Unfortunately, the country's Founding Fathers didn't reckon on the vile and authoritarian National Rifle Association when they penned our Constitution's Second Amendment. Nor did they ever think that elected representatives, who are sent to the nation's capitol to promote the general welfare, would be so lily-livered as to kiss the ring of a lobbying organization with a membership totaling fewer than 1.4% of the American population. Hell, if there were such an organization as the American Society of One-Armed Chicken Venters, it would have more members.
How ashamed the Founders would be of us.
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Wayne LaPierre is on a rant against gun reform. Not just any rant, mind you. This is an all-out tirade boiling over with unmitigated racism, while reminding us that the NRA is the largest civil rights organization in the world.
What? Did LaPierre really say that? Yes, he very recently said that -- and more. Have you heard this one? Phoenix is one of the kidnapping capitols in the world? Yes, you have. John McCain said in 2010 that Phoenix is the second kidnapping capitol in the world. While I have recently expressed my displeasure with NRA mouthpieces calling gun ownership a civil right, it is important to reiterate that the Phoenix kidnapping capitol thingy
is pure bullshit has been thoroughly debunked.
We've got violent Latino gangs, a porous Mexican border that lets in gangs of murderers, rapists, and robbers -- and Al-Qaeda! We've got gangs of marauding something-or-others in Brooklyn, Obama using some trumped-up massacre to take our guns, and a collapsing civilization if we enact any intelligent form of gun reform. Whew!
However, concerning LaPoop's claim that South Brooklyn became a hellish world of apocalyptic violence after Hurricane Sandy, one business owner said of the NRA maggot, He's a f---ing idiot. In fact, an NYPD spokesman even refuted his allegation, saying: (In) the 60th Precinct in Coney Island, it was hardly hell week — there were no murders, no rapes and no shootings.
But hold on there, dear readers, we're not through with the crazy yet. Ms. Lindsey (Graham) had to come up with something heady to salve the worries of the 2014 voting constituents in South Carolina. Before Wayne-Boy had his say, Graham tried to scare the hell out of Americans in January by giving this piece of sage advice for owning an AR-15: In 1992 you had the riots in Los Angeles. I think it was the King event, but you could find yourself in this country in a lawless environment through a natural disaster or a riot. … And the story was about a place called Koreatown. There were marauding gangs going through the area, burning stores, looting and robbing … and raping.
However, as The Grio points out, Of course, there is no evidence of marauding rape gangs in Koreatown during the 1992 riots, but that’s not the point of Graham or LaPierre’s rants. The point is to terrify Americans who don’t fall into the ethnic categories their comments are targeting, into buying more, and deadlier weapons, out of fear.
Quite frankly, I'd rather take my chances with the marauding gangs than those law-abiding, real-American men who use guns as testosterone enhancement therapy.
After the Connecticut Effect Dissipates...
While NRA headquarters has, for the most part, been loath to mention the words Sandy Hook, it appears that at least one state NRA lobbyists is not so squeamish. Last week the Wisconsin NRA lobbyist, Bob Welch, had an unfortunate case of verbal diarrhea when he lamented at the state convention that until the public stops focusing on the Newtown shooting it would be impossible for the NRA to push bills like Stand Your Ground through the legislature. We have a strong agenda coming up for next year, but of course a lot of that’s going to be delayed as the “Connecticut effect” has to go through the process.
These remarks caused some heartburn (heh) at HQ, causing an NRA spokesperson to assure Talking Points Memo that Bob Welch is neither a staff lobbyist nor a contract lobbyist for the National Rifle Association and added that Welch does not speak for the NRA.
Death by Calphalon
Expect the next fashion trend to be a holster for your favorite frying pan. Why? you ask. Well, because according to one Georgia state legislator, Bill Jackson (R-Demented), They’re killin’ people with frying pans. They’re killin’ people with hammers! There’s more murders with hammers last year than there was shotguns, pistols and AK-47s.
Back in the real world, the FBI states that statistics from 2011 reveal that firearms accounted for 67.7 percent of all murders and blunt objects (including frying pans and hammers) accounted for 3.9 percent.
No word on how many mass murders have been committed with frying pans or hammers, but Politicususa is still looking. If they find some, I'll get back to ya.
Not Enough Money for Hate
One bit of bright news last week was that the Tea Party's Day of Resistance, scheduled for February 23rd, failed to reach its fundraising goals. Can I hear a collective Awww? Yep, the big event needed $100,000 to proceed after its drop-dead (no pun intended) collection date; it garnered a mere $26,000. Not to fear! They have pledged to do better in the future. (What, are the Koch Brothers not answering their phones these days?)
There was great skepticism over the veracity of this chart, which shows that more people in the U.S. have been killed by guns since 1960 than have been killed in all of our wars. However, as it turns out, it's true. And very chilling.
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