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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 […]

Dead Wild Roses: NRA – Fighting for the Right to Slaughter Children in Schools

Unfair? Nah.

Filed under: Education, Politics Tagged: Bill Moyers, DWR PSA, gun control, Gun Violence, NRA unreason

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…)

Politics and its Discontents: Depraved Indifference – UPDATED

The term ‘cultural divide’ does not begin to explain this. Depraved indifference, on the part of both the company and the parents, perhaps does.

UPDATE: This piece on Slate, which includes a ‘charming’ video on ‘My First Rifle,’ is well worth a look. Recommend this Post

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:

Only one store in the entire state would sell guns. (See: Mississippi, Arkansas, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming for states with only one abortion provider.) You’d have to fill out an enormous personal background check including intrusive personal information that has nothing to do with your ability to own or use (Read more…)

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

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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. . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Republicans are from Mars, Democrats are from Venus

Trashy's World: Hit gun manufacturers’ cash flow…

… hmm… Not a bad idea. The Mayor of Chicago has sent a letter to the TD Bank, and other financial institutions to withdraw Smith and Wesson’s revolving line of credit. This request is intended to pressure Smith and Wesson and other gun makers to quit fighting against stricter automatic weapon controls. I wonder how [...]

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

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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

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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

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Trashy's World: So what now, NRA?

  Arm firefighters? This is so tragic. But what can you expect when you allow its citizenry to arm itself to the teeth? I’m so glad that my family and I live in Canada.   (0) Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario

Trashy's World: Everyone has heard of the “fiscal cliff”…

in America. But they are tumbling toward the precipices of other cliffs as well. How about the “sanity cliff” or maybe the “culture cliff”? Or the “society cliff”… After reading about how this news guy (rightfully) called a gun-toter and “unbelievably stupid man”. LONDON — More than 31,400 people have signed a petition calling for British CNN host [...]

Politics and its Discontents: Think Again

For those who believe Stephen Harper was showing uncommon common sense when he seemed to repudiate his Firearms Advisory Committee last month, think again. Recommend this Post

THE FIFTH COLUMN: The Fatal Weakness of the United States Constitution Bill of Rights

Americans love their Constitution and beloved Bill of Rights. However it has one fatal weakness in that it’s provisions are unrestricted without the requirement that such rights as freedom of assembly and speech and the right to bear arms be exercised responsibly. This leads to the inability to restrict hate speech including the desecration of funerals by lunatics claiming to be acting on behalf

Trashy's World: NOW watch the gun-lobby…

…propaganda machine shift into high gear! President Obama’s speech at the Newtown vigil was very, very good. One might even declare it to be great. But what will come of it? Will there be action on gun control in the States? Real action? Like banning assault weapons so they do not fall into the hands of whack jobs? Yes, [...]

Scott's DiaTribes: A comparison of car regulations vs gun regulations

I saw this on Facebook from a friend:

It was made by the “Occupy” movement in the US, and obviously is most relevant to them, but with what has been going on up here in Canada of late with a pro-gun /anti-gun regulation Conservative government, and their actions/attempts/considerations at weakening gun control laws and/or gun regulations, I thought it would be good to see the comparisons, to see where Canada currently stacks up.

If anyone honestly can argue that the regulations on the right that the Occupy folks would like to see on guns isn’t reasonable, be it in the

Song of the Watermelon: Mass Shootings by the Numbers

Over three-quarters of the firearms used to carry out mass shootings in the United States since 1982 were obtained legally. How on Earth can there not be a national discussion on gun control?

And to those gun advocates who say that tragedy ought not to be politicized, that we need to wait a respectful amount of time before debating such contentious issues as gun control (but who don’t object when such violence is attributed to the absence of God from public schools), I will point out that there have so far been sixteen mass shootings in the United States

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Scott's DiaTribes: Newtown

There are 300 million guns in the US, by some estimates. As one person said online, if a proliferation of guns means society is safer, as those in the NRA and other pro-gun organizations claim, then the US should be one of the safest places in the world. There are more guns in the US then there are people. Logic dictates when you have that many weapons, they are going to fall into the hands of a crazy person. For example, what was the mother of the reported killer doing with a registered assault rifle, + a Glock pistol and

Song of the Watermelon: On the Latest School Shooting: Symptoms, Disease, and Gun Control

With every problem, there are symptoms and there is the disease.

In the wake of yet another mass shooting in the United States today — this one leaving twenty-seven dead at a Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school — the disease, clearly, is the culture of violence that pervades the country, and I do not blame anyone for wanting to tackle this disease directly. But when the symptoms manifest themselves in the form of twenty dead children, a call to manage the symptoms through gun control is more than just understandable; it is urgently necessary.

Without doubt, these frequent shootings represent an

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Politics and its Discontents: A Law And Order Government That Loves Guns – Part 2

The post I wrote yesterday elicited a rather spirited and passionate response from one of its readers. Since I promised a reply to Anonymous after reading the links he provided, I thought I would base today’s contribution on his observations.

First, one of the points Anon made (I will reproduce his entire commentary in a moment) turned out to be largely correct. He asserted that the Harper government would not loosen the gun laws based on the committee recommendations. As reported in The Globe, in a link provided by Anon, the Prime Minister, in a rare move that bespeaks

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