Guns

Would Jesus Love Guns and be a Republican ?

Right-to-Carry Laws Make Violent Crime Rates Worse, Law Professor Finds (6/23/2017)

“If the Republican Party would rather work for the NRA than the American people and if they won’t do their jobs to keep our children safe, then somebody else has to step up,” Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).
Two years ago, a group of doctors wrote in the Annals of Internal Medicine: "It does not matter whether we believe that guns kill people or that people kill people with guns - the result is the same: a public health crisis." In the war zone of the E.R., we don't see partisanship or politics. We see the devastation that happens when our society normalizes tools of total bodily destruction." Leanna Wen NYT 6/17/2017
"The hidden agenda of right-wing militias, the Tea Party, the lunatic fringe of the Republican Party, the National Rifle Association, and the survivalist cults is the ensure that guns will keep the home and family from being overrun by the crazed black hordes that will escape from their colonies in our urban slums. The mother of Adam Lanza, who carried out the Newtown massacre after first killing her, was a survivalist; she had stockpiled weapons in her home for impending social and economic collapse. Scratch the surface of the survivalist cult in the United States and you expose terrified white supremacists." Chris Hedges, Wages of Rebellion pg 180
...gun legislation requiring a background check before one could purchase a firearm... had as high as 90 percent public backing, but was voted down in a congress swimming in gun lobby money. Hayes concluded, "In fact, it sounds like the textbook definition of oligarchy, of government by the few." The wealthy few. Chris Hayes quoted in Fair Blog
Since terrorists struck the U.S. on 9/11/2001, more than 300,000 Americans have lost their lives to guns—more than 100 times as many people as the number who died when the World Trade Center fell. We’ve spent well over a trillion dollars fighting terrorism, but we live with the threat of random terror in our schools and on our streets on any given day. That’s just the price we pay for “freedom,” I guess. Or so the NRA would have us believe, as they corrupt our politicians and subvert popular support for gun control sanity. Smirking Chimp: 12 Signs America Is Insane By Jaime O'Neill
"After a shoe bomb attempt in 2001, shoes often have to be removed at airports. A failed liquid bomb attempt meant restrictions on liquids being taken onto planes. Could the United States please explain why after almost daily mass shootings in your country, no action is taken? Are shoes and shampoos really more dangerous than guns?" MALCOLM BYRNE Gorey, Ireland (Letter to the New York Times 10/3/2015)
As someone who grew up in a place where guns designed to kill people are more or less banned and where no one feels that some essential freedom has been lost (on the contrary, freedom from fear is cherished) I often wonder what it will take for Americans to absolutely reject the groups like the NRA, all their ideas, and anyone who supports their morbid, necrophiliac love of an element of the constitution that is anachronistic, poorly written, unclear, and insanely stupid given modern weaponry. After which, we could actually start to do something to save the approximately 30,000 lives lost to gunshot wounds every year, many of them children. Mathew Chapman.
"As Jesus was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane, one of his followers drew a sword and struck the servant of the High Priest. Jesus immediately said to him, "Put your sword back into its place; for all who take the sword will perish by the sword. (Mathew 26:52)"

Gun culture now rules U.S. values and has a powerful influence in shaping domestic policies. The National Rifle Association is the emerging symbol of what the United States has come to represent, perfectly captured in T-shirts worn by its followers that brazenly display the messages “I hate welfare” and the biblical-sounding message “If any would not work neither should they eat.” The celebration of guns and violence merges in this case with a culture of cruelty, hatred, and exclusion. The National Rifle Association begins to resemble a regime of terror as politics and violence become an inseparable part of its message and the most important mediating force in shaping its identity. The relationship Americans have to guns may be complicated, but the social costs are less nuanced and certainly more deadly. In a country with “90 guns for every 100 people,” it comes as no surprise, as Gary Younge points out, that “more than 85 people a day are killed with guns and more than twice that number are injured with them.” The merchants of death trade in a formative and material culture of violence that causes massive suffering and despair while detaching themselves from any sense of moral responsibility. Social costs are rarely considered, in spite of the endless trail of murders committed by the use of such weapons and largely inflicted on poor minorities and young people."  Henry A Giroux
I was shocked, as everybody else was, of course. One has to ask oneself about these particular young people and their families. But as with all the other school shootings, it was a fact also that the young people who got involved in them almost all seemed to have a fascination for media violence. They also had access to guns. They obviously were troubled human beings, and this could be seen from the beginning." Sissela Bok

Islamic State magazine steers followers to U.S. gun shows for 'easy' access to weapons (5/5/2017)

Trump Signs Bill Allowing Mentally Ill to Buy Guns (3/1/2017)

Data Shows You are More Likely to be Shot in a Republican State (2/23/2017)

Trump fears terrorists, but more Americans are shot dead by toddlers (2/8/2017)

How Many Children Were Shot Dead Today? An Interview with Gary Younge (12/18/2017)

12 Facts That Show How Guns Make Domestic Violence Even Deadlier (8/22/2016)

The NRA has blocked gun violence research for 20 years. Let's end its stranglehold on science. (6/14/2016)

The macabre truth of gun control in the US is that toddlers kill more people than terrorists do (3/13/2016)

Majority of Americans Want Gun Control; Majority of Republicans Want Checks from the NRA (1/5/2016)

End The Gun Epidemic in America (12/5/2015)

How Americans Actually Feel About Stronger Gun Laws (8/30/2015)

The US is Number 1... in mass shootings. (8/23/2015)

Guns In Your Face (6/12/2015)

The Cost of Gun Violence (4/2015)

Answering for America (1/11/2015)

Guns and Public Health (11/3/2014)

Republicans won the Midterms. The NRA did not. (11/2014)

The United States does not have a surgeon general because Washington works--for the gun lobby. (10/20/2014)

Our Blind Spot About Guns (7/30/2014)

Study Ranks 50 States by Gun Sense and Gun Deaths (6/20/2014)

Guess which States are Republican.

8 Outrageous Right-Wing Statements This Week: Defending Gun Rights for Psychopaths Edition (5/31/2014)

The Gun Supremacist's Folly (4/28/2014)

U.S. Doctors’ Group Tackles Gun Deaths, Calling Them a 'Public Health Threat' (4/10/2014)

Repeal 'Stand Your Ground' Laws (2/19/2014)

NRA Campaigns Against the Plan to Save the World's Elephants  (3/6/2014)

NRA Hides Behind Second Amendment So Kids Can Continue to Shoot Themselves Legally (1/12/2014)

CT Gun Laws...Now Second Best in Nation

Meaningful Progress on 23 Executive Actions to Reduce Gun Violence (12/2/2013)

The Promise: The Families of Sandy Hook and the Long Road to Gun Safety (7/15/2013)

Dozens of Armed Tea Party Terrorists Threaten Moms Against Gun Violence! (11/10/2013)

NRA: No Research Allowed (2/21/2013)

Gun Nuttery is Religion

Law Enforcement Alliance Of America, NRA Front-Group, Spends Millions To Elect Pro-Gun Judges (2/14/2013)

How the NRA hijacked the Republican Party (1/18/2013)

The nra vs America

Children and Guns: The Hidden Toll (9/30/2013)

What do All These Mass Shootings in America Have in Common ? (9/20/2013)

Rise of the (Armed) Conservative Revolutionaries (5/1/2013)

Governor Malloy Signs Gun Law: (4/4/2013)

How to Take On the Gun Industry (3/15/2013)

NRA: No Research Allowed (2/21/2013)

The Nra vs America (1/31/2013)Mayors Against Illegal Guns

Arms Aid To Fragile States Can Backfire (1/2013)

The Ultimate Guide to the Gun Safety Debate (1/31/2013)

How Republicans and the NRA Kneecapped the ATF (1/17/2013)

Gun Violence Prevention 101 (1/15/2013)

More Second Amendment Madness (1/14/2012)

Preventing gun Deaths in Children (12/28/2012)

Concrete Ways to Turn Back The Gun Lobby's Agenda (12/17/2012)

Five Myths About Gun Control (12/21/2012)

9 Horrible Gun Laws Backed By The Right Wing (12/17/2012)

How the GOP Promoted Gun Madness (12/17/2012)

Best Reporting on Guns (12/14/2012)

Buying Bullets on-line is easier than you expect (9/12/2012)

US Sells three-Fourths of WorldWide Arms (8/27/2012)

Life in the American Slaughterhouse (7/29/2012)

Democrats Propose Ban On ON-Line Ammunition Sales (7/30/2012)

The NRA's war on Gun Science (7/25/2012)

Blessed Are Those Who Possess Colt Peacemakers

Stephen King Risks Wrath of the NRA With Pro Gun Control Essay (1/25/2013)




A long time ago, when movie admission was less than a dollar, Western movies played frequently. The typical story: lawless towns were unsafe for ordinary families because of rogue gangs and rampant gun violence.

At the climax, the hero would out draw the black hats, restoring peace to the community. Finally, guns would have to be checked with the sheriff or not be allowed in the town.

That story does not play much any more, gun industry tactics are from the tobacco industry playbook, media is playing with our heads, but the old story is from a wiser time when our national politics weren't so dysfunctional.

Guns are much more destructive now, and there are loud voices to allow them everywhere. It is disturbing that these loud voices want to achieve with guns what they cannot at the ballot box. There are examples. It is political.

The Supreme Court's 2008 Heller decision loosened gun laws and made the American shooting gallery possible. The Court ignored the first few words of the Second Amendment: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free state..."

Violence works. It produces a culture of fear. It has dramatically reduced access to abortion. It has limited speech. Its wide use has led to militarization of the police and to drastic shrinking of civil liberties. It is why we are on a fast path to a police state. It is the technique minority ideologues can take political power. That's why it is a natural strategy for religious fundamentalists to gain control. It's why Republicans love guns.

Although Sens. Murphy and Blumenthal are fighting for reform, there is paralysis at the federal level. Thank the Connecticut legislature and Gov. Malloy for passing a comprehensive gun violence prevention law. We owe it to the Sandy Hook families and all the other victims of violence.

Public safety should trump gun rights.

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SCOTUS ruled that people have robust, personal gun rights, so why be surprised that police want protective gear. It's a new arms race between people and the police. Charles Derber had it right is his book: The Wilding of America.

The GOP is committed to unlimited funding for the US world's largest military. Not coincidentally, the US is also the world's largest arms supplier. As a result, the arms industry is well funded and powerful. The NRA is its subsidiary.

The arms industry, recipient of the blank check from the US taxpayer, is the leading cheerleader for our endless war. It uses the same tactics that the tobacco industry developed to sell arms to the citizenry. The US by comparison to other countries has, as a result, become a shooting gallery. Safety is NOT improved, nor is it a real issue.

In response, police have been militarized. We have a new arms race: police vs people armed with advanced weapons.

Republicans have opposed the most basic gun safety initiatives. Credit them and their NRA allies for the arms race between the police and the 'gun owners', for the new need for armed guards at all our schools, for the wild shootouts on the streets, for the increased suicides, and the trajic increase in deadly domestic violence.

The gun nuts, The Tea Party subsidiary of the GOP, in their zeal, completely miss that they are working against their own self-interest and rapidly losing most of their actual civil liberties.

The loosening of the Second Amendment may lead to the loss of every other right. Increasing security is apparent everywhere. Schools shootings have had the effect of placing police in schools, locking them down. Security proceedures have been put in place in many places including movie theatres, casinos, and even sports events, but especially airports. Police have been militarized and a vast national security apparatus has been created to surveill the citizenry. Anyone different is suspect. 

Yes, the US IS exceptional... in gun violence.

The best way to respond to gun violence: vote out Republicans.

Considering Newtown, Aurora, Virginia Tech, Columbine, Tuscon (Gabby Giffords), and widespread mayhem on American streets, politicians should pass sensible gun control laws.

Sign the petition to urge Congress to pass sensible gun legislation.

As of 3/30/2013, here are the petition signatures. that you can download and deliver to your representatives.

It's not too late to get even more signatures: let your people know.

Constitution: Second Amendment

58 Murders a year by Firearms in Britain, 8775 in the US (7/22/2012)

The NRA's Dark Gun Culture (7/21/2012)

What will it take for Americans to Reject the NRA ? (7/20/2012)

Five 'Stand your ground' Cases you should know about (6/8/2012)

Republicans and the Gun Lobby (4/14/2012)

About The NRA

ALEC, Guns, and Money (3/26/2012)

23 States With "Stand-Your-Ground" Laws (3/25/2012)

Florida Case: Re-Examine Stand-Your-Ground Laws (3/21/2012)

Mystery Company Buying Up  US Gun Manufacturers (12/4/2011)

Ohio Signs Into Law a Bill That Allows Guns In Bars. What Could Go Wrong ? (7/1/2011)

Will The Gun Lobby Win Again ? (1/11/2011)

The Gun Lobby Asks You to Please Lay Off the Mass Killings While It's Trying to Influence Legislation

Blessed are those who Possess Colt Peacemakers

Guns Cost More Lives Than They Save (1/26/2011)

Dump Alec

Conservative Republicans Want to Deprive Terrorists of All Rights — Except Right to Buy Guns (5/6/2010)

The US Gun Lobby Holds Mexico Hostage.

Why the Gun Lobby Usually Wins

Gov. Jeb Bush told members of the NRA, ''if it were not for your active involvement, it is safe to say that my brother would not have been elected president.''

Just think: If Bush didn't become President, there would likely have been no war in Iraq. Thanks Republicans.

Extremist Christians Aim to Create Armed Militias Against "Godless" Federal Government

US dominated the Global Arms market in 2010




Obama Puts a Silencer on Assault Weapons Ban (5/21/2010)

Conservative Republicans Want to Deprive Terrorists of All Rights — Except Right to Buy Guns (5/6/2010)

Gail Collins: Have Gun, Will Travel

Norway Attacks: We Can No Longer Ignore The Far Right Threat (7/24/2011)

US Gun Debate Fires Up as States Allow Weapons in Bars
Ed Pilkington, The Guardian UK: "Up to 375,000 registered gun owners in Arizona and Tennessee were today given the right to carry concealed guns into bars and restaurants that serve alcohol, in the latest example of loosening gun laws in a country already renowned for its lax approach to firearms."

Links

Reducing Firearm-Related Harms: Time for Us to Study and Speak Out: Annals of Internal Medicine (4/17/2015)

Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act

Sandy Hook Promise

See the Right Wing page. Also Terrorism.

Right Wing Violence is very real and very dangerous.

Alan Zaleski

Bibliography

Another Day in the Death of America, Gary Younge

The Second Amendment: A Biography: Michael Waldman

Reducing Gun Violence in America: Informing Policy with Evidence and Analysis: Daniel W. Webster (Editor), Jon S. Vernick (Editor), Michael R. Bloomberg (Foreword)  Free on-line

Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces: Radley Balko

Gun Fight: Adam Winkler

Outright Barbarous: How the Violent Language of the Right Poisons American Democracy by Jeffrey Feldman

The Shadow World, Inside the Global Arms Trade, Andrew Feinstein

Violence: Reflections on a National Epidemic: James Gilligan

The Wilding of America: Charles Derber

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