Bill Longstaff: Americans lovin’ their guns more than ever

Following the slaughter of twenty children in Newtown, Connecticut two years ago this month, many Americans hoped their countrymen and women would finally turn against the gun nuts and demand greater control. And they did … briefly. The support for gun rights that has been creeping up for decades dipped momentarily and then returned to its upward trend. A recent survey by the Pew Research

Left Over: Keeping Remembrance Day in My Own Way….

Gap’s ‘Remembrance Day deal’ not appropriate, Toronto veteran says

‘The point is not to exploit and profit from this day,’ says Cpl. Chuck Krangle

CBC News Posted: Nov 10, 2014 11:10 PM ET Last Updated: Nov 11, 2014 10:57 AM ET

  Have to agree with  Cpl. Krangle, it is beyond inappropriate to  exploit Memorial Day with  yet another phony holiday ‘sale’ and shows no respect for  our veterans, living and dead..

Then again, no ‘sale’ on  any public holiday advertised as such is  truly appropriate..but  you hear little  if any criticism of it..Still the media is happy (Read more…)

Alberta Diary: A return to civility? An end to Internet anonymity? Please! The leaders of all Parliamentary parties need protection now

Political discourse in Canada, as seen by the National Post, that well known champion of common courtesy. Below: Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.

The National Post is shocked, just shocked, at the tone of the public commentary responding to the threatening break-in at Liberal Party Leader Justin Trudeau’s Ottawa home while his wife and small children slept.

“Canadian political dialogue is devolving into a mosh pit where even the vilest personal attacks are more or less routine,” lamented political columnist Michael Den Tandt in the Post yesterday, apparently in response to some of the ferocious debate that reports of the (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Four Minutes, One Hundred and Fifty Four Bullets.

I get email:

From the Sandyhook Promise -

Dear Friend,

“The person who killed my precious son Dylan carried 10, 30-round, large-capacity gun ammunition magazines into Sandy Hook Elementary. 300 rounds. He deliberately left the smaller-capacity magazines at home.

In approximately four minutes, he shot 154 bullets, killing 20 children and 6 educators. Five of those bullets hit my son, and in an instant, Dylan was gone.

But in the time it took the shooter to reload, 11 children were able to escape. If magazines were reduced to one-third the number of rounds available that day, just think how many (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Four Minutes, One Hundred and Fifty Four Bullets.

I get email:

From the Sandyhook Promise -

Dear Friend,

“The person who killed my precious son Dylan carried 10, 30-round, large-capacity gun ammunition magazines into Sandy Hook Elementary. 300 rounds. He deliberately left the smaller-capacity magazines at home.

In approximately four minutes, he shot 154 bullets, killing 20 children and 6 educators. Five of those bullets hit my son, and in an instant, Dylan was gone.

But in the time it took the shooter to reload, 11 children were able to escape. If magazines were reduced to one-third the number of rounds available that day, just think how many (Read more…)

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Dear Canadian National Firearms Association

How Dare You?
It is clear that Canada’s excessive firearms control system has failed again. The excessive rules in place do not in any way increase pu blic safety, but merely contribute to an expensive and unnecessary regime which harms only those of lawful intent. Resources wasted on this fundamentally flawed firearms control regime could be better placed to support a health care system which could be better enabled to diagnose and treat conditions that put people’s lives at risk.

Three RCMP officers lie dead today, two more seriously wounded and you try to use this tragedy to argue (Read more…)

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: A Modest Proposal On Firearms

For years the argument has been made that regulations related to firearms are just a means for the government to subjugate the populace.

However, I have never heard any of these same people object to the reality that the same government insists that they register their car, carry insurance on the vehicle and pay taxes on the fuel that we use to run our vehicles.

Let’s take a look at this for a few minutes, shall we?

In principle, a car is a mode of transportation.  It is purely civilian in its use.  In fact, using gun lobby logic, there (Read more…)

Alberta Diary: With friends like these… How much did gun lovers’ aid hurt Rob Anders’ candidacy?

Soon-to-be-former MP Rob Anders with would-be MP Melissa Mathieson. Did this photo help, or hurt, his unsuccessful candidacy? Below: Ron Liepert, the Conservative who beat Mr. Anders in the Calgary Signal Hill riding nomination battle.

How big a role did the guns ’n’ ammo crowd play in the defeat Calgary West MP Rob Anders by former Alberta PC cabinet minister Ron Liepert for the Conservative Party nomination in the new Calgary Signal Hill riding?

It’s impossible to say with any certainty, of course, because there were a bazillion and one perfectly good reasons for the Conservative Party members who got (Read more…)

Writings of J. Todd Ring: The prohibition of guns – and the violence it will create

Gerald Celente is right, as usual: he said, look at how the government handled the prohibition of alcohol – it was a disaster. They completely failed. All they managed to do, was to push organized crime through the roof. Alcohol didn’t disappear, but crime soared. Look at the so-called “war on drugs.” Over $300 billion […]

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Dr. Tundra versus the flashmob zombies

Dr. Maximilian Tundra had never felt so paranoid. Earlier that day he’d lost his medical license; luckily, he also had a PhD in biochemistry, so he would still get everyone call him “doctor”. But it was the loss of easy … Continue reading

The Disaffected Lib: America Has Already Lost the Battle for Gun Control.

It’s just $750, less than the price of a good hunting rifle.   For that you can get a brand new, never fired, AR-15 shown as manufactured in Tacoma, Washington.   Private sale.

This was the first item I found on visiting the website of armslist.com.   And I was just perusing the listings for Washington state.   Handguns?  Buckets of them starting at just $200.   Most in the $350 to $500 range.   Take your pick.

Private sales.   No paper work.  No questions asked.  Money for guns.   Guns for money.

In Texas, (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: New Study Finds Guns Kill

A study published in the American Journal of Medicine refutes the common American myth that high levels of gun ownership make countries safer.  Well, duh.

Guns do not make a nation safer, say US doctors who have compared the rate of firearms-related deaths in countries where many people own guns with the death rate in countries where gun ownership is rare.

On the contrary, the US, with the most guns per head in the world, has the highest rate of deaths from firearms, while Japan, which has the lowest rate of gun ownership, has the least.

The journal has (Read more…)

Alberta Diary: Terror of terrorism and the Second Amendment: Whatever became of the indomitable American spirit?

The indomitable American spirit personified above. Whatever became of it? Below: Bogie as Philip Marlowe, with gun; the leader of another English-speaking country refusing to knuckle under to the Luftwaffe, also with gun.

We have learned, courtesy the news media, that membership in the National Rifle Association has surged past five million souls since the Sandy Hook Massacre of little children in Connecticut last December.

It would seem that a significant minority of our American cousins will let nothing stand in the way of their right to massive firepower, which they insist is protected by the Second Amendment of the (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Let’s do Some Gun Control!

If we are all over regulating women’s bodies, I’m thinking guns should not be a frakking problem.

 

What if gun rights were regulated like abortion rights? Here’s a list of just some of the hoops you’d have to jump through before you could own a gun:

The Disaffected Lib: What? And They Took His Stereo Too?

Clark Aposhian heads his state’s biggest gun lobby, the Utah Shooting Sports Council.

Aposhian is a true believer in the right to bear arms, including the AR-15 assault rifle.  He even believes in the right of a gunowner to leave an AR-15 unattended in his car overnight.

And that’s how dumbass Aposhian woke up Thursday morning to find his personal arsenal shy one assault rifle, the one that had been left in his car.   In his defence, Aposhian noted the weapon was unloaded and stored in a secure box which, presumably, his visitors also took.  Yeah Continue reading

Art Threat: Bowling for Columbine turns ten

Editor’s note: Art Threat has launched a cultural archaeological project that involves digging up previously published but now inaccessible film reviews and cultural musings from Montreal-based writer and teacher Matthew Hays. We’re calling it The Hays Files, and to get things rolling, we’re republishing a review Hays wrote of Bowling for Columbine when the documentary first shook up the cultural and political scene ten years ago. Each article will be prefaced with a short contemporary intro from Hays. Enjoy!

I won’t ever forget meeting Michael Moore. I had interviewed him by phone but this was the first in-person interview, (Read more…)

Progressive Proselytizing: Republicans are from Mars, Democrats are from Venus

Some days it feels like the different sides of the US political map really are different species. Today was one of those days. Controversial freshman Republican Senator Ted Cruz got into a bit of an exchange with a Dianne Feinstein, a stalwart of the Senate Democratic leadership, over gun rights.

The video of this exchange lit up on the blogosphere today (yes, I am making one of those self indulgent posts where a blogger comments on the state of the blogosphere). What was interesting, however, is how both sides considered the victory an amusing knock out win for their side. Continue reading

The Disaffected Lib: Gun Show Week Wraps Up – With Body Bags

It’s been a big week for the American gun show circuit.  Five people were wounded from accidental gun discharges at three U.S. gun shows.  The Shot Show gala, 2013, in Las Vegas set an all-time attendance record.  Brownells reported it sold 3.5-years worth of large capacity assault rifle magazines in just three days.

And, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, police have a 15-year old in custody charged with the shooting and killing of five people, three of them children.  The accused is said to have used a number of firearms, including an assault rifle.

Bernalillo Continue reading

Alberta Diary: Freedom from gun terror: why understanding American history can help keep Canadians sane

An American militia in 1773 … before they were well regulated and illustrating why they needed to be. Most militia units, said Gen. George Washington, were “totally unacquainted with every kind of military skill.” Below: President Washington; President Thomas Jefferson.

One of the effects of the horrific tragedy at Sandy Hook last year is that – slowly, slowly, ever so slowly – gun control is coming to the U.S.A.

The sheer lunacy of the substantial cohort of firearms-proliferation advocates and their politically influential organizations in the United States after the massacre of six-year-olds on the anniversary of Continue reading

Politics, Re-Spun: America the Not-So-Beautiful: God Shat His Grace On Thee

Close your eyes, and conjure up a mental image of the stereotype of the Ugly American.

Loud.

Large.

Willfully ignorant of customs and countries that lie beyond the border of the US -of- A.

Rabidly proselytizing the gospel of liberty, freedom and patriotism bestowed unto their nation via God and gun.

A walking caricature of the values espoused by those who align themselves with political movements like the Tea Party, if you will.

By virtue of social media, internet and television, the world has the increased opportunity to observe Ugly Americans in captivity, under a microscope. One such opportunity arose Continue reading