Pro-gun advocates found our Saturday post and offered about 30 comments, most of which couldn’t be published. Retake responds and also reprises the last week where much was done in the Roundhouse.
Roundhouse Update: If you aren’t subscribed to the legislative alerts, we encourage you to sign up now. The action is getting crazy and we now have 32 Priority Bills for this session. Our 2020 Legislative Priorities page has links to one-page bill summaries for each of those priorities and on the right of the page provides each bill’s status: the committees from which they’ve won approval and the next scheduled hearing. To get alerts, click the “Get Legislative Alerts” on the right side of the page.
Update on Pro-Gun Rally. The post we published about the pro-gun rally wound up being circulated to those who organized and/or attended the rally. They had quite a few comments, but I approved just one because they were filled with comments calling me a pansy, a liar, and guilty of libel.
I was going to offer up a point by point refutation of their assertions, but I figured that would just trigger more comments. Frankly, it reminds me of the days I’d engage in “debate” on Facebook. Pointless. The folks at the rally rely on an entirely different source of information than we do and so their “facts” are our fake news and our facts are not accepted by them. In that context, no meeting of the minds can occur. But I did want to quickly comment on some of their claims.
- They claimed their protest was non-violent and that no threats were made. What they miss is that for many of us the mere presence of 200 folks, dozens of them armed, many with assault weapons, is felt to be a threat. You do not have to verbally threaten someone for your weapon to feel like a threat.
- They wondered if I had bothered to talk with any of them, and I did not. I simply am not comfortable debating folks who are armed. If they had wanted to engage in dialog, they should have brought signs and left their guns at home.
- They claimed that they have every right to bear arms in NM. We know this, don’t like it, but understand that they have those rights.
- They claimed I was wrong in calling the rally an NRA rally. They are correct. I was wrong. Despite many NRA signs, the rally was actually organized by a women’s pro-gun group.
- They claimed I was guilty of libel for re-posting a quote from the New Mexican. That is not libel.
I won’t be publishing comments from the pro-gun camp. It simply serves no point. We know their perspective and I don’t want to use our site to promote those views or spend time in pointless debate, especially when most of the comments were either nasty or incoherent.
A Look Back at Last Week
What a week. At this point, we’ve coordinated advocacy for about 20 hearings and every vote has gone our way, not one bill tabled or voted down. But the toughest work is ahead, so stay tuned.
In addition to reporting on Roundhouse hearings last week, we also reported on the PRC hearing, Valerie Plame, Bernie & Elizabeth, and the DNC’s efforts to undermine progressive candidates. Our posts are offered below. I especially recommend the post from Friday on the visionary energy and climate bills currently being debated in the Roundhouse. Also, I’d recommend the video from Dahr Jamail included in the Thursday post, below. Dahr will be featured on next Saturday’s Retake Our Democracy radio show on KSFR, 101.1 FM, every Saturday at 8:30 a.m. The radio show will only include 29 minutes, but the podcast will include a full hour. Go to KSFR.org to the Programs menu to find the Retake Our Democracy podcasts.
Sanders & Warren: We Have a Plan
Tuesday January 28. Sanders is surging, leading in Iowa, New Hampshire, and California, and closing fast in Arizona. Warren has also surged and could continue to do so. We encourage you to support them both and offer ways in which you can support either campaign from home. We strongly ask that no matter how strongly you feel about either candidate, we not begin a battle among progressives. Further, we suggest that should neither progressive candidate win, no matter how nefarious the DNC efforts to derail these excellent candidates, we need to unify behind whoever emerges as the Democrat nominee. Just too much at stake.
Roundhouse Wins, NM Supreme Court Decision on ETA & DNC Undermining Warren & Sanders
Thursday, January 30. Talk about a packed post. We reported on how ten Retake Priority Bills have passed through committees, and the pace is quickening with hearings slated for Saturday already. We report on how the DNC is at it again & progressives are not happy. We include a report on the NM State Supreme Court ruling on ETA-PRC. And finally, the post includes a short video of Dahr Jamail discussing the state of today’s efforts to mitigate the climate crisis and the need to consider adaptation because victory over climate change is not in the cards.
Visionary Roundhouse Transition Plan Emerging
Friday, Jan 31. Something is happening here, what it is, is getting very clear & it is something about which New Mexicans should be very excited. NM just may be about to pass legislation needed to launch a just, sustainable transition. This post described how 14 bills taken together could be viewed as a kind of plan for a just transition. As noted in the post, these bills will not appreciably slow the rise of the seas or the heating of the planet, but they represent a significant effort on the part of this state. The post examines each of the bills briefly.
The Face of Trump: Scary Pro-Gun Rally
Saturday, Feb. 1. According to many of the pro-gun rally attendees, I was unfair reporting on what transpired. I’d encourage those of you who were there and who read this post to please comment on whether you felt I reported unfairly. But for my part, I’d just as soon move on. This was just one rally and the pro-gun folks will be back to the Roundhouse armed and ready to offer their comment on legislation they oppose.
Paul & Roxanne