So my elected Congressman, Mr. Todd Rokita, published an opinion on the conservative blog site “The Hill.” In it he champions the cause of the Great Wall of Mexico, and cites that murders by undocumented immigrants from Mexico are a scourge we need to spend 40 billion on. He cites three very sad, real cases of these crimes as the prime driver for his opinion.
Everyone is entitled to an opinion, even his conservative friends in the White House who asked if we could just give them a day off before asking why Machine Guns are for sale and permissible in America.
For reference, you can find Mr. Rokita’s post here:
I did a little fact checking–as is my wont–and found a few problems.
First and foremost I grieve for the three lost souls who were murdered (cited by Mr. Rokita) and hope their friends, families, and colleagues can find peace.
In the year these three crimes occurred, there were 15,696 murders in the United States. OK, reported murders, there were probably more. Mr. Rokita wants us to spend 40 billion on the purported root cause of 3 out of 15,696. Um. What? So to equally address all murders that means we have to spend 290 trillion. Um. No. What we need to do is look at the largest root causes of all mass-shooting murders and do what Australia did. You are not authorized to have automatic machine guns in Australia as a civilian. At all. Want to know how many mass-shooting events they have had since collecting up the hardware? Zero. Also, there are no 3,000 mile walls in Australia. There is a large fence around “Little Bitty’s Pawn Store and Cafe” in Melbourne, but I am not sure that counts.
OK, that might be a cheap shot. China. They built a huge wall to stop the Mongolians. Know what it did not stop? Yeah. Mongolians.
That horrific episode in Las Vegas this week was perpetrated by a White American Citizen, with no history of radicalization, who procured his weaponry legally in the state of Nevada. He checked into a hotel and opened fire–for no possibly rational reason–on 23,000 human beings who did nothing more disruptive than turn up for an outdoor concert. 58 people died and over 500 were injured by this Domestic terrorist. Free safety hint: Don’t hit me back with the “But it wasn’t terrorism..” Yes it was. An evil soul opened fire on a crowd of 23,000 people with weapons designed solely to kill thousands of people an hour. Until he opened fire, the terrorist had not committed a crime in Nevada. Think about that. There was absolutely nothing anyone could have done under the current array of laws to prevent Las Vegas. And a wall along the Mexican border would not have stopped this tragic event.
I like guns. I have fired a fairly amazing array of them personally and professionally. Here is some news you can use: Weapons that fire 1,500 rounds per minute with 200-600 round drums are only here for one reason. To kill a lot of people quickly. Joe American does not need one. At all. Ever.
So back to the wall. I know, I may have appeared to forget my topic, but these matters are wildly related. A 40 billion dollar wall is a boon for companies that build them. It is a boon to companies selling tall ladders and tunneling equipment. Telling me you need to build a wall to stop heroin coming into the country–when there is no actual evidence a wall will stop it–and blaming the lack of a wall on prescription opioid abuse is simply moronic. Address the reasons people are using opioids and you will be far better positioned to reduce their presence as a negative impact in our country.
We do not need a wall. Mr. Rokita knows this. He is pandering to a President who cannot figure out 3.5 million Americans in Puerto Rico are, well, Americans, and deserving of national support after a cat 5 hurricane strike. Mr. Rokita wants us to hate the people on the other side of the border and pay no attention to the $7,000.00 he took from the NRA this year–or the 3.1 *million* dollars his Vice President took from the NRA.
We need to unite as a country, repeal and replace the preposterous pariahs in Washington DC that are scamming us, and make our country safe again through sensible means.
2018 is coming. If I were you, I’d start happening to government and stop it just happening to you.
I darned sure am.