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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Sunday, June 12. Also, check out Hillary Clinton’s first general election ad.

  • Quizzical

    Where the butcher’s bill stands at mid-year

    Although each incident is unique, the totals are surprisingly constant from year to year. Which is why as a layman, this looks to me like a public health problem, and we should tell Congress to let the docs study it.

    I was surprised to see that this was Orlando, Fl’s second mass shooting at a nightclub since Feb. the one on Feb. 7 was at the Glitz club and had 2 dead and 10 wounded.

    • And yet nothing changes, except perhaps for gun laws getting even MORE lenient. Despite this, we hear hysteria from the far right and the NRA about how Democrats are going to “take your guns away from you,” even though nothing of the sort is being advocated, let alone has taken place or will take place. More insanity…another day in America.

      • Quizzical

        Mark Levine keeps talking about the need for a Constitutional Convention, and apparently some states have already voted in favor of it. I wonder what such a Constitutional Convention would do with the Second Amendment?

        • I’m VERY leery of a constitutional convention. Seems super dangerous, particularly these days.

          • Quizzical

            I guess an amendment to the Second Amendment would have to be approved by a certain number of states to even be taken up at a Constitutional Convention.
            But if there is going to be one, it should be about more than a balanced budget amendment.

  • I agree 100% with Del. Mark Levine on this:

    Last night, a terrorist committed mass murder at a gay club in Orlando. Using an assault weapon, he murdered 20 innocent people (so far) and injured at least 42.

    Although we don’t know yet who did this unspeakable act of evil, we do know that some people can be determined by a simple background check to be extremely dangerous.

    When you support such people having easy access to firearms, you support mass murder.

    If a guy openly supports Al Qaeda and shouts “Death to America,” we need to make it illegal for him to own a gun. Dontcha think? If a guy says, “I hate gay people. I want to kill all of them,” maybe he shouldn’t be able to buy an AK-47.

    A bunch of innocent young people are dead today. Meanwhile, Virginia Republicans continue to support making it really easy for dangerous people to commit mass murder.

    Today we are angry. Today we mourn.

    Tomorrow we fight.

    Or the day after tomorrow, more Americans will be massacred.

  • Sen. Scott Surovell on the Orlando mass shooting:

    Earlier this week I joked to a couple reporters that Trump would continue getting heat on his latino judge comments until we have another mass shooting. Now, I’m sure we’ll soon hear that “a few good guys with guns” could have prevented this assault-weapon wielding thug from killing 50+ people and more guns are the solution, not [fewer].

    • Quizzical

      All I can say is, vote. Turn out to vote in every election. 4th District voters, that means you on 6/14.

  • Extremist, theocrat and anti-gay bigot EW Jackson weighs in on Orlando…


  • Virginia State Sen. Adam Ebbin: “A sad day for America. We need to outlaw assault weapons.”

  • Video: Right winger Tucker Carlson somehow manages to blame President Obama for Orlando shootings


  • Donald Trump’s tweets since Orlando shooting demonstrate yet again why he should never be president. No leadership. No compassion. No clue.


  • Andy Parker nails it:

    “Here we go again. Thoughts & prayers aren’t enough. If we can’t ban assault weapons, why not just let everyone have access to bazookas, RPG’s and hand grenades.”

  • Video: Bernie Sanders addresses Orlando shooting…and Chuck(les) Todd continues his false equivalence, “both sides” bull****


  • Best statement I’ve seen so far from a Virginia politician on Orlando. Donald McEachin is a real leader!

    Senator McEachin Issues Statement After Orlando Mass Shooting

    Henrico – Senator A. Donald McEachin issued this statement this morning about the Orlando shooting last night. “While I recognize that no words can make a difference to those grieving after this tragedy, I offer my prayers and hope that the victims and families find comfort and peace.

    “Unfortunately, we find ourselves in these circumstances all too often in this country – comforting the grieving and burying the innocent. While the causes and solutions are complex, no doubt one aspect must be to keep guns from those who are violent and dangerous. Although we don’t yet know the circumstances of this particular tragedy, I renew my call for universal background checks, prohibition of firearms to those who are violently mentally ill and limits on assault weapons.

    “Circumstances at this time seem to indicate that this was yet another domestic terrorism incident. We must be more vigilant and we must ensure that we are devoting the necessary resources to keep Americans safe.

    “If I am elected to Congress I will make these priorities, to try to bring some common-sense solutions to reduce the senseless violence and to keep Americans safe and secure,“ Senator McEachin concluded.

  • From CSGV:

    The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence’s Statement on the Worst Mass Shooting in Nation’s History.

    CSGV condemns the easy access to guns that allowed a gunman to take the lives of fifty patrons and injure fifty-three at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

    Washington, DC – At approximately 2:00 am Sunday morning, an armed gunman entered the Pulse Orlando Night Club & Ultra Lounge -a prominent LGBT bar in Orlando – and opened fire on the club goers with a high-capacity weapon and handgun. The gunman took hostages in the nightclub before authorities from the Orlando Police Department entered and killed the suspected assailant. The mass killing resulted in fifty people dead and fifty-three transported to a nearby hospital with injuries, making it the worst mass shooting in America’s history.

    “The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence’s board, members, and employees, are devastated at the horror that resulted from this tragedy,” stated Executive Director Josh Horwitz. “Our thoughts are with the families, the Orlando community, and the entire state of Florida.”

    Over the coming hours and days we will learn more about the shooter and his possible motives. What we do know is that, once again, an angry young man had easy access to guns and used those guns to kill dozens of innocent people.

    “Having been connected to what used to be the worst mass shooting in America’s history and witnessing the devastation it caused across Virginia” said CSGV Virginia State Director Lori Haas, whose daughter was shot and injured in the 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech University. “It pains me to witness the scenes that are coming out of Central Florida. I am furious that we live in a country where these tragedies occur at such a high rate, yet our elected officials, beholden to an irresponsible gun lobby, still refuse to act.”

    The shooting took place nearly 24 hours following the high profile killing of The Voice star 22-year old Christina Grimmie at a concert venue only miles away from the scene of Sunday’s mass tragedy.

    This weekend in Orlando illustrates the high price that Americans continue to pay for the their leader’s failure to pass stronger gun laws.

  • Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA) nails it:

    Scott Statement on Mass Shooting at Orlando Night Club
    June 12, 2016 Press Release
    NEWPORT NEWS, VA – Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03), a vice chair of the House Democratic Caucus’ Gun Violence Prevention Task Force and a member of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, issued the following statement on last night’s mass shooting in Orlando, Florida:

    “My thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the victims, as well as with the entire LGBT community. While details continue to emerge, last night’s shooting is particularly insidious in that it occurred at a prominent gay night club when Americans across the country were gathering to celebrate LGBT Pride Month and the remarkable diversity of our nation.

    “These tragedies are far too common and we cannot continue to sit idly by as these incidences continue to happen. Congress must review every available proposal to determine what we can do to reduce all forms of gun violence. Americans are understandably frustrated at our inability to come together to address this problem in a meaningful way. I will continue to fight for evidence-based policy proposals to address this issue. I just hope that the leadership in Congress will finally agree that enough is enough. Meaningful action is long overdue.”

  • Rep. Gerry Connolly: “Thoughts and prayers are with all those impacted by this senseless and horrific tragedy. This gun violence must end.”

  • Video: President Obama to deliver statement on Orlando shortly. Cue the right-wingnut outrage, not matter what he says.


  • Just when you think EW Jackson can’t get any more demented, offensive…he does!


    • Quizzical

      Why does EW Jackson say this was Obama’s fault? I mean, other than the fact that he is a Republican and therefore everything has to be Obama’s fault?
      U.S. forces have been engaged in direct combat missions against ISIL since August, 2014, delivering about 10,000 airstrikes by this point.
      The doesn’t sound like appeasing and placating ISIL, to me.
      Add to that, the fact that the shooter in the Orlando case was born in New York in 1986, so he obviously is — I mean was — a U.S. citizen, with his 2d Amendment rights to buy an assault rifle, extended mags, and tons of ammo. From what I’ve read, it sounds like the FBI did investigate him for some reason, but there was never enough evidence to charge him with anything. So what is EW Jackson saying that Obama should have done? I’m guessing that he is not calling for stricter gun control laws.

      By the way, what’s up with the use of Twitter for political debate? The Founding Fathers had to write, and actually (I presume) did read, the Federalist Papers when developing the Constitution. But now we are using tweets to discuss war and peace, and Constitutional rights? That’s sad.

  • Hillary Clinton statement nails it:

    Hillary Clinton Statement on Orlando Terrorist Attack

    In response to the terrorist attack last night at an Orlando gay nightclub Hillary Clinton released the following statement:

    “I join Americans in praying for the victims of the attack in Orlando, their families and the first responders who did everything they could to save lives.

    “This was an act of terror. Law enforcement and intelligence agencies are hard at work, and we will learn more in the hours and days ahead. For now, we can say for certain that we need to redouble our efforts to defend our country from threats at home and abroad. That means defeating international terror groups, working with allies and partners to go after them wherever they are, countering their attempts to recruit people here and everywhere, and hardening our defenses at home. It also means refusing to be intimidated and staying true to our values.

    “This was also an act of hate. The gunman attacked an LGBT nightclub during Pride Month. To the LGBT community: please know that you have millions of allies across our country. I am one of them. We will keep fighting for your right to live freely, openly and without fear. Hate has absolutely no place in America.

    “Finally, we need to keep guns like the ones used last night out of the hands of terrorists or other violent criminals. This is the deadliest mass shooting in the history of the United States and it reminds us once more that weapons of war have no place on our streets.

    “This is a time to stand together and resolve to do everything we can to defend our communities and country.”

  • EW Jackson – remember, VA GOP nominee for LG in 2013 – ratchets up the insanity even more!


  • True Blue

    I thank God everyday that EWWWWWW Jackson was not elected!

    Doesn’t he preach “love” on Sundays? Or is his whole repertoire a lesson in fear-mongering and dominionism? Or maybe he puts AR weapons above God; aka worshipping at the altar of idols.

    “Contemporary American Christian terrorism can be motivated by a violent desire to implement a Reconstructionist or Dominionist ideology.[98] Dominion Theology insists that Christians are called by God to (re)build society on Christian values to subjugate the earth and establish dominion over all things, as a pre-requisite for the second coming of Christ. Political violence motivated by dominion theology is a violent extension of the desire to impose a select version of Christianity on other Christians, as well as on non-Christians.” wikipedia

    re: “Christians do not do violence to people with whom we disagree. We pray for them & try to persuade them. This attack is unGodly & evil.”

    He conveniently ignores facts about domestic terrorism and mass murder done by Christians – Eric Rudolph, Robert Dear, Bruce Hoffman, Robert Doggart, for example (and Army of God, Hutaree Christian Militia Movement, Montana Freeman, etc.). Where was his outrage and tweets then?

    • A psychologist could spend a lifetime, and probably get nowhere, plumbing the dark depths or Ewwwww Jackson’s warped mind.