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5 Huge Gun Lobby Lies Exposed During This Summer’s Bloodshed

Monday, August 1st, 2016

 

From “bad guys don’t obey gun laws” to “it takes a good guy with a gun to stop a bad guy with a gun,” gun lobby dogma is repeated so often it appears true. But this summer’s bloodshed reveals how illogical and insulting the banal sayings are.

 

Wayne LaPierre - Google SearchHere are some of the biggest lies.

 

  1. The Only Thing That Stops a Bad Guy With A Gun Is a Good Guy With A Gun

 

Thanks to Texas carry laws, there were so many carriers at the Dallas protest that ended in 12 police officers being shot, law enforcement did not know the “good guys with guns” from the “bad guys with guns.” But none of the good guys with guns, who consider themselves citizen law enforcers, stopped the bad guy or spared law enforcement officers being shot.

 

Last year National Gun Victims Action Council (NGVAC) studied the role of training in gun self-defense, using simulators, at the Prince George’s County police department in Maryland–with shocking results. Even with their guns drawn, highly trained civilians were “killed” and failed to stop bad guys. “They didn’t attempt to issue commands to their assailants. Their trigger fingers were either too itchy — they shot innocent bystanders or unarmed people, or not itchy enough — they didn’t shoot armed assailants until they were already being shot at,” said the Washington Post.

 

In a growing number of states, gun advocates have made it illegal to require training for carriers because it is a violation of “gun rights.” Why should people carrying a lethal weapon know how to handle and use it? How many municipalities knew the thousands they could save by realizing police training and retraining is optional?

 

  1. Criminals Don’t Obey Gun Laws

 

Omar Mateen, the Orlando shooter who killed 49 people and wounded 53, was a legal gun owner. So were Micah Johnson, who shot 12 Dallas police officers, and Gavin Long who shot six Baton Rouge police officers. Singer Christina Grimmie’s murderer, an apparent deranged fan in Orlando, had no criminal record. Allen Ivanov, who allegedly killed three people in Mulilteo, Washington on Saturday, was a legal gun owner. The Austin shooter, who killed one and wounded four on Saturday, has not yet been identified.

 

Criminals do obey laws. In fact, of 81 mass shooters since 1981, all but 12 were legal gun owners says Mother Jones.

 

  1. Gun-Free Zones Cause Gun Violence

 

When mass shootings occur in gun prevalent zones like the recent Dallas and Baton Rouge police shootings, the NRA likes to change the subject. Last year, gunmen attacked the “gun-free zones” (not) of the Dallas police station, Little Rock Air Force Base and Chattanooga recruitment centers. The gun lobby tried to pretend the Chattanooga recruitment centers were gun-free, but the military press reported that servicemen had personal weapons on them and shot back—saving no one and not stopping the murderer. Again, the good guys with guns did not stop the bad guys with guns. And yes, the murderer was a legal gun owner.

 

  1. Guns Provide Self-Defense

 

President Reagan was surrounded by hyper-vigilant Secret Service and local police officers but a would-be assassin with a cheap handgun was able to shoot all six of its bullets–hitting the president, his press secretary and two officers before being subdued. (Imagine how many people would have been hit if the assailant had a semi-automatic handgun.) Clearly, the element of surprise trumps training and preparedness whether President Reagan’s shooting or the 18 police officers shot this summer. Another example, of course, is the “American Sniper,” Chris Kyle, arguably the best shot in the United States but shot and killed on a gun range.

 

  1. High Capacity Magazines Make No Difference in Numbers Killed

 

After the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, parents testified that 11 children would be alive today if the murderer had had to reload. The NRA’s Wayne LaPierre (pictured) however, retorted that law-abiding gun owners often need high capacity magazines for “self-defense.” Right. Military style weapons and high capacity magazines are the clear choice of mass shooters including recent ones from the Dallas police murderer who used an AK-47 to the Baton Rouge police murderer who used an AK-15 style weapon to last week’s Mulilteo, Washington murderer who used an AR-15.

 

 

 

 

 

The Law-Hating NRA Rolls Out More Laws

Friday, November 20th, 2015

 

While the nation watches the NRA try to explain why people on the Terrorist Watch List have “gun rights” as reported by the New York Daily News (pictured) it’s easy to forget the NRA’s other mission: hunter rights. In 2006, the NRA helped Safari Club International defeat an amendment to the Marine Mammal Protection Act in the House of Representative in 2006 that banned the import of sport-hunted polar bear trophies from Canada. Yes polar bears.

 

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These Defeats Show the NRA is a Paper Tiger

Monday, January 12th, 2015

 

Many Americans think the NRA is powerful. It certainly blocked new gun legislation after the Sandy Hook shootings which it blamed on violent video games as it called for arming teachers. Right.

 

But soon after the Virginia Tech shootings, Georgia politicians served the NRA a resounding defeat. It tried to push a bill through allowing gun owners to hide firearms in their cars without even passing carry permit background checks. The bill also made it illegal for employers and property owners to ban guns on their property. The NRA even circulated a letter from Chris Cox, warning Georgia lawmakers if they tried to add hostile amendments or not vote, they could expect a bad grade from the gun group.

 

But despite its threats, the NRA couldn’t raise a vote and ended up getting its own “F.”

 

Things were even worse in Florida, the so-called Gunshine state where you don’t even need a permit to buy a firearm and can buy more than one at a time. A week after the Virginia Tech shootings, a guns-in-parking-lot bill was defeated in the Florida House of Representatives by a 10-4 vote!

 

Then there was the NRA’s ill-fated boycott of ConocoPhillips in 2005 when the energy giant dared to challenge the Oklahoma law preventing companies from banning loaded guns in employee cars and 12 employees were fired.

 

“ConocoPhillips went to federal court to attack your freedom,” NRA leader Wayne LaPierre thundered. “We’re going to make ConocoPhillips the example of what happens when a corporation takes away your Second Amendment rights. If you are a corporation that’s anti-gun, anti-gun owner, or anti-Second Amendment, we will spare no effort or expense to work against you, to protect the rights of your law-abiding employees.”

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But nothing happened! There was no limping quarterly report, no reaction from ConocoPhillips or palliative corporate statement. Not even a mention on the web site.

 

Did the NRA really think it could intimidate the nation’s largest integrated energy company like it does state politicians? Hello?

 

(And did the NRA really think Florida employers and property owners want its constituents blowing a fuse in their parking lots with loaded guns?)

 

Then there was the NRA’s anti-UN histrionics because the UN was clearly planning to grab Americans’ weapons. Everyone knows that. The NRA staged a demonstration outside the UN building on a day it was closed. (The press had a lot of fun with that.) The embarrassingly paranoid signs said “Support Our Human Right To Guns and Self-Defense, And Protest the Gun Control Schemes of the United Nations.”

 

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Are You Patronizing A Gun-Friendly Business?

Friday, December 19th, 2014

Corporations know how dangerous guns are. Why else do they ban guns in their boardrooms and corporate headquarters?

Yet the same corporations that know guns are dangerous and protect their officers are okay with their customers and employees exposed to gun risks. They don’t even put up signs warning customers they are entering a gun zone.

As the “carrier” movement has taken hold, many businesses simply cave to the belligerent gun lobby, afraid of its well-demonstrated wrath. After concealed carry became legal in Illinois earlier this year, NGVAC asked top businesses on Chicago’s Michigan avenue if they would now allow guns and most said they would follow “local laws,” implying that they would not block guns under the new law. The answer was disingenuous since property owners and businesses can always pre-empt local laws.

The truth is businesses want to stay on the sidelines and not get involved. But to not get “involved” in the NRA’s guns-everywhere-all-the-time agenda is to support it. It is appeasement. It is like the joke about how to escape an alligator that is chasing you and your friend–you don’t have to run faster than the alligator, just your friend.

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If an Illinois business does not put up a gun ban sign, chances are “carriers” are lurking among moms and children doing their Christmas shopping. Nice. These are the same businesses that ban cigarettes.

Being able to walk around with their guns is creepily important to gun lovers who are either scared to go where normal people go unarmed, devoid of an identity unless they can play a tough guy sheriff wannabe or both. “They’re not getting my money if they violate my rights” write gun lovers on NGVAC’s Facebook as if the public doesn’t have the “right” to be safe from lethal force when shopping or in a restaurant. And as if the Second Amendment protects “carrying” which it does not.

Yet when it comes to economic threats, gun advocates are all hat and no horse. In 2005, the NRA declared a boycott of ConocoPhillips because it dared to challenge the Oklahoma law preventing companies from banning loaded guns in employee cars.

“ConocoPhillips went to federal court to attack your freedom,” thundered Wayne LaPierre. “We’re going to make ConocoPhillips the example of what happens when a corporation takes away your Second Amendment rights. If you are a corporation that’s anti-gun, anti-gun owner, or anti-Second Amendment, we will spare no effort or expense to work against you, to protect the rights of your law-abiding employees.”

The NRA did make ConocoPhillips an example of what happens when a business stands up to the gun lobby: Nothing. Sales did not fall and there was no contrite ConocoPhillips statement–not even a mention on the web site. The consumer power of gun extremists was a joke. Three years earlier, a gun lover boycott of H&R Block was similarly underwhelming.

Gun extremists bellow loudly but they don’t have the money or the numbers to sway corporate America. That is why in the last few months Starbucks, Sonic Drive-In, Chili’s Grill & Bar, Chipotle, Jack in the Box and Target disinvited guns, joining other businesses like Peet’s, California Pizza Kitchen and Ikea.

There will be more as companies realize risking customer safety for the alleged “rights” of gun carriers doesn’t make much business sense.

 

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What the NRA Says–What NGVAC Says

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

Wayne LaPierre sounds more like an insurgent than a patriot, emboldening hate groups.

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Wayne LaPierre whips up people with dangerous mental health problems with his charges that gun lovers are “persecuted” and underdogs. Right. Wayneone

Here are NGVAC’s recommendations for talking to a gun lover, if you must

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Beware the Law-Abiding Citizen: Gun Scofflaw Cries Persecution When Arrested

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

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Shaneen Allen is a totally law-abiding person says Wayne LaPierre except for “illegal possession of a handgun and possession of illegal cartridges….380 hollow-points” and a “traffic violation” last year. Oops. Just for having an illegal Bersa semi-auto in her car and breaking traffic laws, the young, “single, working mom” was arrested in New Jersey. Imagine! It was “persecution” says LaPierre. Allen “mistakenly believed her Pennsylvania carry permit was like her driver’s license —universally recognized across state lines.”
 
“Persecuted” gun scofflaws who think they are above the law: it is another reason to beware the law-abiding citizen.
 
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Shot and Killed at Work? It Happened to 375 People in 2012

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

It’s every employer’s worst nightmare. An angry employee with a gun takes out his revenge on a boss, coworkers or both.

In 2012, Andrew J. Engeldinger did it when he killed five and injured three after being fired from his job at Accent Signage Systems in Minneapolis. Lawrence Jones did it when he killed two coworkers and wounded two others at a Fresno chicken processing plant the same year. In 2011, Rocky T. Christian, did it when he shot and killed his boss at Build Direct Floor, LLC in Apopka, Florida. This summer in Chicago, Tony DeFrances, a chief technology officer for ArrowStream, also brouht his gun to work and shot the CEO in the head and stomach. Hey, he was mad!

In 2012, 375 employees were shot and killed on the job, says the Department of Labor. If you are an employee, you are five times as likely to be shot to death at work if your employer allows guns says an American Journal of Public Health study.

Gun advocates have pushed through laws letting people bring their guns to work, storing them in their cars, in 22 states. The NRA says an Alabama version of the law, which went into effect last summer, “extends the current Castle Doctrine to include places of business to ensure the right of self-defense does not end when you enter your business.”

Employers see it differently. “Allowing employees to have near, immediate access to firearms, at work, creates an element of risk that is unacceptable,” said Mark Hogan, FedEx’s vice president for security, in testimony in 2012 before Tennessee lawmakers. “Much like a private homeowner is able to tell his guests whether they can bring a gun into his yard, FedEx should have the right to decide what it will and will not allow on its private property,” says Hogan. Volkswagen, Caterpillar and Bridgestone joined FedEx in opposing the expansionistic gun laws.

Forcing property owners to allow guns is so intrusive, even an NRA member objected when the laws began surfacing eight years ago. Bob Thornton, a former liquor store owner, actually heckled NRA leader Wayne LaPierre at an Atlanta news conference which announced the campaign. “I really object to the government getting involved to say what’s allowed on my property,” he said, sporting a “Wayne Never Asked Me” T-shirt.

Joe Fleming, senior vice president for government affairs at the Georgia Chamber of Commerce agreed in a 2008 newspaper oped. The NRA has “threatened all Georgia senators who fail to fall on bended knee with ‘F’s’ on the next NRA re-election scorecard,” he wrote. “Those senators who don’t succumb to the NRA’s bully-tactics, name-calling, temper tantrums, insults and lies will be subjected to election-year retaliation.” The Florida Retail Federation and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida also opposed the coercive gun laws which force property owners to take on risks not their own.

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As always, the NRA tries to make gun carriers victims instead of aggressors. Banning weapons on parking lots “is a wrecking ball for the Second Amendment,” pronounced Wayne LaPierre. “It’s also a blueprint for totally eviscerating and nullifying right-to-carry legislation in 38 states in our country,” because despite the “constitutional right to have a firearm” carriers “couldn’t stop anywhere.”

Of course safety and insurance-minded property owners say that is exactly the point. Like cigarettes, you can have your gun at home but don’t even think of bringing it in here. Why should employees and customers be exposed to a 500 percent increase in their gunshot risk because carriers are afraid to go places without their guns? Lawmaker may be muzzled by the gun lobby but corporations aren’t.

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How they handled open carry and conceal and carry in Dodge City

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

DODGE CITY BANS GUNS

 Dodge City was the buffalo capital until mass slaughter destroyed the huge herds and left the prairie littered with decaying carcasses. An estimated 1,500,000 buffalo hides were shipped from Dodge in the years 1872-1878. For years farmers, during hard times, gathered the buffalo bones and sold them for six to eight dollars a ton. The bones were used in the manufacture of china and fertilizer. By 1875 the buffalo were gone as a source of revenue, but the longhorn cattle of Texas drove the dollars into town. For ten more years, over five million head of cattle were driven up the western branch of the Chisholm Trail – the Great Western Trail or Texas Trail – to Dodge City.

Law and order came riding into town with such respectable law officers as W. B. ‘Bat’ Masterson, Ed Masterson, Wyatt Earp, Bill Tilghman, H. B. ‘Ham’ Bell and Charlie Bassett. Out of these personalities evolved the famous fictional character of Gunsmokes’ Marshal Matt Dillon. The town these early men knew was laid out with two “Front Streets,” one on either side of the railroad tracks — although the name was orginally “Main Street” for the one north of the tracks.

The city passed an ordinance that guns could not be worn or carried north of the “deadline” which was the railroad tracks. The south side where “anything went” was wide open. In 1877 the population was 1,200 and nineteen businesses were licensed to sell liquor.

(Ford County Historical Society, Inc., PO Box 131, Dodge City, KS; Nancy Jo Trauer; the Kansas Heritage Center, 1000 N. 2nd Ave., Dodge City, KS; and George Laughead Jr., authors. Photographs and page: FCHS, all rights reserved. Copyright 2002-2008.)

 

 

 

 


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