Children and guns…a post about a post

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I recently wrote a post on Sulia titled Kids start playing with a loaded gun at home, 10 year-old boy is dead, shot in the chest. The post pulled in numerous comments that spoke to gun safety, parental negligence, the National Rifle Association, firearm education, stockpiling weapons, and alcohol and drugs. I believe that the comments are so good that they need their own post; hence this.… [Read more]

NRA’s Annual Meeting in Houston

The NRA

From May 3rd through May 5th, the National Rifle Association will hold its annual meeting in Houston, Texas. According to the NRA website,

With over 550 exhibitors covering over 400,000 square feet of exhibit hall space, educational seminars, celebrities, and fun filled special events, bring the whole family – there will be something for everyone! Spend the day exploring the products from every major firearm company in the country, book the hunt of a lifetime in our exclusive outfitter section, and view priceless collections of firearms in our gun collector area.[Read more]

Just *what* is going on?

What's going on?

Richie Havens’ cover of “What’s Going On” is this week’s “Say It In Song” pick. Some of us feel it helps to have a moment of reflection and quiet contemplation when things appear to have gone crazy. The week brought a vote by the House of Representatives to invade citizens’ privacy on the one end, and a win by the National Rifle Association against all voices in support of sane gun control legislation on the other.… [Read more]

Consequences: We Will Not Forget

President Obama and Gabrielle Giffords

The last couple of days have been difficult for many Americans, especially those who have either lost a loved one or know someone who has been affected by gun violence. We watched as the United States Senate failed to pass background check legislation that could have helped curb the death, human destruction and financial costs of the one million plus men, women and children who have been senselessly killed by guns since 1968.… [Read more]

Gun Control Vote Today: Will Senate Step Up?

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After countless gun-related tragedies which include a massacre at an elementary school, the US Senate has arrived at a day of reckoning.

Today at 4pm ET, the senators are expected to vote on a gun control background check bill that would expand background checks to more gun purchasers, increase aid for school safety and strengthen existing gun trafficking laws.… [Read more]

Senate arrives at bipartisan gun background check agreement

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Yesterday, after much intense debate, the Senate struck a deal to expanding background checks for gun buyers. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Pat Toomey (R-PA), both of whom are strong traditional allies of the National Rifle Association, revealed a compromise to close the gun show loophole.

According to the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence:

“Unfortunately, current federal law requires criminal background checks only for guns sold through licensed firearm dealers, which account for just 60% of all gun sales in the United States.[Read more]

What’s Changed in America? Then and Now

Then And Now

“And I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land. And I’m happy, tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man.”  ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

I can remember April 4, 1968 as though it were yesterday. … [Read more]

Strange bedfellows for “firearms freedom”

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In the United Nations despised by many conservatives, a strange thing happened on the way to the General Assembly by Manhattan’s East River last week. The international treaty on reducing the unfettered flow of arms the National Rifle Association and its paid shills on the GOP side of the aisle in Congress are fighting tooth and nail found the gun lobby odd new allies in the international body.… [Read more]

No Gun Control = Blood on Their Hands

New York Daily News cover - gun control

On December 14, 2012, 26 lives were lost in one of the most horrendous acts of terrorism America has had to endure. The terrorist was not of a different nationality, nor did he speak with a foreign accent or have a ‘different sounding’ name, he was a home-grown, middle-class suburban white kid. He did not strap on a bomb and blow himself up or detonate a truck bomb.… [Read more]

A Special Message from Wayne LaPierre

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Hello, this is Wayne LaPierre here. Many of you have read my Stand and Fight Op-Ed in the Daily Caller this week (Happy Belated Valentine’s Day as well).  I thought I’d take this time to explain to you, Borderless News and Views Readers, what we at the National Rifle Association are doing to further protect yourself and your family from our nation’s own imminent demise.… [Read more]

Legendary Sniper and Pal Take Marine with PTSD to Gun Range. What Could Go Wrong?

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With all the talk about guns and mental health, and the post-traumatic stress syndrome of vets from Iraq and Afghanistan, what better idea could one have than to grab your neighbor and take a homecoming Marine who has psychological problems out to a gun range and put a weapon in his hands.

What could possibly go wrong?… [Read more]

Wacky Wayne Went Up The Hill

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In February 1995, a 13-year-old boy walked into Andy Pope’s classroom at Nebraska’s Chadron Middle School and shot the social studies teacher and basketball coach. Fortunately, the bullet hit a rib, missing his heart by an inch. He survived and returned to the classroom less than a week later. Later the same year, in what would become one of his more famous paranoid pronouncements, Wayne LaPierre referred to federal agents as “jackbooted government thugs” in a National Rifle Association fundraising letter.… [Read more]

The Fake Tough Guys of the Gun Lobby

Hands Holding Gun, by Phiseksit

“Dirty” Harry Callahan had his .44 Magnum while James Bond preferred the sleeker Walther PPK. John Rambo and Tony Montana preferred larger automatics—the M60 E3 and M16 respectively. Omar Little and Ash Williams touted shotguns. And countless other action icons wield some type of Glock as their go-to firearm.

For decades now, possessing the bigger and badder gun has been a sign of toughness in American culture, most often associated with “manliness.” Real men not only own guns, they own the biggest, most effective ones; they master their uses; they fetishize them.… [Read more]

How Do You Close Pandora’s Box Once It’s Opened?

How Do You Close Pandora's Box Once It's Opened?

In ancient Greek mythology, Pandora was the first woman. And, like Eve, the first woman in the much more recently written Judeo-Christian mythos, Pandora was responsible for changing the world.

Eve ate her apple, having been prompted by a serpent, and Pandora opened her pithos, a large, ancient Greek earthenware storage vessel, having been prompted by her own curiosity.… [Read more]

Ask Mrs. Vera: The NRA’s Reaction to the New York State Gun Control Legislation

Mrs. Vera Newman.

Dear Mrs. Vera,

What do you think of the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) characterization of the brand new gun control legislation in New York State as “draconian?”

Dr. Dudley Damocles, Des Moines

Dear Dr. Doomoines,

Thank you for your etymologically adjectivalicious inquiry. I am assuming that this legislation refers to neither flame-throwers and fire breathing dragons, nor to Ann Coulter and whatever local Moat Builder’s Permits, Regulations and Statutes that may apply.… [Read more]

Reasonableness on the issue of Gun Control: What’s Your Choice?

Gun Control = Crime Control

“The Second Amendment was designed to allow states to defend themselves against a possible tyrannical national government. Now that the federal government has stealth bombers and nuclear weapons, it is hard to imagine what people would need to keep in the garage to serve that purpose.”      ~ Judge Robert Bork

I have been listening to the pro gun supporters and all their feeble reasons as to why they think the United States government does not have the right to infringe on an individual’s right to bear arms.… [Read more]

Teachers, Guns and Money

Teachers, guns and money

Teachers all across America have been asked to be more than teachers to their students for many, many years. After school programs, sports and other activities are all run by dedicated teachers and, in many cases, those teachers become closer and know more about the lives of the students they coach, mentor or supervise than the students own parents.… [Read more]

In Case Of Emergency — Break Glass.

In Case of Emergency — Break Glass

Following the tragedy at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, Wayne LaPierre, speaking officially for the National Rifle Association, blamed the massacre on anything and everything but the insane proliferation of guns in the USA, today.

The NRA’s “meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again” turn out to be blaming the current wave of mass killings and interpersonal gun violence on movies, video games and (hold on to your hats) gun-free zones such as public schools.… [Read more]

The NRA NEEDS Your FEAR!

The NRA NEEDS your FEAR

The National Rifle Association survives by membership donations. They use these millions of dollars to influence congressional, senatorial, presidential, statewide and local races. What they sell is fear.

They want you to fear your own government. The jackbooted thugs that are coming to get your guns. (This image and other drawings come from the NRA Pamphlet, “Freedom in Peril: Protecting the 2nd Amendment in the 21st Century, available here.… [Read more]

“Firearms Freedom” Comes To Kindergarten

Newtown Conn shootings

Trying to find what is ailing, living in the Land of the Free.” ~Jimmy Buffett, Banana Republics

Yet another American massacre. Kindergarten.

The gun lobby will chant their tired mantras that we can’t stop the crazies intent upon mass mayhem, but do we, as a society, have to keep trading our safety for a gun fetish disguised as “freedom”?… [Read more]