An Open Letter to the Republicans in My Life: What the F*ck?

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First, let me just say that I respect your right to self-determine your party loyalty. And I get that our two party system may not give you as much nuance as you’d like. As a progressive feminist Democrat, I don’t always like the more moderate stances that my elected officials take. I’m sure that you’ve chosen your party affiliation after careful consideration of your values, and as an American that is your right. But seriously, y’all. What the f*ck!

With the exception of two senators, every Republican in the Senate voted against the gun reform amendments offered by Democrats on Monday. They decided that people who are on the terrorist watch list, who aren’t allowed to board airplanes, still ought to be able to buy guns – since they aren’t 100% sure that everyone who is on that list deserves to be there. To reiterate: since they can’t prove that every person who is on the terror watch list is actually a terrorist, they want to protect those people suspected of terrorism’s right to purchase firearms. (This is especially rich coming from a party whose bread and butter is fear-mongering about the threat of terrorism coming at us from every which way, but I digress.)

They also opposed closing a loophole that effectively allows people to purchase guns without going through a background check if they buy the guns online or at a gun show. I have absolutely no idea what could be offensive about closing this loophole, but maybe you, my Republican friends, can explain it to me.

It’s hard to believe that we live in a society where people have just decided to accept that over 30,000 people will die in gun-related deaths every year. Is that the price we pay to protect a twisted interpretation of a document written when we were still supporting slavery? What the f*ck kind of crazy train are we on?

It turns out that most Americans actually aren’t on board with this extreme reading of the second amendment. To be specific: at least 85% of Americans from both parties support closing the background check loophole. That’s probably because it just makes sense. So, what the f*ck are Senate Republicans doing? Why did they vote against a policy that has more public support than they do? What the actual F*CK??

Even Justice Antonin Scalia, darling of the conservative constitutional movement in life and in death, found that the right to bear arms ought to be subject to regulation. Of course he did! Because they are guns! And we are in the middle of a public health crisis! What the f*ck else would you call something that kills over 30,000 Americans a year?

So, my Republican friends, you tell me. Is beating Democrats actually more important to you than doing something about the real, every day threat of gun violence? And if it isn’t, what the f*ck are you going to do about it?


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Genevieve Cato

Genevieve Cato is a feminist activist and a native Texan. While not writing for the Burnt Orange Report, she can be found working for NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, serving as a community member of the Communications Committee for the Lilith Fund for Reproductive Equity, and drinking copious amounts of pretentious local craft beers.

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  1. Nearly 1/3 of the people on the no-fly list have no terrorist affiliation. Because the process of being added to the list is secret with NO DUE PROCESS, no one has any idea if and why they’re on it. Because it is a secret list, if you find yourself on it, it’s very hard to get yourself removed. Source:

    The no fly list, in it’s current form, is a violation of citizens’ right to freely travel and needs to be overhauled so that there is due process. If someone is a terrorist, they need to be brought up on charges. After a conviction, they will no longer be able to fly nor purchase a weapon.

    There’s ways to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people – like having the FBI use its massive budget to do its job rather than create jobs to do, like incite terrorism (Source:, especially in the case of the Orlando shooter (Source: ). Or maybe actually respond to a complaint from a gun store owner that denied the shooter’s attempted transaction just weeks before the shooting (source: Or maybe not “lose” the shooter’s wife during a TERRORISM INVESTIGATION (

    I’ll ignore the fact that nearly 2/3rds of the 33,000 gun deaths are suicides. I’m not sure what kind of law would prevent that.

    I’ll also ignore the fact that nearly 4/5ths of the remaining gun HOMICIDES are gang-related. No one cares when black/brown people are killing eachother/innocent people. I’m also not sure what kind of law would deter this.

    Doubling down on secret lists goes against this country’s spirit of liberty and for our Congress not to address the issues of the no fly list is repulsive. Liberty comes with the understanding that we can’t sacrifice it in order to feel safer.

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