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These mass shooters have “rights” says the gun lobby

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015


One of the gun lobby’s biggest assets is the public’s short memory. Who remembers that Army Specialist Ivan Lopez shot 18 and killed 3 at Fort Hood last year? People barely remember that Alison Parker and Adam Ward were killed on-camera six weeks ago during a newscast.


This summer’s bloodshed in a church, movie theaters and at recruitment stations followed by shooting deaths on three US campuses in one week has roused politicians out of their deep gun denial. Clearly, a Congress that thought universal background checks, an assault weapons ban and better trafficking laws were too extreme after Sandy Hook, won’t be swayed by fifty new bereaved parents of slain college kids.


Still, there is a big difference between President Obama taking “executive actions” as politicians and anti-gun violence groups urge and invoking a true state of emergency. When the country is faced with large-scale danger, the President can declare a National State of Emergency which allows bypass of federal laws to protect citizens. During the swine flu epidemic in 2009, the President suspended laws governing hospital procedures, patient treatment and federal funding to save lives, as 20,000 were hospitalized and 1,000 died.


The gun lobby maintains that gun laws don’t work because “criminals don’t obey laws” but it is one of the lobby’s most lethal lies. The Virginia Tech, Northern Illinois, Tucson, Santa Barbara, Navy Yard, Fort Hood and Aurora killers were legal gun owners as were the recent Charleston, Chattanooga, Lafayette, Roanoke, Roseburg and Flagstaff murder suspects. In fact, most mass shooters have no trouble buying gun after legal gun. (We don’t know about the gunman who killed a Texas Southern University student the same day as the NAU Flagstaff shooting, because he is still at large.)




Not only do mass shooters follow gun laws, there is a chilling intentionality to their murders. Purdue University student Cody Cousins who shot and killed a teaching assistant in a classroom last year, legally purchased his gun a week before the murder. Aaron Alexis bought his legal gun at Sharpshooters in Lorton, VA two days before he killed 12 at the Washington Naval Yard in 2013.


Yet according to the gun lobby (and the pols in its thrall), gun lovers with arsenals and stockpiled ammo, who watch violent videos all day and issue social media threats have “rights” until they shoot our kids. On the tip of a woman whose former boyfriend was collecting strobe and laser enhanced assault weapons despite a domestic violence conviction, NGVAC notified the Glendale, AZ and Henderson, NV police departments both of whom told us he had “gun rights” until he killed. What?


When mentally unbalanced and homicidal gun enthusiasts can buy weapon after legal weapon for their mass shootings, the nation is beyond the need for “executive actions.” It is time to declare a state of emergency.


Tell President Obama it is time to declare a state of emergency–before the next copycat mass shooting.

Who is a Bad Guy? Someone Who Makes You Mad?

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

Gun advocates have managed to legalize “concealed carry” in every state and recently on Texas campuses so they are ready for “bad guys.”


But how do you know a bad guy? On the first day of Georgia’s “guns everywhere all the time” law, one carrier accosted another in a convenience store–both thinking the other might be a bad guy. Maybe they should have been wearing white hats.


In the last two years in Florida, often called the Gunshine state, men carrying Skittles, popcorn and playing loud music have been mistaken for bad guys and shot dead on the spot. Sorry about that.


Last year, gun owners shot and killed an unarmed black woman, an unarmed elderly Alzheimer’s patient and an unarmed foreign exchange student on their property because they thought they were bad guys. Sorry about that too. Several times a year gun advocates shoot their own family members, thinking them bad guys trying to break into the house.


Another problem is that gun advocates’ definition of a bad guy changes when they get mad. A few weeks ago, a 74-year-old man who police say was lawfully carrying a concealed gun shot another motorist in the face in Warwick township, PA over a road rage incident. In February, Ashley R. Curry was charged with shooting Jamie J. Roland in the abdomen after a road rage incident in Columbia, PA. This month, in Omaha, police arrested Randolph Headrick for shooting at a motorist in another road rage incident. Hey, the motorist cut him off.


Sometimes a boss, doctor or authority figure seems like a bad guy. Last year, Tony DeFrances, a law-abiding citizen and chief technology officer got mad at his company’s CEO and fatally shot him in a Chicago Loop high-rise. Last January, Stephen Pasceri, described as a “churchgoing Army veteran and father of four,” got mad at cardiovascular surgeon Michael Davidson in Brigham and Women’s Hospital and shot him dead. Also last year, Michael Hrnciar, a “law-abiding citizen” who worked at an Illinois chemical business for ten years without incident, decided to ambush and murder a police officer because he got mad. Hrnciar may have been “law-abiding,” but he moved to gun-friendly Indiana from Illinois so he could legally carry a handgun.


Of course when gun advocates get mad, their families and loved ones can also appear like bad guys. This week, a Montana man killed his three children and wife. In the last year, there have been four other instances of men shooting and killing their whole families including Don Spirit who murdered his daughter and six grandchildren at his Florida home last summer.


The truth is when someone has easy access to a lethal weapon, anyone is or can be a “bad guy” if they make him mad.







NRA Puppet of the Week- Marion Hammer

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Most people think of you as the architect of Florida’s Stand Your Ground law that emboldened vigilantes like George Zimmerman and Michael Dunn. But you are also the brains behind Florida’s “Docs vs. Glocks” law recently deemed to be constitutional by a federal appeals court. “Physicians interrogating and lecturing parents and children about guns is not about gun safety. It is a political agenda to ban guns,” you explain.”Parents do not take their children to physicians for a political lecture against the ownership of firearms; they go there for medical care.” Yes including medical care for accidental shootings from the guns it is illegal to ask about.
Lobbyist Who Puts Gun Rights Over Children, You, Marion Hammer, are the NRA Puppet of the Week
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NRA Puppet of the Week- U.S. Circuit Judge Gerald Tjoflat

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

“The act simply codifies that good medical care does not require inquiry or record- keeping regarding firearms when unnecessary to a patient’s care.” That is what you said this week in declaring Florida’s “Docs vs. Glocks” law restricting what doctors can ask patients about guns constitutional. No matter that organizations representing 11,000 state health providers, including the Florida chapters of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Family Physicians oppose the pro gun ruling.
Judge who thinks guns are none of doctors’ business–until their services are needed for gunshot wounds, you JUDGE GERALD TJOFLAT are the NRA Puppet of the Week.
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Does Carrying a Gun Make Someone "See" Trouble? In These Recent Cases, Yes!

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

guns_everywhereEveryone has heard the expression, “if the only tool you have is a hammer, everything will look like a nail.” As lethal shootings continue to find self-deputized armed citizens in court, the saying apparently applies to “carriers.” Once vigilante-style cop wannabas are armed, anyone from a kid carrying Skittles or playing music too loud to someone texting his daughter or throwing popcorn at the movie theater looks like a “bad guy” to be shot and killed.

Last spring, anti-gun violence author and activist Heidi Yewman explored the psychology of carrying a gun in a widely read online diary called “My Month With a Gun.” Yewman, author of Beyond the Bullet decided to buy and carry a Glock 9mm handgun because she “wondered what would it be like to be that good guy with a gun. What would it be like to get that gun, live with that gun, be out and about with that gun.”

Procuring a gun was easy. “The whole thing took 7 minutes. As a gratified consumer, I thought, ‘Well, that was easy.’ Then the terrifying reality hit me, ‘Holy hell, that was EASY.’ Too easy. I still knew nothing about firearms,” wrote Yewman. Both the gun dealer who sold Yewman her Glock and a policeman she randomly asked for help in ascertaining if there were bullets in the chamber, knew she was walking around with a lethal weapon she knew nothing about. Hey, this is America!

Soon owning the Glock changed Yewman’s actual thinking. “Before I had a gun, I would go to sleep thinking about what I’d make for dinner tomorrow or how to help my son on a project or remind myself to pay a bill I’d forgotten. With a gun, all I thought about were the sounds I heard at night. I would lie awake thinking: ‘Is someone breaking in? How fast can I get to the gun? Will they hear me? How much time do I have before they get to my bedroom? What if they go to my son’s room first? Will I shoot them in the face or heart or stomach?'”

Seeing trouble because you are armed is a new and deadly theme seen in recent gun violence. In the last year, gun owners have killed their own family members, new neighbors, stranded motorists and an Alzheimer victim thinking them “intruders.”

Curtis Reeves, a retired police officer accused of killing Chad Oulson and wounding his wife Nicole at a movie theater in Wesley Chapel, Florida apparently thought his life was threatening by another patron texting and throwing popcorn. Defendant Michael Dunn discharged his concealed weapon nine times allegedly killing 17-year-old Jordan Davis because he felt “threatened” by loud music. Dunn did not mention seeing a weapon to his fiancée after the shooting, according to court testimony, nor did he even report the shooting to police. Chalk one up to civilian justice! George Zimmerman, of course, was threatened by murdered teen Trayvon Martin even though it was Zimmerman who had the gun. And almost every week armed road ragers shoot at other motorists because they feel “threatened” when cut off in traffic.

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How Many Gun Lovers Does it Take to Change a Light Bulb? It Wouldn't Need Changing if it Weren't in a Gun-Free Zone!

Monday, January 27th, 2014


Is there any gun violence event that gun lovers won”t blame on not enough guns or a gun-free zone? President Reagan and three others shot by John Hinckley, Jr. in 1981? It was practically a gun-free zone–except for the Secret Service! The Pope shot two years later–where was security? Mass shootings at the Washington Navy Yard, LAX, Fort Hood, Columbine, Virginia Tech? Why didn”t they have armed civilians instead of armed guards?


The gun lobby”s relatively new meme of “gun-free” zone offends on many levels. It disses law enforcement personnel who risk and give their lives when gun violence breaks out. (Earlier this month, Elkhart, IN police saved the life of a store manager even as the gunman was poised to kill him.)


It insults the public”s casinos The reason the Tucson, Aurora, Virginia Tech, Navy Yard, LAX, Purdue and Maryland mall shootings happened is not because sick young men pass their background checks with flying colors often days before their rampages but because there weren”t George Zimmermans present!!


It flatters the gun lovers. These “tough guy” bullies deem themselves the REAL law enforcers not our trusted and trained law enforcement personnel. Shootings happen because the civilian paranoid corps is blocked, say the gun worshippers and we “only” have real law enforcement. It is reminiscent of the old bumper sticker, “If you hate the police, next time you”re in trouble call a hippie.”  Next time we”re in trouble let”s call George Zimmerman.




The “not enough guns” meme is embarrassingly transparent. Gun carriers and lovers are among the least brave, most cowardly people on earth. They are literally afraid to go places where children, old people and 100 lb. women go every day unless they have their lethal weapons! Yet they try to turn their cowardice, paranoia and lack of bravery into some kind of public service in which they are actually protecting you and me!  A good example is Curtis Reeves who allegedly saved the public from someone throwing popcorn in a Florida movie theater this month by shooting him dead. Good thing he had that gun to protect us! (Though clearly more guns are needed at the movies so good guys like Reeves can be shot if they turn into bad guys when shooting bad guys themselves. In fact, let”s hold movies on firing ranges and issue white and black hats just to be on the safe side.)


The “not enough guns” meme is nonsensical and delusional. Of 62 mass shootings in the United States since 1984, not one has been stopped by an armed civilian reports Mother Jones magazine including the Tucson shooting in gun friendly Arizona. Police do not want civilians involved in shootouts nor are cop wannabes even able to get out a shot in many cases as tested by a 20/20 experiment. Of course the gunosphere is full of anecdotes about someone”s brother-in-law”s roommate”s dog groomer who stopped a criminal by flashing his firepower and puffing his chest. Wheee! But they remain anecdotes. Like the fish that got away, the “enforcers” never seem to have a police report to back them up because they didn”t report the incident. Don”t they want to stop criminals?


The last danger with the “not enough guns” meme is verifiability. Most law-abiding “good guy” avengers are self-proclaimed. Chances are Darion Marcus Aguilar thought of himself as a good guy as he allegedly strode into the skate shop Zumiez yesterday and killed two. After all, he passed his background check! Cody Cousins probably also thought of himself as a good guy as he allegedly murdered teaching assistant and Eagle Scout Andrew Boldt at Purdue last week.



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