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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

Mayor Jim Ardis of Peoria is an Idiot

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Mayor Jim Ardis of Peoria wants a conceal and carry law for that city.

Actually, “Ardis wants to see legislation passed in Springfield allowing Peoria to enact an ordinance permitting citizens the right to carry a concealed weapon.”

I think this idea is stupid, crazy and maybe racist. You see, Peoria, like a smaller version of Chicago, has a lot of shootings. Gunfire has taken the lives of a lot of young Peorians in recent years. So Mayor Jim Ardis thinks that the solution to that problem is to flood the streets of Peoria with more firearms.

Now I don’t live in Peoria, but I know somebody who does, and that is the person(s) who run(s) the blog Emerge Peoria They said, “I don’t dislike Mayor Ardis, but on a smaller scale, he kind of does for me, what Ken Hinton does for a lot of you. 🙂 I often find myself asking “wth”? To raise the highly excitable issue of concealed carry at a time when the City of Peoria is in the midst of a rash of shootings – once again I am left asking “wth”.

Maybe Mayor Jim Ardis is trying to impress Rush Limbaugh and the ditto heads who run the GOP. Maybe Mayor Jim Ardis doesn’t care about all those dead Peoria kids because the shootings don’t happen in his neighborhood.

What this episode reveals is that Peoria is not one city, but two. Mayor Jim Ardis only lives iin the nice one.

Maybe this also helps explain why District 150 is dysfunctional.

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May 30th, 2009 at 8:58 pm