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Morning Joe is sticking to talking about firearms regulations, morning after morning, week after week.

Yes, he and Mika make me crazy.  I often disagree with him, and Mika makes me squirm regularly.  but I have to celebrate his speaking out on this issue.  He was shocked to his core by Newtown and impressed by Joe Manchin speaking out the next day on Morning Joe television show.  Joe has stuck by his support for Joe Manchin and Pat Toomey and is excoriating those who voted to filibuster background checks and trafficking laws.  

This is an important issue for me- and has been for years.  I have long been a commenter in the RKBA threads, I have read and researched this topic extensively, and I have struggled with despair over this issue.  I remember signing in from work one day to participate in a live blog from people on the Virginia Tech campus as they were under fire.  I signed in one day and the Tucson shooting had occured, and I cried when congresswoman Gaby Giffords was shot.  I came here after reading about Aurora shootings.  Sadly, I knew an event like Newtown was inevitable when earlier in the day we were arguing with an RKBA person who insisted that Michigan pass a law permitting firearms in daycare centers.  imagine my surprise when it happened later that day.  I spent the weekend crying while watching teevee.

Yes, Morning Joe is peculiarly fixated with violent video games, but he has no real traction on this issue, mostly because there isn't any research showing this is anything but a symptom of the disordered thinking associated with mass killers.  It's the guns that make these disordered thinkers able to take so many lives, not the games. The real issue is the paranoid conservative mind set, out of touch with reality and unable to believe a poll telling them that Mitt Romney will lose the election.  and interestingly, joe is begining to reah the same conclusion, mocking the survivalist wing of the party.  There is a good op ed by Charles Blow on this in the nytimes today, interestingly

So props from me to Joe and Mika and crew.  As long as you keep pushing the issue, I will keep watching.

And special thanks to Joe Manchin who I voted for so reluctantly.  I am proud of this action, and I will remember it next time there is a vote here.  Joe Manchin, don't give up on these bills.  They aren't enough, but they are better than nothing.

Originally posted to murrayewv on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 04:49 AM PDT.

Also republished by Repeal or Amend the Second Amendment (RASA) and Shut Down the NRA.

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