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It Hit Home

I knew it was just a matter of time before a mass shooting hit the H-Town area. I have thought about it many times. That is why I am always checking where the exits are in buildings I am not familiar with. My reaction Friday morning was it was our turn.

As I was fixing to head to Baytown to spend some time with my Dad on that tragic Friday afternoon, I noticed on the flat screen Gov. Greg Abbott, Sen. Ted Cruz, and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick in front of a bank of microphones in Santa Fe. I had to watch what these three NRA lackeys were going to spout.

The three must have been briefed beforehand on what the Santa Fe student said about she expected a mass shooting to “eventually” drop into their high school and it did.

They just couldn’t bring themselves to spew the NRA talking points while standing just a few hundred yards from fresh body bags.

Gov. Abbott is apparently hearing the voices of Parkland because he acknowledged “we have to do more than just pray for the victims and their families.” Abbott says he is going get folks together for “swift solutions.” It won’t work if the NRA has veto power over who Abbott has at the table working on the “swift solutions.” Abbott recognizes the electorate is a bit volatile these days and to come out and spew the standard NRA talking points would have been just plain foolish and dumb.

Sen. Cruz on the other hand, facing a possible arse kicking from #BetoForTexas, was preening in front of the cameras, and saying we need to stop this from ever happening again, blah, blah, blah, and make it harder for criminals to purchase blah, blah, blah. It came across as very disingenuous. Cruz has already bought his campaign template and it includes kowtowing to the NRA. He just couldn’t do it standing a few hundred yards from where the victims were still lying because, well you know.

Lt. Gov. Patrick had that moronic and pathetic response on the number of doors, exits, and entrances at schools and my immediate reaction was, fella, you just ran out of excuses. Holding onto the status quo isn’t working. Patrick ended up being the nation’s laughingstock and embarrassment Friday afternoon and evening. Deservedly so and well earned.

Yesterday morning, Patrick outdid himself and said this on ABC This Week: Our teachers are part of our well run militia.” Commentary is wondering if our teachers know this.

Here is from the Chron E-Board yesterday:

These are children, our children. Tears of anguish, frustration and anger are the appropriate response. And once the tears dry, the response must continue to be grim determination — determination to call out craven elected officials who mouth ritualistic murmurings about thoughts and prayers and then do nothing. They’re as clanging gongs and clashing symbols.

Send them home. When their shameful obeisance to the National Rifle Association trumps good sense, voting them out of office is the least we can do to memorialize those youngsters who have lost their lives to senseless gun violence.

The people’s response has to take the lead. Theirs must be a relentless push for measures the whole nation knows will make a difference: requiring background checks for every gun purchase, including those at gun shows and those between private parties; reinstating a nationwide ban on firearms that are nothing less than weapons of war; limiting the capacity of magazine clips; banning “bump stock” devices that convert semi-automatic rifles into weapons that fire with machine-gun lethality.

Here is the entire E-Board take: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/Now-it-s-happened-here-Editorial-12926802.php.

On the other end of the class spectrum, J.J. Watt’s response was so J.J. Watt.

On the same end of the class spectrum, ‘Stros Skipper  A.J. Hinch really stood tall Friday evening when he said he wanted “answers” and not “condolences.”

This tweet from NBC about Check Todd kind of confirms what I just said:

TODAY‏Verified account @TODAYshow

1h1 hour ago@chucktodd weighs in on what the Santa Fe school shooting means for the gun debate: “Governor Abbott’s rhetoric was different this time than its been in previous shootings.”

Say what you want, but the Parkland kids have moved the needle quite a bit.

Today’s my Mom’s birthday. I always used to call her and wish her the best.

Today is also my dear friend Julie’s birthday.

No MLB question today.

 

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