Guns

She’ll never see six.

Fidel Rodriguez Canchola, 34, thought it would be fun to shoot a gun across his yard to celebrate the New Year. A 5-year-old girl walked through his field of fire – and was shot dead. This doesn’t happen in the rest of the civilized world. But then the rest of the civilized world doesn’t fetishize guns. Nor does it have an organization so immoral it places the welfare of gun manufacturers above that of the citizens.

Here we go again.

As I write this, the year is 20 hours old. Already 29 people have been shot dead in America. Gun nuts want more guns. Gunsense wants more gun laws. But what must be done is change the culture. We can’t accept death as dispute resolution.

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The NRA’s moral stain.

Bryan Silk, during a night of weed, alcohol, and horseplay, accidentally shot and killed his cousin. The NRA did not put the gun Bryant Silk’s hand. But they still own the death. Other countries have high gun ownership rates without the concomitant high rate of gun deaths.

The difference is the NRA’s monomania over gun rights – combined with their complete disregard of gun responsibilities. They have created a cowboy culture where everything goes – let the chips fall where they may.

The insanity of gun nuts.

Gun absolutists live in an ‘us vs. them’ world. Any deflection from pure gun orthodoxy is a precursor to a gun grab and complete disarming of American patriots. No one was second to Portland Press Herald (Maine) columnist M.D. Harmon in his expansive interpretation of the second amendment.

In fairness, he did the draw the line at allowing criminals and the insane to own guns. However, if you met his standards for ownership, there was to be no bar to possession. He even thought mandatory gun safety training was tyranny.

This Wednesday he had visitors at his home – a father and his 17-year-old son. Harmon had given the teen a gun to inspect. It fired and Harmon was killed.

A call for common-sense in gun ownership is not a denial of civil rights. A point which the majority of gun owners understand. But extremism and sanity are rarely room-mates.

 

 

 

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Really? 3.11.16. Gun Follies in America.

March 11, 2016

“The dangerous man is the one who has only one idea, because then he’ll fight and die for it.”― Francis Crick The gun has become a symbol of liberty, freedom, and Americanism. The NRA and other gun groups have fetishized a simple tool to totemic status. In this icon worship, extremist gun owners have lost sight […]

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Really? – 1.14.15 – A Religious rapist; Gun Follies; A Pederast’s Defense.

January 13, 2016

“When trouble arises and things look bad, there is always one individual who perceives a solution and is willing to take command. Very often, that individual is crazy.” ― Dave Barry Religious folk insist that to be good you need God. No evidence for that contention has been produced. What is certain is that God […]

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You Won’t Die in a Terrorist Attack. Americans Don’t Understand Odds.

December 12, 2015

More Republicans (50% vs. 45%) are worried about dying in a terrorist attack than they are about dying from gun violence. Statistically, that’s absurd. Even in 2001, the number of Americans killed by terrorism didn’t come close to the number of Americans murdered by guns. The terror attacks of 9/11 killed 2,689 Americans (excluded are non-citizens); homicide by gun […]

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Are Mass Shootings Are now as American as Mom and Apple Pie?

December 4, 2015

“Guns kill far more quickly and efficiently than knives, or crossbows, or toenail clippers; and, unlike bombs, you don’t need to build one in your basement — they come ready-made! There’s a reason why guns are the overwhelming weapon of choice among mass-murderers.” ― Quentin R. Bufogle “Just another day in the United States of […]

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A ‘Good Guy with a Gun’ – the Gun Nut Delusion

October 10, 2015

“The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun.” – Wayne LaPierre, EVP NRA Ben Carson created quite the storm when he said he would have ‘manned-up’ during the Umpqua massacre. “I would not just stand there and let him shoot me.” He doubled down by saying the […]

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The GOP Shows No Empathy for the Victims of the UCC Massacre.

October 8, 2015

The Umpqua Community College massacre has revealed Republicans as heartless opportunists – again. While accusing the President of politicizing the event, they have done nothing but diminish the victims. Jeb Bush first tweets prayers, then dismisses the tragedy as “stuff happens”. Donald Trump echoes the sentiment offering “These things happen“. Conspicuously absent was any notion of […]

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Umpqua Community College Won’t Be the Last Massacre.

October 3, 2015

“She hated people who thought too much. At that moment, she struck me as an appropriate representative for almost all mankind.” ― Kurt Vonnegut Already the gun-nut lobby and their media acolytes have pointed the finger of blame at ‘gun-free zones’ as the cause of the Umpqua Community College massacre. They are wrong. The cause […]

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Gun Zealots Put Kids in Danger.

July 22, 2015

“A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject” ― Winston S. Churchill  In Mobile, Alabama, a boy, 3, was shot by his brother, 6. He is in hospital in critical condition. He’s not alone. People are shot accidentally every day – by themselves and by others. Most of the […]

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