Barry Smitherman Retweets Image of Noose, Accompanied by Names of Senators Who Voted To Consider Gun Safety Proposals

Categories: Guns, Politics

The U.S. Senate voted only to consider gun safety legislation Thursday, which includes expanded background checks and increased penalties for illegal gun sales. It'll need 60 votes to end debate and the consideration of amendments designed to render the rules toothless. Then, failing that, there's always the chance Senator Ted Cruz will filibuster.

If passage on a simple majority is somehow possible, there's still the matter of rounding up the votes of Democrats from conservative states. They'll probably need a few Republicans. Anyhow, the Senate is just talking now. Deliberating. That's what they're supposed to do, right? Discuss issues of gravity, like adults?

This is what passes for nuanced discourse these days. The Senate votes to talk about something, and Railroad Commissioner Barry Smitherman retweets a list of Republican Senators who voted to debate the proposal, along with a noose .jpeg and the word "TREASON."

The original tweet came from a blog called The Psychotic Scrivener -- "a crazy writer sharing my thoughts and opinions with a little humor," who claims the first in a series of tween lit books titled "Dear Purple Lenora" is set to be published soon. Her blog is littered with language like "Big Brother" and "...we have communists in control of Congress, and also a communist President, all just barking their heads off, snarling and foaming at the their mouths like rabid dogs - wanting to rip into our Bill of Rights and tear them to shreds." If I only had a tween...

I imagine Smitherman is just burnishing his conservative bonafides. The Railroad Commission is a well-known springboard for political aspirants, where they can make names for themselves while shoring up a fundraising base among the oil and gas interests they're supposed to regulate. But perhaps given the debate under way, and the events that spurred it -- the shooting of an Arizona congresswoman, the massacre of small children in Connecticut -- the state official should leave the violent imagery and hyperbole to folks like, say, the Psychotic Scrivener.

(h/t Texas Sharon)

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TXsharon
TXsharon

Today I spoke with Smitherman's assistant and she told me he was in the office yesterday afternoon. That means he retweeted a racist threat using a state computer. Our tax dollars at work. 

oakclifftownie
oakclifftownie

What is going to happen when the Honorable RR Commissioner runs into to some real supporters of the more serious anti government factions who might see him as being to the Far left of them ? 

TXsharon
TXsharon

Smitherman is campaigning for a higher office but threatening government officials is a felony. I wonder if he did this tweet from a state funded computer. It was tweeted at 2:27 PM during his workday. 

if6were9
if6were9

Scared white guys busting out the old nooses again, I guess Michael Moore was a little right after all.

observist
observist topcommenter

Ropes don't kill people, people do.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

So, now the gun fanatics resort to threats of lynching anyone who gets in their way. 

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

@TXsharon Your inference is faulty as it assumes that there is only one computer in his office.  Could he have used a cell phone for the re-tweet?  I wish that you would someday learn the difference between correlation and casualty.  How is sending the image of a noose racist?  Given the context of his claim of treason and a symbol of capital punishment, I honestly do not see how this is racist.  Poorly chosen words and symbols maybe, but not racist.


And I continue to wonder why when political newcomers attempt to get elected to office face cries of "not qualified" when we have officeholders such as this.

rootdig
rootdig

@TXsharon - Leave it to you and others to call his remarks racist. You wouldn't know a racist remark if it slapped you in the face. Drink some more of the happy water the libs hand out. It will soon shrivel your brain totally.

rootdig
rootdig

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz Not as bad as when the libs made more than  threats and assaulted others who had a different opinion during the last election.  This is all thanks to SEIU, New Black Panthers, AFL-CIO, and the President who keeps this nation divided through his campaign speeches day in and day out. Ever hear the comment that if you hear something often enough, you'll tend to believe it? Well....the President has been ranting the same speech since 2006 but some people closed their ears, kept their eyes open, and used their brains. Too bad he was re-elected but then, again, the libs hammered the people with lies. 

TXsharon
TXsharon

@ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul Hmm, I wonder who pays for his cell phone. 

I wish you would someday learn there needs to be some accountability on both sides of the isle. That and maybe a teensy bit of history would be helpful. 

oakclifftownie
oakclifftownie

@everlastingphelps @oakclifftownie No! My comments suggests there are folks out there  who see them selves as True Patriots. Who believe that "HE" by participating in the government itself  has established himself  part of the Government as a whole  they have a problem with.

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