They were shopping in a popular store on a Saturday afternoon in El Paso, Texas, an American city like so many others along the borders of our nation that have become political lightning rods.
Or they were partying at a popular downtown spot in Dayton, Ohio, on a Saturday night, enjoying their lives and doing their best to live each day to the fullest.
And they were gunned down, with incredible speed by high-powered machine guns by men who had no trouble at all acquiring those guns. Guns that are SO available, everywhere in America.
In El Paso, Texas, in a city where 80 percent of the population is Hispanic, this happened.
There were 20 who died in El Paso, and nine in Dayton.
The Ohio victims were: Lois Oglesby, 27; Megan Betts, 22; Nicholas Cumer, 25; Logan Turner, 30; Thomas McNichols, 25; Derrick Fudge, 57; Monica Brickhouse, 39;Saeed Saleh, 38; Beatrice Warren-Curtis, 36.
The El Paso victims identified so far were: Jordan Anchondo, Andre Anchondo, Arturo Benavides, Ivan Manzano, Javier Rodriguez, Sara Esther Regalado; Adolfo Cerros Hernández; Gloria Irma Márquez; María Eugenia Legarreta Rothe; Elsa Mendoza de la Mora; Jorge Calvillo García.
Remember their names. And the ones in El Paso. Remember and honor them, because our cowardly political leaders in the Republican Party didn’t give a shit about them. Because they have done NOTHING to stop gun violence, and they helped elect and support a racist fomenter of violence as President
In El Paso, a 2,356-word diatribe, posted to an extremist online message board, shortly before the shooting began, outlined the killer’s so-called political and economic underpinning for a premeditated attack, including the weapon and ammunition the killer would use. The author railed against an “invasion” by immigrants to the United States and a political takeover of Texas.
THIS IS EXACTLY THE SAME LANGUAGE THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, AND HIS MOUTHPIECE, FOX NEWS, HAVE BEEN USING FOR THREE YEARS.
And here we have the House Minority Leader, Republican Kevin McCarthy, blaming video games for mass shootings;
Bruce Arthur, a journalist and sportswriter I follow on Twitter, said this:
“The blood on the NRA’s hands — every employee, every associate, every politician paid for — accumulates every day, a brimming red tide of death, and they should carry it and drown in it every night for the rest of their miserable lives.”
But nothing will change. Nothing ever, ever, will change. The slaughter of children in an elementary school didn’t change the gun laws in America. I don’t know what ever, possibly will.
Read those names again. Remember their names, the victims in El Paso and Dayton.
They are far from alone. But they deserve to be remembered. Twenty-nine more casualties in a war that never, ever ends.
**OK, let’s get to something better.Every year the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony seems to bring some amazing speeches, and some heartfelt moments. This year’s event was Saturday night, and as usual the honorees didn’t disappoint.
Here is Champ Bailey, one of the best defensive backs who ever lived, at the end of his speech, speaking about being a black man in America, and his message to white people. The transcript of this is here, and what Bailey says right before this clip begins is: “So on behalf of all the black men that I mentioned tonight, and many more out there, who’ve had most of the same experiences I’ve had in my lifetime, we say this to all our white friends.:”
Great, great stuff from an NFL legend.
**And finally, another NFL rookie learns about how to talk to the media, hilariously. New York Jets first-round pick Quinnen Williams is, by all accounts, a delightful kid with a great personality, and we’re starting to see that come out.
After practice the other day while speaking with reporters, Williams was asked about his ranking on the Madden ’20 video game, which NFL players are obsessed with (they all think they’re ranked too low.)
Here’s Williams talking about his ranking:
Too damn funny.