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Senator Pushes Bill To Protect Puppies – Avoids Bills To Protect Children

Senator John Kennedy

Louisiana Senator, John Kennedy (R-LA) deservingly received a thrashing on Twitter after he proudly announced he would introduce a bill to protect pets on airlines the same day kids were marching all over America so that Republicans in Congress would introduce a bill to protect them from rampant gun violence in schools.

A poor little dog died on a United flight after an attendant told the owners to put it in the overhead bin, which is, of course, horrendous. We can all agree this should never happen again.  Considering that children everywhere have legitimate fears about the safety of their schools, Kennedy’s timing couldn’t be worse, especially since he opposes any gun legislation.

A typical Republican, Kennedy has opposed gun control, saying America needs “more idiot control” instead, referring to the gunman in the Parkland, Florida school shooting.

“I don’t think we need more gun control policy,” the Senator told CNN. “I think we need more idiot control,” he said.

“There is an assumption (Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz) is mentally ill. I don’t know that, so I will call him an idiot,” the Senator later clarified.

Now he certainly looks like an idiot himself, and one who is funded by the NRA.

“U.S. Sen. John Kennedy has benefitted from more than $200,000 in NRA financing during his career, ranking him 29th in NRA support throughout Congress,” stated one Louisiana ABC affiliate.

Here is his proud tone-deaf Tweet introducing the Welfare of Our Furry Friends Act (WOOFF):

Kennedy was quickly criticized for his rapid response to save dogs, but not children.

Senator Kennedy didn’t seem to notice the criticisms, doubling-down on his conviction to protect dogs on Thursday, saying:

“In a lot of respects, dogs are how people ought to be.”

In the video he shared from CNN, he said:

“I don’t particularly enjoy having to legislate, or trying to legislate, common decency, but by God, I’m going to do it.”

Then he heard from Cameron Kasky, one of the prominent outspoken survivors from Parkland.

One Twitter user came armed with Kennedy’s past Tweets and a letter to the NRA:

WOOFF is co-sponsored by Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, (D-NV), who recently co-sponsored a bill supporting CDC research on guns, long blocked by the NRA. She cosponsored a gun control bill to outlaw bump stocks after the shooting in Las Vegas.

Watch Senator Kennedy talk about “idiot control” below:


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