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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In the Hobby Lobby cases, five male Justices of the Supreme Court, who are all members of the Catholic faith and who each were appointed by a President who hailed from the Republican party, decided that a huge corporation, with thousands of employees and gargantuan revenues, was a ‘person’ entitled to assert a religious objection to the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate because that corporation was ‘closely held’ by family members. To the average person, the result looks stupid and smells worse…

Next term is the time for the Supreme Court to go quiescent–this term and several past terms has proven that the Court is now causing more harm (division) to our democracy than good by deciding hot button cases that the Court has the power to avoid. As the kids says [sic], it is time for the Court to stfu.

Federal Court Judge Richard Kopf, who was appointed to a U.S. District Court in Nebraska by George H.W. Bush, slamming the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision in his personal blog, Hercules and the Umpire.

(Source: herculesandtheumpire.com)

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Can we sidewalk counsel people going into urology clinics? Y’know, they might be going in there for a vasectomy and I believe that’s against God’s will. Doesn’t matter they’re seeking perfectly legal medical care — I just feel compelled to compassionately counsel them about how they’re facing eternal damnation because every sperm is sacred.

It’s not like there’s a buffer zone in place or anything…

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When followers of a particular sect enter into commercial activity as a matter of choice, the limits they accept on their own conduct as a matter of conscience and faith are not to be superimposed on the statutory schemes that are binding on others in that activity. Granting an exemption from social security taxes to an employer operates to impose the employer’s religious faith on the employees.

United States v. Lee (1982), a case in which the U.S. Supreme Court found requiring an Amish employer to withhold and pay Social Security taxes for his workers was constitutional even though “the Amish faith prohibited participation in governmental support programs.”

Justice Samuel Alito brushed the precedent of Lee aside by dismissing it as a case that did not concern the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, but only the Free Exercise clause, so therefore the Court need not consider it. The implication is that pre-RFRA precedent doesn’t matter. And that’s a frightening departure from precedent.

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FOR THOSE OF YOU THINKING, “WELL, MAYBE HOBBY LOBBY HAS A POINT ABOUT RELIGIOUS ‘FREEDOM’ AND HEALTHCARE…” | xoJane

A piece I wrote in March about Hobby Lobby and the contraceptive mandate is featured on xoJane today. Check it out!

An excerpt:

"Your boss doesn’t get to dictate what you do with your paycheck, whether it’s buying groceries, donating it all to orphans, or splurging it on hookers and blow.

Your boss might take issue with you buying pork because he’s Jewish, donating it to orphans because she thinks they’re godless, or on the hookers and blow because that’s not very Christian of you. However, your bosses would be ridiculed for thinking they have the right to tail you to make sure you’re spending YOUR money in accordance with their faith, right? There’s not much difference here. Set aside that the insurance is not directly offered by Hobby Lobby, or that they could pay taxes/penalties instead of lawyers and legal fees by kicking everyone onto the exchange, thereby taking away their supposed moral conundrum. Spoiler alert: HEALTH BENEFITS ARE COMPENSATION FOR YOUR LABOR. Why would you think for one second that your boss gets to dictate what you do with your compensation?”

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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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[Image text]: “Every health benefit policy that is delivered, issued, executed, or renewed in this state or approved for issuance or renewal in this state by the Insurance Commissioner on or after the effective date of this subchapter that provides coverage for prescription drugs on an outpatient basis shall provide coverage for prescribed drugs or devices approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration for use as a contraceptive.” 
Behold, the Equity in Prescription Insurance and Contraceptive Coverage Act, signed by then-Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee in 2005. A rational law, mandating the coverage of contraception by health insurance providers in Arkansas.
Fast forward nine years later, and government mandates about contraceptive coverage are because “Uncle Sugar” thinks women are libidinous moochers. So which is it, Mike Huckabee?
http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/2005/R/Acts/Act2217.pdf

[Image text]: “Every health benefit policy that is delivered, issued, executed, or renewed in this state or approved for issuance or renewal in this state by the Insurance Commissioner on or after the effective date of this subchapter that provides coverage for prescription drugs on an outpatient basis shall provide coverage for prescribed drugs or devices approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration for use as a contraceptive.”

Behold, the Equity in Prescription Insurance and Contraceptive Coverage Act, signed by then-Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee in 2005. A rational law, mandating the coverage of contraception by health insurance providers in Arkansas.

Fast forward nine years later, and government mandates about contraceptive coverage are because “Uncle Sugar” thinks women are libidinous moochers. So which is it, Mike Huckabee?

http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/2005/R/Acts/Act2217.pdf

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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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