Cognitive Dissonance

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Life does go on, through Columbine in 1999, through Virginia Tech in 2007, through Sandy Hook in 2012. Each atrocity provides a jolt to the nation and then recedes with little effect, until the next unimaginable event occurs, except each time a little more imaginable. Everything was supposed to change after a man with a semiautomatic weapon mowed down 20 elementary school children in their classrooms last December. But for the politicians, nothing changed. Now, another massacre, another roster of funerals. Again, again, again.
Navy Yard massacre should move Americans to more than sorrow,” Washington Post. (via quickhits)

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Report: George Zimmerman In Custody After Gun-Related Incident

He’s in “investigative detention” for domestic battery after allegedly threatening his estranged wife and her family with a gun. There is literally nothing else I can say at the moment, other than I’m sadly not surprised, particularly given his soon-to-be ex-wife’s assessment that Zimmerman feels “invincible” since his acquittal. The Orlando Sentinel has updates here.

ETA: Zimmerman is still being questioned by police. Apparently, Shellie Zimmerman called 911 saying George Zimmerman kept telling her and her family to “come closer” while he had his hand on his gun, and physically assaulted her father. Previously, she admitted to ABC News she was afraid of him and that he had been emotionally abusive. In her 911 call, she tells dispatch, “He continuously has his hand on his gun and he keeps saying ‘get closer,” and told her father, “Dad get inside the house George might start shooting at us.”

She also said, “I’m really really afraid. I don’t know what he’s capable of.” Police say the investigation is ongoing, but Shellie Zimmerman and her family are now unsure about pressing charges. 

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Florida Man Cites 'Bush Doctrine' After Pre-emptive Killing of Neighbors at Labor Day Cookout

Meanwhile, in Standyergroundland Florida…

And yes, he did also cite “Stand Your Ground” as a defense. He shot three people, killed two, and amazingly, the lone survivor survived being shot eleven times. 

Standing your ground with eleven shots into a single human being? Really? And citing preemptive war as a defense… I just don’t even know what to say to that.

Christ, this country’s gone mad.

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Preteen Boy Holds Up Lemonade Stand with a BB Gun

Police in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, say a 12-year-old boy armed with a BB gun robbed a local lemonade stand being run by a group of younger boys.

According to Johnstown Sgt. Patrick Goggin, the preteen approached the stand and pointed a gun at a 10-year-old boy, threatening to shoot if the other boys didn’t hand over the money they had earned selling lemonade.

A scuffle ensued, but the suspect still managed to make away with a money box containing some $30.

If only there had been a good guy with a gun, amirite? In all seriousness, the kid with the BB gun could have been in danger had an adult with a gun been nearby or the police a little more trigger happy…

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From Sen. Mitch McTurtle McConnell’s official Facebook page.
Please tell me how background checks infringe on your right to own a gun unless you are going to fail said background check.
Head over to Facebook if you want some, er, interesting commentary. There’s many people calling him out as well.
Personally, I find this disgusting to gloat about, particularly when there were a majority of votes — just not two-thirds, because the Congressional GOP believes in BREAK EVERYTHING, ACCEPT NOTHING as strategy — and the American public overwhelmingly supports background checks. 
You know who else does? NRA spokesman Wayne LaPierre — or at least Wayne LaPierre did in 1999 when he testified before Congress:

And there’s more. Here’s other things Wayne LaPierre thought were reasonable in 1999:
"We think it’s reasonable to provide for instant checks at gun shows just like at gun stores and pawn shops."
"We think it’s reasonable to prosecute more than just two dozen thugs last year for putting illegal guns in criminals’ hands."
"For a century we’ve taught it’s not just reasonable but essential to use safety locks, trigger locks, gun safes or any voluntary means appropriate to keep firearms out of the wrong hands."
"We think it’s reasonable to make gun show instant checks just like gun store instant checks."
"We think it’s reasonable to demand strict prosecution of criminal activity, whether it takes place in a big-city alleyway or small town gun show."
"We think it’s reasonable to provide full funding for the National Instant Check System so it operates efficiently and instantly."
"We think it’s reasonable to expect our government to prosecute more than 24 hoods last year for providing guns to criminals."
"We think it’s reasonable to support the federal Gun-Free School Zones Act."
Gosh, Wayne, you’d sound just like a gun-grabbing liberal if you hadn’t have changed your tune! </sarcasm>
Perhaps Sen. McConnell’s has 19,000 reasons to be obstinate. In 2012, McConnell received $19,000 from the NRA — the highest amount donated to any member of Congress. Period.
In conclusion:

Of course, that’s assuming McConnell has feelings…

From Sen. Mitch McTurtle McConnell’s official Facebook page.

Please tell me how background checks infringe on your right to own a gun unless you are going to fail said background check.

Head over to Facebook if you want some, er, interesting commentary. There’s many people calling him out as well.

Personally, I find this disgusting to gloat about, particularly when there were a majority of votes — just not two-thirds, because the Congressional GOP believes in BREAK EVERYTHING, ACCEPT NOTHING as strategy — and the American public overwhelmingly supports background checks. 

You know who else does? NRA spokesman Wayne LaPierre — or at least Wayne LaPierre did in 1999 when he testified before Congress:

And there’s more. Here’s other things Wayne LaPierre thought were reasonable in 1999:

  • "We think it’s reasonable to provide for instant checks at gun shows just like at gun stores and pawn shops."
  • "We think it’s reasonable to prosecute more than just two dozen thugs last year for putting illegal guns in criminals’ hands."
  • "For a century we’ve taught it’s not just reasonable but essential to use safety locks, trigger locks, gun safes or any voluntary means appropriate to keep firearms out of the wrong hands."
  • "We think it’s reasonable to make gun show instant checks just like gun store instant checks."
  • "We think it’s reasonable to demand strict prosecution of criminal activity, whether it takes place in a big-city alleyway or small town gun show."
  • "We think it’s reasonable to provide full funding for the National Instant Check System so it operates efficiently and instantly."
  • "We think it’s reasonable to expect our government to prosecute more than 24 hoods last year for providing guns to criminals."
  • "We think it’s reasonable to support the federal Gun-Free School Zones Act."

Gosh, Wayne, you’d sound just like a gun-grabbing liberal if you hadn’t have changed your tune! </sarcasm>

Perhaps Sen. McConnell’s has 19,000 reasons to be obstinate. In 2012, McConnell received $19,000 from the NRA — the highest amount donated to any member of Congress. Period.

In conclusion:

Of course, that’s assuming McConnell has feelings…

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Even Al Qaeda Thought America's Gun Background Check System Was Weak

From Buzzfeed:

Even Al-Qaeda was arguing that America’s background check system was weak and made guns easily obtainable. In a video released in 2011, Adam Gadahn an American-born spokesman for Al Qaeda argued guns could be easily obtained by buying guns at a gun shows where there would not be a background check.

Gadahn was calling on Muslims living in the United States to carry out terrorist acts similar to the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks in India.

"Let’s take America as an example," Gadahn said. "America is absolutely awash with easily obtainable firearms. You can go down to a gun show at the local convention center and come away with a fully automatic assault rifle, without a background check, and most likely without having to show an identification card. So what are you waiting for?"

On one side, we have the NRA and Al-Qaeda. On the other, people who think background checks are a good thing.

I know where I stand…

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The Cody-Big Horn Basin Tea Party and other horror stories

Submitted to me today. I’ve edited a tiny bit and embedded a few links (and gifs), but the message remains the same — this is a creepy eyewitness account of the Tea Party strain operating in Northwestern Wyoming. It’s also a long read, but worth it. I included my own commentary, plus information on blackmail of myself and another Wyoming journalist:

April 11

Cody Folks:

I don’t do this very often, but I believe this is important when something disturbing occurs that you are not likely to see in the local newspaper.

Besides, it’s always fun to sandbag the teabaggers. Or rather it would be fun, if that dubious rabble weren’t trying to usurp the public democratic process, that is…

Last night, the Tea Party cabal used the public meeting to discuss the City of Cody Master Plan for the community’s future as a venue to actively advance their own misguided/downright paranoid political agenda. They were accosting people — quietly, but accosting them nevertheless — to get signatures for a petition to repeal Senator Hank Coe’s SF104, [the] “Hill Bill” that reorganized the state Department of Education during this last legislative session. They were working the crowd while those citizens were trying to work through the comprehensive and complicated City Master Plan while city officials and Councilmen were trying to explain it to them.

Some context: Cindy Hill, the disgraced and all-but-ousted Superintendent of Public Instruction, is the darling of the state tea party movement, and was elected by them. The Cody-Big Horn chapter of these faux patriots and wingnuts who drape themselves in the flag while waving the Constitution at the rising full moon, are determined to get Cindy Hill back in office.

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My husband, Andrew, is tired of the Second Amendment evangelists proclaiming it means all guns, all the time, everywhere. 

I&#8217;m sick and tired of explaining that I don&#8217;t want to take all your guns. I&#8217;ll say it again: I. Don&#8217;t. Want. To. Take. All. Your. Guns. What I do support are common-sense regulations that might make it a titch more difficult to kill a mass amount of people, in a shorter amount of time, from further away.

My husband, Andrew, is tired of the Second Amendment evangelists proclaiming it means all guns, all the time, everywhere.

I’m sick and tired of explaining that I don’t want to take all your guns. I’ll say it again: I. Don’t. Want. To. Take. All. Your. Guns. What I do support are common-sense regulations that might make it a titch more difficult to kill a mass amount of people, in a shorter amount of time, from further away.

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I Never Wanted to Take Your Guns Away

If you think I want to take your guns, read this editorial in response to his “Cold, Dead Hand” video and the backlash that ensued. An excerpt:

These horrific events are also an invitation for us to become more civilized and to deal with our addiction and entitlement to violence. Not to shut our eyes and ears and scream at those with a different opinion than ours to “fuck off and go back to Canada.” I will gladly go back and visit Canada as I have many friends and loved ones there. I am so proud of that country and everything it’s given to me, but I am also a naturalized American citizen and I have been bringing as much joy as I can to people in this country for 30 years. I care deeply about our future and I feel it’s my duty as a citizen to do everything in my power to make this a better place.

For those who say I’m a hypocrite because I have an armed bodyguard, lets make one thing clear: No one in my employ is allowed to carry a large magazine and NO ONE IS ASKING ANYONE TO GIVE UP THEIR RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS, though it is in the vested interests of those who profit by gun sales to make it seem so. It’s just the type of arms, the easy access and the means with which to cause massive devastation to good and innocent people that I hope we can limit. It’s the quality of mercy, the tiniest spark of empathy that I know lives in every one of us that I wish to ignite in you.

And to the bullies who will try to marginalize and discredit me by saying, “Shut up, you’re just an actor,” while they brag about what a great president the ACTOR Ronald Reagan was, who threaten me with the demise of my acting career and much worse, I say SO BE IT! How shallow do they think I am? I would trade my money, my fame, my reputation and legacy if there were the slightest chance of preventing the anguish of another Columbine, Virginia Tech, Aurora, or Sandy Hook Elementary School. I ask you, truly, what manner of human being would not?

Yes, what manner of human being would not indeed…

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Carrying a gun won't necessarily get you out of a shooting

From the story:

To put these theories to the test, Benton, Dorney and the Bethlehem Police Department set up an experiment at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa. ABC News sent out word that police were offering free gun training. And from those who were interested, six people with gun experience ranging from none to more than 100 hours at a range were chosen to take part.

After going through a basic safety course that covered more training than almost half the states in the country require to carry a concealed weapon, the participants were given a real glock handgun loaded with simunition bullets — bullets that are filled with a kind of paint that does not injure someone on contact.

The participants then headed from the training class to a lecture on protective gear. In the lecture hall were cops or people working with ABC posing as other students taking part in the day’s training. None of our participants knew that in moments they would be jolted into an intense and terrifyingly real simulation of an attack by a gunman.

And here’s how it went:

Hint: It wasn’t like a video game.

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