Monday, December 17, 2012

Cowards and Morons

     The Newtown shooting last Friday morning is virtually unique in American history not only because it's, by far, the worst elementary school shooting of all time but because the usual gun nuts have gone into hiding. The Sandy Hook massacre apparently is proving to be the tipping point that's going to force a meaningful debate on gun control, one in which our president, who has never once uttered the words "gun" and "control" in the same sentence, will be taking point. Even if the 2nd amendment and its misinformed proponents have discovered "the better part of valor", that doesn't mean teh stupid has taken time off for the holidays.
     The lead picture was found on Twitter and has got to be the most bone-headed bad ad of the year. It appeared in a South Carolina newspaper, the Rock Hill Herald, right next to their story about the mass shooting in Newtown, CT in which 20 children, aged six and seven, and seven adults were killed by multiple gunshots. The paper has since issued an apology by explaining that the massive ad was submitted days before the Newtown shooting. However, the paper failed to explain how, especially since it takes up more space than the story of the shooting itself, this horrifying juxtaposition could've gotten past the layout editor and several other editors.
     And then there's the wide streak of yellow that we're seeing from the very people who contribute to mass killings such as Newtown's. The NRA had taken down its own Facebook page last Friday night about 10 hours after the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting and their Twitter account has remained completely silent since that day.
     And, in the ultimate, but hardly surprising, act of political cowardice, 31 pro-gun senators were invited on Meet the Press so they could defend their positions on gun control and every single one of them took a pass on meeting the press simply and purely out of political expediency. No doubt, every one of those presumed Republicans and Blue Dog Democrats harumphed and cited scheduling conflicts or some such bullshit or just hid under their desks at home. To quote Reciprocity Failure's Stan Banos, who probably has the quote of the day,
These cowardly sons of bitches, these so called "leaders" fight over themselves each and every election year to be the first in line for the blood money these merchants of death bestow upon them- and now they scurry and hide when confronted with the inevitable consequences. For these are not the children of the streets of the inner city, these are not children from the backwoods of our nation's trailer parks, they are not from a pacifist, politically irrelevant margin of American society, they are not even the average Joe's of the forgotten middle class. These are children from the families who look and dress and live like them, who drive the same cars as them, and live in the same neighborhoods. These are the children of families who can still afford, and demand The American Dream. This blood may well come with a price.
And now, instead of confidently remaining silent till FOX and business as usual have paved the way clear of those who mourn and grieve and ask how many more- now they hide and cower.
     But to get back to teh stupid for a moment, it's not surprising that bald-headed goon Louie Gohmert, newly reelected congressman from the great state of Texas, had absolutely no problem appearing in the safe, dark cloisters of Fox "News" to say he "wish(ed) to God" the late principal, Dawn Hochsprung, had an M4 in her closet like the one used on them.
     Because, as any right-thinking Republican-American should know, guns belong in our nation's classrooms and this is what the GOP wet dream of American education should look like:
     Here's a suggestion: If and when Dianne Feinstein starts this dialogue on gun control at the start of the 113th Congress, let's lock Louie Gohmert in a closet of his own so the grownups can start negotiating some actual gun control laws. For good measure, provided he hasn't gained back too much weight, let's also lock in with him Mike Huckabee so the two of them can pray for the marbles they lost way back when.


At December 17, 2012 at 11:13 AM, Anonymous Comrade Rutherford said...

Everyone that owns a gun that is not a hunting rifle or shotgun is already a sociopathic murderer, for there is only one reason for all of those other guns: murdering people.

The 'open carry' people don't seem to understand that the rest of us are not able to discern between the 'legitimate' gun owner and the homicidal maniac heading to the nearest school. When I see anyone with a handgun on them, they ARE the biggest threat.

Sociopaths like Rep Gohmert want everyone shooting at each other all the time. They make crazy statements like, "If only all the 5 year olds were armed with assault rifles, then this would never have happened." Their insane notion is that if more people had guns they would 'stop' the killer.

Well, who is who? Ask any soldier that's been in a firefight how easy it is to tell friend from foe, especially when they are all firing the same weapon.

At the Gabriel Gifford's shooting there was someone armed. This brave citizen pulled out his legal pistol and charged around the corner, having heard gunshots and screaming. This Heroic Citizen almost murdered the innocent bystander who had just wrested the murder weapon away from the actual killer! That is what Gohmert is espousing: gun nuts shooting at each other anywhere at any time without warning.

All guns have one purpose: MURDER. All gun owners have but one goal: KILL. That's it. There is no other reason to own a gun.

Most gun owners I've met can't wait for a reason to murder another human being. Some slather at the idea of killing their volvo-driving, NPR listening neighbors for not voting for the Mormon Bishop. Some pretend that they would be brave and Stand Their Ground, for example, in a darkened movie theater when another homicidal maniac had dumped two smoke grenades and was shooting everyone.

Just how are untrained civilians supposed to know which of the multiple shooters are the homicidal maniac and which are the Heroic Citizen Protecting America?

ALL gun owners are potential murderers.

At December 17, 2012 at 11:34 AM, Blogger jurassicpork said...


I don't necessarily subscribe to your belief that all gun owners want to kill. There are many responsible gun owners who simply own guns to fire them on a range or their local Rod and Gun clubs. If I had the money, I'd buy a handgun that I'd keep at the local R and G and use simply for target practice. I love guns more than most people realize because I used to use them for a living. But I'd own a gun simply to shoot paper targets and that's it. Barb wouldn't allow me to keep it in the house and that'd be fine with me, especially since we live in a peaceful town.

At December 17, 2012 at 2:34 PM, Anonymous Comrade Rutherford said...

"I don't necessarily subscribe to your belief that all gun owners want to kill. There are many responsible gun owners who simply own guns to fire them on a range or their local Rod and Gun clubs"

OK, fine. Those that want to carry their guns around with them everywhere they go and don't believe anyone else should be able to tell them they can't bring a gun with them all the time.

How are we supposed to tell them apart from the homicidal maniac? It's not like 'SANE' is tattoed on the forehead of the 'responsible' gun owner.

At December 17, 2012 at 3:23 PM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

As I'd recently said elsewhere, Comrade, background checks are also lousy predictors of future behavior and violence. A background check, even were they made mandatory on the internet, at gun shows and in gun shops, can predict future tragedy about as well as an LP and driver's license. But in this free market, anti-government hysteria that's running rampant in this nation (thanks largely to gun lobbyists and Fox talking heads who keep telling us Obama wants to take away our guns. Forget the fact that gun sales skyrocketed right after both elections.), there are no background checks and violent criminals with priors, former mental patients and, yes, even terrorists who've been surveilled by the government have free and easy access to firearms and ammo.

Just a couple of days ago, some wacko in Indiana who'd threatened to set his wife on fire and to spray a school with bullets was found to have 47 guns and what investigators had appraised to be $100,000 of ammo in his home.

Barb has a serious sinus condition for which I have to constantly buy a decongestant. But this nation has such fucked up priorities that while guys like this moron in Indiana can buy $100,000 worth of ammo, I have to sign a federal document promising not to use the fake ephedrine the government allows me to buy for my hypothetical meth lab while placing a milligram limit on how much I can buy per day.

Think about that. The government knows who I am and how much nasal decongestant I buy but shrugs its shoulder when one man buys $100,000 worth of ammunition then has to be arrested when he makes threats. IMHO, if you think you need nearly four dozen guns and $100,000 worth of ammo, there's something seriously wrong with you and our federal government ought to take notice.

At December 17, 2012 at 3:30 PM, Blogger Stan B. said...

Of course, even the assault weapons ban of yore was a complete joke when all manufacturers had to do was change the shape of the stock.

We need to: ban any gun that can be converted to fully automatic, unregulated gun fair sales, demand tighter security checks, waiting periods, required safety classes, etc...

At December 17, 2012 at 3:39 PM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

Considering the potential professional self interest, I think law enforcement from coast to coast would whole-heartedly embrace your last idea of stricter gun classes as well as tighter restrictions to buying semi-auto and fully automatic weapons and ammo. You'd think law enforcement at all three levels would publicly be all for stricter gun control laws but there you go.

At December 17, 2012 at 5:45 PM, Blogger Stan B. said...

The White House spokesman is already hemming and hawing about what they can possibly expect to do. Instead of using the much needed momentum to seize the bull by the horns- looks like its the usual pretty speech followed by the ol' soft shoe...

At December 17, 2012 at 5:56 PM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

Did you know, Stan, that the US gov't is forbidden from tracking gun sales? That's the first thing that has to change because FBI background checks are a poor indicator of actual gun sales. This year, firearms dealers requested 16.8 million background checks, an almost 100% increase over 2008.


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