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More Proof That America’s Gun Laws are Stupid

Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s name on a U.S. government travel-watch list should have kept him from boarding an airplane without some scrutiny, yet he could purchase semi-automatic handguns with none.

Local and federal law enforcement officials either don’t know or aren’t yet saying how Tsarnaev and his brother, accused of bombing the Boston Marathon, obtained the guns they later used to kill a university police officer and critically injure a mass-transit officer. They didn’t apply forMassachusetts gun permits, as required by state law.

Be honest, does that make sense to anyone?  Anyone?  There’s something wrong with the minds of those who think it does, and that includes the people in Congress who write these idiotic laws (and the NRA which bribes or coerces them to do it).

Congress-folk who do the bidding of the gun lobby may earn an A+ from the NRA but they earn an F- from me.  And I won’t forget it at the ballot.

Written by Jim

24 Apr 2013 at 11:04 am

Is This The End of the World?

Cover of "Mad Max (Special Edition)"

Cover of Mad Max (Special Edition)

Is it the final sign of the apocalypse?  I ask because this little happening is the sort of unexpected thing that marks apocalyptic changes-

Fox Anchor to NRA’s LaPierre: You’re ‘Ridiculous’

Fox, criticizing the NRA? The beloved of the RNC criticizing another beloved?

With Mark Kelly renewing his call for stricter gun control, LaPierre even took heat from Fox’s Chris Wallace, who blasted LaPierre’s contention that American children face the same dangers as President Obama’s daughters as “ridiculous.” “Tell that to the people in Newtown,” responded the NRA chief. LaPierre also took aim at universal background checks, saying, “it’s a fraud to call it universal. The criminals are never going to comply.” Over at ABC, Paul Krugman chimed in, calling the NRA “an insane organization.” “They have this vision that we’re living in a Mad Max movie and that nothing can be done about it, that America cannot manage unless everybody’s prepared to shoot intruders.”

One expects Krugman to call a spade a spade but not Chris Wallace. Not Fox. Maybe it is the end of the world as we know it. But I feel fine.

Written by Jim

3 Feb 2013 at 1:15 pm

Missouri Wants to Mandate NRA Gun Courses… For… First Graders…

Good grief.

baby20gun-1Students in Missouri have no sexual education requirement, so there’s a good chance they don’t know how to properly protect themselves from STIs or unintended pregnancy. Soon, though, they may be able to protect themselves from guns.  Missouri state Senate is considering a bill that would require all first graders in the state to take a gun safety training course. Using a grant provided by the National Rifle Association, it would put a “National Rifle Association’s Eddie Eagle Gunsafe Program” instructor in every first grade classroom.  The irony that there’s no requirement for students to learn about their bodies — but that there is one for deadly weapons — seems lost on the legislators proposing the measure, one of whom lamented, “I hate mandates as much as anyone, but some concerns and conditions rise to the level of needing a mandate”.

There’s something seriously wrong with people in this country.  Something seriously, seriously wrong.

Written by Jim

30 Jan 2013 at 12:12 pm

President Bush, I Rise to Applaud You, Sir

You have earned my unwavering respect because of this act of courage and morality:

Following is the letter of resignation sent last week by former President George Bush to the National Rifle Association: May 3, 1995

Dear Mr. Washington,

I was outraged when, even in the wake of the Oklahoma City tragedy, Mr. Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of N.R.A., defended his attack on federal agents as “jack-booted thugs.” To attack Secret Service agents or A.T.F. people or any government law enforcement people as “wearing Nazi bucket helmets and black storm trooper uniforms” wanting to “attack law abiding citizens” is a vicious slander on good people.

Al Whicher, who served on my [ United States Secret Service ] detail when I was Vice President and President, was killed in Oklahoma City. He was no Nazi. He was a kind man, a loving parent, a man dedicated to serving his country — and serve it well he did.

In 1993, I attended the wake for A.T.F. agent Steve Willis, another dedicated officer who did his duty. I can assure you that this honorable man, killed by weird cultists, was no Nazi.

John Magaw, who used to head the U.S.S.S. and now heads A.T.F., is one of the most principled, decent men I have ever known. He would be the last to condone the kind of illegal behavior your ugly letter charges. The same is true for the F.B.I.’s able Director Louis Freeh. I appointed Mr. Freeh to the Federal Bench. His integrity and honor are beyond question.

Both John Magaw and Judge Freeh were in office when I was President. They both now serve in the current administration. They both have badges. Neither of them would ever give the government’s “go ahead to harass, intimidate, even murder law abiding citizens.” (Your words)

I am a gun owner and an avid hunter. Over the years I have agreed with most of N.R.A.’s objectives, particularly your educational and training efforts, and your fundamental stance in favor of owning guns.

However, your broadside against Federal agents deeply offends my own sense of decency and honor; and it offends my concept of service to country. It indirectly slanders a wide array of government law enforcement officials, who are out there, day and night, laying their lives on the line for all of us.

You have not repudiated Mr. LaPierre’s unwarranted attack. Therefore, I resign as a Life Member of N.R.A., said resignation to be effective upon your receipt of this letter. Please remove my name from your membership list. Sincerely, [ signed ] George Bush

Sir- thank you for speaking on behalf of all sensible and decent citizens.  It’s still as meaningful, and even more so, now as when it was sent.  With thanks to Tom Bolin for pointing it out.

Written by Jim

17 Jan 2013 at 5:07 pm

Sign the Petition to Revoke the Tax Exempt Status of the NRA

The very idea that the NRA is a non profit organization is indefensible and ridiculous.  Sign the petition to revoke that absurd status for an arm of the gun industry today.

The NRA doesn’t deserve to be described as a non profit, and never should have been so classed.  It makes money hand over fist which it then funnels to its toadies in Congress.  And it exists solely to ensure that the gun industry makes and continues to make huge profits unhindered by concern for the public welfare.

Written by Jim

30 Dec 2012 at 3:40 pm

The NRA is the American Equivalent of Israel’s West Bank Settlers

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Or as Bradley Burston more prosaically puts it- The NRA is America’s curse. And the settlements are Israel’s NRA.

It’s very hard to disagree.

The NRA and the settlements movements divide us as few movements can; Both have come to believe that they should in no way be curbed. Both have come to believe that they cannot be stopped.

Nay- it is impossible to disagree. What a fine, fine essay. Enjoy it. Learn from it.

It’s Time To Start Calling the Gun Lobby’s Bluff

Gun lobbyists constantly tell us that when some nut with a gun kills a load of folk, that ‘if there had been someone with a gun there, they could have stopped it’. So, let’s call them on it. Every time there’s a mass murder by a gun nutbag, let’s ask where all the gun lovers are and why they never seem to be where they’re needed. And if they are, why they never seem to act.

Why is it that they never are where they need to be doing what they claim they’ll do. Why? Surely they can’t all be on vacation. Why didn’t they show up at Sandy Hook? Why weren’t they there today to defend the firefighters who were ambushed by one of their own- a similarly minded gun lover?

From now on any time someone is gunned down I’m going to ask- where are the braggarts who love guns and believe that if there were more guns on the street, such acts could be stopped.

Where are you, gun lover lobbyists? Why are you hiding?

Written by Jim

24 Dec 2012 at 2:56 pm

NRA Hypocrisy

At it’s pseudo press conference Friday the NRA lambasted video games as the true source of American violence (what prats).  Evidently, poor things, they forgot that they have their own video game out…  a real charmer too.

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Written by Jim

22 Dec 2012 at 7:35 pm

Quote of the Day: Our Culture of Violence

Via TM Law on FB-

Rev. Gary Hall of National Cathedral re: NRA press conference: “A week after the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, the National Rifle Association’s only response has been to urge Americans to put armed guards in every school,” Hall said. “That the NRA seeks to answer the problem of violence with more violence shows that their answers are directly at odds with the teachings of all faith traditions of the vast majority of people of faith in America.

“In this season when Christians celebrate peace on earth and goodwill to humankind, I call on all to reaffirm the Bible’s promise that hope and love are more powerful than fear and hate. We must urge our legislators to support a ban on assault weapons and high capacity ammunition magazines, and commit ourselves to improving mental health treatment and critiquing our culture of glorified violence.”

I concur.

Written by Jim

21 Dec 2012 at 2:54 pm

Who Can Effect Change in our Culture of the Gun? Sportsmen

NPR’s Frank Deford had one of the best editorials on the issue presently front and center for most Americans:  guns.  Give it a read, or a listen.  Here’s the best part-

… notwithstanding President Obama’s impassioned promise to reform our gun laws, we know how our craven politicians invariably proceed: They dramatically decry the violence, conspicuously pray for the victims, and then do absolutely nothing because they are lobotomized by the fear that the NRA will wail that our Second Amendment rights are being abrogated, so that then these one-issue voters will throw them out of office.

All this is old hat, so there is no sense struggling with what exactly James Madison had in mind about the militia when he and his otherwise succinct brethren were marking up the Bill of Rights. Nor do we need to hear how no laws can stop crazy people from getting guns so what’s the point of gun laws in our nation or laws for everything else? And how guns don’t kill people, and so on and so forth.

Rather, it’s just obvious that we Americans possess too many firearms — almost 90 per 100 people, far more than anybody else in the whole world. And obviously it’s too easy for us to obtain these automatic weapons of human destruction — this should also be obvious by now — and that nothing will change unless the very people who are gun owners themselves support the changes the president swears to promote. Hunters are good citizens who want guns to shoot game. Nobody can accuse them of supporting the confiscation of guns.

If the sportsmen would let their voices of conscience be heard above the homicidal fusillade, then some sensible prohibitions could be enacted, for those who have the potential to reduce the gun carnage in the United States of America are precisely the people who own guns and who are good sports.

Murder in Colorado: More Death Courtesy the NRA

A gunman opened fire early Friday at a movie theater in a Denver suburb, killing 14 people and leaving at least 50 others injured, Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates said.

Thank you, NRA, for encouraging the civilized world’s most lax gun laws so that the firearms companies that pay you bribes can make massive profits.  You’ll only be satisfied when the only people left alive are the CEO’s of those companies.

The shooting occurred during a showing of the latest Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises, police said. The violence erupted about 12:30 a.m. MDT as the gunman stood at the front of one of the Century 16 theaters at the Aurora Mall.  “Witnesses tell us he released some sort of canister. They heard a hissing sound and some gas emerged and the gunman opened fire,” Oates said at a news conference.  One suspect is in custody and there’s no evidence of any additional shooters, Oates said.  There was no immediate word of any motive.

Motive?  I can tell you the motive- a lunatic was able to get a gun because in America any idiot can get a gun and he used it in his own little quest for fame.  That’s his motive.  The tool of evil.

Thank you, Congress, for being the slave of the NRA- you cowardly, spineless, self serving sons of Satan.

Guns don’t kill people- every evil miscreant with a wish to own one and said ownership made possible by the NRA does.

Written by Jim

20 Jul 2012 at 6:19 am

Leave Your Gun Lying Around. What Could Go Wrong?

A four-year-old boy has died after accidentally shooting himself with a gun he found in a liquor store.  Ash Wimbley, of Cedar Lake, Indiana, was found around 10:15 a.m. Thursday inside of Tubby’s Wine and Spirits in Beecher, Illinois. According to the Chicago Tribune, he found a loaded shotgun behind the store counter and shot himself in the head with it unintentionally.  He was rushed to the St. James Hospital and Health Centers in Chicago Heights, Illinois, the Associated Press reports, but was pronounced dead there later that afternoon.

So go ahead, NRA-lovers and advocates of the ‘everybody deserves to carry a gun wherever they want and it’s our God given right and you can’t tell us otherwise’ folk, leave your guns lying around.  Perhaps, to your dismay and horror, it will be your own child that’s killed one day and maybe, just maybe then you might give a rip.

Written by Jim

22 Jul 2011 at 11:05 am

Thanks Again, NRA

Your control of Congress and the weak and infirm, even flaccid and impotent ‘gun laws’ you’ve managed to get them to pass make these sorts of things possible.  So thanks.

Two young girls were seriously wounded Wednesday night while playing in a Northwest Side park, just steps from where a community policing meeting was being held.  Just before 8 p.m., someone reportedly got out of a van and began firing shots at a group of people playing basketball in the 3500 block of West School Street, the Chicago Tribune reports.   A 2-year-old girl playing in a park near the court suffered a graze wound to her head, and a 7-year-old was shot in the upper back. Police believe someone flashed gang signs before the shooting.

You arm the gang-bangers.  You share their guilt.

Written by Jim

9 Jun 2011 at 10:09 am

The Sad Effects of the NRA’s Control of Congress

Here’s some stuff that everyone in the country needs to watch.

This is the single most effective, touching, infuriating documentation of the NRA’s negative influence on this country that I’ve ever seen, and of course, it took Rachel Maddow to expose these gun zealots in the most gut-wrenching and understandable way– by putting a human face on it.  And  that human face belongs to Pittsburgh councilman Ricky Burgess, who suffered personal loss after personal loss with family members shot, neighborhood kids shot, businesses in his district closing, beautiful homes abandoned, all a result of violence decimating the Homewood area. Just watch.

Written by Jim

8 May 2011 at 1:39 pm

More Senseless Gun Violence

The fatal shooting of an 18-year-old Bolivar teen by his twin brother is described as accidental.  Jeremy Williams was struck in the head by a bullet fired from a .380 caliber pistol in his home.  He was airlifted to the Regional Medical Center on Tuesday, but died the next morning, according to The Jackson Sun.

How’d it happen?  The way such things usually do… so sadly-

Police Chief Bill Irons says Jarmall Williams was playing with the gun when it discharged, striking his brother.

Playing with the gun, and now because of one moment of stupidity, his twin is dead and he and his parents have to live with the consequences of that act of folly made possible by your friends in Congress who refuse to man up and tell the NRA enough is enough and enact STRICT gun laws.  Thanks Congress, thanks NRA.  His blood is on your hands too.

Written by Jim

14 Apr 2011 at 11:01 am

It Must Be a New Event the NRA is Sponsoring…

Furrer submachine gun

The weapon Florida's school children need

You know, ‘If You’re 5, Bring your Gun to School Day’…  Because even 5 year olds should be packing heat, right NRA?  There’s nothing in the Constitution’s ‘Second Amendment’ requiring gun toting to be performed only by adults, is there?  So obviously anyone any age has a constitutional right to keep and bear arms.

A music class at a Palatk, Fla. school got a surprise Tuesday morning when a gun fell out of a 5-year-old student‘s pocket.  WJXT News reports the child has been suspended from Moseley Elementary School until authorities can investigate.  The .22 caliber handgun was loaded, but there was no round in the chamber. Authorities may press charges against the adult responsible for allowing the gun to get into the child’s hands.

Oh my heavens no… you can’t possibly hold the adults responsible because he’s done nothing wrong…  He was obviously in fear of his life or theft of his property.  He has every right to defend himself if someone has the audacity to take a cookie from him at snack time.  It’s his property and he has every right to defend it.

[NB- I sure hope the sarcasm is dripping heavily enough to be recognized as such, in case someone fails to notice the tags].

Written by Jim

29 Jan 2011 at 2:13 pm