May 2, 2013 1 Comment
February 6, 2013 Leave a comment
Another gun death getting headlines. Too bad the victim didn’t have a gun to protect himself with. Oh, wait. He was an accomplished sniper and he was killed at a gun range.
Condolences to Chris Kyle’s loved ones. Let’s hope something good comes of his death. Maybe NRA supporters will figure out that guns don’t make them safe. Guns favor those who shoot first; they’re great for attacking, not so good for defending against other guns. It’s much better to prevent the bad guy from getting a gun in the first place than to have a gun around when he starts shooting.
January 30, 2013 1 Comment
It doesn’t take a genius to realize that the executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, Wayne LaPierre, is an ideologue. Still, it’s refreshing to watch Illinois Senator Durbin of call out LaPierre, and point out that the point of background checks is precisely to reduce the purchase of guns by those who can’t pass background checks.
I get very frustrated with the argument that we shouldn’t attempt to reduce the number of criminals with guns because there will still be criminals with guns. There is always going to be crime — are we not supposed to try and reduce it?
January 21, 2013 4 Comments
Pro-gun activists designated Saturday “Gun Appreciation Day” and many gathered to show opposition to gun control. Nobody took the holiday more seriously than the five people who celebrated by being accidentally shot.
Meanwhile, in Albuquerque, a
boy, believed to be 15 years old, is in custody, charged with two counts of murder and three counts of “child abuse resulting in death.”
I know, of course, that guns don’t kill people, fifteen-year-olds kill people. I’m just having trouble remembering how they did it before they had access to guns.
January 11, 2013 5 Comments
Vice President [Joe] Biden is asking the president to bypass Congress and use executive privilege, executive order to ban assault rifles and to impose stricter gun control. F*ck that.
I’m telling you that if that happens, it’s going to spark a civil war, and I’ll be glad to fire the first shot. I’m not putting up with it. You shouldn’t put up with it. And I need all you patriots to start thinking about what you’re going to do, load your damn mags, make sure your rifle’s clean, pack a backpack with some food in it and get ready to fight.
I’m not f*cking putting up with this. I’m not letting my country be ruled by a dictator. I’m not letting anybody take my guns! If it goes one inch further, I’m going to start killing people.
William Saletan sensibly suggests that, despite differences of opinion on gun control, it should be easy to agree that we need to find a way to keep guns away from dangerous people. The obvious place to start, I would think, would be those who threaten that if they don’t get their way, they’ll kill people.
ADDED ON 1/12/13
As anyone following this story knows, Mr. Yeager’s handgun carry permit was suspended yesterday (1/11) by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, which makes my post (written before the suspension, or at least before I knew about it) pretty superfluous. I don’t write posts stating the obvious unless I think there’s a reason to do that. Our government’s stance toward gun ownership and a lot of outrageous straight-faced statements of gun owners and the gun-industry lobby have led me to believe that a lot of what seems obvious to me isn’t obvious to everyone. I’m relieved that the threat posed by Mr. Yeager was obvious to some to whom I wasn’t sure it would be.
July 23, 2012 5 Comments
The real story is, the President of the United States and Mitt Romney — the two guys running to be President in 2012, they’re running currently — both of them are so fucking pussy-whipped by the NRA, the National Rifle Association, they’re such fucking cowards, the two of them, that neither one of them are willing to get up there and say we need a full ban on assault weapons.
- Howard Stern on his radio show (July 23, 2012)
March 27, 2012 10 Comments
The attacks against Trayvon Martin have continued after his death, with the police leaking information to newspapers to indicate that Martin did not go without a fight.
With a single punch, Trayvon Martin decked the Neighborhood Watch volunteer who eventually shot and killed the unarmed 17-year-old, then Trayvon climbed on top of George Zimmerman and slammed his head into the sidewalk, leaving him bloody and battered, law-enforcement authorities told the Orlando Sentinel.
According to this news report, law enforcement is selectively leaking information to try and suggest that the murdered teenager somehow had it coming. But let’s say it’s somehow true. Let’s say that the police have reversed their prior pattern of behavior and are somehow being upfront and honest now as they, um, leak information. Even if it is true that Trayvon, who had gone to get snacks from 7-11 during the NBA All Star Game halftime, had fought back against the man who has already admitted on tape that he was stalking the kid, what would that change about the essential truths of the case?