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Deny It All You Want, “It’s Always the Gun”

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I agree with Digby:

Mental illness exists in other developed countries. Radical Islamism does, too. Sexual entitlement and misogyny certainly do. Unpopular loner kids exist, too, as do disgruntled employees. But none of these things are causes of mass murder sprees in, say, Germany, France, England or Japan.
The common denominator is the gun. It is always the gun, and it will always be the gun. We can try to fix the other social problems all we want–and we should. But until we fix the gun problem, we will continue to offer the lives of ourselves and our children on the altar of this insatiable, bloodthirsty Lord we euphemistically call the “gun rights movement.”

Until the U.S. recognizes the sickness it suffers from there will be no cure. The NRA right continues to deny that gun violence is a problem. Those advocating for stronger gun laws should know that laws can help by regulating access, but there is a whole complex of social and cultural factors that create conditions in which gun violence thrives. The gun is the problem yes, but it is the gun’s place in the culture as well as access that leads to the chronic and pervasive violence we see almost daily.

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May 25th, 2014 at 10:04 am

Gun Bullies at Play

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Gun worshipers blather on about needing fire arms for self defense. The truth is that they need guns because they can’t win a rational argument. Guns are offensive weapons, not defensive. They are used for domination, control and destruction.

Found this at Hullabaloo:

Digby:

I’m fairly sure that my right to free speech is threatened when someone who disagrees with me shows up with a gun. This is just common sense. There is no reason these guys had to bring guns to the rally. They could have showed up with signs, as people have done forever. They could have shouted down the speakers, they could have engaged the protesters one on one. This is how we normally stage our political disagreements. But no, they show up at rallies with loaded guns and ostentatiously display them. There is no other reason to do it this way except that you want to intimidate those on the other side.

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March 28th, 2013 at 9:01 pm

Superbowl Ad

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#MayorsAgainstIllegalGuns #NRA

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February 3rd, 2013 at 4:25 pm

Mr. Lapierre, Meet Former U.S. Representative Giffords

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January 30th, 2013 at 11:45 am

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Stay Classy NRA

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The father of one of the Newtown victims was heckled by gun lovers as he testified at Connecticut state hearing. Read all about it.

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January 28th, 2013 at 10:24 pm

More Gun Death in America

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Another set of homicides from a well armed vPsychotic-American.

The late killer had a website where he documented his preparation for his final outrage. He was definitely messed up and hated women as well as himself. He was also definitely well armed.

Why do these things happen so frequently in the U.S. as compared to other industrialized democracies? Don’t know. I do know, however, that on average, individual Americans are well armed, compared to their peers in countries like Japan and Canada. And more gun homicides and more homicides from all causes occur here than in countries with similar economies, cultures and governments.

This seems to me to be a bug afflicting the nation. To the NRA and the politicians who fellate that conspiracy of scum it is apparently a feature. The causes and remedies (if any are possible) may be cultural rather than political or legal. It is in any case an issue that is rarely mentioned in political discussion or in the media.

I am not offering solutions here, but why is a conversation about the problem of gun killings not allowed to take place?

No to Conceal Carry for Illinois and Peoria

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Here is what I just wrote to the Peoria Journal Star:

Dear PJ Star,

I am writing in response to a Forum letter published on June 20 titled Concealed-carry could save lives in Peoria, submitted by Chuck Emig, responding to a earlier Forum letter from John Longmire. Mr. Emig advocates a concealed/carry law for Peoria and for Illinois. Fair enough, but I wonder on what evidence Mr. Emig bases his support for conceal carry. He says, “If Mr. Longmire would have done some research before writing his letter, he would have seen that crime is down where they have concealed-carry.”

Well, if Mr. Emig had done some research beyond NRA talking points he would known that like every story this one has at least two sides. I have done a little research and I found this conclusion in a study published in the Stanford Law Review titled: Shooting Down the “More Guns Less Crime” Hypothesis “No longer can any
plausible case be made on statistical grounds that shall-issue laws are likely to
reduce crime for all or even most states.”
In another article titled The Latest Misfires in Support of the “More Guns, Less Crime” Hypothesis

In our initial article “Shooting Down the More Guns, Less Crime”Hypothesis1” we reached two main conclusions: First, that there was no credible statistical evidence that the adoption of concealed-carry (or “shall issue”) laws reduced crime; and second, that the best, although admittedly quite imperfect, data suggested that the laws increased the costs of crime to the tune of $1 billion per year (which is a relatively small number given the total cost of FBI index crimes of roughly $114 billion per year).

Later, Ayres concludes, “We feel confident concluding that we have indeed shot down the more guns, less crime hypothesis.”

I am opposed to a conceal and carry law for Illinois (including Peoria) because more guns means more death, accidental and otherwise. More guns will not stop the drive by shootings and gas stations robberies. Many residents of the areas where these crime occurs want fewer guns on the street, not more.

I just wish that advocates for conceal carry laws would have the intellectual honesty to look at all the data, not just the studies that support their point of view. Maybe the media should look at some of this research as well, so that a reasonable and well informed debate on this issue could finally occur.

Comments welcome.

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June 22nd, 2009 at 1:23 pm

Trouble With a Capital G

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Man! Talk about your judicial activism:

A federal appeals court in Washington today struck down on Second Amendment grounds a gun control law in the District of Columbia that bars residents from keeping handguns in their homes.

The court relied on a constitutional interpretation that has been rejected by nine federal appeals courts around the nation. The decision was the first from a federal appeals court to hold a gun-control law unconstitutional on the ground that the Second Amendment protects the rights of individuals, as opposed to a collective right of state militias.

Linda Singer, the district’s acting attorney general, said the decision was “a huge setback.”

“We’ve been making progress on bringing down crime and gun violence, and this sends us in a different direction,” Ms. Singer said.

The principles violated by these right wing judges would be the same no matter what jurisdiction is affected, but D.C. has its share of crime, and this will make it worse. It won’t take long either before gun crime is mysteriously up – way up – in Washington.

But that’s the way of the right in America, these days. Conduct radical experiments in social engineering, make a mess, destroy lives, leave a mess for someone else (Democrats by default) to clean up. That’s the way Bush Republicans govern.

I don’t know who appointed these judges, but something tells me it wasn’t Jimmy Carter or Bill Clinton.

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March 9th, 2007 at 9:23 pm