On April 17, 2013, four months after Adam Lanza walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, with a Bushmaster semi-automatic rifle and shot to death twenty schoolchildren and six adult staff members, the U.S. Senate voted on S. 150, the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013. Forty members of the Senate voted in favor of banning the importation, possession, sale, or transfer of semiautomatic assault weapons. Sixty members voted against the ban; here are their names:
“Tom, who now lives in the Bronx, was raised on a plantation in the Delta. Emmett Till was one of his best friends. Indeed, he was with Till until about 7 p.m. on the horrible, legendary 1955 night when Till was murdered allegedly for whistling at a white woman.”
“At the center of the criticism is the chief articulator of Bush’s imperial presidency,” we reported in 1992, “the man who wrote the legal rationale for the Gulf War, the Panama invasion, and the officially sanctioned kidnapping of foreign nationals abroad.”
"While it's tempting to celebrate exuberantly the demise of yuppie culture and all the other horrendous phenomena of the Reagan/Thatcher/Koch era, capitalism is not notable for its equitable division of pain"