‘Until All Americans Are Fully and Equally Protected Under the Law, We Have More Work to Do’
The Democratic Party Wednesday issued a statement celebrating LGBT Pride Month, and repeated its call for the passage of the Equality Act, which would amend the Civi Rights Act to protect LGBT people. The DNC also called for more work to be done and warned of the rash of anti-LGBT “religious freedom” bills flooding state legislatures.
Democrats are “committed to passing the Equality Act, which covers employment and housing and public accommodations,” the statement, from DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, reads.Â “Weâ€™re fighting to ensure full equality for our transgender brothers and sisters. And because the injustice of discrimination exists outside our borders, we are dedicated to promoting and protecting the human rights of LGBT people internationally.”
The statement notes that “members of the LGBT Community and their allies have many victories to celebrate,” heralding the “enormous progress” made “in recent years in the fight for equality â€“ the result of courageous individuals and dedicated groups in every corner of our country standing up for what is right, often facing the cruelty of discrimination, bigotry and even violence to effect real and lasting change. Democrats are proud to stand with our brothers and sisters in the LGBT community in that fight.”
â€œA year ago this month, marriage equality finally became the law of the land when the Supreme Court ruled against discrimination,” it continues, noting that “over the last seven years of the Obama Administration, we worked together to repeal Donâ€™t Ask Donâ€™t Tell. We expanded federal hate crimes legislation when the president signed the first major federal gay rights legislation protecting citizens from violence.”
“Today, hospitals receiving Medicare or Medicaid funds must extend visitation rights for LGBT patients, and transgender veterans finally have access to the care they need through the VA benefits that they earned in service to our country.Â President Obama has fought to ensure thatÂ federal employees and employees of federal contractors are now protected from discriminationÂ and that transgenderÂ students are protected under new executive orders from President Obama, while our Attorney General has been a staunch advocate for transgender equality.”
â€œMembers of the LGBT community are our friends, family members, our neighbors and members of our communities. When we join together to fight discrimination where it exists, and when we celebrate the rich contributions that LGBT Americans have made throughout our history, we are a stronger nation for it, and our future is bright. We must elect a Democrat as the next president of the United States to build on the progress of the last seven years.â€
The DNC statement also reminded Americans that while much has been accomplished under President Barack Obama’s tenure, much work still remains.
â€œBut until all Americans are fully and equally protected under the law, we have more work to do. In some states, conservative lawmakers continue to push forÂ so-called religious freedomÂ laws and bathroom bills that threaten to legalize discrimination against members of the LGBT community. Religious freedom is important, but itâ€™s already protected under the law, and the vagueness of these new laws means theyâ€™re ripe for abuse. We must remain vigilant, and Democrats will continue to stand against discriminatory laws wherever they appear.”
It concludes, “We must elect a Democrat as the next president of the United States to build on the progress of the last seven years.”
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Watch: Right Wing Host at NRA Convention Likens 18 Year Olds Buying Guns to 3rd Graders Deciding Gender
A host from a right-wing streaming service covering the NRA convention in Houston decided to compare conservatives’ growing active opposition to the rights and existence of transgender people, to the majority of Americans demanding expanded gun control legislation.
“We are being told by the left that a third-grader has the knowledge to determine if they were born a boy or they were born a girl, whether or not they want to stay that gender that they were born with,” said Brian Glenn, Right Side Broadcasting’s director of programming and correspondent.
“And if we feel like at a third grade you can make decisions on your gender, then I think by the time you’re 18 you should have enough maturity – assuming you’re not a complete psychopath – to buy a handgun and exercise your Second Amendment.”
Of course, that hypothetical third-grader is harming exactly no one and later can reverse that decision if they choose, which the vast majority do not.
That hypothetical 18-year old, or, in the case of this week’s horrific tragedy, an actual 18-year old, buying two AR-15 style assault weapons and hundreds of rounds of ammunition within three days of their 18th birthday, gunning down 21 people including 19 elementary school children, cannot reverse any of those decisions.
Right-wing broadcaster inside NRA convention says if young people are allowed to choose their gender, then 18 year-olds should be allowed by buy assault weapons. pic.twitter.com/Fog4lZBgHW
— Ron Filipkowski 🇺🇦 (@RonFilipkowski) May 27, 2022
Local Texas Cops Blocked Specialized Federal Tactical Team That Killed Shooter From Engaging for One Hour
When a specially equipped U.S. Border Patrol tactical team arrived on the scene of Tuesday’s school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, local police who were already on the scene wouldn’t allow them to engage with the shooter, The New York Times reports.
“The agents from Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrived at some point between 12 p.m. and 12:10 p.m., according to the officials — far earlier than previously known,” The Times’ report stated. “But they did not breach the adjoining classrooms of the school where the gunman had locked himself in until a little before 1 p.m. Members of the federal tactical team killed the gunman.”
But officials speaking to The Times say the Uvalde Police Department prevented the agents from going in sooner.
The new details further call into the question the thinking behind how law enforcement responded to the shooting that killed 19 students and two teachers. The Border Patrol and ICE agents say they did not understand why they were force to wait. All of the 21 victims died in the area where 18-year-old Salvador Ramos had barricaded himself in.
Read the full report at The New York Times.
Cops Waited 47 Minutes Because They Were Waiting for a Key to the Door, Thought Shooter Was Barricaded Despite 911 Calls
Texas law enforcement officers on scene in Uvalde, Texas waited 47 minutes to break into the classroom where an 18-year old gunman slaughtered 19 children because they were waiting for a key to open the door, and thought it was no longer an active shooter situation.
“From the benefit of hindsight…it was the wrong decision,” admitted Texas Department of Public Safety director Col. Steven McGraw.
That decision was made despite children calling 911 during that time, begging for help, according to multiple reports, including this from the New York Times’ Mike Baker:
Student calls to 911:
12:03—whispered she’s in room 112
12:10—said multiple dead
12:16—says 8-9 students alive
12:19—student calls from room 111
12:21—3 shots heard on call
12:43—asks for police
12:47—asks for policehttps://t.co/CzkuF1llq1
— Mike Baker (@ByMikeBaker) May 27, 2022
“You say there were 19 officers gathered in the hallway or somewhere,” CNN’s Shimon Prokupecz said during Friday’s press conference. “What efforts were made to try and break through that door? You say it was locked. What efforts were the officers making?”
“None at that time,” DPS director replied.
“The on-scene commander at that time believed it had transitioned from an active shooter to a barricaded subject,” he said, adding moments later that “he believed there were no more children at risk.”
“Obviously, based on the information we have, there were children in that classroom and it was in fact still an active shooter investigation.”
>> @ShimonPro‘s first Q at the press conference: “You say there were 19 officers gathered in the hallway or somewhere. What efforts were made to try and break through that door? You say it was locked. What efforts were the officers making?” The awful answer: “None at that time.” pic.twitter.com/qM1liHrY2e
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) May 27, 2022
This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change.
This article has been updated with New York Times’ 911 call information.
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