Monday, October 2, 2017

Shimkus fail

My representative in Congress, John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15), has offered nothing more than this tweet. He hasn’t even mentioned the now-obligatory “thoughts and prayers.”

Shimkus has an A lifetime rating from the NRA. He leads Illinois Congressional Republicans in total contributions from the NRA. Truly, his concern about “the destruction of human life” seems limited to prenatal life.

I called Shimkus’s office this afternoon to suggest that while violence and hate are never “the answer,” legislation concerning gun-ownership would be at least a large part of an answer to the problem of gun violence. No hunter needs an assault rifle to hunt. No hunter needs a “bump stock” or “gat crank” to turn a semi-automatic rifle into a homemade machine gun. No modern industrial nation knows the levels of gun violence that we in the United States know.

Have you called your representative and senators today?

Other john Shimkus posts
At work and play : No town halls (1) : No town halls (2) : Shimkus on prenatal care and men’s health insurance : Shimkus and the telecommunications industry : Shimkus unwittingly likens an Illinois gubernatorial candidate to Benito Mussolini

comments: 2

Diane Schirf said...

I'm not sure why he said "hate" at this time. The shooter's motives are unknown.

Michael Leddy said...

I wonder if his tweet might have been influenced by the false identification of the shooter that circulated in right-wing media outlets.