Nov 1 2019
04:56 pm
By: R. Neal

"Though it is difficult to accept, it is clear to me now that this campaign does not have the means to move forward successfully. My service to the country will not be as a candidate or as the nominee. Acknowledging this now is in the best interests of those in the campaign; it is in the best interests of this party as we seek to unify around a nominee; and it is in the best interests of the country."

Knoxoasis's picture

Shame. Beto said the things

Shame. Beto said the things you're not supposed to say out loud. It would be nice to have kept him in as a reminder of where the slippery slope ends.

Mike Daugherty's picture

Yep, he used the big F word

Yep, he used the big F word repeatedly when speaking to crowds of women, men, and kids. He should not have said it out loud, especially with lots of children around listening to his bad example. I do give him credit for having the guts to call for outlawing assault weapons. Members of Congress that refuse to vote for banning those weapons are gutless and share the blame for the innocent people that have been killed or injured by those weapons.

As far as Beto dropping out, it is past time for him to go. I am sure with the wealth his family has they will find him a job. Maybe Castro, Booker, and Gabbard and a few others will follow him out. I sure hope they do.

Alex_Falk's picture

the exit is over there!

and biden, harris, buttigieg, yang, klobuchar, steyer, bennet, etc...

just imagine the 2024 trump 2.0 that would follow the (extremely unlikely) scenario in which a biden/harris/buttgieg type neoliberal wins both the primary & general

traveler's picture

I trust we all know that,

I trust we all know that, except in war, essentially no Americans are killed annually with "assault weapons"?

Domestically, 95% of firearm homicides are committed with handguns. From the FBI's 2018 Uniform Crime Report, of the 10,265 firearm homicides in 2018, only about 5% involved a rifle of *any* kind, virtually none of which were "assault rifles."

(We don't know precisely how many murder weapons were "assault rifles" because FBI does not distinguish between types of rifle used, but a safe estimate would be "zero," as the private ownership of fully automatic weapons by American citizens is an extreme rarity. I can't recall any examples of U.S. murders being committed with fully automatic weapons.)

2018 UCR Table 8 reports that in 2018,
1,515 Americans were killed with knives,
672 were killed with hands and feet,
443 were killed with clubs and hammers.
297 were killed with rifles (of any kind, not merely "assault rifles").

Teen drivers' accidents, on the other hand, killed 3,255 Americans in 2017 NHTSA, far more than rifles. Yet, no one's passionately arguing that teen driving is an imminent threat to society, nor campaigning to abolish teen driving.

So, rifles just don't seem to be a problem to me. Demonizing and focusing on a tiny subset of that seems silly at best, or disingenuous, take your pick.

I don't find members of Congress siding with essential liberties to be cowardly at all. Rather, I look to Hong Kong's protesters signs "We Need a 2nd Amendment," and to the tyrannies of Europe, where I once lived, and am thankful we Americans chose at the outset to trust one another as equal citizens, co-owners and co-defenders of this magnificent country we share.

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