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Paul A Duginski
Paul A Duginski
Paul Duginski is a political cartoonist and veteran newspaper staff artist. He enjoys reading history, literature and going bodyboarding whenever he has time.


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Oct. 3, 2017 12:19 pm
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On Sunday night, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock carried out the worst mass shooting in modern American history. For unknown reasons, Paddock knocked out windows in his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, where he had assembled an arsenal of weapons, including ones that sound on various videos like fully automatic rifles. His targets were the thousands of innocent people attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival, a country music event, across the Las Vegas Strip from the Mandalay Bay.

When the shooting stopped, 59 people lay dead and more than 520 were wounded.

It’s another in a long series of senseless, bloody massacres, including shootings in Orlando, Fla., Newtown, Conn., Aurora, Colo., and San Bernardino, Calif.

Only last week, Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) returned to the House of Representatives after nearly being killed in a shooting during a Congressional baseball practice in June.

Even though polls show that most Americans want common sense gun control and gun safety laws, the United States Congress — particularly the Republicans — have been captured by the gun lobby. These cowards are more afraid of — and care more about — the National Rifle Assn. than their own constituents.

So much for the voice of the people being heard.

If you are a reader of this blog you know that I’ve written many times about the need to install backbones in our cowardly politicians and get them doing what’s good for Americans, not just slavishly serving the NRA.

Politicians, especially Republicans, talk about these attacks as if they’re unavoidable, or talk about arming more people as the solution. Some even recently have talked about legislation to allow silencers on weapons.

Some Republicans Monday were talking about the need to mourn and not to politicize this incident. That’s pretty self-serving. Naturally, there’s a political dimension to the story — one that happens to put them and their party in a pretty negative light. They hope to divert us from that conversation until emotions are not as raw and maybe the issue will blow over.

If they really cared, they would be working to eliminate the need for such national mourning.

I saw one Republican jackass, Danny Tarkanian, on MSNBC telling Chris Hayes that new gun laws won’t solve the problem. Jackass is simply the most accurate description for a guy like this, given the way he was talking.

Tarkanian is the son of Jerry Tarkanian, the former UNLV basketball coach. Danny boy is running for U.S. Senate against Dean Heller in Nevada, and he appears to be a really eager lickspittle for the NRA. He’s probably already bought and paid for.

This massacre makes me really angry. We the people have to let these cowards, jackasses and lickspittles know who they work for. And it sure as hell isn’t that looney gun nut, Wayne LaPierre of the NRA.

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