[W]here gun laws are concerned, the United States of America is — individual dissenting voices duly noted and exempted from the following descriptive — dumber than a bag of bullets. This, after all, is the country where you can take a gun into a bar. Where you can erect a shooting range in your own backyard. Where a blind person can get a gun permit. You think it’s insane that Arizona allows a 9-year-old to shoot at a firing range? ABC News reports that one in Texas allows them to do so at age 6. Six.
God bless America. We legislate against Sharia law in places where there are no Muslims, much less an inclination toward Sharia. We pass laws to curtail election fraud despite the fact that election fraud, as a practical matter, does not exist. Yet we endure a yearly toll of gun carnage that makes civilized people in civilized places shake their heads in wonder and our only action is inaction.
You have the right to Fuck Ur Gun
#11: No subject is more sacred or more important. Not health, not education, not economics.
#12: No opinions matter except those that are pro-gun.
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1. “Owning our product may be hazardous to your health.”
2. “Fear is good for our bottom line.”
3. “Guns get special treatment under the law.”
4. “We want your kids to play with guns.”
5. “Gun control may work. We still think it’s a bad idea.”
6. “Politically, we’re
7. “Under ‘Gun Ban Obama,’ we’re doing just fine.” [see #3]
8. “Sometimes we aren’t ‘pro-gun’ enough.”
9. “We sell guns to people you might not want us to.”
10. “Ammo is our secret (business) weapon.”
Of course, Raygun was inarticulately referring to black people, not white people.
By Leonard Pitts Jr.
A few days ago, the NRA inadvertently said something reasonable.
This, in response to a series of protests in Texas. It seems advocates of the right to openly carry firearms have taken to showing up en masse at public places — coffee shops, museums, restaurants etc. — toting shotguns and assault rifles. So say you’re snapping photos at Dealey Plaza, and up sidles some guy with an AK slung over his shoulder.
That sudden dryness of mouth and tightness of sphincter you feel is not reassurance.
“This is terrifying,” a visitor from Washington state told the Dallas Morning News. “We have guns in our house, but we don’t walk around with them. . . . This is shocking.”
The NRA seemed to agree. In an unsigned online editorial, it stated the obvious, calling the practice of bringing long guns into public places “dubious,” “scary” and “downright weird.”
Days later, having come, well . . . under fire, from Texas gun groups, the NRA was in retreat, apologizing and blaming this rare lapse of lucidity on a staff member who apparently failed to drink his full allotment of Kool-Aid. The organization assured its followers that it still supports the right of all people to bring all guns into all places. …
[W]hile the modern gun rights movement is usually regarded as a conservative construction, Winkler writes that it was actually born of liberal extremism. It seems that in 1967, a heavily armed group of Black Panthers showed up and walked brazenly into the California statehouse — there were no metal detectors — as a group of children were readying for a picnic with the new governor, Ronald Reagan.
The Panthers saw this as an exercise of their constitutional rights. Reagan and other conservative Republicans saw it as a threat and crafted laws to stop it from happening again. The future president said, “There’s no reason why on the street today a citizen should be carrying loaded weapons.”
The point being that what conservatives seem to regard as a mission of restoration isn’t. This idea that everyone in Chipotle’s should be armed is neither some holdover from the Old West nor some time-honored value inextricable from conservatism. No, it is wholly new. And wholly mad.
I trust that Barbara Waggoner is a real person, not a fabrication of an NRA PR campaign. I’ll also assume no one in her family makes money in the Gun Industry. Like most gun advocates, Ms Waggoner tells us what doesn’t work and what won’t work. She is unusual in suggesting something we can do: focus on mental health. I appreciate her suggestion but wonder if there isn’t something more direct and specific to be done regarding guns. If so, it will have to come form the Gun Community itself, because they will not tolerate any suggestion from outside.
So, what can we do? To save time, here are the current suggestions from Gun Advocates:
- There is no problem.
- If there is a problem, it’s not guns or people with guns, it’s [fill in the blank].
- Current laws don’t work.
- Any law you can conceive of won’t work.
- Nothing needs to be done and/or nothing can be done.
- Let’s outlaw baseball bats and cars because they kill more people.
No need to repeat any of those. Not one of them is worth the electrons they’re printed with. So, use your mind for something other than paranoia and defensive rhetoric: What can be done to reduce deaths from firearms?
By Barbara Waggoner / Las Cruces resident
PUBLISHED: Sunday, June 8, 2014 at 12:05 am
Law-abiding gun owners do not have a fanatical belief in an extremist interpretation of the Second Amendment.
I’ll be interested in the attack Gun Advocates will mount on Ms Waggoner. After all, she implies that anyone who does have an extremist interpretation of the Second Amendment is NOT a law-abiding gun owner. Moreover, she dares to suggest there is such a thing as an extremist interpretation of the God Given Sacred Unquestionable Second Amendment. How dare she!
By Kimberly Kindy / The Washington Post
PUBLISHED: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 12:13 am
GOLETA, Calif. – Richard Martinez grew up around guns, shooting birds out of the fruit trees on his family’s farm. He later served as a military police officer in the U.S. Army before going on to become a criminal-defense lawyer, at times representing the young and the violent.
Now, Martinez is a grieving father.
He’s asking members of Congress to stop calling him to offer condolences but nothing more for the death of his only child, Christopher Michaels-Martinez, who was killed in the rampage Friday in Santa Barbara, Calif.
“I don’t care about your sympathy. I don’t give a (expletive) that you feel sorry for me,” Richard Martinez said during an extensive interview, his face flushed as tears rolled down. “Get to work and do something. I’ll tell the president the same thing if he calls me. Getting a call from a politician doesn’t impress me.”
Saying that “we are all to blame” for the death of his 20-year-old son, Martinez urged the public to join him in demanding “immediate action” from members of Congress and President Barack Obama to curb gun violence by passing stricter gun-control laws.
“Today, I’m going to ask every person I can find to send a postcard to every politician they can think of with three words on it: ‘Not one more,’ ” he said Tuesday. “People are looking for something to do. I’m asking people to stand up for something. Enough is enough.”
Martinez is the latest tragic figure to raise the mantle of gun control. Previous massacres and spasms of violence have produced urgent calls for new restrictions.
But these appeals have failed to translate into action by Washington. Nor have they significantly changed public opinion about further regulation of weapons.
Martinez vowed that he’s not going away.
- ‘dumber than a bag of bullets’
- 10 things the gun industry won’t tell you – #FURG
- “There’s no reason why on the street today a citizen should be carrying loaded weapons.” — Saint Ronnie Raygun
- What is the answer to gun violence?
- Enough is enough. #NotOneMore
- Pigs at the trough — Guns are big business (who gets rich?)
- Sticking to their principles of following corporate welfare…
These are the dicks who abandoned Colorado. Hey, at least Cheyenne will get 80 jobs for its $15 million dollar investment. Hoodwinked much?
The loan is for $5 million, and the grant is for $8 million. …
Bendel added, “In light of the substantial offers being made by other states, the only way that Wyoming can successfully attract Magpul is with this large, $13 million grant and loan package.”
The grant funds would be used by Cheyenne LEADS to buy a temporary manufacturing facility for Magpul. Cheyenne LEADS plans to use up to $1.5 million of its own funds to rehabilitate the temporary facility to meet Magpul’s needs, Bendel said. …
Magpul’s relocation will bring about 80 new jobs to the county in the first year…
Despite the positive economic impact of the relocation, not everyone at Tuesday’s County Commission meeting supported bringing Magpul to town.
Ed Heffern asked the commissioners to deny the loan and grant requests on the basis of the products Magpul makes.
Heffern said the community should not support an industry that makes products whose “main purpose is to harm other people.”
“Cheyenne is worried about its image,” Heffern said. “We have to ask ourselves if this is the image we want.”
Kudos to GunCo for modeling good corporate citizenship while showing the voters of Colorado who’s boss and an utter indifference to the death and destruction they contribute to. I hope the rest of the Gun Industry (“growing rich on your freedom”) moves to Wyoming.
Erie, Colo.-based Magpul Industries Corp. announced Thursday that it was moving its production, distribution and shipping operations to Cheyenne and its headquarters to Texas, making good on a vow it made to leave Colorado during last year’s gun control debate.
“Moving operations to locations that support our culture of individual liberties and personal responsibility is important,” Magpul CEO Richard Fitzpatrick said in a statement. “Moving to a true multi-state operation will also allow Magpul to utilize the strengths of both Texas and Wyoming as we continue to expand.”
Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead said in a statement that Wyoming offers Magpul “a firm commitment to uphold the Second Amendment.”
The Democrat-led Colorado Legislature and Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper enacted a new law last year prohibiting the sale of gun magazines that hold more than 15 rounds. It was part of a package of legislation in response to mass shootings at a suburban Denver movie theater and a Connecticut elementary school.
The laws drew praise from gun control activists but sparked furor from gun rights advocates. The laws prompted the successful recall of two Democratic state senators and the resignation of a third.
Randy Bruns, CEO of Cheyenne’s economic development organization, said it is working with Magpul on a financial package that could include up to $13 million in state grants and loans to help the company move to Cheyenne.
The notion of “corporate culture” is as laughable as “corporate ethics.” They’re in it for the money and nothing else.