What is your stand on gun control after recent shooting incidents, especially after a shooting at a major airport?
Same as it’s always been. I don’t want to ban guns. I just want to sensibly regulate gun ownership.
Gun owners should be required to carry a federally mandated, state issued firearms license (just like a drivers license) that involves the completion of a safety training course and demonstrated proficiency with whatever firearms they own. (Again, just like the DMV.)
Firearm liability insurance should be required by law for every owner of every firearm (just like auto insurance) and if you can’t afford or don’t qualify for insurance, then you can’t have the guns. In any state with a stand-your-ground law, additional firearm self-defense insurance should also be required.
All licensed gun owners should be required to register themselves as well as every firearm in their possession (along with proof of insurance) with a federal database that is accessible to state and local law enforcement.
Convicted felons, those convicted of gun-related misdemeanors, those under a domestic violence restraining order, or those deemed mentally unstable by the courts should not be eligible for a firearms license.
Most importantly, state and local law enforcement should institute comprehensive firearm confiscation and enforcement programs that actually purge this country of all non-registered or otherwise illegal guns. Getting caught with an illegal gun should be a big fucking deal. I can’t stress this enough. Everything else is bullshit without punitive, incentivized enforcement.
All costs associated with the above policies should be funded through fines, penalties, and additional excise taxes imposed on the sale of all firearms and ammunition. (Yet again, just like parking tickets, DUI fines, and gas taxes.)
Keep in mind, none of this should be construed as an infringement of the right of the people to keep and bear arms. I don’t have a problem with people owning guns. I just don’t think it’s too much to ask that they jump through the same hoops required to legally drive a damned car.
Realized he is actually a fucking unicorn. A fiscally conservative Republican who understands the importance programs like SNAP have for low income families and is not interested in forcing mothers of young children to work for those benefits. Believes in women’s rights and has no interest in repealing those parts of the Affordable Care Act. Sponsored an act so Congress doesn’t get paid during the shut down (not that that matters to those rich people, but it is the thought that counts). Really, really angry that Tea Partiers are even trying to wedge women’s rights into a very important budget bill at the last second.
I mean he’s not perfect but I didn’t even know Republicans like this existed anymore. So now my irate letter where I accused him of all sorts of nasty things that I feel towards Republicans has turned into a thank you letter. What even.
Senator Leticia Van de Putte
You heard it in a lot of letters.
A lot of women resent the fact that this legislation is being voted upon by—look around the room—primarily by men…but you can imagine, or maybe you can’t, how a woman feels to be told that her feelings on these issues, that no matter how difficult, no matter the circumstance that she’s dealing with, if she can’t fit into every one of these square pegs that she is being asked to fit into by this bill…and what’s so disturbing is that…that so many of us on this floor have never faced this decision and never will.
Because you don’t have the equipment. And I have it, and my daughters have it, and women I know have it, and women I’ve never met have it, and each of them have direct impact by each circumstance that is being put up by this bill."Texas State Senator Wendy Davis (via mccalldana)
Senator Wendy Davis is a fucking badass.
There’s this bill that they are trying to pass in Texas that would make it illegal to get any abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, and would make it very difficult for abortion centers to continue doing what they do. Governor Rick Perry has already said that if the bill makes it to his desk, he will sign it. And Wendy Davis said fuck no that is not happening.
So she’s filibustering it. That means she asked to talk on the subject at 11:18 this morning, and if she can continue talking about abortion until 11:59 tonight, the bill won’t reach Governor Perry, and they would have to start all over with the bill next time they meet- 2 years from now.
But Wendy has to keep talking. She can’t pause for even a minute, not for food or a sip of water or to go to the bathroom or sit down. She can’t even lean up against anything, or she’s out. So she’s wearing motherfucking PINK NIKE TENNIS SHOES in the middle of the state senate.
She also has to continue talking about the topic. She sent out tweets an other messages last night asking for anyone and everyone’s abortion story, and received a shit load of answers. Her staff is still collecting them, and she’s reading them aloud to the senate. Not only is she making this bill impossible to pass, she may just change some minds while she’s at it.
This is history, guys. Wendy Davis is a motherfucking badass, and we are watching it happen.
Last week I was able to tour Susan B. Anthony’s home in Rochester, NY and it meant a lot to me. It was so powerful, on the brink of the election, to see the place that was the focal point of the push for women’s suffrage for so many years. Ms. Anthony was never able to see women gain the right to vote. She was also never able to see the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment (which would not be officially proposed until 1923) to guarantee rights for women, and this amendment does not exist in our Constitution to this day.
In her last speech to the public at age 86, she was surrounded by many of the women who would take up the banner of suffrage after her death. To remember those who came before and stood beside her as well as those young women who would follow her, she said:
"There have been others also just as true and devoted to the cause—I wish I could name every one—but with such women consecrating their lives, failure is impossible."
So tonight, before election night, instead of stressing out about the possibility of a President and Vice President who feel such deep hatred for my gender, I am instead thinking of Susan B. Anthony and all of the strong women who have come before me and stand beside me to gain and hold our rights against the ceaseless onslaught of men who try to chip away at them. And I hope I can be one of those strong women for someone else.