Gun Safety PSA: Back to School Essentials

Trigger warning — this spot is almost too effective…

Seriously good work by the Sandy Hook Promise people — I learned about it from a spot on the local news, and I suspect it’s going viral on the airwaves as well as in social media.

Late Night Open Thread: New Winner in the All-time ‘Worst 9/11 Take EVAR’ Sweeps

And I, for one, sincerely hope this remains the worst take!

Open Thread: “Doing Nothing Is No Longer Acceptable”

Damn fine ad, IMO…

Good for Mr. O’Rourke. He may have decided that going full “gun-grabber” is the best position for him at this time — if it isn’t what the horse-race touts like to call a ‘deal changer’ for his own campaign, at least it keeps the topic front & center in the media.

(Let the frothing proponents of the LAWNORDER!!! party defend ‘… but only if it’s laws I happen to agree with’ in public, during a high-profile election season.)

Late Night Open Thread: Does Dan Crenshaw Have 30-50 Feral Friends?

So Rep. Crenshaw doubled down, because OF COURSE…

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Open Thread: Democrats Push Back on the Gun-Fondlers

From the Washington Post:

Former vice president Joe Biden said he wanted to spend Monday celebrating the role organized labor has played in improving the lives of Americans. But moments into his first Labor Day appearance, the presidential candidate turned instead to the nation’s latest mass shooting, which left seven dead in the west Texas town of Odessa on Saturday.

“It is irrational, with all due respect to the governor of Texas, it is irrational what they’re doing on the same day you see a mass shooting . . . and we’re talking about loosening access to have guns,” he told reporters at a picnic in Cedar Rapids…

Stopping it, he conceded, meant going against one of his stated goals: working with Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

“I think there’s no compromise,” Biden said. “This is one where we are going to just have to push and push and push and push and push. And the fact of the matter is, I think it’s going to result in somebody being defeated.”

Since retaking control of the House in January, Democrats have passed measures to extend background checks to all gun sales and to give investigators more time to complete such checks. McConnell has refused to allow Senate votes on the measures. President Trump has repeatedly indicated he could support some tightening of background checks but then has backed away and insisted existing checks are sufficient…

In Hampton Falls, N.H., Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) told a crowd of 800 about the 1912 textile strike in Lawrence, Mass., highlighting how women set aside their differences to stand up to power. But her remarks also pivoted to gun violence, which she said should be treated “as the public health emergency that it is.”

“It’s going to take a lot of pieces and a lot of changes that we need to do to bring down deaths from gun violence,” Warren said. “That needs to be a goal. Deaths from mass shootings. Deaths that happen in parks and on sidewalks every day. Deaths from domestic violence. Deaths from suicide. We need to bring down deaths from gun violence, and that’s why I have a comprehensive plan to do that.”…

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