The Second Amendment starts with, “A well regulated militia.”
The Second Amendment does not start with, “Anyone who feels like it.”
That was just a little reminder.
The way these people think about guns and protect guns at all costs and above all else, including human life, I can’t believe they don’t put a condom on the barrel and shove ‘em up their asses and squirt in pleasure.
Sorry about that image. Here’s the next in a series of posts on guns.
Please enjoy my little rant…
“Now is not the time to talk about gun control.”
Every time there is a shooting, whether it be a mass murder or a lone execution, Wayne LaPierre (lobbyist for gun manufacturers) runs to a podium and says that. The idea being that emotions are high and someone might over-regulate guns. (I’m not even going to get into the 2nd Amendment bullshit right now. There will be plenty of that in later posts.)
Yes, if you took 1/10,000th of a second to think about that statement, you’d realize its colossal stupidity. Well, not so much stupidity as calculated genius. At least on the part of profit-mongering corporate death-merchants and their highly paid lobbyist enablers.
When is one supposed to talk about a problem that just occurred? Tomorrow? Next week? Next month? Year? Decade?
Wait until the emotion wears off and hope no one cares to talk about it anymore? Me thinks we has a winner!
Let’s compare the same circumstance with different subjects. I’m sure you’ll see my point.
Upon getting a flat tire:
“Now is not the time to talk about how to prevent tires from becoming flat.”
Upon discovering a broken window:
“Now is not the time to talk about preventing windows from breaking.”
Upon getting poked in the eye during a basketball game:
“Now is not the time to talk about protecting your eyes.”
Upon witnessing your burning house:
“Now is not the time to talk about how to prevent house fires.”
Upon being diagnosed with cancer:
“Now is not the time to talk about how to take steps to diagnose cancer earlier.”
Upon taking too much time putting condiments on your sandwich and missing your child growing up:
“Now is not the time to figure out a way to save time combining condiments so I don’t waste my life putting condiments on sandwiches.”
Upon every one of the 11,000 gun murders (+20,000 suicides + 81,000 non-fatal gun injuries + 415,000 non-fatal firearm related crimes) in America per year:
“Now is not the time to talk about gun control.”
Colossally stupid/Calculated genius.
What’s 11,000 murders per year compared to the 0.2% (2 out of every 1,000) instances where you used a gun with which to protect yourself? Just because it almost never happens, doesn’t mean that gun fuckers can’t ignore that and continue to say they need AR-15’s for home security. Because to them, zero self-protection instances obviously trumps 11,000 murders.
I’m not saying you can’t own a gun for self-protection. By all means, buy as many guns as you want. Just don’t think I’m an idiot and believe you need an AR15 with a 100-round magazine for home protection. Or that you’ll hunt with it.
Or that you need to walk around in public with a concealed (or not) gun. Your Bruce Willis action movie fantasies will get you killed. "Bystander Joseph Robert Wilcox, 31, who was carrying a concealed weapon inside the store, spotted Jerad Miller and told a friend he would confront him, according to authorities. As he neared Jerad, he was shot in the ribs by Amanda and later died, McMahill said."
Some paperwork: More important than your life.
Also, like good right-wingers, they conflate a law that doesn’t work 100% of the time with a law that failed.
“States with lax gun laws might have much higher gun death rates than states with stricter gun laws, but people still get killed with guns in states with stricter gun control, so the law failed.”
Somehow, to gun fuckers, irrefutable proof that stricter gun control laws work in lowering gun violence, crime and death rates is proof that they failed.
Same for welfare laws, social security, food stamps and anything else that helps people over the benefit of corporate profits. Yes, I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again, only because it is a fact: Republicans value corporate profits over everything else, even the well-being of people. Every proposal they come up with is in the effort of protecting corporate profits. And selling guns to criminals is part of their business plan. More profits. No matter what Republican legislation you show me, I will quite easily point out how it benefits corporations first and foremost.
Cenk lays it out…
A Sensible Safe Smart Gun Law - Guess Who Hates It
Except the completely fucktarded right-wing policies based on the Bible - mostly regarding the subjugation of women and minorities. And anti-education. They just make no sense whatsoever. Regardless, they still manage to harm the human condition. That’s what happens when you blindly follow bullshit.
But I digress. We were talking about people who like to fuck guns.
Then, there are the people who claim guns are never responsible for deaths caused by guns. They’ve latched on the “mental health” argument. The problem is not the lack of mental health help - yes, it is one factor. It is one, teensy, tiny, almost non-existent factor. An estimated 4% of the total of all violent crimes perpetrated in America are by those deemed to have mental illness. That accounts for incidences using guns and not using guns, so the percentage of violence perpetrated by the mentally ill using guns is significantly smaller.
You know what? I’m done talking about people who like to fuck guns.
More gun posts to come. (No pun intended.)
Here are some handy charts for a visual perspective.
The U.S. compared to other developed nations:
And firearm death rates of U.S. cities compared to that of entire nations:
And as to the misguided notion that the Constitution is a document that grants unlimited rights instead of actually being a document that limits rights:
Stand Your Ground Fail - TYT
P.S. – I never cared for Piers Morgan. I felt he was a bit too “British Tabloid” for me. Having said that, I do agree with him 100% on this issue.
CNN: Piers Morgan says goodbye
CNN: Piers Morgan says goodbye
(Transcript at end of post)
P.P.S. - Garry Trudeau did a nice job in, yes, 1979, explaining the mass delusion of the gun-nuttery facilitated by the NRA that we face today. Difference is, 35 years later, it’s no longer satire but commonplace reality. The more things change, the more they stay the same. The NRA is still using the same discredited talking points, but fear sells to the idiots.
P.P.P.S. – And to those of you who look to your version of the Second Amendment as a document that provides you the ability to protect yourself against the tyrannical President destroying our nation with his gay socialist communist Muslim government agenda: have fun in your ‘unregulated citizen militia.’ The government sure better watch its step with you protecting – uh, what exactly were you protecting again?
(And when you say all those things about Obama, we know what you really mean.)
This is the final episode of Piers Morgan Live. After 3yrs, 2months, 11 days and over 1000 shows, I am departing to spend more time with my cricket bat. I would like to thank my amazing team, led with great skill and tireless enthusiasm by my friend and Executive Producer, Jonathan Wald. And John Ferriter, my irrepressible manager, who landed me this fascinating, unpredictable, challenging but hugely enjoyable job. We won some, we lost some, but we gave it everything we had, and I have loved every minute. Well, almost every minute!
I’d also like to thank you all for watching. Even those who implacably disagreed with me, or just found my funny accent annoying. Regular viewers will know that the issue of gun control has been a consistent and often very controversial part of this show. And I want to say something more about that before I bow out.
I have lived and worked in America for much of the past decade, and it is a magnificent country. A land of true opportunity that affords anyone, even British chancers like me, the opportunity to live the American dream. The vast majority of Americans I have met are decent, hard-working, thoroughly dependable people. As my brother, a British Army colonel, says, “You’d always want an American next to you in a trench when the going gets tough.”
But that’s where guns belong – on a military battlefield, in the hands of highly trained men and women fighting for democracy and freedom. Not in the hands of civilians. The scourge of gun violence is a disease that now infects every aspect of American life. Each day, on average, 35 people in this country are murdered with guns, another 50 kill themselves with guns, and 200 more are shot but survive. That’s 100,000 people a year hit by gunfire in America.
Now, I assumed that after 70 people were shot in a movie theater, and then, just a few months later, 20 first-graders were murdered with an assault rifle in an elementary school, the absurd gun laws in this country would change. But nothing has happened. The gun lobby in America, led by the NRA, has bullied this nation’s politicians into cowardly, supine silence. Even when 20 young children are blown away in their classrooms.
This is a shameful situation that has made me very angry. So angry, in fact, that some people have criticized me for being too loud, opinionated, even rude when I have debated the issue of guns. But I make no apologies for that.
As Sir Winston Churchill said: “If you have an important point to make, don’t try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time – a tremendous whack.”
My point is simple: more guns doesn’t mean less crime as the NRA repeatedly says. It means more gun violence, death and profits for the gun manufacturers. And to those who claim my gun control campaigning has been “anti-American”, the reverse is true. I am so pro-American that I want more of you to stay alive.
But I’ve made my point. I’ve given it a tremendous whack. Now it’s down to you. It’s your country; these are your gun laws. And the senseless slaughter will only end when enough Americans stand together and cry: Enough!
I look forward to that day. And I look forward to seeing you all again soon. Goodnight, thank you, and God bless America. Oh, and while I’m at it, God bless Great Britain too.