Saturday, October 03, 2015

Nancy Pelosi calls on Congress to establish a Select Committee on Gun Violence. About damn time.

Courtesy of HuffPo:  

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) wants Congress to establish a Select Committee on Gun Violence in the wake of the Oregon college shooting that left 10 dead on Thursday. 

There's already a Select Committee on Benghazi, and there will likely be one to investigate Planned Parenthood. On Friday, Pelosi called on House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to create a committee to investigate the "crisis" of mass shootings. 

"The epidemic of gun violence in our country challenges the conscience of our nation," Pelosi wrote to Boehner. "As we pray for those who lost their loved ones at Umpqua Community College, we must address the tidal wave of grief guns have caused to so many families." 

"As Members of Congress, how can we in good conscience engage in moments of silence to honor these victims of gun violence, if we refuse to take action? We take a solemn oath to protect and defend the American people," she wrote. "We must not accept the horror of gun violence as routine."

Of course even if the Republicans agree to establish his select committee that is no guarantee that they will actually allow any progress to be made.

After all the majority of them are terrified of angering the NRA and having them unleash their letter writing minions upon them.

Instead they will more than likely throw up the straw man argument that the problem is mental health, and not guns, and then do nothing to actually address that either.

Here's just a reminder of what DOES motivate the Republicans in Congress.


  1. Anonymous3:06 PM

    That graphic says it all, doesn't it? Reminds me of the teabagger cartoon you posted the other day.

  2. Anonymous3:15 PM

    Wow, that graphic is incredible!

    Yes, it's about time we address this issue in Congress and stop the witch hunts on partisan issues.

    Thanks for the post, Gryph, and for sticking with this topic. You post many gun violence stories that the MSM doesn't post.

    Thanks for all that you do.

    R in NC

  3. Anonymous4:23 PM

    I hope Pelosi will be Speaker of the House again once Hillary Clinton is elected POTUS! She had far more success than any speaker we've seen on the Republican side!

  4. Anonymous6:11 PM

    This is a no-brainer. Getting a license for a gun should replicate the process for getting a driver's license: proof of identity, proof of taxes paid, proof of insurance, photo i.d., exam for proficiency, etc. This license must then be presented in order to purchase or receive a gun as a gift. The gun must then be licensed; again, proof of operator license and proof of insurance. Both licensing processes to be repeated at regular intervals, every 2 or 3 years. Gun and operator license to be with the operator at all times, just like a driver's license. Since no one can be licensed to drive a tank, so no once should be licensed to own military arms or sidearms--hunting guns only. Simple

  5. Anonymous6:17 PM

    Knowing the republicans they will come up with some excuse that it is too expensive to set up this committee.

    Meanwhile the NRA has hijacked the USA with their bastardization of the second amendment.

    Yep it is time to take our country back from the loonies.

  6. Anonymous9:02 PM

    Thank you, Rep. Pelosi!


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