Wednesday, January 16, 2013

OK, Rush Limbaugh Is a Bad Man

I want to stop writing about gun laws/lawlessness.  I do.   But it's hard.  

I'll keep it brief...


I've been watching the children-as-human-shields show that is now going on at the White House.  Boy, these guys are somber.  Biden was very somber.  You would have thought that eulogies... (imitating Biden) "I've worked with this guy 27 hours a day, President Barack Obama." (clapping)  Yeah!  Kids cheer and the president starts out reading some letters from the kids.  Gotta do what the kids want.  Gotta answer all their letters to Santa Claus.  Gotta do everything they want.  It's stunning. You look at the what's happening in the country. 
By the way... I've got the 23 executive orders here.  There are 23 executive actions.  I have them here.  I got the PDFs earlier this morning. They were embargoed until the president started speaking, and a summary of these 23 as well.  It's called the Gun Violence Reduction Executive Actions. You go through this, and there isn't one of them that would have stopped what happened at the Sandy Hook Elementary School.  Not one of these would have stopped this. 
No, it will take Congress to eliminate the sales of assault rifles, clips with obscene numbers of bullets, ensure full background checks, etc.  President Obama alone does not have the power to do it.  
What is Limbaugh doing?

In 2008, 2,947 children and teens died from guns in the United States and 2,793 died in 2009 for a total of 5,740—one child or teen every three hours, eight every day, 55 every week for two years.

 The 5,740 children and teens killed by guns in 2008 and 2009:
Would fill more than 229 public school classrooms of 25 students each;
Was greater than the number of U.S. military personnel killed in action in Iraq and Afghanistan (5,013).

The number of preschoolers killed by guns in 2008 (88) and in 2009 (85) was nearly double the number of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in 2008 (41) and 2009 (48).

Black children and teens accounted for 45 percent of all child and teen gun deaths in 2008 and 2009 but were only 15 percent of the total child population.

Black males 15-19 were eight times as likely as White males of the same age and two-and-a-half times as likely as their Hispanic peers to be killed in a gun homicide in 2009.

The leading cause of death among Black teens ages 15 to 19 in 2008 and 2009 was gun homicide. For White teens 15 to 19 it was motor vehicle accidents followed by gun homicide in 2008 and gun suicide in 2009.

The most recent analysis of data from 23 industrialized nations shows that 87 percent of the children under age 15 killed by guns in these nations lived in the United States. The gun homicide rate in the United States for teens and young adults ages 15 to 24 was 42.7 times higher than the combined rate for the other nations. (From Protect Children, Not Guns - The Children's Defense Fund 2012)

I wonder how Rush Limbaugh would feel if he had a child who was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School.  Or for that matter, if one of his loved ones were victims of gun violence in places that we don't often hear of on the news.  I wonder if Rush would feel like mocking President Obama's efforts to keep our children safe if he held a dying child - like the ones at Sandy Hook.  


Suzanne Odell said...

I find it hard to keep from talking about this issue as well. In the 1980's President Reagan pushed through an assault weapons ban. Supreme Court Justice Anton Scalia ruled it constitutional. 30 years later it is a contentious and bitter "2nd amendment" fight for every conservative....Why now and not then? How have we evolved (de-volved?) to the point where reason doesn't matter anymore over rhetoric?

Emily Whitecotton said...

Whenever Rush is mentioned, there are two moments in my life that come to mind. In high school I was design editor on the school newspaper when we ran a Where Are They Now alumni story that included one alum who was featured in Playboy. He had a field day with this inappropriate use of high school journalism. that may have not been the best idea if we were trying not to be noticed :o). Also I remember a few years back, a local news channel did some investigative reporting on who was listening to Rush by having one of their anchors stand in front of the state house with a poster that had "Honk if you're listening to Rush" written on it. The latter run-in's level of seriousness with Rush is more in keeping with how I think of him.

Because just like you have very eloquently juxtaposed here, he mentions having 23 executive orders, but doesn't provide any information...just commentary. He is a commentator. You, however, are providing facts and numbers. Somethings that could be used to see what is actually happening in the world when guns are available in the way that they have been in the recent past. The statistics on race are staggering to me.

You ask how he would feel if he had a child killed at Sandy Hook, I assume, in hopes that he would feel. I would hope so, too, but it seems that his moral compass points more toward power than humanity.