How many times have we said that over the past several years? How many more times will we repeat it? How many more times are we going to mean it even more than we did last time, just because the death toll is higher?
Fifty people gone. Fifty-three wounded. We have truly lost our way.
Let's begin by looking at some of our elected leaders that won't even try to protect us from the new normal of mass shootings, because they're too busy rimming Wayne LaPierre for NRA endorsements.
1. Outing the NRA's political lackeys: Igor Volsky, director of the Center for American Action Fund, was all over that Sunday:
Campaign finance data maintained by the State Board of Elections shows McCrory received more than $190,000 from donors in Florida during 2015, by far the biggest source of his out-of-state contributions. McCrory raised more than $25,000 from donors in each of four other jurisdictions: New York, Washington, D.C., Virginia and South Carolina.
“The NRA is proud to have played a principal role in the passage of North Carolina’s Amended Firearms Laws Act,” said NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox. “House Bill 562 improves a great deal of existing statutes and allows the law-abiding citizens of North Carolina to freely exercise their constitutional rights.”
This legislation makes several important changes to existing North Carolina gun laws including the strengthening of the state’s preemption statute, improving the Concealed Handgun Permit process, and the protection of shooting ranges.
Several N.C. House Republicans are proposing a constitutional amendment that would end the state’s permitting requirements for people who want to carry a concealed weapon.
Rep. Larry Pittman, a Concord Republican, filed the “Gun Rights Amendment” on Thursday. If Pittman’s bill passes, voters would be asked in the November election if they support a constitutional ban on concealed weapon permit regulations.
... Republican Reps. Michael Speciale of New Bern, Mark Brody of Monroe, Jeff Collins of Rocky Mount and Bert Jones of Reidsville have signed on as co-sponsors. It’s unclear whether House Speaker Tim Moore will bring the bill up for a vote.
Pittman’s bill would leave other regulations governing concealed weapons in place – allowing private businesses that serve alcohol to ban them, and continuing bans in courthouses and the State Capitol.
Hewitt mentioned Burr as a vice presidential contender recently on his radio show. “I was tipped yesterday by sources close to Team Trump that Richard Burr was on their short list,” Hewitt told Meet The Press host Chuck Todd. Todd said he hadn’t heard anything about it.
If Trump picked Burr for vice president, the North Carolina senator would likely have to drop out of his re-election bid – bad news for Republicans here who are already expecting a close race against Democrat Deborah Ross.
But Burr would help Trump by adding experience to the ticket, particularly on national security issues because Burr chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee. He’d help connect Trump with establishment Republicans who have been reluctant to support him. And North Carolina is a key swing state that Trump hopes to win.
Burr, says the N&O report, "has been more enthusiastic about Trump than many of North Carolina's Republican leaders."
Oh, Richard — are you sucking up to Donald? Tsk, tsk. You may want to keep this image in mind:
You've been warned, Burr. Stay away from that Trump boy and focus on getting un-elected to the Senate, please.
Folks, let's all try to do something to make the world a little better today. You could give a little money to political candidates that support sensible gun laws and LGBT rights. You could also remind friends and family to vote in November, and why it's important.