ProPublica has compiled a mass of information and charts about the current gun debate to filter out the facts from the overwhelming horde of rhetoric. It’s worthy of anyone’s attention who is more interested in gaining a thorough perspective on the debate.
Given the numerous calls for the gun control legislation after the multitude of mass shootings this past year alone and the subsequent debates across the country taking shape now, it goes without saying many a gun control proponent has found themselves in an elongated back and forth with a pro-gun advocate. Much the rhetoric from the pro-gun side includes claims that “They’re taking away our guns” or “Obama is violating the 2nd Amendment, impeach him” or “Gun laws don’t work”. Much of this rhetoric sprouts from any number of right-wing blogs or Fox News opinion page and of course from the current leader of the National Rifle Associate, Wayne LaPierre whose recent comments have yet to endear him in the minds of American public.
What did the interview, or more accurately the everything anti-government rant, with Alex Jones actually accomplish? Many of us have watched the video and witnessed the bizarre logic used by the, now infamous, gun rights advocate, blogger and radio host to justify current gun rights laws and what will happen if those guns are taken away. But what was the reasoning behind Mr. Morgan’s offer of a national stage interview with what many would consider a radical, anti-government conspiracy theorist? Well perhaps within the question lies the answer. Was this simply a way to provide one of the prominent faces of the far-right, gun rights advocacy with enough rope to hang himself, along with a sizable portion of the anti-gun control crowd itself?
After defending his organization’s “logical” stance to arm elementary schools to prevent mass shooting tragedies on Meet the Press this morning, it seemed appropriate to revisit what else has leapt from Wayne LaPierre’s mouth highlighting his “logical”, and sane, state of mind.
Obama’s Gun Control Conspiracy [Repost]
While great for a laugh, this excerpt from the Colbert Report illustrates how the political rumor mill stretches and contorts real world actions into messages that create fears in the general public that don’t actually exist.
Once again the nation faces yet another mass shooting incident, this time leaving 20 elementary school children dead in small town Connecticut. This tragic even marks the 18th mass shooting this year alone resulting in the deaths of 99 people and the injury of 92 others. This, of course, only accounts for the nationally reported events, not the multitude of other shooting deaths that occur daily in our own cities and towns.
In the wake of such disturbing events as these we must ask ourselves, “When will be okay to talk about gun control?” When will the taboo of this issue be broken? So few have the conviction and courage to speak out, to say what needs to be said instead of sinking into the sidelines afraid of the controversy. Bob Costas should be applauded for his remarks after the Kansas City Chiefs murder-suicide. Instead he was lambasted for daring to speak of control.
Just as with the Health Care Reform debate here in the US, the rest of the developed world’s industrialized countries are astonished that, in the wake of such tragedies as the Aurora, Colorado shootings, the need for gun control is still a debate. For many of our friends abroad this is a non-issue, gun control is a necessity and debating it makes little sense. But here in the US, we still feel the right to bear arms is one that should not be hindered with troublesome regulation even if it saves lives, in the same vain so many feel increasing access to basic health care for millions of Americans is tantamount to treason. It makes one wonder where our priorities lie in this country. Why are we so unwilling to accept a relatively small level of inconvenience if it means improving or protecting the lives of our fellow citizens? Perhaps this is simply a symptom of our own immaturity as a nation.
In light of the shooting tragedy in Aurora, Colorado this past Friday I felt it worthwhile to repost this article. From Columbine to the Red Lake shootings to Virginia Tech to Gabrielle Giffords to this most recent massacre, gun reform is repeatedly halted at the precipice of action. Gun rights activists, the National Rifle Association and many in the Republican Party hold up their hands saying, “Now isn’t the time for knee-jerk reactions”. Democrats stumble through the densely packed minefield of the topic, trepidatious of even whispering the words “gun control”. Mayor Bloomberg appears to be the only political voice encouraging responsible, gun safety policy in this area.
While great for a laugh, this excerpt from the Colbert Report illustrates how the political rumor mill stretches and contorts real world actions into messages that create fears in the general public that don’t actually exist. From the Free Speech/Protest Banning HR 347 to Obama’s peacetime martial law implementing executive order to health care reform’s implanted tracking chip requirement, the rumor mill has been quite busy manufacturing an abundance of fear meant to convince voters the sitting president is a shadowy figure intent on implementing a diabolical plan to set asunder the country as we know it.Vodpod videos no longer available.
This year’s Superbowl ads plucked at sensitive political tensions more so than previous championship seasons. From an anti-union ad to the auto industry’s America is Recovering, Clint Eastwood, perceived politically-motivated halftime ad, national politics took advantage of one of the election year’s most captive television audiences. Another highly emotional issue regained the spotlight as New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino were featured in their own ad promoting gun control reforms.