justinspoliticalcorner:

(Crooks and Liars: NRA ‘A’ Rating Now a Scarlet Letter)

Rachel Maddow detailed the surprising dynamic going on in a Democratic primary in Illinois where a former congresswoman likely won’t win because of her vocal support of the gun nuts lobby, even to the point of channelling Wayne LaPierre with her [gun laws] “always hurt law-abiding citizens” crap from a 2010 YouTube video for a Second Amendment Freedom Rally in Chicago.

For her part, Halvorson blames outside groups like Bloomberg’s PAC for trying to buy a congressional seat. Halvorson even claims she’s still the frontrunner, seemingly oblivious to her fate. Or perhaps she figures she’ll land a gig at Fox News slamming Democrats anyway, as evidenced by this segment with Megyn Kelly last week.

This makes me crazy. Why can’t we be reasonable? I, personally, hate guns. But I don’t want to take them away from anyone who is responsible and mentally sound. I don’t understand… 

(via truth-has-a-liberal-bias)

fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

By Margaret Kimberley, Black Agenda Report

America, born in genocide and constantly renewed by bloodbaths, treats mass murder as a virtue. Chris Kyle answered the clarion call of white supremacy, manifest destiny and imperial delusion. Now that he’s dead, the world is a better place.

Kyle declared that Iraqis were not really human beings and thus had lost any right to stay alive. He was a Navy SEAL sniper in Iraq who served five tours of duty and by his own estimate killed 150 people. This week Kyle was himself shot to death and by another veteran. 

Chris Kyle had developed a routine of taking veterans out to shoot to try to help them. 

Mr. Routh turned on Mr. Kyle, 38, and a second man, Chad Littlefield, 35, shortly after they arrived at an exclusive shooting range near Glen Rose, Tex. For reasons that were still unclear, Mr. Routh shot and killed both men with a semiautomatic handgun before fleeing in a pickup truck belonging to Mr. Kyle.

motherjones:


A half million cards, letters, and children’s drawings poured into Newtown after the massacre. We have launched a new Tumblr, “Letters to Newtown,” to commemorate this work: http://letterstonewtown.tumblr.com 
Warning: this is some sad, devastating stuff. 

motherjones:

A half million cards, letters, and children’s drawings poured into Newtown after the massacre. We have launched a new Tumblr, “Letters to Newtown,” to commemorate this work: http://letterstonewtown.tumblr.com 
Warning: this is some sad, devastating stuff. 

 

CONSTITUENT: My question is regarding the guns and is Washington at all aware of the psychotropic drugs that these children are taking? I guarantee it 100 percent that’s our big problem. […]

LANKFORD: I agree with that. I think there’s a bunch of issues that, quite frankly, most liberals are afraid to talk about. […] Where are we on all those psychiatric drugs? We’ve overmedicated kids. Quite frankly some of the overmedication of kids are because welfare moms want to get additional benefits and if they can put them on SSI through maintenance drugs, they can also put them on Social Security disability and get a separate check. That is wrong on every single level. Not only is it fraudulent to the government, but it also tells a kid with great potential, “don’t try because you’re disabled.”

Besides being a ridiculous comment from another house republican I want to point out many children do have disabilities and, thankfully, most have access to intervention that allows them to reach their potential. IMO its shameful to pass the blame from a lucrative issue to a sensitive and underfunded one.

The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence released a statement saying, “There have now been 61 mass shootings since the tragedy last year in Tucson and 100 school shootings since the one at Columbine High School. Tomorrow, another 32 Americans will be murdered by guns.”


PROBLEM: There are too many victims of gun violence because we make it too easy for dangerous people to get dangerous weapons in America.

DID YOU KNOW? In one year on average, almost 100,000 people in America are shot or killed with a gun.
  • Gun violence impacts society in countless ways: medical costs, costs of the criminal justice system, security precautions such as metal detectors, and reductions in quality of life because of fear of gun violence. These impacts are estimated to cost U.S. citizens $100 billion annually (Cook, 2000).
DID YOU KNOW? Where there are more guns, there are more gun deaths.
  • An estimated 41% of gun-related homicides and 94% of gun-related suicides would not occur under the same circumstances had no guns been present (Wiebe, p. 780).
  • Keeping a firearm in the home increases the risk of suicide by a factor of 3 to 5 and increases the risk of suicide with a firearm by a factor of 17 (Kellermann, 1992, p. 467; Wiebe, p. 771).
  • Keeping a firearm in the home increases the risk of homicide by a factor of 3 (Kellermann, 1993, p. 1084).
DID YOU KNOW? On the whole, guns are more likely to raise the risk of injury than to confer protection. 
  • Guns are used to intimidate and threaten 4 to 6 times more often than they are used to thwart crime (Hemenway, p. 269).
  • Every year there are only about 200 legally justified self-defense homicides by private citizens (FBI, Expanded Homicide Data, Table 15) compared with over 30,000 gun deaths (NCIPC).
  • A 2009 study found that people in possession of a gun are 4.5 times more likely to be shot in an assault (Branas).
DID YOU KNOW? Assaults and suicide attempts with firearms are much more likely to be fatal than those perpetrated with less lethal weapons or means. Removing guns saves lives.
  • There are five times as many deaths from gun assaults as from knife assaults, where the rates of assault with knives and with guns are similar (Zimring, p. 199).
DID YOU KNOW? Guns can be sold in the United States without a background check to screen out criminals or the mentally ill. 
  • It is estimated that over forty percent of gun acquisitions occur in the secondary market. That means that they happen without a Brady background check at a federally licensed dealer (Cook, p. 26).
  • Sales from federal firearm licensees (FFLs) require a background check. Sales between individuals, under federal law, do not require a background check. This means that felons can “lie and buy” at gun shows and other places where guns are readily available.

SOLUTION: We need to make it harder for convicted felons, the dangerously mentally ill, and other prohibited persons to obtain guns by implementing strong gun laws and policies that will protect our families and communities from gun violence.

Most monkeys, gibbons, and great apes, one could even argue the majority of humans, retreat and scatter when threatened or when sensing fear, baboons will usually stand their ground and either fight back or aggressively attack.

Above is a clip where Ice-T discusses why he believes the 2nd Amendment is important. Rush Limbaugh, the man who uses fake callers to construct a fake audience, found fault in that… somehow… listen to Rush be racist here.

This is how Ice-T responded, and I agree. Rush, you are racist. And more so, a piece of shit.

mindtwinkies:

americanindignants:

Police murder a man in Anaheim then shoot at innocent bystanders protesting the murder.

**the police in our country are out of control thugs and you can not trust them to investigate themselves. this is an outrage. this is brutality. this is a police state.

Another citizen shot while RUNNING AWAY. WTF is going on police?

(via truth-has-a-liberal-bias)

motherjones:

The horrific slaughter at a movie theater in Colorado is the latest in an epidemic of gun violence. Check out our map. 36 Mass Murders Across America in 30 Years

motherjones:

The horrific slaughter at a movie theater in Colorado is the latest in an epidemic of gun violence. Check out our map. 36 Mass Murders Across America in 30 Years

wnyc:

Click image for interactive map.
Using data from the New York City police department, WNYC mapped all street stops by police that resulted in the recovery of a gun last year. The map shows an interesting pattern. We located all the “hot spots” where stop and frisks are concentrated in the city, and found that most guns were recovered on people outside those hot spots—meaning police aren’t finding guns where they’re looking the hardest. Full Story.

wnyc:

Click image for interactive map.

Using data from the New York City police department, WNYC mapped all street stops by police that resulted in the recovery of a gun last year. The map shows an interesting pattern. We located all the “hot spots” where stop and frisks are concentrated in the city, and found that most guns were recovered on people outside those hot spots—meaning police aren’t finding guns where they’re looking the hardest. Full Story.

(via reagan-was-a-horrible-president)

From what I understand the PPD rolled up to a car in a parking lot with black people inside it. The police exited their car with guns drawn. They asked the driver and passenger to get out then they asked a male in the back seat to get out. When out of the car the poilce asked him to pull up his shirt and turn around. At that time the police released their dogs and witnesses said it was less then 3 seconds between when the dogs were released and the first of between 2 and 6 bullets were fired… at a man running AWAY from them. Thankfully the man lived.

Personally, I want to give this man money to sue the PPD. I hope he does, I hope he wins.

antihunting:

Get an orange bandanna to put on your pet for $7 and help support Reka, a dog shot this past winter by hunters! The money will go towards Reka’s legal fees and our efforts to get regulations to protect domestic animals from hunting mistakes. 
Please buy a bandanna or spread the word!

antihunting:

Get an orange bandanna to put on your pet for $7 and help support Reka, a dog shot this past winter by hunters! The money will go towards Reka’s legal fees and our efforts to get regulations to protect domestic animals from hunting mistakes. 

Please buy a bandanna or spread the word!

(Source: , via animalfreak11-deactivated201310)

occupyallstreets:

Breaking: Live Ammunition Used On Protesters In Qatif, Saudi Arabia - July 8, 2012

astern province,Riyadh.

In June, Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud ordered the country’s security forces to go on a state of high alert due to what he called a “turbulent situation” in the region.

(via anarcho-queer)