoon.
Meanwhile the NRA still feels we do not have enough firearms and wants no additional gun regulations
The National Rifle Association met with Vice President Joe Biden's school safety study group on Thursday and afterward said the participants spent most their time on proposals to limit gun rights. The NRA says it, quote, "will not allow law-abiding gun owners to be blamed for the acts of criminals and madmen."
You know, they are talking about those career criminal 16 year olds who take their law abiding family gun to school to shoot people.
We should tax firearms and make the tax proportional to the U.S. firearm death/injury rate, to give an incentive to the gun industry to promote policies to reduce the high U.S. firearm death/injury rate. The U.S. firearm death/injury rate is about 10.2/100,000 people per year which is about 100% higher than Canada's firearm death/injury rate which is about 4.8/100,000 people per year. Meanwhile the gun industry makes about $1 billion in profits annually but it is estimated that the healthcare costs run anywhere from $40 billion to $100 billion per year.
So try to help decrease the shootings and sign the White House petition for a firearms tax at
Right now there is no incentive for the firearm industry to support policies that could lower the firearm injury/death rate. Basically, the more firearms they can sell the more profit they will make, no matter what its impact on the firearm injury/ death rate. The U.S. firearm injury/death rate is significantly higher than any other comparable developed country. The U.S. firearm death/injury rate is approximately 10.2/100,000 people per year. That is more than 100% higher than Canada's rate which is about 4.8/100,000 people per year. Though the firearm industry makes about $1 billion in profits per year, it is estimated the health care costs from firearm deaths and injuries total about $40 billion/year. No doubt a significant amount of the healthcare costs are paid by our tax dollars via medicaid and medicare. Therefore I ask you to go to the following white house link
to sign the petition that requests that the white house looks into imposing a tax on firearms that is proportional to the firearm death/injury rate. That would give an incentive to the firearm industry to support policies that reduce the firearm death/injury rate. The proceeds from this tax can be used to defray the health care costs associated with firearm injuries.
Hopefully we can work together to try to lower the U.S. firearm death/injury rate.
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