Friday, July 8, 2016



Speaker of the House Paul Ryan

Prior to the mass murder of policemen in Dallas last night, polls taken after the Orlando horrific hate crime, 87% of Americans agree it is time for Congress to act now on effective gun control. That overwhelming number will no doubt rise after last night. Two separate events in Baton Rouge and Minneapolis fueled the violent murders on the streets of Dallas.

The sniper attacks upon police are without doubt an act perpetrated by a few angry black minority with a "twisted" view of the law but based on the "racist" and "uncontrollable white police force" across this nation. No city is safe from the "few mentally unstable" policemen who are there to protect lives, not murder innocent citizens.

The Washington Post routinely now tallies and records not only the number of mass murders but also the number of police shootings of alleged criminals resulting in death. The shootings may occur while performing a routine traffic stop as in Minneapolis. Or, the images contained in a graphic video where two policemen shoot and kill an alleged gunman whose revolver remained in his pocket during the entire incident.

There is a minority within our police departments that have adopted all out assault on our city streets that can only be described as a war culture or full assaults as carried out by special forces in the military. There is NO room left for policemen who have become unstable, who are a danger rather than a peacemaker. Trump has repeatedly called for Muslims to call out potential terrorists within their Mosques. It makes more sense for police to identify those of their peers who they witness almost everyday who exhibit racist behavior, homophobia, etc. as well as those they see as mentally unstable. Police Chiefs and Command can no longer look the other way or ignore known offenders or those who pose a risk.

House Speaker Paul Ryan slammed the gavel in the wake of Orlando refusing to allow debate on the floor of Congress as Democrats insisted a dialogue on gun control and assault weapons. Americans are not fooled by Republican Leadership that bends to the NRA lobby and the campaign funds they receive. Jane Mayer in her book defines campaign donations as "Dark Money." I call it "BLOOD MONEY."

There is more than one publication or group that is actively tracking and researching prior years of mass murders, the fatalities and the injured. Mother Jones is another statistical source along with the Washington Post.

They have compiled a detailed report available in Excel based upon research and records of mass murders going back years. They record the location, the fatalities, injured, a depiction, the shooter, the type of firearm, legal or illegally obtained as well as any documentation of mental illness that may be a factor.

The Mother Jones report is up-to-the-minute in compiling all of this as it happens or as other facts are identified. In the wake of mass murders, Congress compelled that a new record of the same stats be researched and compiled in what is known as the Congressional Research Center.  This mandate was issued in 2012. They have an extensive report of 46 pages available online of their findings. I searched and found the internet site. The Congressional Research Center online report stops at 2013!

If publications and non-profits have the capability to research, record, maintain and update more data than Congress, perhaps Mr. Speaker and Republicans, this mandate can be handled by the private sector. Perhaps, we can do without large staffs and even eliminate some of our Representatives who fail to do their job.

The Washington Post finds that police shootings are up from the first six months last year, 465 to 497 in the first half of 2016.  One year prior the total was 281 for 2014. This is a huge increase. It demands our Congress address it effectively or leave office.

The numbers speak volumes as to how Congress, Justice system and Law Enforcement see all of us as disposable. The Post finds that the shootings are about 50% for both black and white. One statistic, I can only estimate is that of all 497 shootings this year, about half or 250 involved black or white unarmed citizens. In total about 1,100 citizens are shot this year.

Last night, Speaker Paul Ryan, deemed the most intelligent Republican member of Congress delivered a statement consoling the families of fallen Dallas policemen. Let me quote portions from the full text.

Speaker Paul Ryan:

"We are all stunned by the events last night in Dallas. We are all outraged. An attack on the people who protect us is an attack on all of us. Our hearts are with the Dallas Police Department. Our hearts are with the victims and especially with their loved ones. They wear the badge, too.

 I know that to be a cop’s wife or a cop’s husband is to prepare for the worst, but who could have fathomed such horror as this. There’s no cause or context in which this violence, this kind of terror is justified, none at all.

Every member of this body, every Republican and every Democrat, wants to see less gun violence. Every member of this body wants a world in which people feel safe, regardless of the color of their skin, and that’s not how people are feeling these days.

We need to take a moment here for reflection, for thought, for prayer, for justice, for action. Right now, let’s let justice be done, and let’s also let some healing occur, too.

Please note that in his concluding words, he repeated the party line as it has been said at every violent mass murder. Let's pause...a moment of silence." But, what he means is I will be damned to allow Congress take meaningful action.

Also, note that he wants a "world in which people feel safe, regardless of color..."  But note as well in his remarks did he mention Alton Sterling or Philando Castile. Why not, Mr. Speaker? Don't Black Lives Matter?