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Tag: gun control

Unless Abortion Violates Your Unborn Baby’s Second Amendment Rights…

by evanmcmurry

Medicaid-defrauder and deveined gulf shrimp Rick Scott, fresh from pulling out voluntarily removing America’s Wang from all non-mandatory provisions of the Affordable Care Act, suddenly cares about the sick people of his state again, provided they’re packing heat:

The 2011 “Firearm Owners’ Privacy Act”—one of a series of NRA-backed, aggressive pro-gun laws passed by Florida’s conservative Legislature in recent years—aims at keeping physicians from gathering information on patients’ weapons while discussing their health risk factors. (Decades of studies have shown that even law-abiding, responsible gun owners and their families have higher risks of death by gunshot when they keep a firearm in the home.)

“Patients don’t like being interrogated about whether or not they own guns when they take their child with a sore throat to a pediatrician, nor do they like being interrogated in an emergency room when their Little Leaguer broke his leg sliding into first base,” the NRA’s gun for hire in Florida, longtime firearms lobbyist Marion Hammer, told the Tampa Tribune last fall.

Scott and co. are right: patients don’t like being forced to endure ideologically-based, medically gratuitous obstacles to their health care. Now that we’re clear on that, I’m sure Scott’s conservative governor brosephs will be vetoing certain legislation immediately. (via Wonkette)


Gun Rights Are Good For The Environment

by evanmcmurry

Calguns Foundation, which appears to be one of those wonderful organizations that fights any legislation related to guns, lest a couple of laws slip through that might momentarily inconvenience gun nuts to prevent mass shootings, wonders semi-seriously if waiting periods are hurting the environment:

Earlier today, Calguns Foundation filed a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Calfornia’s 10 day “waiting period” (which is really just a dressed-up 10-day ban on law-abiding gun owners’ ability to exercise their fundamental right to keep and bear arms). This is a significant piece of litigation that we’re very optimistic about; I think it’s safe to say that gun buyers and transferees have been making two trips for one gun far, far too long. (I wonder how big the 10-day ban’s carbon footprint is…) 

Later in the same post, the author notes that waiting periods discriminate against those reliant on public transportation. If Second Amendment organizations won’t stand up for the poor and the earth, who will?

Here’s That “If Only Someone In That Temple Had Been Carrying A Gun” Comment You Knew Was Coming

by evanmcmurry

It took Glenn Reynolds a full 24 hours to post this, but you know it was the first thing he thought of:

Related: The 6 Sikh temple shooting victims identified; Satwant Singh Kaleka died trying to fight off shooter. Heroic. But it’s too bad he didn’t have a gun.

Also, G-Rey isn’t 100% positive this guy’s a white supremacist. I mean, how do we know know? SEK helps him out with visual aids. (via Wonkette)

There Are Now More Mass Shootings Than The Media Can Focus On

by evanmcmurry

It is either a) chance or b) the inevitable result of a society with absolutely dysfunctional relationship to guns that the occurrence of one mass shooting is drawing media attention away from the processing of a prior mass shooting, which, until Sunday afternoon, had been the mass shooting story of the day. (We have those now!) What are the odds that both mass shooting stories would hit in the same 12-hour period? Answer: increasingly great. The last mass shooting was two weeks ago in Aurora, CO; since then, two different attempts have been foiled; the mass shooting previous to Aurora occurred only three days before; that one didn’t even get coverage, as no one was killed, though more than a dozen were injured.

If these shootings keep up, we’re gonna need a bigger media just to report on them all.

Also: As usual, the internet’s way ahead of us.

Also: gun control, anyone?

“Guns Don’t Kill People, I Do”

by evanmcmurry

Breaking, via WaPo:

Authorities have arrested a man who referred to himself as “a joker” and threatened to shoot people at his former workplace in Prince George’s County, investigators said Friday.

“I am a joker. I’m going to load my guns and blow everybody up,” the man said over the phone to a man at Pitney Bowes, according to a warrant.

[…] Police there found more than 20 rifles and handguns and 40 steel boxes of ammunition at his home, the investigators said.

The day he was arrested, he wore a T shirt that said “Guns don’t kill people. I do.”

Photo on the right shows the guns found in Mr. Joker’s house. They’re for hunting and target practice, I’m sure.

So it’s good to know that the NRA’s bumper-sticker argument against gun control is now being used as a bragging right of people who would attempt mass shootings. I would love to hear the NRA’s response to this, except they’ve somehow gotten a pass on saying anything about mass shootings; to my knowledge, the organization has yet to speak so much as a word about the Aurora, CO, shootings, including any comment on the fact that all of James Holmes’s weapons were purchased legally. So somehow the organization most responsible for people like James Holmes and our new friend having possession of automatic weapons used in mass shooting is also the organization held least responsible for the consequences. How does that work, again?

This is the second guy in a week to be arrested with an arsenal in his possession. He’s the second guy in three days to be stopped in the midst of planning a shooting following the Aurora spree. Have things maybe—maybe?—gotten to the point at which we can begin to put pressure on the NRA to explain, if they’re going to so aggressively fight any form of gun restrictions, whether they have any ideas on how to reduce gun violence, and if not, whether it might be time to reevaluate their influence in the gun debate?

The NRA is one of the most powerful lobbying groups in the country, but even their power must have limits. Take a look at the photo above. Can we please make that the limit?

Obama Calls For Gun Control, If By “Call” You Mean “Does Nothing”

by evanmcmurry

Here’s the headline:

Obama calls for more steps to curb violence, including gun control

Holy crap, he did?!?

Here’s the body:

Acknowledging sensitivity of the issue, he said he nonetheless believes that even gun owners would agree “that AK-47s belong in the hands of soldiers, not in the hands of children.” He offered no specific proposals but referred to background checks to prevent criminals and fugitives from purchasing weapons, and preventing guns from getting into the hands of the mentally unbalanced. Previous efforts to do the same have been thwarted by political opposition and the reluctance of sympathetic elected officials to take on the National Rifle Assn., among the nation’s most potent lobbying forces.

So, no, he didn’t. Back to work, everybody. (via LA Times)

Mass shootings and gun sales

by pdxblake

According to the Denver Post (ht NPR),

“Between Friday and Sunday, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation approved background checks for 2,887 people who wanted to purchase a firearm — a 43 percent increase over the previous Friday through Sunday and a 39 percent jump over those same days on the first weekend of July.”

Which of course answers Jon Stewart’s alarm over the conservative push-back against gun control.  It is definitely NOT time to talk about gun control, say the pundits, well at least until they get back from the gun store.