Conservatives discovered a six year old Harvard paper recently and immediately praised its claims. Unfortunately, it is an extremely fact-challenged document.
Cross posted from Pruning Shears. Read more about Shoddy gun paper excites right wing
It's really tough to have a debate on guns with pro-gun types because they are nuts. And by nuts I mean: they typically don't follow and discernable logic for establishing a proposition through argument. The comment thread here from earlier in the week shows two of the favored strategies for gun nuts: derailment and ignoring. Here is how the derailing worked. Read more about Why gun nuts get called gun nuts
Cross posted from Pruning Shears
The massacre in Newtown has once again opened up the discussion of firearms in America. We are getting the usual dumbassery about how this is a punishment from God or the fault of video games (which apparently are unavailable outside of the US) and the usual preemptive whining about how this is not the time to talk about firearm legislation because it would politicize the issue. This is the same spirit in which we refrained from discussing terrorism after 9/11 for fear of politicizing that issue.
It appears that the gun nuts are feeling a little defensive though. Unlike with previous gun massacres, this one has been accompanied by a real push on the role of our abysmal mental health care system. It's actually a great point: we've basically outsourced mental health care to our prisons, with predictably disastrous results. We need to do a much better job of investing in mental health care, removing the shame that surrounds it, and making sure it is available to anyone who needs it.
That doesn't mean it's an either/or situation though. We can both improve mental health care and implement sensible policies to reduce gun violence. One obstacle to the latter is a certain air of resignation and fatalism ("I'm fresh out of ideas. Anybody?") which - surprise! - is a stone's throw from demands for a comprehensive legislative strategy for implementation. Because that is the only way to discuss any issue, and it also explains the absence of war, abortion, finance, inequality and gender policies from our national dialogue. Read more about Gun violence, public health and the missing piece
Now, as a good ol’-fashioned Southern girl, I always try to give credit where credit is due…and I’ve always been fair about givin’ credit to the Right for their amazing ability to make people vote against their own best interests. Despite all the Right’s talent, I was still amazed that they managed to motivate (translate: terrify) people into protesting an issue that doesn’t even exist. Now that’s somethin’!
Today, hundreds of pro-gun folks swarmed Washington to protest the non-existent Obama plot to repeal the Second Amendment. Un-Fuckin’-Believable! Read more about Don't Take Your Guns To Town
Obama nominee: infiltrate "conspiracy" groups, take organs without consent, censor internet, ban guns for individuals
Apparently, this guy was even on the shortlist to be nominated to the Supreme Court.
In a 2008 academic paper, President Barack Obama’s appointee to head the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs advocated “cognitive infiltration” (What a nice word) of groups that advocate “conspiracy theories” like the ones surrounding 9/11.
I often wonder if it is my strict fundamentalist upbringing that allows me more skepticism when someone is trying to sell me swampland in Florida.
I have seen this comment before, I started this campaign pro-Hillary, I loved her since the Clinton era.
I knew that the attacks on her were on her because she was a moderate female. It is a rare thing to have a moderate “equalist” woman anywhere. The top 50 pundits had 7 women only one was a feminist and she was also a moderate.
I am tired of obama supporters, really tired of them.
I will not be blogging as much as I start back to the grind next week. Read more about Religious Immunity
Dadburn it, I can't find the story I was reading the other day about this now. But there's an extra layer here: the guy in this case is a gay man, and had the help of a bunch of gay-rights groups to get this case as far as it did. His argument was that as a gay man, the streets are extra unsafe for him. He was chased by a gang of kids while walking down the street with his partner. He claims if he'd not brandished a gun, they would've severely beaten or killed him. What do you think? Is this a useful argument to make, for anyone gay or str8? Read more about SCOTUS May Overturn DC Gun Ban
This is just terrible. Here you have a highly-trained Police Officer accidentally killed by another highly trained Police Officer. Wait just a minute. Excuuuuuse me. I want Michelle Malkin and Newt Gingrich and Bill O’Reilly and John Derbyshire to explain to me again about how great it would be if everybody on every college campus in America started packing concealed heat. Lunatic fringe, I’ll tell ya.
New York Trooper Believed Killed by Fellow Officer.
Jim Webb has stood for some good stuff since becoming a Senator. How in the HELL could he imagine that it's ok to carry loaded pistols, and who knows what all else, in DC? Read more about Ok, Let's talk about Jm Webb