Cognitive Dissonance

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On the violence of the past week:

pfcanimal:

cognitivedissonance:

Now, when the news breaks of the next mass shooting, I’m grateful when the casualties are in the single digits, instead of horrified that it occurred in the first place. I’m not okay with this.

These are places where we should feel safe — schools, shopping centers, churches.

Instead, we applaud the manufacturing of bulletproof blankets and whiteboards. We hold our breath waiting to hear whether the “threat” has been neutralized.

It’s not, and at this pace, it never will be. I’m thirty years old. I remember after Columbine, we all said, “Not one more.”

It’s been a decade and a half. We recite the names of the dead in a ritualistic manner, prayer beads on a never-ending string. We ask, “How did this happen again?” and drop the question because it’s never the right time. There never will be a “right time” when the violence happens all the time.

It’s the right time NOW.

NOT. ONE. MORE.

I can’t believe it, there is no way shooter would take a gun into a School, Thats against the law, not only that, it’s a federal offense. That impossible……or maybe criminals just don’t give a fuck about the law, and are more likely to target a place where they know there will be no guns. when was the last time you heard of a stick up at a gun shop?

Hey, lookee here, y’all! FACT TIME!

When was the last time there was a stick up at a gun store? Roughly a month ago. Here’s what I found in 10 minutes of using the Google, excluding gun store burglaries where the store was closed:

January 11, 2005: Four men rob Bob Moates Gun Shop in Chesterfield County, Va. One of the robbers ordered the clerk to the floor at gunpoint, while the others systematically stole over 100 guns, mostly top-shelf handguns and AR-15 rifles, valued at $25,000-30,000. 

May 13, 2005: Two men, one armed with an AK-47 assault rifle, rob A&A Sporting Goods in Tannersville, Penn. The owner was ordered to deactivate the alarm and sustained life-threatening injuries after being beaten with the rifle. The two men stole 62 firearms, which were later traced to individuals in Pennsylvania and New York City.

April 18, 2006: Unknown assailants murder an employee during the armed robbery of the North Delta Gun Store in Clarksdale, Miss. The suspect (or suspects) fled the store with 22 stolen firearms.

May 10, 2007: Turner’s Outdoorsmen hunting supply store in Riverside, Calif. is robbed at gunpoint by three men who ordered employees and customers to the floor. In less than two minutes, the men stole 20 semiautomatic weapons worth over $20,000. 

June 1, 2007: Turner’s Outdoorsmen hunting supply store in San Bernardino, Calif. was robbed by four armed men who stole more than 70 firearms after holding employees and customers at gunpoint. After leading police on a high-speed chase, two of the men were killed in a shootout with law enforcement.

November 13, 2007: Three armed men rob Southern Gun, Inc. in Collinsville, Va. Two of the men ordered the clerk to the floor at gunpoint and handcuffed him. After subduing the clerk, they filled backpacks with 53 pistols and 22 revolvers, valued at over $50,000. Eighteen have been recovered.

January 28, 2008: The Centerfire Firearms store in Riverside, Calif. is robbed by four armed men who order employees and customers to the ground. Approximately 50 handguns were stolen, and about one-third were recovered 10 days after the robbery.

September 18, 2008: Turner’s Outdoorsmen hunting supply store in Redondo Beach, Calif. is robbed by a man armed with a handgun. He herded the employees into a corner of the store, and fired a shot into the ceiling after struggling with one of them. He stole nine firearms.

March 13, 2010: Two men rob Grampa’s Gun Shop in Madison, Wisc. by pushing past the owner, forcing him into a bathroom, and binding him with duct tape at the wrists and ankles. They ransacked the store and stole 34 guns. They were arrested after selling them in Minnesota and Chicago. 

January 24, 2011: A man entered the Southern Delaware Shooters Gun Store and attacked the clerk, choking him to the point of unconsciousness. The clerk awoke to find his hands and feet bound with electrical tape. Fourteen weapons were stolen, with eight recovered a month later by police.

January 27, 2011: Four men, one armed with a handgun, force their way past a clerk after assaulting her at Direct Gold Outlet in Covington, Ga. They tied up the clerk, smashed glass display cases, and stole over 30 firearms. 

June 8, 2011: A store employee is shot through the hand and chest during a robbery by one man at the Federal Firearms Club in Oakdale, Penn. The employee was a former Army Ranger and skilled with firearms. 

October 24, 2012: Two men commit a “smash and grab” robbery of The Woodlands Tactical gun store in Texas. A security guard told deputies that he had been robbed at gunpoint and assaulted by two men who stole his marked truck and then used the vehicle to crash into the front of the gun store.

November 13, 2012: Shooters Guns in New Haven, Ind. is robbed by two armed men. The men pistol-whipped a customer and battered the owner before stealing several handguns. After escaping, the robbers led police on a high-speed chase through Fort Wayne, Ind. over the lunch hour that led to a multi-vehicle crash.

March 18, 2013: Guns and Stuff, a Gladwin County, Mich. gun store, is robbed by three people who left the elderly owner in critical condition after striking him in the head. The thieves made off with eight handguns. 

December 14, 2013: Three male suspects rob MC Sports in Goshen, Ind. The robbers ordered all 11 people in the store to the floor at gunpoint, and bound them with zip ties. The thieves made off with an unspecified amount of firearms and ammunition.

March 26, 2014: Five armed men rob the Diamond Pawn Shop in Houston, Texas. They stole cash, jewelry, and an unspecified number of firearms. Before leaving, one of the men sprayed the store with bullets from an AK-47 rifle. Luckily, no one was injured.

March 29, 2014: Two men steal a Beretta 9MM from a gun case at Plantation Iron Gun Shop in Bluffton, S.C.

June 12, 2014: Gunman rob two men and shoot one, wounding him critically, at Delaware Valley Sports Center, a Pennsylvania gun store and range. They made off with seven stolen firearms.

June 13, 2014: Three men rob Hiram’s Guns Store in El Cajon, California. One of the suspects held an employee at gunpoint while the other two smashed a display case with a hammer and stole several weapons. They led police on a high speed chase before being apprehended.

I could keep going, but I have you off to a good start. I’m not going to Google stuff all night for a wonderturd dudebro who describes his blog as such:

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I doubt you’re actually paying attention anyhow, but just in case you are, "gun free zone" targeting by mass shooters is a myth

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On the Open Carry movement:

What happens when a CCW holder sees one of these Open Carry ammosexuals cradling an AR-15 and assumes, “Shit, mass shooter!” and stands their ground mid-aisle in a Walmart or Home Depot? After all, it’s not like the bad guys with guns are clearly labeled.

I’m genuinely curious what a prosecutor in a stand your ground state would do with that kind of case. As my friend Will suggested, gender, race, and class would definitely factor into the decision to prosecute (though not publicly, of course).

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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)

(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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