December 16, 2012
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It was of course inevitable. Here’s the first right-wing wacko to declare that the solution to mass homicides is still more weapons. Republican congressman Rep. Louie Gohmert (from Texas, no surprise) says that mass shooters choose sites where victims will be unarmed and continues “I wish to god she [the school principal] had had an m-4 in her office, locked up so when she heard gunfire, she pulls it out … and takes him out and takes his head off before he can kill those precious kids.” So I guess if we takes this line of thinking to its logical conclusion we’ll have SWAT-trained marines in place of educators in the principals’ offices just waiting to blast the first kid who gets out of line. These are the same guys who insist teachers are overpaid and should spend more time talking about the Bible. Oh, and we mustn’t spend another dollar of taxpayer money on our schools.
December 15, 2012
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I can’t wait for the NRA to come out and propose that the Connecticut massacre could have been prevented if those kindergarteners had just been armed. The nation must do something to control our self-imposed epidemic of gun-enabled homicide. Nick Kristoff gets it right in his NY Times opinion piece: “Do We Have the Courage to Stop This?” More Americans have perished from gunshots in the past six months than have in died in combat and from terrorist attacks in the last twenty-five years. And yet the gun lobby‘s answer is always “more guns.” It’s past time to end that strangle hold on weapons’ policy and institute sane measures to control the kinds of guns that can be in civilian hands and limit the type and quantity of ammunition that can be sold to the public. Kristoff and others propose these and other sensible steps that would not prevent common folks from having weapons for personal protection, hunting and recreation while still saving thousands of lives.