Fuck Your Guns

This is an obscenity:

The kindergartners are apparently to learn to sing the lock-down song to the tune of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.” It’s like a goddamned horror movie.

In the upcoming election, we’ll find out if there’s enough fight left in America to beat back lawless authoritarianism. We’ll also find out if we’ll continue to privilege some neck-bearded yahoo’s yearning to hump an AR-15 or similar battlefield weapon over our children’s lives and well-being.

Let’s not keep failing this test.

Tuesday Morning Open Thread: Patience

California primaries today — but we may not get swift results. Per USA Today:

Crowded races, narrow margins, and millions of absentee ballots.

That’s the Election Day mix in California’s high-stakes primary on Tuesday, and it means the results in some key races could take days — or even weeks — to determine.

“We’re notorious here for being slow,” said Bill Carrick, a longtime Democratic consultant in the state.

One reason the ballot-counting could drag into Wednesday or later: many Californians vote by mail. And their ballots can arrive up to three days after Election Day and still be counted.

In the 2016 primary, more than 5 million California residents, or nearly 60 percent of the electorate, voted absentee. Adding to the possible delays: Voters can register on election day and cast provisional ballots, but it will take time to verify those…

Carrick and others said it should be clear early Wednesday morning who takes first place in some of the top-tier races, such as the gubernatorial and U.S. Senate contests. But California has an open primary system, where the top two vote-getters advance to the general election regardless of party affiliation.

And in a handful of critical House races, the real competition is for second place. Democrats fear that because they have so many contenders on the ballot, voters may spread their support so thin that two Republican candidates will win both slots on the general election ballot.

“The key question for several of these races is not who the winner is, but who the number two is,” said Jack Pitney, a political science professor at Claremont McKenna College. “And it all depends on the vote difference between (the) No. 2 and No. 3 (finishers). And in some cases, those margins might be small enough to mean a delayed outcome.”…

And a couple codas to SCOTUS’s Wedding Cake Decision:

Jesus, Take the Wheel

Trump marked his 500th day in office (yes, time is telescoping out to eternity) by claiming the divine right of kings:

I don’t think Giuliani’s multiple, contradictory blatherings on the issue count as the rulings of “numerous legal scholars,” but I am not a lawyer. Also:

Trump’s cabinet is stocked with corrupt lackeys, and the GOP-led congress comprises spineless bag-men and Trump sycophants, so the bodies charged with holding a lawless president accountable won’t. Looks like it’ll be up to us voters, and there’s good news on that front.

The seniors at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School graduated this weekend (minus four in the senior class who were killed in the massacre), and they’ve announced a nationwide bus tour and voter registration drive. Via Buzzfeed:

The March for Our Lives organizers are embarking on the next phase of their anti–gun violence movement: a 60-day bus tour across the US this summer to register young people to vote and to continue highlighting the NRA’s influence over politics.

“This tour is about exposing people who take money from the NRA and registering people to vote — those are the two main things we’re trying to push with this,” Jaclyn Corin, a student who survived the Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school shooting in February, told BuzzFeed News on Sunday.

Current and former MSDHS students will also visit every state congressional district in Florida in a separate bus tour:

“Because Florida is like a microcosm of the United States,” said Corin, “in the way that there are so many different areas, with so many different views, which is important to target all of them — because preaching to the choir essentially doesn’t do much, but going to the places that disagree with us is really where we’re going to make the change.”

She’s absolutely right about Florida mirroring the divides in the US. These kids are smart and motivated. They’re too young to have absorbed the learned helplessness and cynicism that leads people to believe they can’t make a difference.

They emphasize that they want to talk to everyone, even people opposed to gun safety measures. I don’t think they’ll change any gun nuts’ minds, but if they — and the rest of us — can pull people off the sidelines to vote, that can change everything.

Gun Violence Open Thread: Heartbreaking

The mother of a teenage girl killed earlier this month in a massacre at Santa Fe High School in Texas tells PEOPLE she challenged President Donald Trump‘s views on gun violence during his Thursday meeting with survivors of the mass shooting and families of the victims.

Trump, 71, repeatedly called the gunman “wacky” while speaking at the gathering, at a Houston military base, according to Rhonda Hart…

She then explained that her daughter had anxiety, Asperger’s syndrome and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and “took medicine daily.”

“I said, ‘[The shooter] might have been depressed, but he wasn’t wacky.’ But if that kid needed help, he needed to have proper access to it,” Hart says, “meaning you shouldn’t repeal the Affordable Care Act [one of Trump’s cardinal promises] and get them the help they need and take away the stigma of mental illness.”

She says she told Trump, “Mental illness needs to be addressed.”

“I said all that and he didn’t say anything,” she says. “He was just like, ‘Uhhhh …’ ”

So… when do we get to the part where I talk about my bigly Electoral College win?

Per The Hill:

The mother of a Texas school shooting victim said that in a recent meeting with families, President Trump repeatedly suggested arming teachers as a way to combat school shootings…

Hart, who is an Army veteran, told the AP that she suggested employing veterans in schools to serve as guards, and that he responded, “and arm them?”

“It was like talking to a toddler,” she said…

“We’re having a meeting, see?”

A dapper child reporter asks Sarah Huckabee Sanders what specific actions the Trump administration is taking to address school shootings:

I didn’t see the briefing live, but much of the media reaction online centered on the wobble in Sanders’ voice in the clip above. The break in her voice when addressing the boy might have been humanizing in a person who hadn’t demonstrated so conclusively that she’s a soulless shill for a putrid demagogue.

But we know what she is, so let’s hear what she actually said, which boiled down to this: “Blah-blah-blah we’re having a meeting about it.”

The bottom line, charming kid-reporter, is that the tangerine-tinged homunculus who is that woman’s boss received $30 million-plus from the firearms business lobbying group known as the NRA, so neither he nor any of the craven turds who meld together to form the towering shitpile known as the Republican Party will do a goddamned thing to address school shootings in a meaningful way. Ever.

However, these folks are trying (via The Miami Herald):

Parkland parents launch a Super PAC to go after politicians and the NRA

Starting Wednesday, some Parkland families are raising money for a campaign to push the National Rifle Association out of politics and ban assault weapons, bump stocks and high-capacity magazines in the U.S.

Following the lead of their children, parents from the community where 17 died in a Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have joined together to form Families vs Assault Rifles, a nonprofit and political action committee founded to be a counterweight to the NRA…

The parents’ Super PAC is soliciting $17 donations, one dollar for each life lost in the shooting.

The PAC site features video and a quote from Marco Rubio’s disastrous appearance at the post-Parkland CNN town hall as the banner — they’ve adopted the so-called “problem” Rubio identified — “you would literally have to ban every semi-automatic rifle that’s sold in the U.S.” — as an objective! I’m in for $17 bucks.

Open thread.