|Gun fanatic James Yeager|
|Wacky Wayne laPierre|
|Mitch McConnell doing Obama|
Obama’s inauguration speech reminds us of Lyndon Johnson’s brand of liberalism and the Great Society. It is a welcome return to values that espouse equality with the emphasis off the wealthy and now directed at middle America, lower income brackets and the needy. Another famous Mitch McConnell comment following Obama’s speech was: “The era of liberalism is back.” How fitting that it comes at a time when we must pass new laws on gun control, comprehensive immigration reform and improving the environment. The President also plans to work on his 2010 Obamacare.
Excellent video from Bloomberg on guns and mental health:
Here are some more facts that Kimmel has collected. Men and boys are responsible for 95% of all violent crimes and there is concern why so many of these young mass murderers are white. While black kids are killing each other in the ghettos, it “seems to be nearly the exclusive province of white boys to so dramatically expand the range of their revenge and seek to destroy the entire world, not simply the person or group that committed the supposed offense.” Not that race and gender are the primary concern; that remains the lax gun laws and mental illness.
|Gun bubbas masculinity|
In more support figures, 85% to 90% want background checks for everyone, even private sales at gun shows. 80% want more laws to stop the mentally ill from getting a gun and an overall majority wants the feds to create a database to track gun sales, a ban on assault style weapons, high capacity magazine clips and online ammunition sales. But there is a significant difference between Democrats and Republicans. As an example, on banning semi-automatic weapons, two-thirds of women support the ban; the men are divided.
A student with mental illness and a violent past shot a downtown St. Louis business official yesterday after he lost his financial aid, before shooting himself, according to authorities.
A gunman firing into a parked car at a Kentucky Community College killed a man and woman sitting inside and wounded a girl who was with them. Police suspect it was a domestic dispute, although they haven’t made an arrest.
A dramatic increase in gun violence in Baltimore so far this year continued with three shootings, including the killing of a 17-year-old girl in an alley. No one was arrested.
A typical day includes 30 gun-related murders and 162 wounded by firearms in this country. Another 53 commit suicide with a firearm every day. That breaks down to three people killed by a gun every hour and around 60 people shot during the same time period. The FBI reports that a violent crime occurs every 25.3 seconds. And I’ve reported these figures before, there were 11,422 homicides and 19,392 suicides in 2010 using guns, according to the CDC, and guns were also used either intentionally or accidentally to wound 59,208 people in 2011. And we’re supposed to be a civilized country.
Only six states require mandatory background checks on all purchases at gun shows. They are Oregon, California, Colorado, Illinois, New York and Connecticut.
Only seven states require mandatory background checks on assault weapons. They are California, Colorado, Minnesota, Illinois, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
Only seven states have restrictions on high-capacity magazines. They are Hawaii, California, New Mexico, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey and Massachusetts.
|Daffy David Keene
NRA “reprehensible” ad using Obama’s children:
- 74 percent believe permits should only be granted to applicants who have completed gun safety training.
- 68 percent believe permits should only be granted to applicants who do not have prior arrests for domestic violence.
- 63 percent believe permits should only be granted to applicants 21 years of age or older.
- 74 percent support requiring criminal background checks of anyone purchasing a gun.
- 79 percent support requiring gun retailers to perform background checks on all employees – a measure recently endorsed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade association for the firearms industry.
- NRA members strongly support allowing states to set basic eligibility requirements for people who want to carry concealed, loaded guns in public places. By contrast, the NRA leadership’s top federal legislative priority – national reciprocity for concealed carry permits – would effectively eliminate these requirements by forcing every state to allow non-residents to carry concealed guns even if they would not qualify for a local permit.
Both LaPierre and Keene continue to push for absolute 2nd Amendment rights in a situation that has been screaming for negotiations on the gun control issue for years. They know that once the damn is broken—and that is now beginning to happen—they will have lost their clout with the gun manufacturers meaning millions in donations every year. (Since 2005, according to the Violence Policy Center, gun manufacturers contributed around $39 million to the NRA) LaPierre loses his cushy job and Keene loses his position of political play-maker. And 4.2 million NRA members are left out in the cold.
Finally, as usual, Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie put the radical conservatives of his party in their place. He called the NRA ad using Obama’s children “reprehensible” and claims that the group has now lost even more credibility in the eyes of the American public. Christie continued saying that “such a move demeans them,” commenting, “It makes them less of a valid, trusted source of information on the real issues that confront this debate.” In other word, you can no longer believe what the NRA’s wacky Wayne LaPierre spews out of his propaganda mill. Frankly, I never did.
|The only way to safely own a gun|
Well she emptied the six-shot revolver hitting the guy with five rounds in the torso and face, missing with one. Well, the guy was not only able to get up, he actually got in his SUV and drove off, crashing just a short distance away. The gun rights bunch says she needed a weapon capable of firing more rounds. I say Melinda, and Donnie should have been required to go through strenuous firearms training just to have the .38 in the house. If she couldn’t bring him down with five shots hitting him in the face and torso, allowing him to escape, she may never have brought him down.
The CNN article on this issue states, “It’s more common for an armed homeowner in the United States to be a victim of suicide, homicide, assault or an accidental shooting than it is for that person to shoot an intruder,” according to Dr. Arthur Kellermann, a senior health policy analyst at Rand Corporation, a non-partisan think tank. And many experts agree, contrary to being a protection to their safety, crowds of people rush out to purchase a gun but never properly learn how to use it. The FBI conducted about 2.8 million checks for gun purchases this past December, a record high for a month.
ThinkProgressspoke with a number of NRA members at their St. Louis convention last April and found that many supported gun safety training to acquire a concealed carry permit. I agree with this, although I think the CC permit itself should come with restrictions based on need. But let’s be honest, wouldn’t it be a safer America if everyone who owns a gun was forced to learn how to use it? Remember, there are 300 million firearms on the streets of the United States. How many owners are trained on how to use them? My guess is a very sparse number.