So much for “total exoneration.”
Guns continue to get off the hook in the deaths of two teens who attended Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
Even though drug overdose is the method used in 70 percent of potential suicides, it’s only responsible for about 12 percent of the deaths. Guns are far, far more effective. Of the comparatively smaller 6 percent of people who attempt suicide by using a gun, they find “success” about 82 percent of the time. That makes guns responsible for more than half of our country’s suicides.
The role of guns, and access to them, has so far been ignored in the stories about the two teens at Stoneman Douglas. I have yet to find one that asks, let alone answers, the question of where the guns used by the teens came from. But states with the most guns have the most youth suicides.
“I’ve never seen hatred like this, and to me they’re not even people. It’s so, so sad, I mean morality is just gone, morals have flown out the window we deserve so much better than this as a country. You know it’s so sad. You see the democratic party — they’re imploding. They’re imploding. They have no message.”
— Eric Trump, saying Democrats who support the probe into his father’s campaign and Russia are “not even people,” CNN reports.
“The person who defines that race is going to win the race. If this is about Donald Trump and his personality, he isn’t going to win it.”
— Former Speaker Paul Ryan, quoted by TCPalm. On the 2020 presidential race.
74% to 8%
A new Monmouth poll finds President Trump leads former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld (R), who is challenging him in the Republican presidential primaries, 74% to 8% among Republicans and Republican-leaning independents in a one-on-one matchup. Trump leads Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R), who is toying with the idea of a run, 75% to 6%.
“I’m not for impeachment. This is news. I’m going to give you some news right now because I haven’t said this to any press person before. But since you asked, and I’ve been thinking about this: Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path, because it divides the country. And he’s just not worth it.”
— Speaker Nancy Pelosi, telling the Washington Post she’s not focused on impeaching President Trump.
Dear Dr. Democrat:
How you are feeling about the 2020 Democratic contenders and who are your early favorites?
I’m impressed big time by Pete Buttigieg, but wish he had a different last name. Also like Kamala Harris and John Hickenlooper (again with the last name! Sheesh!).
Not a fan of Bernie or Biden, but will hold nose and vote Warren, if the need arises.
I’m looking forward to Beto entering the race. He has the GOP running scared.
On the Republican side, I like Bill Weld over the other guy.
Not in the Prediction Biz in Bismarck
At Mar-A-Lago Li Yang was a-tending
To the presidential access she was vending.
She was the yin to Trump’s yang,
Introducing Wang, Chen and Zhang,
Helping everyone achieve happy ending.
“If you are a Republican today, you are a strong supporter of Donald Trump. He has a greater degree of support within his party than any Republican president has ever had since they started polling.”