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NRA Puppet of Week- Rep. Paul Broun (R-Georgia)

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

When Georgia’s “Guns Everywhere” law was under consideration, you swore that crime would go down. “We know that when law-abiding citizens who know how to utilize a firearm have one on their person, it helps prevent crime,” you told Newsmax TV. But on the first day the law went into effect, two law-abiding carriers at an unnamed convenience store got into an altercation over, well, whether they were law-abiding carriers. The first man demanded to see the second man’s firearms permit and ID. When the second man refused, the first man drew his gun.
Lawmaker Whose Idea of “Preventing” Crime Causes It You, Representative Paul Broun, are the NRA Puppet of the Week.
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What Would Jesus Pack? Guns Now Welcomed in Georgia Churches

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Days after the Rev. Kenneth Walker was killed in Phoenix with a .357-caliber gun owned by fellow priest Rev. Joseph Terra, Georgia churches are welcoming guns. Thanks to arguably the most lenient US gun law ever passed, church goers no longer have to risk being attacked and mugged by bad guys in the pews.

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Luckily some religious leaders see the obscenity of armed worship. “I saw this as a wonderful opportunity to talk about what it means to be a follower of Jesus in the 21st Century,” said Bishop Robert Wright of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta whose109 parishes will not welcome firearms. “Even though permission has been given to have guns everywhere, that stops for us at the sanctuary. This is a gun-free zone.”

But other religious leaders, in Georgia and elsewhere, seem comfortable with armed sanctuaries and even “carry” themselves. They often say they “pray” that they never have to use their lethal weapons and kill someone as opposed to, say, turning the other cheek.

A year ago, prominent Atlanta bishop William Henry Murphy III allegedly tried to board a airplane with a loaded 9 mm handgun at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Atlanta’s airport led the nation in such gun confiscations even before Georgia’s new law. Authorities also found 10 rounds of ammunition in the minister’s bag. He “forgot” about his lethal carry-on, said Murphy.

In March, the Rev. John Koletas of the Grace Baptist Church in Troy, New York, announced plans to raffle off a Smith & Wesson M&P semi-automatic rifle during a Sunday service. Why? To honor “hunters and gun owners who have been so viciously attacked by the antichristian socialist media and antichristian socialist politicians the last few years,” said the peace-loving pastor.

And last month, Pastor Heath Mooneyham of Ignite Church in Joplin, Missouri also raffled off lethal weapons, The grand prize in the raffle was a Black Rain AR-15, which Pastor Mooneyham called “the Lamborghinis of AR-15s.” The pastor says he is not encouraging violence because, “The first murder recorded in the Bible was with a rock” and “If we can get more people to follow Jesus, I’ll give away 1,000 guns. I don’t care.” Ignite Church is a youth oriented ministry with live music and counter culture elements used in worship.

Then, there is the Pentecostal preacher James McAbee, of the Lighthouse Worship Center in Beaumont, Texas, who wears two loaded guns to church, one on his hip and one on his ankle. His wife also packs for church. Rev. McAbee is such a gun enthusiast, he also teaches gun classes. Is he cultivating violence? No, he says citing Psalm 144:1, which reads “The Lord has trained me for battle”; and Luke 22:36, in which Jesus instructs the disciples to arm themselves.

Many gun carrying religious leaders say they are “carrying” because it is a different world today. Right. It is a world in which religious leaders are willing to kill.

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Why Can't a “Law-Abiding Citizen" Carry Ricin?

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

ITGS_comp_screen BLACKWhy Can’t a “Law-Abiding Citizen” Carry Ricin?

By Elliot Fineman


Part of the IT’S THE GUNS, STUPID Series

“Law-abiding” citizens have the right to carry guns to defend themselves” is the meme that drives our gun laws. Relying on this meme, laws have been passed that allow concealed and open-carried guns in public places ranging from restaurants, bars and movies, to churches and offices. Georgia’s “Guns Everywhere” law is the most extreme law a state has ever passed, ironically after one of the nation’s biggest gun violence incidents, at Sandy Hook elementary school in late 2012.

Here in Illinois, Circuit Judge Richard Posner cited the rights of law-abiding citizens to self-defense in overturning Illinois’ ban on concealed weapons–yet the Supreme Court’s 2008 Heller decision never mentions the individual’s right to carry a gun for self-defense–only to have it in the home. Nor does the Second Amendment mention “self-defense” or even “firearms.” Clearly, judges themselves have bought the “meme.”

The insanity of our guns laws is demonstrated by a conversation I had with someone after a talk I gave who did not agree that we need better gun laws. I asked him if he were familiar with ricin, a substance that is so poisonous that a dose the size of a few grains of table salt can kill an adult human. He said yes he was.

Well, I said, I am a law-abiding citizen and under the Second Amendment I have the right to carry ricin to defend myself and my family. The Second Amendment doesn’t say anything about guns or firearms–it just mentions “arms” and, according to the United Nations, there are at least 33 different types of arms. What do you think about me carrying ricin for self-defense, I asked.

The gun advocate said he did not feel too good about it because it was “pretty dangerous and you could kill a lot of people.”

In point of fact, in the U.S., ricin is so controlled that scientists must register with Health and Human Services before they can possess it to use for their research. A Mississippi man was recently sentenced to 25 years in federal prison for mailing ricin-tainted letters. Would anyone in the U.S. tolerate “law-abiding citizens” carrying ricin–even if there were a lucrative ricin lobby pushing universal ricin carrying like there is for guns? Would anyone tolerate citizens carrying ricin if it were responsible for 30,000 U.S. deaths a year?

I often end my talks about the need for sane gun laws in the U.S. by saying there is one country where the government imposes no gun regulations. People can have all the weapons they want and take them anywhere whether they are criminals, mentally ill, have vendettas, have no training or are children. The government never gets in the way of their “gun rights” or imposes gun laws or restrictions. That country is Somalia.


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