“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).
"...the Second Amendment is not an important aspect of modern liberal democracy.
It does not protect or defend the rights of citizens; to the contrary, it results in tens of thousands of unnecessary deaths every year.
One might even be tempted to conclude the opposite: that the Second Amendment presents a challenge to liberal democracy because it enables
"lone wolf" terror, mobilizes counterterror agents, necessitates heavily armed police, and perpetrates
a level of violence and murder not found in an other democracy ot the world" Democracy Betrayed : William W Keller
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
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
"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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Republicans have opposed the
most basic gun safety
initiatives. Credit them and their NRA allies for the arms race between
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
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.
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."