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    • Markos Giannopoulos

      Eleven people dead when a gunman starts shooting in a synagogue during a baby-naming ceremony. Trump blames the victims for not having armed guards in a church.

      Meanwhile, this is the second domestic terrorist attack in a matter of days from white far-right Christians.

    • That quote has been with me all day since I heard it. Are there people who really want their churches and schools to have armed guards? Is it a follow the money thing with the gun industry? Is it just a price some people feel we have to pay because we want to preserve our freedoms?

      One question is would an armed guard have been effective against someone with an AR-15?

    • Sad but so long as the arms manufacturers are able to buy off the politicians it won't change any time soon. Imagine how much these same gun manufacturers smile when they hear Trump say the answer is to get more guns. Horrendous.

    • Guns aren't necessary to preserve freedom, @Chris . People in Western Europe are just as free as Americans but don't have nearly as much gun violence because there aren't as many guns around. Americans simply lack the political will to do anything about it. The NRA would like you to believe that it's complicated, but it's not. The recurring Onion headline says it best: 'No Way To Prevent This' Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens.

    • Markos Giannopoulos

      One question is would an armed guard have been effective against someone with an AR-15?

      I think the obvious answer is, no.

    • Essentially, Trump is advising people to get guns to protect themselves from the fanatic followers he riles up with his hateful rhetoric. Well, Donald, two police officers and two SWAT officers were wounded in the confrontation. Three of them were shot. If only they had guns to protect themselves...

      As someone commented on Twitter, "Guns in schools, hospitals, churches, temples, theme parks, grocery stores, arm the rabbi, arm the priest, arm the children, arm the teachers, arm the doctors, arm your dog. Thoughts and prayers."

      We all know thoughts and prayers don't work. Hell, Trump fanatics have literally slaughtered people in a house of prayer and more than once. We would all be better protected when Trump stops his hate speech, or at least is more widely and strongly rebuked for it.

    • What struck me about that particular quote was the victim-blaming first, and second that this man has no idea what the function of a house of worship is in American society.

      Whether or not a congregation has the financial resources to have an armed guard, most faith traditions want to be welcoming, not forbidding. They want to make people welcome, not turn them away. The bible study group at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston that was attacked in 2015 welcomed the stranger who came to attack them, and gave him a seat among them. Those victims were Christians, but apparently the Torah exhorts its followers to 'welcome the stranger' 36 times, and the Tree of Life synagogue, active in immigrant and refugee assistance programs, was putting that into practice.

      I'm not surprised that the positive aspects of religion are lost on the president, but I am still grieved whenever he finds a new kind of ignorance and ugliness to display.

    • I'm not surprised that the positive aspects of religion are lost on the president, but I am still grieved whenever he finds a new kind of ignorance and ugliness to display.

      At a rally in Missouri a couple of days ago, Trump said: “We did have two maniacs stop a momentum that was incredible, because for seven days nobody talked about the elections, ... It stopped a tremendous momentum."

      This hasn't received nearly the attention it deserves. It has to be among the most cynical, self-centered things he has ever said publicly. Maybe we've all developed immunity to his narcissism, dunno, but making two acts of terrorism all about his political interests is despicable and should be condemned by every public official regardless of partisanship.

    • The hardest thing for me has been to try and understand why his supporters love him so much. I've tried to follow many of the schools of thought — he's bringing manufacturing back, he's draining the swamp, he's a self-made billionaire who will bring economic prosperity to the forgotten men & women who mine coal and raise crops, he'll reduce crime, he's honest about what he thinks... Even as his voters come to acknowledge that some of those things aren't panning out, they love him anyway.

      I hope this subhead in the Economist is wrong. It's something I don't want to believe:

    • Interesting article. I like the concept of anti-partisanship--I've always thought of myself as more of an anti-Republican than a Democrat. But my preference has always been policy based, not tribal. While we're seeing liberal democracy under attack all over the world, it looks like it has become especially tribal in the US. Perhaps the two-party system makes the division sharper than in multi-party parliamentary systems. Public opinion polling consistently shows that despite the current Republican dominance in government, a significant majority of Americans support many liberal policies--environmental protection, voting rights, sensible gun control, universal healthcare. It drives me crazy that many people are so indifferent that they fail to vote for what they believe.

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