Category Archives: FURG

You have the right to Fuck Ur Gun

Dueling amendments: “You can’t yell fire in a crowded theater, but you can bring a gun into it.” — Richard Cohen

Richard Cohen: The debacle of gun control – The Washington Post, The Washington Post Published: January 14

All across the nation in recent days, political leaders have declared their intention to rein in guns, but all they have done actually is signal defeat. They have proposed this or that marginal program — something about magazines, something about bullets, something about background checks, something about assault rifles and maybe, just to be truly silly, something about mental health, as if the crazed shooter can be easily Rorschached. … All this and nothing about the core problem, which is handguns. They have remained out of bounds although they account for the vast majority of the 100,000 or so annual shootings — an astounding 1 million gun deaths since 1968. …

[T]he Second Amendment is more strictly interpreted than even the First. You can’t yell fire in a crowded theater, but you can bring a gun into it.

Richard Cohen: The debacle of gun control – The Washington Post

Once, ‘Gun Nuts’ Had Good Point | ABQ Journal

» Once, ‘Gun Nuts’ Had Good Point | ABQ Journal by Kathleen Parker

In one remarkable incident in May 1967, as recounted in The Atlantic by UCLA law professor Adam Winkler, 24 men and six women, all armed, ascended the California capitol steps, read a proclamation about gun rights and proceeded inside — with their guns, which was legal at the time.

Needless to say, conservatives, including then-Gov. Ronald Reagan, were suddenly very, very interested in gun control. That afternoon, Reagan told reporters there was “no reason why on the street today a citizen should be carrying loaded weapons.”

The degree of one’s allegiance to principle apparently depends mainly on who is holding the gun. …

This still leaves open the loophole of private sales that do not require background checks, which President Obama wants to close. We will hear more about this in coming weeks, but the call meanwhile to ban assault weapons or limit magazines in the wake of the horrific mass murder of children and others at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut is hardly draconian. It won’t solve the problem of mentally disturbed people exacting weird justice from innocents, but it might limit the toll. Having to stop one’s rampage to reload rather breaks the spell, or so one would imagine.

One also imagines that the old Reagan would say there’s no reason a citizen needs an assault weapon or a magazine that can destroy dozens of people in minutes. He would certainly be correct and, in a sane world, possibly even electable.

» Once, ‘Gun Nuts’ Had Good Point | ABQ Journal

Guns aren’t the only solution to the gun problem

Taft School Shooting: Teen Gunman Told Teacher Ryan Heber ‘I Don’t Want to Shoot You’ – ABC News

By RUSSELL GOLDMAN (@GoldmanRussell)

Jan. 11, 2013

A California teacher’sbrave conversation with a 16-year-old gunman who had opened fire on his classmates allowed 28 other students to quickly escape what could have been a massacre.

Science teacher Ryan Heber calmly confronted the teenager after he shot and critically wounded a classmate, whom he claimed to authorities had bullied him for more than year at Taft Union High School.

Taft School Shooting: Teen Gunman Told Teacher Ryan Heber ‘I Don’t Want to Shoot You’ – ABC News

Common Sense Gun Reforms | ABQ Journal

Worth reading.

» Common Sense Gun Reforms | ABQ Journal By Patrick Davis / ProgressNow New Mexico on Fri, Jan 11, 2013

Fortunately for New Mexico, our Legislature is about to convene and the issue of public safety and responsible gun ownership must be front and center. The public is demanding action and while we wait on Congress to debate, our Legislature can act.

I call on the governor and legislators to enact these and other simple common sense reforms in the first days of the session, pass them with an emergency clause so that they may be immediately implemented, and give our children a safer and brighter future in this new year.

» Common Sense Gun Reforms | ABQ Journal

Everyone thinks you’re paranoid — thank gawd you gotta gun #furg

The 2nd amendment places its worshippers above all others. They have no obligations to anyone. Their rights and their power are absolute. Absolute rights obviate the need for compromise or consideration or empathy. That power must be exhilarating, like shooting a tin can or slaughtering a living being. What a rush, right there in your pocket. To hell with anyone else.

But the security of a gun comes with at a price: Constant vigilance. You cannot let your guard down lest someone else get the draw sooner. You cannot trust someone without a gun because, surely, they want to take yours. You cannot trust your government for the same reason. Everyone thinks you’re paranoid. All you can trust is your only friend in the world: your gun.

Gun lovers: what’s the proper way to deal with this idiot in Santa Fe?

A guy with an ongoing feud shoots in the heart of Santa Fe. Separately, he hears noise at night and shoots out his bedroom window. This man is a dangerous idiot and should not be allowed to own a gun. mjh

Santa Fe police probe downtown shooting incident – The Santa Fe New Mexican by Nico Roesler

Santa Fe police said no one was hurt Monday night when an “ongoing feud” between two business owners on West San Francisco Street apparently led to an exchange of gunshots about a block from the Plaza.

Santa Fe police probe downtown shooting incident – The Santa Fe New Mexican

» Man: Shooting Was Self-Defense | ABQ Journal By Bill Rodgers / Journal Staff Writer on Wed, Jan 9, 2013

SANTA FE — A man who fired a gun near the city’s Plaza on Monday evening told police he was defending himself from someone in a vehicle who pointed a gun at him around 7 p.m.

Police didn’t cite 30-year-old Musa Nassar, owner of Santa Fe West Gallery, for that shooting near the intersection of Galisteo and West San Francisco streets because he said there had been a threat on his life, Santa Fe Police Capt. Aric Wheeler said. …

A witness on the scene Monday night described a scary scene of a man in the street firing five or so shots at a car. West San Francisco was blocked off in front of the Lensic Performing Arts Center while the shooting was investigated.

Later Monday night, Nassar was cited for a second shooting with another gun that occurred around midnight at his Sunset Ridge home, Wheeler said. Nassar told police that he believed there was someone outside, because he heard noises and a motion light turned on. He fired shots out of his bedroom window.

Police cited him with misdemeanor negligent use of a firearm, Wheeler said. The captain said police cannot allow people to fire at noises they hear outside.

“We’re not condoning people firing shots out of their bedroom window,” Wheeler said.

Wheeler said Nassar was fearful for his and his family’s safety based on threats, but Wheeler did not go into detail on them.

» Man: Shooting Was Self-Defense | ABQ Journal