"Political power grows at the barrel of a gun." Mao Tse-tung
SCOTUS, ignoring the original Second Amendment phrase "A well regulated militia", ruled that people have robust, personal gun rights, so why be surprised that police want protective gear. It's a new arms race between people and the police. Charles Derber had it right is his book: The Wilding of America.
The GOP is committed to
unlimited funding for the US world's largest military.
Not coincidentally, the US is also the world's largest
arms supplier. As a result, the arms industry is well
funded and powerful. The
NRA is its subsidiary. Of the 307 legislators receiving NRA support, 92% of them are Republicans.
The arms industry, recipient of the blank check from the US taxpayer, is the leading cheerleader for our endless war. It uses the same tactics that the tobacco industry developed to sell arms to the citizenry. The US by comparison to other countries has, as a result, become a shooting gallery. Safety is NOT improved.
In response, police have been militarized. We have a new arms race: police vs people armed with advanced weapons.
Republicans have opposed the most basic gun safety initiatives. Credit them and their NRA allies for the arms race between the police and the 'gun owners', for the new need for armed guards at our schools, for the wild shootouts on the streets, for the increased suicides, and the tragic increase in deadly domestic violence.
The loosening of the Second Amendment may lead to the
loss of every other right. Increasing security is apparent everywhere.
Schools shootings have had the effect of placing police in schools,
locking them down. Security procedures have been put in place in many
places including movie theatres, casinos, and even sports events, but
especially airports. Police have been militarized and a vast national security apparatus has
been created to surveil the citizenry. Anyone different is suspect.
Inside the US Military Recruitment Program That Trained Nikolas Cruz to Be "a Very Good Shot" (2/21/2018)
To Repeat: Repeal the Second Amendment (2/16/2018)
Trump, Who Made It Easier for Mentally Ill People to Buy Guns, Blames Mental Health Issues for Florida Shooting (2/15/2018)
How to Reduce Shootings (2/15/2018)
No matter how they dress it up, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act is really bad policy (12/6/2017)
The Las Vegas Shooting: A Public Health Crisis (10/3/2017)
People Don't Kill People, Americans Kill People (10/4/2017)
“If the Republican Party would rather work for the NRA than the American people and if they won’t do their jobs to keep our children safe, then somebody else has to step up,” Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).
"Loaded recognizes the central truth about our 'gun culture': that the privileged place of guns in American law and society is the by-product of the racial and class violence that has marked our history from its beginnings." Richard Slotkin, author of Gunfighter Nation: The Myth of the Frontier in Twentieth-Century America
So many people die annually from gunfire in the US that the death toll between 1968 and 2011 eclipses all wars ever fought by the country. According to research by Politifact, there were about 1.4 million firearm deaths in that period, compared with 1.2 million US deaths in every conflict from the War of Independence to Iraq. Source: Politifact.
"...the Second Amendment is not an important aspect of modern liberal democracy. It does not protect or defend the rights of citizens; to the contrary, it results in tens of thousands of unnecessary deaths every year. One might even be tempted to conclude the opposite: that the Second Amendment presents a challenge to liberal democracy because it enables "lone wolf" terror, mobilizes counterterror agents, necessitates heavily armed police, and perpetrates a level of violence and murder not found in an other democracy ot the world" Democracy Betrayed : William W Keller
Two years ago, a group of doctors wrote in the Annals of Internal Medicine: "It does not matter whether we believe that guns kill people or that people kill people with guns - the result is the same: a public health crisis." In the war zone of the E.R., we don't see partisanship or politics. We see the devastation that happens when our society normalizes tools of total bodily destruction." Leanna Wen NYT 6/17/2017
"The hidden agenda of right-wing militias, the Tea Party, the lunatic fringe of the Republican Party, the National Rifle Association, and the survivalist cults is the ensure that guns will keep the home and family from being overrun by the crazed black hordes that will escape from their colonies in our urban slums. The mother of Adam Lanza, who carried out the Newtown massacre after first killing her, was a survivalist; she had stockpiled weapons in her home for impending social and economic collapse. Scratch the surface of the survivalist cult in the United States and you expose terrified white supremacists." Chris Hedges, Wages of Rebellion pg 180
...gun legislation requiring a background check before one could purchase a firearm... had as high as 90 percent public backing, but was voted down in a congress swimming in gun lobby money. Hayes concluded, "In fact, it sounds like the textbook definition of oligarchy, of government by the few." The wealthy few. Chris Hayes quoted in Fair Blog
Since terrorists struck the U.S. on 9/11/2001, more than 300,000 Americans have lost their lives to guns—more than 100 times as many people as the number who died when the World Trade Center fell. We’ve spent well over a trillion dollars fighting terrorism, but we live with the threat of random terror in our schools and on our streets on any given day. That’s just the price we pay for “freedom,” I guess. Or so the NRA would have us believe, as they corrupt our politicians and subvert popular support for gun control sanity. Smirking Chimp: 12 Signs America Is Insane By Jaime O'Neill
"After a shoe bomb attempt in 2001, shoes often have to be removed at airports. A failed liquid bomb attempt meant restrictions on liquids being taken onto planes. Could the United States please explain why after almost daily mass shootings in your country, no action is taken? Are shoes and shampoos really more dangerous than guns?" MALCOLM BYRNE Gorey, Ireland (Letter to the New York Times 10/3/2015)
As someone who grew up in a place where guns designed to kill people are more or less banned and where no one feels that some essential freedom has been lost (on the contrary, freedom from fear is cherished) I often wonder what it will take for Americans to absolutely reject the groups like the NRA, all their ideas, and anyone who supports their morbid, necrophiliac love of an element of the constitution that is anachronistic, poorly written, unclear, and insanely stupid given modern weaponry. After which, we could actually start to do something to save the approximately 30,000 lives lost to gunshot wounds every year, many of them children. Mathew Chapman.
"As Jesus was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane, one of his followers drew a sword and struck the servant of the High Priest. Jesus immediately said to him, "Put your sword back into its place; for all who take the sword will perish by the sword. (Mathew 26:52)"
I was shocked, as everybody else was, of course. One has to ask oneself about these particular young people and their families. But as with all the other school shootings, it was a fact also that the young people who got involved in them almost all seemed to have a fascination for media violence. They also had access to guns. They obviously were troubled human beings, and this could be seen from the beginning." Sissela Bok
NRA has blocked gun violence research for 20 years. Let's end its stranglehold on science. (6/14/2016)