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Am I A Bad Person?

I hate to admit it, but I AM bad person.

I suspected the Change.org petition to allow guns into the GOP convention, which got over 53,000 signatures, was actually started by a lefty when I first saw it. April fools day was coming fast, but somebody jumped the gun I guess.

I signed. :(

In my defense, you can’t say the right hasn’t opened themselves up for this sort of impossible-to-parody parody. It is just plain plausible, no matter how you word it. The Secret Service probably didn’t want to inject themselves into the joke, but felt compelled to put an end to any speculation that a single gun would be allowed into the “Quicken Loans Arena” this July.

Spoilsports!

It was fun, imagining what might happen though. I even saw myself showing up, popping a paper bag and ducking. I already admitted I was a bad person. :)

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Toddler Threat Bigger Than ISIS

Tiny Terror t-shirt

Snopes.com confirms: Toddlers killed more Americans than terrorists in 2015.

There were 58 total toddler-involved shootings in 2015, including 21 fatal shootings. In comparison, 19 Americans were killed in instances of suspected, reported, or potential Islamic terrorism in 2015. If you count an American victim of the Paris attacks, that number rose to 20.

In addition, there were 45 school shootings in the USA during 2015.

Not counted in the statistics is the tragic death of Veronica Rutledge, shot in the head by her 2-year-old son in Wal-Mart just after Christmas 2014. He found the handgun in her brand-new gun purse, a gift from her husband.

The most recent story involved a 4-year-old who picked up a gun in the rear seat of a car and shot his mom in the back while she was driving. Fortunately both of them survived. The mom has been described as “a fierce gun advocate and Ted Cruz supporter.”

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‘We don’t second-guess police officers’

Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy, was killed by a policeman in Cleveland last November. He had a toy gun. But even if the gun had been real, and loaded, Rice could not have been accused of a crime because Ohio is an “open carry” state.

Surveillance video showed that Rice was gunned down less than two seconds after the police arrived.

After a 13-month investigation, a grand jury failed to return indictments against either of the two officers involved in the incident. As prosecutor Timothy McGinty declared, “We don’t second-guess police officers.”

More info:
What Everyone Should Know About The Police Killing Of Tamir Rice (2002-2014)
How A Prosecutor Managed To Blame A 12-Year-Old For Getting Killed By A Cop
Bernie Sanders wants federal probe of Tamir Rice case: ‘We need to take a hard look’ at police use of force

UPDATE:
Protesters Shut Down Streets After Cop Who Killed 12-Year-Old Boy Goes Free

“All I wanted was someone to be held accountable. But this entire process was a charade,” said Rice’s mother, Samaria Rice, in a statement Monday evening. “I pray and hope that the federal government will investigate this case.”

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Old Comedy Clip Responds to Oregon Gun Tragedy

I’m not for taking everybody’s guns away, but continuing to do nothing when these mass shootings are taking place nearly once a week is madness. It’s a terrible question to ask, but is congress taking no action because gun sales go through the roof after every one of these tragedies? Total inaction might be what the NRA and gun industry want, but it certainly isn’t what the vast majority of the American people have said they want.

Jeb Bush:

Look, stuff happens, there’s always a crisis…

Donald Trump:

You’re going to have these things happen and it’s a horrible thing to behold, horrible

I’ll let Ethel Merman respond to the 2016 presidential candidates. From “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World:

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Gun Shoppers Learn the Truth – Guns Are Unsafe

Via Media Matters:

States United to Prevent Gun Violence (SUPGV) released a video debunking the notion that gun ownership makes a person safer. (Research has demonstrated that owning a gun increases the risk of death or injury.)

SUPGV conducted a “hidden camera social experiment” to record the reactions of potential gun buyers at a fake gun store they had set up in Manhattan. When prospective purchasers inquired about a firearm, the clerk informed the customer of tragedies — including mass shootings and unintentional shootings involving children — that involved the use of that particular model of firearm. Hidden cameras recorded prospective gun buyers’ shocked reactions.

Each firearm (actually a replica) in the fake gun store was tagged with a history of tragic accidents or mass shootings associated with that model.

More info:
GunsWithHistory.com
NRA Affiliate Is So Scared Of This Gun Safety Video That It Wants A Criminal Investigation

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‘This was just a horrible accident’

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Wal-Mart in Hayden, Idaho after shooting

The WaPo chronicles the reaction of people who knew Veronica Rutledge, the mother shot in the head by her two-year-old son at Wal-Mart.

[Close friend Sheri] Sandow told The Post she often sees people with a gun cradled at their side. “In Idaho, we don’t have to worry about a lot of crime and things like that,” she said. “And to see someone with a gun isn’t bizarre. [Veronica] wasn’t carrying a gun because she felt unsafe. She was carrying a gun because she was raised around guns. This was just a horrible accident.”

According to those quoted in the article, Rutledge was a well-educated responsible gun owner with a perfectly normal hobby that involved carrying a loaded gun everywhere she went. “We are gun people,” her father-in-law explained.

Also too, “Guns don’t kill people; people kill people.”

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Equal Justice Under the Law – NOT

Ferguson, MO

At the Bundy Ranch standoff, so-called right-wing militia members aimed assault weapons at law enforcement officers. No arrests were made, and Cliven Bundy remains a free man. Last night in Ferguson, Missouri, an overwhelming police force including SWAT teams rampaged through residential streets firing stun grenades, tear gas, and rubber bullets. They attacked peaceful, unarmed protesters and arrested reporters. The city never imposed a curfew, which means citizens were supposed to be allowed to assemble and exercise their First Amendment rights.

Something is wrong. The media are blaming so-called “homeland security” and the militarization of even small-town police departments, which can buy a surplus MRAP from the Army for only $5,000 even if they don’t need one. Worse than that, there seems to be a trend of police use of deadly force against unarmed suspects – many of whom are being shot multiple times or shot in the back.

More info:
Ferguson Seeks Answers After Police Shooting Of Michael Brown
Does the Second Amendment Only Apply to White People?
Alderman, 2 reporters arrested as Ferguson erupts for 4th night
Did Police Use Excessive Force Against Ferguson Protesters?
Ferguson’s Police Got Free Military Gear Straight From The Pentagon

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Right Wing Propaganda Destroys Your Moral Compass

It’s always there, the lack of empathy on the part of right-wing extremists. We all remember the GOP presidential debate audience that cheered for letting people die without health insurance. More recently, we’ve seen an eruption of fear and hatred on the right directed at children fleeing the violence in some Central American countries.

Today we have the story of a California man who came home and discovered two burglars in his house.

“The lady, she couldn’t run as fast as the man, so I shot her in the back twice,” Greer explained. “She’s dead, but he got away.”

“She says, ‘Don’t shoot me, I’m pregnant! I’m going to have a baby!’ And I shot her anyway,” Greer said.

John Amato attempted to explain the “vile behavior” of wingers as an effort to emulate their heroes, the rich:

The thing about right-wing populism is that it’s manifestly self-defeating: those who stand to primarily benefit from this ideology are the wealthy, which is why they so willingly underwrite it. It might, in fact, more accurately be called “sucker populism.”

The 1 Percent want to keep us afraid, desperate, and divided by ignorance and prejudice. Otherwise, Americans might decide to blame Wall Street for crashing our economy. We might demand an end to pointless wars, or want to get rid of tax laws that are unfair to the middle class. We might realize that government health insurance is the best kind. Who knows, we might even want other good things from government such as infrastructure improvements, Internet access, cheap renewable energy programs…

More info:
California 80-year-old satisfied after gunning down fleeing pregnant home intruder
Hey, gun nuts: Shooting someone who is running away in the back is not self-defense
Fox hosts outraged that Texas 911 operators are ‘forced’ to help dying non-English speakers
Tea Party town hall erupts as Texas state Rep urges ‘compassion’ for migrant kids

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Anthem For The White Cry Babies

I don’t watch them, but from the little I’ve been forced to see while at the grocery store, I’d say this includes the fake reality referred to as “The Duck Dynasty”. I don’t care if you got your creds from the Jerry Springer show or get a million, making your own country look foolish; white trash will always be what it is, and nobody will ever stop assholes from having opinions.

I hate having to write that last paragraph, because – well – I’m an old white man and I feel I’m getting blamed for turning this country into a worldwide farce, when I’ve done a lot to try and stop it.

Personally, I prefer to pay attention to attractive young people with new ideas, but instead I get these bearded, stinking, fakes who are out for a buck and getting helped by – of all things ; The Arts and Entertainment channel?

Jesus! Help us now!

The Anthem: 😀

Personally, I believe the loss of Ted Nugent’s reality show left a terrible void which had to be filled with…

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Clark Aposhian Pimping CCP’s, Free Gun Training. Utah Teachers Arm Up!

Training teachers to kill.

Clark Aposhian: Training teachers to kill.

“The Utah Shooting Sports Council is offering a free class Friday to qualified educators who want to carry concealed firearms in schools.

“The class is open not only to teachers but also all other staff that work in schools,” said Clark Aposhian, chairman of the council. “Because of the popularity last year, we wanted to offer it again.” SLTrib article

Remember Clark?

March 2013: I wrote a detailed character sketch when his loaded assault rifle gun was first taken from his car (not far from my house).

Clark Aposhian military truck

May 2013: Clark was arrested and jailed  for driving a 2-ton army truck to his ex-wife’s house in Cottonwood Heights and making threats to one of the people who lived there. A few days later, the Judge confiscated his guns. Clark Aposhian

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Largest Gun Study Ever: More Guns = More Gun Deaths

Via Think Progress:

The largest study of gun violence in the United States, released Thursday afternoon, confirms a point that should be obvious: widespread American gun ownership is fueling America’s gun violence epidemic.

The study, by Professor Michael Siegel at Boston University and two coauthors, has been peer-reviewed and is forthcoming in the American Journal of Public Health. Siegel and his colleagues compiled data on firearm homicides from all 50 states from 1981-2010, the longest stretch of time ever studied in this fashion, and set about seeing whether they could find any relationship between changes in gun ownership and murder using guns over time.

…The conclusion: “for each 1 percentage point increase in proportion of household gun ownership,” Siegel et al. found, “firearm homicide rate increased by 0.9” percent.

Remember that previous studies have already established that rates of gun ownership are strongly correlated with gun deaths (including accidents, suicides, and homicides).

Gun deaths graph

The three states with the highest rate of gun ownership (MT, AK, WY) have a gun death rate of 17.8 per 100,000, over 4 times that of the three lowest-ownership states (HI, NJ, MA; 4.0 gun deaths per 100,000).

Elisabeth Rosenthal:

Scientific studies have consistently found that places with more guns have more violent deaths, both homicides and suicides. Women and children are more likely to die if there’s a gun in the house. The more guns in an area, the higher the local suicide rates. “Generally, if you live in a civilized society, more guns mean more death,” said David Hemenway, director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center. “There is no evidence that having more guns reduces crime. None at all.”

UPDATE: Right-Wing Media Rush To Politicize Washington Navy Yard Shooting

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Psychology and Guns Part 2

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Going back to the done to death argument over George Zimmerman, it should be noted that there are some things that are completely overlooked in this case. One major thing is his behavior.  He was first off a Neighborhood watch captain. Secondly, he decided to confront someone who he thought was dangerous. If that wasn’t enough, four days after Zimmerman was acquitted, he “rescued” a family from a car accident. If this country wasn’t this polarized, this should have alarmed everyone because this behavior strongly correlates with Hero Syndrome. Hero Syndrome is a behavioral pattern where a person wants to be recognized and appraised for heroic deeds and these people are known to look for trouble and even cause trouble to be the hero of the situation. Even the FBI has stated that Zimmerman has this.

 

This is important because this raises a question. Why was he able to own a gun in the first place? You are telling me that he has a personality problem where he actively seeks trouble and can even create trouble for others just so he can be a hero and yet he can own a gun? In about ever mass shooting in the US, the underlying factor has always been mental disorders. Yet most of these killers have been legally capable of obtaining a gun even when psychologists have diagnosed them as dangerous to themselves and others. Why is psychology not being addressed?

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