America Reacts To Gun Violence: We’re Better Than This. Listen Up N.R.A.

By Jueseppi B.



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President Barack Obama, with Vice President Joe Biden, delivers a statement and takes questions about the Administration’s gun policy process in the wake of the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Dec. 19, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)




President Obama: “Words Need to Lead to Action” on Gun Violence


Colleen Curtis
By Colleen Curtis  December 19, 2012  White House Blog


Five days after the tragic shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, President Obama said that he is committed to reducing the epidemic of gun violence that plagues this country every single day.


At a press conference in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House, the President announced that Vice President Joe Biden will lead a new initiative that has been tasked with identifying concrete proposals for real reform by January. The Vice President, who wrote the 1994 Crime Bill that helped law enforcement bring down the rate of violent crime and included the assault weapons ban, will work with members of the Cabinet and outside organizations on this effort, and President Obama urged the new Congress to hold votes on the proposals early next year:


The good news is there’s already a growing consensus for us to build from.  A majority of Americans support banning the sale of military-style assault weapons.  A majority of Americans support banning the sale of high-capacity ammunition clips.  A majority of Americans support laws requiring background checks before all gun purchases, so that criminals can’t take advantage of legal loopholes to buy a gun from somebody who won’t take the responsibility of doing a background check at all.



The President made clear that this is a complex issue, and that solutions must be wide-ranging and include everything from access to mental health services to confronting a culture that at times glorifies violence. But he also made clear that the price of doing nothing is much too high for our country to bear:


Since Friday morning, a police officer was gunned down in Memphis, leaving four children without their mother.  Two officers were killed outside a grocery store in Topeka.  A woman was shot and killed inside a Las Vegas casino.  Three people were shot inside an Alabama hospital.  A four-year-old was caught in a drive-by in Missouri, and taken off life support just yesterday. Each one of these Americans was a victim of the everyday gun violence that takes the lives of more than 10,000 Americans every year — violence that we cannot accept as routine.

So I will use all the powers of this office to help advance efforts aimed at preventing more tragedies like this.  We won’t prevent them all — but that can’t be an excuse not to try.  It won’t be easy — but that can’t be an excuse not to try.


You can read the President’s full remarks or watch the press conference on video.





President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden talk in a West Wing hallway of the White House, following the President’s statement to the press, Dec. 19, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)




We Are Better Than This: 






We are 32 families who have lost loved ones in many of the most infamous and deadly mass shootings our nation has ever seen.


We know we are far from alone in our grief. Every day in America, 32 more families lose loved ones to gun murders, most in tragedies that do not make national headlines because they are so common.


We believe we are better than this. And we are calling for a respectful and civil public conversation, focused simply on making this the safer nation we all want and deserve.


We are Republicans and Democrats, from “red states” and “blue states.” We live in cities, suburbs, and rural areas. We are from many different walks of life. Some of us own guns. Some of us don’t.


We know that the overwhelming majority of Americans support sensible solutions that would have prevented many of our tragedies, and can prevent many more every day. We are prepared to hold our elected leaders accountable to do everything they can to enact such solutions.


We invite every American who shares our vision of a safer nation to join us, and add your voices to ours, by signing this letter.


Without you, we are a group of families bound by the fact that we have been through something terrible. Together, we can all be the voice of real and lasting change!





Jessica Watts, cousin of Jonathan Blunk, killed in a movie theater, Aurora, CO, July 20, 2012


Teresa and Dave Hoover, mother and uncle of Alexander J. “AJ” Boik, killed in a movie theater, Aurora, CO, July 20, 2012


Sandy and Lonnie Phillips, mother and step-father of Jessica Ghawi, killed in a movie theater, Aurora, CO, July 20, 2012


Jerri Jackson, mother of Matt McQuinn, killed in a movie theater, Aurora, CO, July 20, 2012


Greg and Rena Medek, parents of Micayla “Cayla” Medek, killed in a movie theater, Aurora, CO, July 20, 2012


Anita Busch, cousin of Micayla “Cayla” Medek, killed in a movie theater, Aurora, CO, July 20, 2012


Carol and Tom Teves, parents of Alex Teves, killed in a movie theater, Aurora, CO, July 20, 2012


Robert Wingo, ex-husband of Rebecca Wingo, killed in a movie theater, Aurora, CO, July 20, 2012


Brian and Camella Seymour, children of Judith O. Seymour, killed at Oikos University, Oakland, CA, April 2, 2012


Amardeep and Pardeep Kaleka, sons of Satwant Singh Kaleka, killed at the Sikh Temple, Oak Creek, WI, August 5, 2012


Roxanna Green, mother of Christina-Taylor Green, killed outside of a Safeway store, Tucson, AZ, January 8, 2011


Paula Caouette, Paul Caouette, Katie Caouette, and Cristin Caouette-Gaskil, wife and children of David Caouette, killed at Salon Meritage, Seal Beach, CA, October 12, 2011


Paul Wilson, husband of Christy Lynn Wilson, killed at Salon Meritage, Seal Beach, CA, October 12, 2011


Nardyne Jeffries, mother of Brishell Jones, killed in a drive-by shooting on South Capitol Street, Washington, D.C., March 30, 2010


Eric and Mary Kay Mace, parents of Ryanne Mace, killed at Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, February 14, 2008


Carolyn Tuft and Kaitlin, Parker, and Scott Hinckley, mother and siblings of Kirsten Hinckley, killed at Trolley Square Mall, Salt Lake City, UT, February 12, 2007


Uma and Abhi Loganathan, children of G.V. Loganathan, killed at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, April 16, 2007


Peter and Catherine Read, parents of Mary Read, killed at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, April 16, 2007

Joe, Mona, Omar, and Randa Samaha, parents and siblings of Reema Samaha, killed at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, April 16, 2007


Paul and Susan Turner, parents of Maxine Turner, killed at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, April 16, 2007


John Woods, boyfriend of Maxine Turner, killed at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, April 16, 2007


Annette Nance-Holt, mother of Blair Holt, killed on a city bus, Chicago, IL, May 10, 2007


Pamela Bosley, mother of Terrell Bosley, killed outside Lights of Zion Missionary Bible Church, Chicago, IL, April 4, 2006


Tim, Christian, Genevieve, and Jeff Heyne, husband and children of Janice Heyne, killed in a shooting spree, Thousand Oaks, CA, May 30, 2005


Jose Guzman and Guadalupe Sanchez, parents of Guillermo Rodriguez, killed at a Subway, Phoenix, AZ, November 5, 2005


David Cariens, father-in-law of Angela Dales, killed at the Appalachian School of Law, Grundy, VA, January 16, 2002


Nick and Amanda Wilcox, parents of Laura Ligon Wilcox, killed at the Nevada County Behavioral Health Clinic, Grass Valley, CA, January 10, 2001


Suzanne and Casey Glimstad, mother and sister of Derek Glimstad, killed during a shooting spree, Sacramento, CA, September 8, 2001


Tom Mauser, father of Daniel Mauser, killed at Columbine High School, Littleton, CO, April 20, 1999


Sherialyn Byrdsong, wife of Northwestern Basketball Coach, Ricky Byrdsong, killed during a shooting spree, Skokie, IL, July 2, 1999


Paul Ercolino, brother of Steve Ercolino, killed at the Empire State Building, New York City, NY, August 24, 1997


Geraldine Hills, sister of Officer Adam J. Hills, ambushed and killed off-duty, Seney, MI, October 18, 1994





We Are Better Than This: Mark Ruffalo


Published on Dec 19, 2012

Mark Ruffalo, Mariska Hargitay, Anthony LaPaglia, Rosanne Cash, Liev Schrieber: We Are Better Than This: A national conversation on how we can prevent gun deaths and injuries. Join and sign on here:







We Are Better Than This: Colin Goddard


Published on Dec 19, 2012

Colin Goddard: We Are Better Than This: A national conversation on how we can prevent gun deaths and injuries. Colin Goddard is a survivor of the Virginia Tech mass shooting and a staff member at the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Join and sign on here:







We Are Better Than This: Lonnie and Sandy Phillips


Published on Dec 19, 2012

Lonnie and Sandy Phillips: We Are Better Than This: A national conversation on how we can prevent gun deaths and injuries. Lonnie and Sandy lost their daughter Jessica, who was killed in the Aurora mass shooting when she was 24 years old. Join and sign on here:







As an American who was shocked and horrified by the mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado, I am committed to joining a meaningful conversation about how we can prevent the future loss of innocent life.




We Are Better Than This was created to foster a meaningful national conversation on how to prevent tragedies like the one that occurred in Aurora, Colorado. Join us.




Give Now to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence


We need your support to make the changes to our gun laws and policies that will make us the safer nation we all want and deserve. Thank you.


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Emotional Winthrop coach Pat Kelsey calls for change after CT shootings



ROCK HILL — Winthrop University men’s basketball coach Pat Kelsey received national attention Tuesday night after delivering an emotional message about the need for change in America following the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn.


Sports fans across the country are praising Kelsey for using the opportunity after the Eagles’ loss against nationally-ranked Ohio State to challenge political leaders and parents and other coaches to “step up.”


After briefly discussing the game, in which the Eagles lost by 10 points to the heavily-favored Buckeyes, Kelsey changed the topic.






“I know this microphone’s powerful right now, because we’re playing the fourth-best team in the country,” Kelsey said. “I’m not going to have a microphone like this the rest of the year — maybe the rest of my life.”

He then challenged the country to do something to stop tragedies like the one that killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
“Parents, teachers, rabbis, priests, coaches … everybody needs to step up,” said Kelsey, first-year coach of the Eagles. “This has to be a time for change.”

Read this article in it’s entirety here:



















Jueseppi B.:

Excellent post Mashed Potato Bulletin. Great information explaining why we have this mess every few years….and during Barack Hussein Obama’s Presidency, every few months it seems.

Originally posted on Mashed Potato Bulletin:

Washington Post Factchecker:

GW Bush_cropWe’ve noted this history before, but many people have forgotten it. Given that the dispute over whether to extend all of the Bush tax cuts has now led the nation to the edge of the “fiscal cliff,” let’s take a trip back in time to recall why the Bush tax cuts were enacted in the first place. (The Fact Checker covered passage of the Bush tax cuts as an economic policy reporter for The Washington Post.)

Oddly, a key reason the tax cut became reality was because of a fear the United States soon would have zero debt.

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Jueseppi B.:

Mr. David, your blog is one of my picks for Influential Blog Of 2012, not an award but just a blog I find influential.

Originally posted on Thoughts from the Outdoors:



Dawn arrives with a dissonant shriek…

Slipping through on

razor wire

to stand forlorn…

and alert…

in a gradually…



The sun has no

place here,

as silent laughter

rings the ears

of the dead…

and dying….

And though all eyes

remain open…

this place only lives on

in the darkened corners….

draped in sickness…

and blackened..

with loneliness…


David L. Whitman 12/19/2012 from the rolling fog

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Justification For Justice Jesus Or The Gun God

By Jueseppi B.







Lets arm school teachers.


If schools had prayer in them, like they used to have, this would not have happened in that school in Newtown, Connecticut.


Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.


Cars kill more people than guns, are you gonna ban cars?


The 2nd amendment gives me the right to own a gun.


If everybody had guns, these massacres wouldn’t happen.


Are we gonna ban knives and bow & arrows too?


Guns are not the problem, criminals and drugs are the problem.


Obama is gonna take away our guns.


My gun is for protection.


You can have my guns when you pry it from my cold dead hand.


Why should we Americans give up our guns?….Here’s why……..




















Daniel Barden
























Victims of Sandy Hook Shooting




James Mattioli







































































These 28 Americans, who had their lives ended on December 14th, Twenty Twelve, because of the ease of availability of handguns & assault weapons, this is why you must give up your guns.


Not so much because of whet you yourself might do with your guns, but because of what some OTHER person could do with YOUR guns.


You see, Adam Lanza didn’t own one single gun.


His mother was a licensed registered gun owner, who was a practiced shooter and survivalists.


Nancy Lanza was among the massacred victims on Friday December 14th, Twenty Twelve.


Executed by her own weapons. By her own son.


Her guns that she owned for “protection” didn’t save her life, they ended her life, as well as the lives of these angels…….


Charlotte Bacon, 2/22/06, female (6).

– Daniel Barden, 9/25/05, male (7).

– Rachel Davino, 7/17/83, female (29).

– Olivia Engel, 7/18/06, female (6).

– Josephine Gay, 12/11/05, female (7).

– Ana M. Marquez-Greene, 04/04/06, female (6).

– Dylan Hockley, 3/8/06, male (6).

– Dawn Hochsprung, 06/28/65, female (47)


Madeleine F. Hsu, 7/10/06, female (6).

– Catherine V. Hubbard, 6/08/06, female (6).

– Chase Kowalski, 10/31/05, male (7).

– Jesse Lewis, 6/30/06, male (6).

– James Mattioli , 3/22/06, male (6).

– Grace McDonnell, 12/04/05, female (7).

– Anne Marie Murphy, 07/25/60, female (52).

– Emilie Parker, 5/12/06, female (6).


Jack Pinto, 5/06/06, male (6).

– Noah Pozner, 11/20/06, male (6).


Caroline Previdi, 9/07/06, female (6).

– Jessica Rekos, 5/10/06, female (6).

– Avielle Richman, 10/17/06, female (6).

– Lauren Rousseau, 6/1982, female (30).

– Mary Sherlach, 2/11/56, female (56).


Victoria Soto, 11/04/85, female (27).

– Benjamin Wheeler, 9/12/06, male (6).

– Allison N. Wyatt, 7/03/06, female (6).



Americans use Jesus and God as a justification for their right to bear arms. Right wing religious leaders are big gun rights advocates.


Does it strike anyone besides me that the very people we look to for religious leadership are members and contributors to the NRA….merchants of death? Peace & Love are not being preached from these pulpits.


Justification Justice Jesus AND The Gun God.


What Would Jesus Say?








My Picks For 2012’s Most Influential Blogs

By Jueseppi B.






I got this idea from The Blissful Adventurer. He has a post on his amazing blog entitled “The Most Influential Blogs of 2012“.


I was thinking, it would be cool if I chose the blogs I thought were The Most Influential Blogs Of 2012…so here goes:



The Rules:

There are no rules for this award except you MUST pay it forward, and that means, sometime in the next 6 months, you “should” chose the blogs you deem worthy of your label of The Most Influential Blog Of 2012, to you.

That’s it. Only rule.



Now For MY Most Influential Blogs Of 2012:

Each blog chosen by me, has in some small or huge way influenced me in some way, be it by inspiration or by information.



The White House Blog


Bell Book Candle


sharing me myself and i






Things My Belly Likes


Motley News and Photos


The Fifth Column


The Obama Diary 




Allison Grayhurst


Writing Between the Lines






Thoughts from the Outdoors








♡ The Tale Of My Heart ♡






Cut N Edge Cartoons


The Educability of Perch




Silently Heard Once


Tracie Louise Photography


Silver Poetry



Since this is NOT an award, there is no guilt associated with accepting. Just enjoy.


I wish all the blogs and their owners & families a wonderfully joyous Kwanzaa, Christmas & Hanukkah & a healthy, happy & prosperous New Year.


















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