Just watched one of the gun specials on PBS. it was very balanced, whether you’re for or against more regulation of guns, you could watch it - just the facts, ma’am.
But then they show one of these “crypto anarchist” assholes (derp for “libertarian”) making AR15s on CAD, printing them out on 3D printer, and planning on sending these files to anyone who wants them for free. One day in the not-so-distant future we’re all gonna have 3D printers in our homes, and our kids are going to print off fully-auto machine guns and hi-capacity mags and buy ammo through the internet. We’ll be wishing they smoke pot or shoplift at that point.
It was fun seeing the president of the NRA talking with a hand gun with a scope mounted on it in the background. 12 year old boys think he’s so awesome.
And someone points out the fact that the explosion of gun homicides in America can be traced back to the invention of the Colt revolver. This is why people are after hi-capacity mags - mass shootings wouldn’t really happen if people had flintlocks and had to reload after every shot.
Maybe the 3D printer will destroy the gun lobby like the mp3 destroyed the recording industry, but instead of everyone carrying around an iPod, they’ll be carrying around the most deadly weapons ever known to civilian mankind. Yay?
Instead of hating the working poor, pretending they’re just lazy, and punishing them by denying the Medicaid Expansion, why don’t you focus on understand just why people can work 40 hours per week and still be poor enough to qualify for Medicaid? Isn’t that the real tragedy here? Isn’t this Iowa culture of grinding poverty the truly expensive program, which your administration is codifying into law? Your legacy will be that of The Rich Man’s Politician if you don’t stop this nonsense of trying to give away our BILLION dollar surplus to the wealthiest property owners, while looking for any and every excuse to grind the working poor into dust. Which one of those groups needs financial help? Hint: it’s the Iowans who work full time and can’t afford health insurance. You should feel shame over your hateful policies. Shape up, and remember that your constituency isn’t just the idle rich.
“This is what Whole Foods Market CEO John Mackey actually said:
The union is like having herpes. It doesn’t kill you, but it’s unpleasant and inconvenient, and it stops a lot of people from becoming your lover. “
Automobiles are equipment that is designed and manufactured to transport people and objects. Sometimes they kill people or destroy property. They are not designed to do so, but they still do sometimes. Because of all the times that auto owners were not insured and also not able to recompense injured parties, the public (including uncompensated victims of auto accidents and auto crimes) demanded that a solution to this problem be created. The policymakers responded by ruling that all auto owners be required to purchase liability insurance to recompense any injured parties.
Guns are equipment that is designed and manufactured to destroy property or end life. And guns often accomplish these design objectives. So it seems to make sense that owners of this equipment should be required to purchase liability insurance.
I’m starting to come to the same conclusion, Pat. It’s not just assault rifles; semi-auto pistols with hi-cap mags are used to spray street corners with so many bullets, with bystanders caught in the indiscriminate crossfire. Even a revolver, with less than 10 rounds, is a problem due to its intrinsic conceal-ability. In the words of a Texas governor, who commented on a gun laws passed by his state in the late 1800s: the “mission of the concealed deadly weapon is murder. To check it is the duty of every self-respecting, law-abiding man.”
Now the NRA and ALEC has loosened state gun laws to the point of complete insanity, where almost anyone can carry a 33-round WMD in their pocket or on their hip; and with “Stand Your Ground” laws, if they shoot and kill someone, they may not even be charged with any crime (like George Zimmerman when he killed Trayvon Martin, he wasn’t charged until national outrage ensued). All this carnage, murder, and mayhem is brought to you by the gun manufacturers’ lobby, in order to sell more guns to civilians, in concert with a minority of paranoid citizens who don’t seem to consider anyone’s welfare but their own as they indulge their gun fetishism.
As David Wheeler, whose first-grade son was killed in his elementary school at Newtown said: “The liberty of any person to own a military-style assault weapon and a high-capacity magazine and keep them in their home is second to the right of my son to his life.” I agree, and I think it’s time to both realize that no individual rights granted by our constitution are absolute, and that the constitution binds policymakers to provide for our general welfare.
Texas Gov. quote:
David Wheeler quote:
Guess what happens. When the NRA designs a national program for armed volunteers to be inside all our kids’ schools across the nation…
Wait for it…
More guns get sold.
Yep. A metric fuckton of guns gets sold to this new volunteer private army that the gun manufacturers designed and deployed on our nation’s teaching institution.
But… guess who picks up the tab?
Guess who pays to arm all these “volunteers” who will walk around our children with guns.
Wait for it…
It’s us. We, the citizens of the United States. We get charged to arm a private army to walk around our children’s schools with loaded guns.
The gun industry has told us that this is our only option. The gun industry has told us that we do not have the option of limiting the amount of military-style guns in this nation. The gun industry has told us that our only option is to buy more guns.
The industry that sells guns… has told us that our only option is to buy guns.
When a man walks into your child’s elementary school and murders 20 six-year-olds in a matter of minutes with a butcher knife, then let the controversy be about “butcher knife control”. But that’s not ever what happens. It’s always a military-style gun or a handgun with hi-capacity magazines that kills a bunch of people at the movie theater or fundraiser or elementary school.
This is really much more simple than the NRA makes it.
You realize I’m a gun owner, right? I’ve shot animals and targets and clay pigeons and all that great American Freedumb Liberty Bald Eagle These Colors Don’t Run YouBetcha TruckNutz.
And guess what? I never once thought, as I was shooting at a clay pigeon with a shotgun, that I needed a 33 round clip. Or as I was shooting a 9mm hand gun at an oil can, that it’s good that people can order military guns and 100 round drum-clips and 10,000 rounds of ammo - all over the internet.
What the fuck is wrong with some gun control? Oh, yeah, you guys think you have some “right” to RPGs and plutonium dirty bombs because the NRA and justice Scalia suddenly said (after 200 years) it’s what the Founding Fathers totally meant by “Bear Arms”.
The Framers didn’t write a rule about hunting guns, because hunting guns were flintlocks, and flintlocks weren’t being used to walk into elementary schools to murder 20 six-year-olds in a matter of minutes. They didn’t have that problem, so they didn’t think to write a law about it. The problem that was fresh in their mind was that they were paying taxes to a gov’t and not getting much in return, so they fought that government so they could set up their own government. To do that fighting they had to raise an army. So they figured they better write something about that process in the Constitution.
Now the NRA, who represents gun manufacturers, not deer hunters, told us all the 2nd Amendment means something it doesn’t. Lots of people believe that horseshit. This includes the right-leaning SCOTUS, which voted 5-4 that we should all buy hi-cap, hi-powered military weapons and leave ‘em out for psychos to walk into movie theaters and mow down kids while they’re out being kids.
omfg joe biden is doing looks into the camera like in the office when paul ryan speaks
- “You are bad and you should feel bad”—
Joe Biden on Paul Ryan
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