“Brits don’t quit” – “And then he quit”

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee: A Brief History of Brexit for Americans. (YouTube, 7:05min, 6 March 2019) “Are you an American having a hard time understanding Brexit? Allow Amy Hoggart to translate it for you.”

Bonus episode: The Original Trump Haters (YouTube, 7:11min, 8 February 2017) “We sent Amy Hoggart to Scotland to discuss resisting oppression with people who are born crotchety.”

Waffengesetze

Deutsche Welle: Massensterben durch Waffengewalt. “Der Tod durch Handfeuerwaffen zählt weltweit zu den häufigsten Todesursachen. Neben den jüngsten Attacken in den Niederlanden und Neuseeland sind vor allem die USA betroffen. Oft im Zentrum der Debatte: Waffengesetze.”

“Dass es möglich ist, eine waffenverliebte Gesellschaft von strengeren Waffengesetzen zu überzeugen, zeigt das Beispiel Australien. Ähnlich wie die Attentate von Christchurch erschütterte vor mehr als 20 Jahren die Tat eines 28-Jährigen im tasmanischen Port Arthur den “großen Bruder” Neuseelands. Der Täter hatte das Feuer in einem Cafe eröffnet, im Kugelhagel seines halbautomatischen Gewehrs starben 35 Menschen. Der konservative Premier John Howard brachte im Anschluss gegen massiven Widerstand aus Politik und Gesellschaft ein verschärftes Waffenrecht durchs Parlament.

Nicht einmal zwei Wochen nach dem Massaker wurden landesweit einheitliche Regeln erlassen, die ein vollständiges Verbot von vollautomatischen und halbautomatischen Schnellfeuergewehren, Schrotflinten und “Pumpguns” und strenge Kontrollen für alle anderen Waffen einführten. Jede Waffe muss einzeln registriert und in einem Safe aufbewahrt werden. Die Gesetzesverschärfung alleine war der Regierung nicht genug. Um die Zahl der Waffen in privater Hand zu senken, kaufte der Staat etwa 650.000 Waffen von ihren Besitzern, weitere Zehntausende wurden freiwillig abgegeben und verschrottet. Das Ergebnis ist beachtlich: Die Zahl der Schusswaffen-Toten ist seitdem in Australien um die Hälfte gesunken.”

“This decision was a long time in coming but it was more than worth the wait”

The New York Times: Sandy Hook Massacre: Remington and Other Gun Companies Lose Major Ruling Over Liability.

“The Connecticut Supreme Court dealt a major blow to the firearms industry on Thursday, clearing the way for a lawsuit against the companies that manufactured and sold the semiautomatic rifle used by the gunman in the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The lawsuit mounted a direct challenge to the immunity that Congress granted to gun companies to shield them from litigation when their weapons are used in a crime. The ruling allows the case, brought by victims’ families, to maneuver around the federal shield, creating an opening for them to potentially bring their claims to trial and hold the companies, including Remington, the gun maker, liable for the attack.

The decision represents a significant development in the long-running battle between gun control advocates and the gun lobby. And it stands to have wider ramifications, experts said, by charting a possible legal road map for victims’ relatives and survivors from other mass shootings who want to sue gun companies.”

“I’m not for impeachment… because it divides the country. And he’s just not worth it.”

The Washington Post Magazine: Nancy Pelosi on Impeaching Trump: ‘He’s Just Not Worth It’. “In a wide-ranging interview, the country’s most powerful Democrat says Trump is unfit to be president — “ethically,” “intellectually” and “curiosity-wise” — but impeachment would be too divisive.”

There have been increasing calls, including from some of your members, for impeachment of the president.

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.

A lot of Americans are really anxious about where the country is right now, and some of them feel the nation’s institutions are in a perilous state. Do you share that concern?

No. Here’s why I don’t: Our country is great. It’s a great country. Our founders gave us the strongest foundation. … All the challenges we have faced, we can withstand anything. But maybe not two [Trump] terms. So we have to make sure that doesn’t happen.”

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