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

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

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

“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?

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

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?

“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 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.

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 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

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]