As the Godfather said to the fictional Johnny Fontaine (aka Frank Sinatra), “Now, you just go outside and enjoy yourself, and, uh, forget about all this nonsense. I want you, I want you to leave it all to me.”
So who is to blame for the absurdity of America’s infantile gun culture, these ever escalating numbers of school shootings? Be prepared to be asked some tough questions.
Obama gets it–this was his response to Oregon’s Umpqua Community College shootings that took place on October 2, 2015:
Referring to the NRA, Obama asks the million dollar question, are “your views… being properly represented by the organization that suggests it is speaking for you?”
We are now going to need to discuss why this question is pivotal to addressing US gun culture issues.
Don’t you find it odd that after one half-baked plan to use a shoe as a bomb, we shall forever be walking around airport terminals barefoot? Suddenly my miniature Swiss Army knife on my key ring, is constantly confiscated, or your shampoo ending up in a goody bag for TSA employees.
Yet nothing ever happens in response to ever rising incidents of mass school shooting. People believing that the TSA and their minimum wage employees will protect us from more obvious security weaknesses (which I will not mention) are about as delusional as those who believe that a life jacket will save you if your large commercial plane plummets into the ocean. But as long as people feel good right?
Well it is time to stop feeling complacent about school shootings, and it is time to take responsibility for the increasing numbers of children that are put at risk as a result of people spouting infantile opinions. Stupid myth-based opinions are deadly. One does not have the right to mythical opinions, if such opinions can be proven wrong. This is not about you, it is about every one but you. You are culpable if you believe in any of the following Myths:
- First: America does not have the most infantile gun culture on the planet.
- Second amendment twaddle.
- More guns make you safer.
- Gun free zones need guns.
- The NRA is not an insidious organizational and that it must be tolerated.
Point one will will be clarified below.
Now let us quickly deal with the second point, as it is really dead simple:
a) The 2nd amendment is not unambiguous, plus there remains controversy over the precise grammar that impacts its intentions.
b) The Constitution by definition changes every time the Supreme court makes a ruling, and there have been such ruling.
And most importantly:
c) If any action taken by the Government is unconstitutional—that is why we have the Supreme Court in the first place.
So what the hell are they worried about? Like all things Stupidparty—it is simplistic sloganeering to rile up an uninformed fearful base.
If you even tolerate circular vacuous slogans like ‘Guns don’t shoot people’—you are morally bound to seek substance, and you are morally bound to engage in some introspection. Before we get to the nitty gritty (and to assist in get getting one started on the dark nordic noir road of introspection), let’s get a lighthearted reality check. shall we—from an outsider looking in—because it really is important to be aware of how the rest of the world perceives this problem.
Let us evaluate what we are up against in terms of the numbers:
America, in spite of having only 270 million guns, seems to be the only country that has a material number of school shootings, and the only country where infantile political debate is tolerated when it comes to the safety of children (there are no doubt some exceptions in countries undergoing civil war or drug-cartel domination of the police).
Here is the pattern for school shootings by year since 2000
Stupidparty Disciples will point to a few incidents abroad and suggest that Europe is thus just as bad. They fail to figure out that while the USA, with less than half the population of Europe, has had 167 school shootings since 1960 while Europe has had 19.
This means that schools in America are 1,700 percent more likely to be hit than schools in Europe.
Now look at these trends and then imagine what idiots might do:
Talking of Europe, let’s talk about Texas. What is the connection? Well its quite simple really, there is none—other than the fact that they are intellectual polar opposites. Texas has been desperate to prove that they are the stupidest state in the Country. This is a battle of the titans as Texas tries to duke it out with the likes of Mississippi and Kansas. The mathematical results of this Olympian competition have been thoroughly analyzed. But Texas must be feeling a bit miffed, because now they have outdone themselves, as the The New York Times reveals:
In Texas, there’s so little concern for college students’ physical safety that concealed firearms will be permitted in classrooms at public universities like the state flagship here. This wasn’t the doing or desire of administrators and faculty at the University of Texas—most of whom, it seems, are horrified—but of conservative Texas lawmakers on a tireless mission to loosen gun restrictions whenever, however and wherever they can. To be or not to be armed in Shakespeare class? Your choice! Guns in dorms? Just the ticket for a good night’s sleep!
As an aside I would point out that any out of state parent should not even consider sending their kids to any public university in Texas, and should even explore transferring their kids as soon as possible. I say out of state, because I recognize that in state parents may not have financial options. But bare in mind that it will not be long before any one educated in Texas will likely find some suspicion from employers round the globe. once it becomes generally recognized that the curriculum is being tampered with by extraordinarily stupid people—Texas Stupidparty politicians.
I issued the above public health warning on Oct 7th—on Oct 9th the following occurred:
Two people were shot, according to the university. One person was killed and the second injured, authorities said. The condition of the injured person is not yet known. Their identities were not disclosed by authorities. The campus went into lock down as a result of the incident. “All staff are asked to remain in offices—students to remain in classrooms until further notice,” Eva Pickens, a university spokeswoman, said in a statement.
Now look at these trends (above) and then imagine what an idiot might say:
“Look, stuff happens.” Yes, that was Jeb’s response to Oregon’s Umpqua Community College shootings. A bit different from Obama then.
Now, Jeb can argue, with a degree of justification that this comment was taken out of context, and he defended himself by saying that he was talking more generally about the tendency to pass laws in response to tragic events. In a normal political environment with a normal candidate that would be a reasonable defense. But the problem is that there are so many false and deadly narratives out there, such as the notion that schools being in no-gun zones, makes them a target—that if a political leader does not shoot down such stupidity, he must get implicated by the consequences of his lack of intelligence or honest leadership. It is such a stupid theory that I never thought I would need to disprove it. But I did.
Now let us evaluate what we are up against in terms of intellect:
After the Umpqua Community College shootings, Obama was righteously furious and he finally said what really needs to be said:
“And I would particularly ask America’s gun owners who are using those guns properly, safely, to hunt for sport, for protecting their families, to think about whether your views are being properly represented by the organization that suggests it is speaking for you,”
Obama is still being over cautious in his inclusion of gun owners protecting their families (they are actually putting their families at greater risk)—but baby steps is all that we can possibly expect, in the art of the possible. Most importantly he is finally going there, zeroing in on the biggest culprit—the NRA.
We must launch a war on the NRA if we are ever to move this forward. Now many people who remain sympathetic to the NRA point out that the NRA has had quite a progressive history. They are correct. But all that history was made redundant the day the extremists staged a coup, took over the leadership, and created the facade of being a democratic organization. The Washington Post reported that the “NRA was transformed from a mainstream sportsman’s association into a hard-core anti-gun control lobby in the late 1970s after its most radical members rebelled and booted their long-time leadership. Ever since then, the group’s energetic right flank has pressed its leadership to take evermore uncompromising policy stances, particularly when the stakes were highest.”
NRA death race: the final frontier. Herein are the facts and this website will not tolerate falsity and lies. Our continuing mission: to explore absurd Stupidparty thinking, to seek out new intelligent life and build new civilizations in Red States, to boldly go where no one has gone before.
Hillary Clinton nailed it: “What is wrong with us that we can’t stand up to the NRA and the gun lobby and the gun manufacturers they represent?”
Unfortunately, Bernie Sanders did not nail it “we’ve got to do something… I don’t know that anybody knows what the magic solution is.” But being from and helping to create the least Stupidparty state in the Country (which I prove here), he can hardly be blamed for not having a trigger-happy finger on the pulse of the obscene gun culture in so many regions of the country.
But Mike Huckabee said, “We have not so much a gun problem, we have a problem with sin and evil.” OK Micky, let’s go and find the worst sinners in the world. Who are they and where do they live?
Fancy that, the world’s worst sinners support Mike Huckabee and he panders to and inflames their sins. Mike (Micky) the Anti Christ-ian.
Now back to the pied pipers, the mafioso of gun nonsense, of Gundamentalism. During the 2012 election cycle, 21 Democrats compared to 223 Stupidparty congressmen—received donations from the NRA. 89% of NRA contributions go to the Stupidparty.
But this only the tip of the iceberg, because if you dare speak out against NRA extremism, they will take you down. Let’s look at one example, a politician from Tennessee, Debra Maggart, a lifetime NRA member with an A+ NRA rating. She was OK with guns in bars! But she finally drew the line and did not want to back a bill allowing guns in cars, even on properties where the owners did not want guns. The NRA got mad, and the NRA got even:
“We tried to work out a compromise,” Maggart told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour “after that they came after me because I was the caucus leader and I was the only person in leadership who had a primary.” She said the NRA poured money into her small district, attacking her from every angle. She says they created a “Defeat Maggart” website, and used billboards, robocalls, radio ads, YouTube videos and 12 full-page newspaper ads to drive her from office. “They convinced the people where I am from that I was for all these things and that I was actually going to put your family in danger because of this bill.”
They changed her rating on gun legislation from an A+ to a D.
So you see, the NRA does not need to make donations. Just like the Mafia, they can simply offer a deal you can not refuse. If you are brave enough, you are likely to wake up and find a recently decapitated horse’s head lying next to you.
As for their rating, clearly there is no science behind it, it is simply a sledgehammer designed for all the really small nails trying to keep their jobs. As their power to intimidate increases, they can actually reduce their donations. Plus their puppet masters, the gun manufacturers, can save a ton of money on contributions. But any message emanating from the NRA, any donation, should come with a health warning similar to what is now wound on a packet of cigarettes—Warning! Inhaling NRA’s poisonous propaganda is a leading cause of death.
The NRA does not need to make donations whey can engender fear, inflame bigotry and further an agenda totally removed from reality.
Wayne LaPierre, NRA executive vice president and integral part of SP:
“The NRA is going to bring all of its knowledge, dedication and resources to develop a model National School Shield Emergency Response Program for every school that wants it. From armed security to building design and access control to information technology to student and teacher training, this multi-faceted program will be developed by the very best experts in their fields.”
“After Hurricane Sandy, we saw the hellish world that the gun prohibitionists see as their utopia. Looters ran wild in south Brooklyn. There was no food, water or electricity. And if you wanted to walk several miles to get supplies, you better get back before dark, or you might not get home at all.”
“Meanwhile, President Obama is leading this country to financial ruin, borrowing over a trillion dollars a year for phony ‘stimulus’ spending and other payoffs for his political cronies. Nobody knows if or when the fiscal collapse will come, but if the country is broke, there likely won’t be enough money to pay for police protection. And the American people know it.”
“Or ominously, the border also remains open to agents of al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations. Numerous intelligence sources have confirmed that foreign terrorists have identified the southern U.S. border as their path of entry into the country.”
In a recent briefing, Obama eloquently called out the NRA and its unreasonable position on gun ownership. Obama highlighted the fact that there have been 10 times more killings of Americans from mass shootings than terrorist attacks. Furthermore, he touched on the reality of states with stricter gun control measures having less gun violence. Obama also said the following:“Ominously, the border also remains open to agents of al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations. Numerous intelligence sources have confirmed that foreign terrorists have identified the southern U.S. border as their path of entry into the country.”
“When Americans are killed in mine disasters, we work to make mines safer. When Americans are killed in floods and hurricanes, we make communities safer. When roads are unsafe, we fix them to reduce auto fatalities. We have seatbelt laws because we know it saves lives. So the notion that gun violence is somehow different, that our freedom and our Constitution prohibits any modest regulation of how we use a deadly weapon, when there are law-abiding gun owners all across the country who could hunt and protect their families and do everything they do under such regulations doesn’t make sense.”
What Obama politely commented, realizing that facts will simply turn Stupidparty bigotry into actionable hate is that most domestic terrorism come from the domestic Stupidparty mindset. Take the issue of universal background checks, a proposal that 90% of Americans and 74% of NRA members support. If background checks passed at the federal level, then it could solve the issue of criminals crossing state lines to purchase weapons. Policies like these, however, are staunchly opposed by NRA leadership. Anything threatening the the ever-increasing sales of guns will be aggressively attacked by the NRA.
So why is the USA so insane compared the rest of the world?
The only Country that it can some how be compared to might be Switzerland. Looking at this might help shed some light, as many Swiss also own guns—yet they can be trusted with guns. Why? The Swiss have about 46 guns per 100 hundred people compared to America at almost 89 per 100 people. It may be a result of guns being viewed in a different manner. The Swiss view gun ownership as a patriotic duty that stems from an historical fear of invasion, being a neutral country where only 5% of its military personnel are professional and by Government dictates regarding an ability to use guns to defend the nation. Some of Switzerland’s gun regulations include: 1) a ban on concealed weapons, 2) a ban on automatic firearms, and 3) gun buyers must receive a government permit in order to purchase weapons (obtaining this permit involves passing both criminal and mental background checks).
In contrast, many American gun owners find it necessary to brandish their weapons in public places like Walmart. You see, gun nuts treat their weapons as if they reside in the 1850’s Wild West—but this a false perception. It wasn’t unusual for frontier towns to prohibit carrying weapons in public and require visitors to check in their weapons with the proper authorities upon arrival.
Good Guys with Guns:
Drivers who carry guns are 44% more likely than unarmed drivers to make obscene gestures at other motorists, and 77% more likely to follow them aggressively.
Among Texans convicted of serious crimes, those with concealed-handgun licenses were sentenced for threatening someone with a firearm 4.8 times more than those without.
For every time a gun is used in self-defense in the home, there are 7 assaults or murders, 11 suicide attempts, and 4 accidents involving guns in or around a home
43% of homes with guns and kids have at least one unlocked firearm.
In one experiment, one third of 8-to-12-year-old boys who found a handgun pulled the trigger.
Guns for fun, for sport, for hunting, and in really remote areas to protect against wild animals—that is all fine. There might even be a very few areas where guns for personal safety might make sense. But as a general rule owning a gun will not make you safer. Thus owning a gun for this purpose is the act of a coward. But it is worse than that, because by owning a gun, not only are you putting yourself in greater danger—you are also imperiling your family, friends and community.
You are delusional if you believe gun ownership will lead to a better outcome, in the vast majority of cases. So you are not only being a coward, you are being a selfish coward, par for the course for the Stupidparty mindset. I might add than in comparison I conduct my life in a heroic fashion. I have been known to go shopping bearing not even a pencil for self preservation. I also allow my self to wander round airport terminals totally devoid of my beloved miniature Swiss army knife.
The NRA has the financial muscle, the power over politicians. They have the ability to rally its supporters to pressure their congressmen—the power not only to suffocate debate but to keep advancing their insane agenda. They can send a message by targeting certain representative, throwing money at their opponents.
In Sept. 2013, in Colorado, they just completed such a coup.
This is enough to engender fear and buy subservience. “Stand Your Ground” laws are simply a device to allow armed people to shoot unarmed people at will. The gun manufactures and the freedom criers want everyone to be armed, to return us to the Wild West.
Sure, people will get shot—but John Wayne or Clint Eastwood will ride in and save the day. “String ’em” high, all those bad guys, those immigrants, those gays, those damn Yankees. Safest for the womenfolk to stay inside—looking out through a veil.
So why do people fall for all this provable nonsense?
In an unfettered capitalist universe, money trumps everything. Money trumps facts. Money trumps common sense; money trumps humanity itself.
So I am making you an offer that you can not refuse.
Do you want to live in world governed by knowledge, facts and inclusiveness—if so aggressively refute the NRA world, Wayne’s world. On this issue there is no compromise between Myth and Math. If you refuse this offer, you will wake up every morning awash with blood, children’s blood.