Sunday, December 9, 2012

The Effect of Money in Politics!

There are two very strong monied lobbies in politics nationally that both made the news yesterday, and I think we are going to find two very different results:

1.  Dallas Cowboys Nose Tackle Josh Brent was in an accident where he was drunk and ended up killing a passenger in his vehicle.  

Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent has been arrested and charged with intoxication manslaughter stemming from a late night crash that resulted in the death of a teammate.
CBS Station KTVT reports that Jerry Brown Jr., a 25-year old currently on the Cowboys' practice roster, was killed in the accident.
Irving police spokesman John Argumaniz said the accident happened about 2:20 a.m. Saturday in the Dallas suburb, hours before Brent was to be on a team flight to Cincinnati for the Cowboys' game Sunday against the Bengals.
When police arrived, Brent was responsive and able to speak with officers. Brown was unresponsive and was transported to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
Officers conducted a field sobriety test on Brent and arrested him on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, Argumaniz said. The charge, a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison, was upgraded after Brown was pronounced dead.
 The Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) lobby has proven very powerful and has worked successfully to increase punishments for drunk drivers.    Obviously Josh Brent was acting very irresponsibly and his actions caused death to another human being.  He is in much trouble and will be forced to pay for his mistake.  

Our second story comes from Pennsylvania:

 Police said the gun went off as Joseph Loughrey, 44 (pictured), and his son Craig were getting into their car outside the Twigs Reloading Den in Mercer, PA.
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported that Loughrey told police he had emptied the magazine of his 9-millimeter Taurus handgun, and he didn’t know there was a bullet in the chamber. The gun discharged and his son was struck in the chest.
State police said Loughrey was cooperative and distraught during questioning, the newspaper reported.
“I know that little kid was everything to him,” Mark McLaughlin, Loughrey’s friend and co-worker, told the newspaper.
The National Rifle Association(NRA) has also been one of the very strongest lobby organizations in Washington.  Unfortunately, instead of making people more responsible who own guns, they have focused on making it easier to own guns with less responsibility.    Joseph Loughrey also acting very irresponsibly and his actions caused death to another human being.  We will see what his punishment is.  

 It will be interesting to follow these two stories to completion and see how each is treated in the courts and in the press!  


  1. Both tragedies that could have been avoided, and people need to be held responsible, but at the time, screw both of those lobbying groups.

  2. Most people agree that driving while drunk should be banned, period. Are you suggesting that is the same thing we should do with guns?

  3. Most people agree that handling loaded guns in front of your kids should be banned also.....

    Im suggesting that in the end the same thing happened and people seem upset about one and call the other a mistake.....yet in the end two people are dead!

  4. The gun doesn't kill, the dumb human being holding it does. my daughter was killed by a stupid ass that didn't check his gun either (his story). So if you want to kill someone and get away with it, just move to PA.