I read the news today, oh boy.

I read the news today, oh boy.

Another law abiding citizen shot and killed two people. She was a staunch supporter of gun ownership so she could protect herself and her daughters.

She shot and killed two people – her daughters. Apparently during a family argument.

She was a good-guy with a gun, until the moment she wasn’t.

She was then shot and killed by the police.

Another former law abiding citizen with a gun, shot and killed by the police.

She was a staunch supporter of gun ownership.

I’m sorry, NRA, but guns DO kill people. That’s what they’re designed to do. They’re designed to be the most lethal weapons available to the common citizen.

It has been written, “He who lives by the sword, dies by the sword.” The same is true of gun ownership.

Because we fear – bad guys breaking into our houses – government enslavement – monsters under our beds – no tragedy is horrific enough to move us to give up the right to possess guns. Mass murders – mall shoppers – movie goers – kindergartners – nightclubs – occurr so often they’re no longer shocking. Just sad.

Accepted as inevitable, it is the price of fear.

The Watering Hole: Wednesday, October 7, 2015: 2nd Amendment v. Education

By now you’ve probably read about the latest mass murder on a school campus. There’s always two predictable responses: 1) an outcry and a call for sensible gun regulations and 2) “guns don’t kill people, people kill people”.

Let’s face it, those who want to be armed to the teeth will, ’till their dying breath, say “you can have my gun when you pry it from my cold, dead fingers”.

Neither of these approaches has put an end to mass murders at our schools. It is time to try something different. Something radical.

The right to bear arms is carved into our Constitution via the 2nd Amendment. But there is no corresponding right to an education.

The solution is obvious. Shut down schools. Without schools, there will no longer be mass murders on school grounds. Kids can learn what they need to know from parents, grandparents and internet chat rooms.

Problem solved.

You’re welcome.

OPEN THREAD.

The Watering Hole: Wednesday, April 23, 2014, Now What?

Reports are coming in that hundreds of homeless families, many of them armed, have set up encampments on the Federal land near Bunkersville, Nevada, site of the recent standoff between citizen militia and the federal government.

Homeless advocates are claiming that if cows can live on federal land, rent free, people should be allowed to do so, also.

So far, federal agents do not seem inclined to intervene. Meanwhile, the smell of bbq beef wafts down the valley from the general direction of the homeless camps each evening.

OPEN THREAD.

ISN’T IT IRONIC?

ObamaCare was debated, crafted, negotiated, compromises made, meetings held, input given and finally passed over about a two-year period. It is not Universal Health Care, it is not Single Payer or Medicare for all. It is a huge gift to the insurance industry as now everyone must buy insurance or pay a tax to cover their medical costs. And it was upheld as constitutional by the Roberts Supreme Court.

And Republicans shut down the government unless ObamaCare is delayed until just before the 2014 congressional elections (at which time they’ll do this all over again). And if Republicans get what they want, the government gets to stay open for a few more weeks, when they will have new demands.

These same Republicans got fewer votes, but got a majority of the House thanks to their gerrymandering of congressional districts after the 2010 census. They represent a minority of the American people, but insist the country bow to their demands.

On an ironically related note, Republicans have long fought for the right of the mentally disturbed to buy assault rifles with 100 round magazines. If you don’t see how these are related and the impending irony, you haven’t studied enough history.

It’s Time To Talk About Our Guns

On Feb 26,2012, in Sanford, Florida, 17-year-old, 140-pound, Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by 28-year-old, 250-pound George Zimmerman. Zimmerman has said that it was a case of self-defense. Despite the many facts that have come to light since the shooting, Zimmerman remains a free man, who hasn’t yet been arrested. The Sanford Police report also raises some questions on its own, such as why less than one minute elapsed from the time 9-1-1 was called until the time the police arrived to find Trayvon Martin face down and dead. If accurate, it would mean that George Zimmerman could not wait one single minute from the time he was told they did not need him to follow Trayvon until the time he killed him. [NOTE: Many people have brought up the racial aspects of this case, but since race has nothing whatsoever to do with the discussion I am having here, I have intentionally left those aspects out. I completely agree that had Zimmerman been black and his victim a 17-year-old white male, he would have been arrested immediately. But let’s save the racial aspects for another discussion.]

Although Zimmerman’s lawyer has said his client would not be invoking it, at the middle of this controversy is a law known colloquially as the “Stand Your Ground Law.” It says, in essence, that if you reasonably believe your life is in danger, you can use deadly force to defend yourself. The law was modeled on laws designed and written by ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, a conservative group of legislators and corporations that propose bills to be passed by the states. Believe me when I say they are not acting in your best interests. They are dangerous, and the laws they’ve helped pass have put innocent people in danger. They must be exposed and dealt with, but for now we as a nation must once and for all settle this matter of what the true meaning and intent of the Second Amendment is, and what role guns should have in our Society.

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Birthers and the 2nd Amendment

Look, now, how the stage is being set for armed insurrection:

* Gun sales have hit record highs since Obama was elected. Those that lead the Neo-Con movement have proclaimed that Obama wants to take away their guns.

* Mainstream media has given voice to those who decry everything Obama does as Socialist, and equate his administration with the Nazis.

* The “birth certificate” issue is re-raised, questioning Obama’s legitimacy to hold the office of President of the United States.

The stage is set for one or more fanatics, who, in the firm belief that they are acting in the best interest of the United States of America, to attempt to assassinate the President.

Now, throw in the latest “race” controversy surrounding the arrest of a highly respected black professor and the fuse is lit.

Let’s face it, millions of people firmly believe that Obama is not the lawful President of the United States. Odds are, some of them are crazy enough to want to take the law into their own hands.

And now we learn that there are racists even within the Department of Homeland Security. Bigotry and intolerance will not go down without a fight. And with mainstream media stoking the fires for its own perverse profits, a peaceful outcome is the least likely scenario.