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WHY WOULD WE EVER TALK TO THEM?

Sunday, April 15th, 2018

April 15, 2018

 

by Elliot Fineman

Founder and CEO

National Gun Victims Action Council  

 

 

It has been two months since the Parkland high school massacre yet shocking, hateful comments continue to surface from public pro-gun figures. Most recently, Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, tweeted that students who marched in the National School Walkout Day should “pick up a history book and you’ll realize what happens when u give up freedoms and why we have them.” To emphasize her idiotic point, she included an image of shoes of Holocaust victims.

 

 

Ms. Thomas should be the one picking up a history book. Instead she displays her utter ignorance by citing the Hitler analogy which has been disproved so many times. In point of fact, had the Jews not had their guns confiscated by the Nazis, there would have been 135,000 Jewish men and young boys who would have had guns (presumably rifles) and, according to Ms. Thomas and the pro-gunners, been able to do what no invaded country such as France, Hungary, Poland, Austria and the Netherlands had been able to do: defeat the might and power of the Third Reich.

 

The absurdity of this position is matched only by the delusional assertion that the students who marched for improving gun safety laws in fact really want to give up their freedoms. (Misguided pro-gun sentiment evidently runs in the family. In 2016, Clarence Thomas broke decades of total silence on the bench to observe that the right to own a gun should not be infringed upon by a mere misdemeanor for domestic violence, thus advocating the absolute right of domestic abusers to purchase and own guns.)

 

But there’s more. Jamie Allman, another distinguished idiot and a conservative TV and radio commentator in the St. Louis area, said that he would use a “hot poker” on Parkland spokesman David Hogg.

 

Not to be undone, Leslie Gibson, a declared Republican candidate for the Maine House of Representatives called Parkland activist Emma Gonzalez a “skinhead lesbian” in a tweet.

 

Better known distinguished idiots also weighed in. Fox News’ Laura Ingraham taunted David Hogg over being rejected from colleges and NRA board member Ted Nugent called the Parkland shooting survivors “liars” and “poor, mushy-brained children” and urged people to “keep your gun handy” to shoot those who agree with them on sight.

 

The inability of pro-gunners to empathize with gun violence survivors but rather to openly attack them defies belief. It is like attacking victims of a plane or train crash who are seeking better transportation safety laws. It is downright ghoulish.

It is reminiscent of the Westboro Baptist Church which dishonored the funerals of U.S. soldiers who died in combat with anti-LGBT accusations and slurs.

 

It is naive to think there can be any point in conversation with pro-gunners like this about gun safety regulations or reform. They have nothing to say and cannot hear. Best of all, we do not need to waste a moment talking to them. We have the numbers (100 million who want gun safety laws versus one million who want none). We can end the gun violence epidemic quickly, on our own. I discuss how to do this in my upcoming book to be released in June.

 

 

NRA Puppet of the Week- Missouri State Senator Rob Schaaf SECOND AWARD

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

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In February you were NRA Puppet of the Week for blocking mandatory reporting of stolen guns. Why? It would amount to “telling law enforcement that I own it to begin with” you thundered and hence a registry. (“We are just a few Supreme Court justices away from losing our Second Amendment rights…and then they will come knocking on your door to come take away your gun,” you added at a public forum.)
 
Your anti-government paranoia has also made Missouri the only state in the union without an opioid drug registry to flag abusers and suppliers. “I’m protecting other people?s liberty,? you explained. Physician-trained lawmaker accepting gun and drug deaths as “the price of liberty”.
 
YOU, SENATOR ROB SCHAAF, ARE THE NRA PUPPET OF THE WEEK.
 
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Guns Are Not a Medical Problem Yell Advocates As Taxpayers Pick Up Gun Violence Costs

Monday, March 17th, 2014

Like other extortionists, gun advocates are never satisfied. The Supreme Court affirmed their Second Amendment rights in 2008. They have Concealed Carry laws in all 50 states. They defeated all federal legislation after Sandy Hook and no federal gun laws have been passed for almost 20 years. There is no registry, no limits on military style weapons or magazine capacity, no regulation of gun show and private sales, no mandatory reporting of stolen guns and no requirement of insurance. (We, the taxpayers pick up most of the cost of gun homicides and injuries.) If the NRA has its way, even a mental health or domestic battery conviction won’t stand in the way of a someone’s “right” to own a gun. Hey, this is America.

But even though they storm public meetings and heckle gun survivors, even though they stalked unarmed mothers against gun violence outside a mall in Texas last year, even though they threaten journalists and lawmakers, gun advocates feel persecuted. Their rights are being violated and they are victims!

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I can’t take my gun into a library in Illinois? You’re trying to confiscate my guns. Background checks for all gun buyers? You’re trying to confiscate my guns. Mandatory reporting of stolen guns? You’re trying to confiscate my guns. How many gun advocates does it take to change a light bulb? You’re trying to confiscate my guns.

This paranoid, black and white thinking also flatters gun advocates that they are important enough to be marked by the authorities. It is exciting to feel persecuted and a victim of a conspiracy theory. In fact their fear of confiscation is reminiscent of another C-word fear identified by Freud which is characterized by “overwhelming fear of damage to, or loss of” certain anatomical parts.

The gun lobby’s agenda would be funny if it weren’t deadly. Its insatiable demands are their own satire. Mandatory gun ownership? Yes said the town of Nelson, Georgia. No training for anyone who wants to walk around with a loaded lethal weapon? Yes says South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley. Bring guns into mental health facilities where mentally ill and violent people are housed? Yes said Illinois gun advocates as they lobbied to loosen the new carry law this month in Springfield. Nullify federal gun laws and arrest federal agents? Yes say secession-minded states.

Now gun advocates are gunning for Dr. Vivek Murthy nominated for Surgeon General. Dr. Murthy’s recognition of gun violence as the public health problem it is has put “him squarely in the sights of pro-gun advocates like the Washington Times‘ Emily Miller and a possible 2016 presidential candidate, aka Senator Rand Paul,” says a Huffington Post piece.

The NRA’s Marion Hammer has also meddled in medicine, trying to make it illegal for a doctor to ask if there is a gun in the home. Gun violence is none of a doctor’s business says the NRA yet it is doctors who patch up the thousands of gun shot victims it creates. Is that none of their business too?

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Quinn Expected to Sign Bill Shielding the Identities of Illinois Gun Owners

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

It is outrageous and paradoxical. The gun owners claim the need to carry a
gun in public is for self defense and that if criminals think the person
they are attacking has a gun they will not attack. So it would stand to
reason that if the criminals knew you had a gun at home they would not break
in and so you would be safer. But safety is not their concern. The real
reason they oppose this is their fear that if the government knows who has
guns, the government can them take them away.

But they do not take into account that if the government wanted your guns
they do not need to know who owns them. The government would pass a law
that all guns had to be turned in in 60 days and anyone not turning them in
would go to jail for 20 years and be fined $1,000,000 dollars. Then they

would make anyone who knew someone that had not turned the gun in an
accomplice and they would go to jail for 10 years and be fined $500,000.
Finally, the government would bribe people to turn in the names of people
who still had guns. But these simple minded gun owners do not think of
these kinds of these logical threads.

The NRA does not want people who own guns to be known as it is a way, like
the tobacco companies did when they knew for years that smoking caused lung
cancer, to hide the information. It would turn out that many of these law
abiding citizens were in fact committing crimes and murders with their guns.

In addition, the pro gunners argue that owning a gun is a constitutional
right (2nd amendment) and they should not have to identify themselves to
exercise a constitutional right. They conveniently forget (or cannot
connect) that voting is a constitutional right and you need to register
(with name and address) to exercise this constitutional right.

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