In Through the Out Door

Oh fer fuck’s sake:

Texas GOP Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said after the nation’s latest school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, that teachers need guns, parents should secure firearms safely at home, and schools should eliminate some of their entrances.
“We need our teachers to be armed,” Patrick said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Patrick also called for “gun control at home,” with firearms out of childrens’ reach, but declined to say whether he would support requiring that by law, saying Texas holds gun owners “very responsible.”

“Be sure that your kids and grandkids or anyone who might have access to your home cannot get your guns,” Patrick said.

The latest school shooting in Texas on Friday left 10 people dead and 13 others wounded. In the wake of the shooting, Patrick blamed the deaths in part on “too many entrances and too many exits.”

Patrick repeated his argument about entrances on Sunday.

“We need to get down to one or two entrances into our schools,” Patrick said, adding, “You have the necessary exits for fire, of course, but we have to funnel our students into our schools so we can put eyes on them.”

Texas, being Texas, will probably make this guy their next governor.

One of my wingnut friends from the Army who resides in Texas had a comment thread on Facebook about the shooting, and one of his fellow travelers blamed the shooting on liberal laws, stating that if teachers had been allowed to spank the guy for wearing a trenchcoat every day, this never would have happened. Which is only about as dumb as blaming this shooter on the wide availability of… doors.

Friday Afternoon Open Thread

This girl from Texas:

America failed her. It’s shameful.

Speaking of shameful, the low-life piece of shit president and his vice-toady made the usual blah-blah-blah mouth-noises in response to the shooting. They’ll do nothing. It won’t change until we vote the NRA shills out. Simple as that. God gets it:

It’s too bad Twitter God isn’t equipped with smiting powers. If He were, perhaps He could put an end to authoritarian practices such as using Trump using federal power to punish and intimidate critics, as detailed in The Post:

President Trump has personally pushed U.S. Postmaster General Megan Brennan to double the rate the Postal Service charges and other firms to ship packages, according to three people familiar with their conversations, a dramatic move that probably would cost these companies billions of dollars.

Brennan has so far resisted Trump’s demand, explaining in multiple conversations occurring this year and last that these arrangements are bound by contracts and must be reviewed by a regulatory commission, the three people said. She has told the president that the Amazon relationship is beneficial for the Postal Service and gave him a set of slides that showed the variety of companies, in addition to Amazon, that also partner for deliveries.

Despite these presentations, Trump has continued to level criticism at Amazon. And last month, his critiques culminated in the signing of an executive order mandating a government review of the financially strapped Postal Service that could lead to major changes in the way it charges Amazon and others for package delivery.

The remedy for this is the same as the cure for the plague of GOP politicians — from the PEEOTUS on down to the lowliest goddamned councilman — who care more about NRA donations than they do about kids: Vote the fuckers out. Nancy Pelosi gets it:

There are 172 days until the midterm elections. Accountability starts then, or it never does. Let’s make sure it starts then. Open thread.

Gun-Humpers Open Thread: Oh, Yay, Another 80s Retread!

Just in time for the Oval Office Occupancy’s big anti-Iran push!

The President’s Address To the NRA Leadership Forum Live Stream

Here’s the live stream of the President’s speech at the NRA Leadership Forum. If someone put’s a transcript up later, I’ll update the post.

Stay alert, stay alive!

Open thread!


You don’t say:

The Russian lawyer who met with Trump campaign officials in Trump Tower in June 2016 on the premise that she would deliver damaging information about Hillary Clinton has long insisted she is a private attorney, not a Kremlin operative trying to meddle in the presidential election.

But newly released emails show that in at least one instance two years earlier, the lawyer, Natalia V. Veselnitskaya, worked hand in glove with Russia’s chief legal office to thwart a Justice Department civil fraud case against a well-connected Russian firm.

Ms. Veselnitskaya also appears to have recanted her earlier denials of Russian government ties. During an interview to be broadcast Friday by NBC News, she acknowledged that she was not merely a private lawyer but a source of information for a top Kremlin official, Yuri Y. Chaika, the prosecutor general.

“I am a lawyer, and I am an informant,” she said. “Since 2013, I have been actively communicating with the office of the Russian prosecutor general.”

This is Putin’s Russia. You’re either working with them, or you’re being poisoned in England. This is not rocket surgery.
Republicans used to understand that before deciding that the pro-gun, anti-abortion, white supremacist kleptocracy of Putin was more desirable than, you know, democracy. Or America.

Only in America Open Thread: The Waffle House Killings

Needless to say, this drew a ton of questions (you can click on the tweet to see some of them). Even from those of us who oppose the death penalty, because if walking into a restaurant wearing only your bullets-holder and shooting down multiple strangers in cold blood doesn’t qualify for the death penalty, what does?

(Yeah, I know: Being wilfully not-white in a public — or, if the wrong ‘authority figures’ get involved, private — space.)

And I’ve seen tweets saying Reinking’s father has been charged as an accessory for giving those guns back to his obviously incompetent-to-handle-them-safely son, but I haven’t found a proper news report.

Be that as it may, here’s a genuinely positive response to the tragedy:

Reporter Yashar Ali is raising money for the man who pried the gun away from a shooter at a Waffle House.

James Shaw Jr. wrestled the weapon away from the gunman during a mass shooting on Sunday in the Nashville restaurant. On Monday, Shaw started a GoFundMe account raising money for the families of the shooting victims…

Ali said that the money will be given directly to James and that the funds could be used for his daughter’s education.

“But I’d be just as happy if James used some of this money to take his family on a nice vacation,” he added.

More than $61,000 had been given to the GoFundMe as of Tuesday afternoon, more than the goal of $60,000.

Shaw has been hailed as a hero after fighting back against the shooter. His GoFundMe for the victims’ families had raised more than $98,000 as of Tuesday afternoon.

Shaw suffered a gunshot wound and burns from grabbing the assault-style rifle from the gunman. Four people were killed and at least three others were injured in the shooting…

Direct links to the GoFundMe pages:

Victims Of Waffle House Shooting

Help The Waffle House Hero

Breaking: Waffle House Shooter Safely in Custody

Astonishingly (not), the guy who (allegedly) murdered four people of color was apprehended with no injuries other than to his dignity. From the Washington Post:

The announcement came nearly 34 hours after the eruption of violence in the Waffle House, the latest public place suddenly consumed by blood and terror after a volley of gunfire. A little more than an hour before taking him into custody, police had acknowledged having “no confirmed sightings” of him and saying they were not even sure if he remained in the area.

That changed suddenly when police received a tip that someone matching Reinking’s description was seen heading into a wooded area about a mile from the Waffle House. Detectives marched into the wooden area and found Reinking, who was taken into custody without any incident, they said. When he was captured, police said Reinking was wearing a backpack that held a semiautomatic firearm as well ammunition.

Even with the suspected shooter alive and in police custody, what could have motivated the massacre remained frustratingly unknown, authorities said. Reinking requested a lawyer after his arrest and refused to answer questions or make a statement, Don Aaron, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department, said at a news briefing.

While Reinking was at large, police had warned he was dangerous and said he showed “signs of significant instability,” Aaron had said at a news briefing earlier Monday…

Last year, police records show that Reinking went to a local pool in Illinois wearing a pink dress and swam in his underwear while coaxing life guards to fight him. Soon after, he traveled to the nation’s capital and tried to cross a security barrier near the White House, declaring himself a “sovereign citizen” who wanted to speak with President Trump.

After an investigation by the FBI office in Springfield, Ill., state and local officials confiscated Reinking’s guns and revoked his firearm license in August. The weapons were given to Reinking’s father, who agreed to keep them secure and away from Reinking, officials said. But the father later acknowledged giving the weapons back to his son, police said, who had moved to Tennessee.

Under Illinois law, certain confiscated guns can be released to a family member, but Reinking could not lawfully possess the weapons in that state. Matthew E. Espenshade, assistant special agent in charge of the FBI’s Memphis division, on Monday said that “every federal resource was brought to bear” in Reinking’s case after his arrest at the White House and the FBI assessment…

More recently, police said, Reinking had stolen a BMW from a dealership in suburban Nashville just four days before the Waffle House shooting. He eluded police officers who later recovered the vehicle at his apartment complex…

Not to minimize the genuine tragedy of an unprepared family attempting to cope with mental illness, but HOLY TRICKSTER GOD can you imagine someone other than a white man pulling stunts like this without significant repercussions? And, yes, I truly hope his old man faces serious charges for handing weapons of mass murder back to a ‘loved one’ he certainly knew wasn’t capable of ‘using them safely’!