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No More Prayers (Except the Prayer to Act)



Lauren Mayer is a singer/songwriter/pianist who writes comedy songs about everything from Supreme Court decisions to obnoxious celebrities. She proudly supports leftist causes including equal pay, reproductive choice, fair minimum wage, addressing climate change, and marriage equality.

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From Lauren's email to me:

Dear friends,

Next week I'll go back to poking fun at politics (and there's certainly no shortage of material, on a daily basis lately!), but right now I'm too angry to be funny, and while a song won't change any minds or policies, it's what I felt compelled to say.

From YouTube:

How many more mass shootings do we need before we come to our senses about gun control?

From the song:

Your silence mocks the victims when there are laws you could enact so no more prayers except the prayer to act.


Here we go again: Killer of teen says "he was showing off a new semi-auto rifle when it accidentally discharged."


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Yesterday it was this "Here we go again": 5-year-old killed, woman wounded when assault rifle “went off.”

That was in Oregon. Today, the AP is reporting that this happened in Louisiana:

[A] 16-year-old boy was shot and killed in what another man described as an accident that happened while showing off a new rifle.

The boy was hit in the neck, and the 23-year-old who allegedly admitted firing the gun was booked with one count of negligent homicide.

He was "showing off" his brand spankin' new assault rifle. We can safely conclude that the teenager who he killed was not impressed.

So here we are again:


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Gun store refuses to sell Gabby Giffords's husband an assault weapon

(J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

(J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

So much for Mark Kelly's Second Amendment rights. Can you imagine the uproar if this had happened to a tea partier?

(Reuters) - An Arizona gun store owner has canceled the sale of an assault rifle to the husband of former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, after discovering that he made the purchase to highlight the need for gun control.

Mark Kelly got a refund after buying an AR-15 style weapon. The store owner didn't appreciate the semi-automatic weapon being used as a prop for their anti-violence/gun safety cause.

Here's what his Facebook message said:

While I support and respect Mark Kelly's 2nd Amendment rights to purchase, possess, and use firearms in a safe and responsible manner, his recent statements to the media made it clear that his intent in purchasing the ... rifle from us was for reasons other than for his personal use."

In light of this fact, I determined that it was in my company's best interest to terminate this transaction prior to his returning to my store.

So if a gun dealer doesn't approve of a political reason for legally purchasing a rifle, he can refuse service. And because he runs a private business, it's constitutional, albeit ironic. And hypocritical.

He's going to donate the rifle to a police raffle and give the amount of money he would have gotten from selling the rifle to Kelly to a child gun safety program.


Mapping the Dead: Gun deaths since the Newtown massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School


gun deaths since Newtown map via HuffPo

The Huffington Post has tracked gun-related deaths in the United States since the Newtown massacre. Click here for a jarring interactive map of those who have died. The above map is a screen grab that just doesn't have the same impact.

Here is Jason Cherkis's post, One Nation Under The Gun: Thousands Of Gun Deaths Since Newtown.

And here are the faces of those whose lives were cut short by someone who thought it was important to "rack up" casualties, which is why he chose children as his targets:

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...Lanza kept a chilling 7-by-4-foot spreadsheet with 500 names as part of research into mass killings in the past. A source, who requested anonymity, said Lanza kept tabs on the number of casualties each killer racked up and the precise make and model of the weapons used.

“They don’t believe this was just a spreadsheet. They believe it was a score sheet,” said the source, who heard the details at a police seminar in New Orleans. [...]

Detectives believe Lanza targeted an elementary school because he considered it a “point of least resistance,” and he could rack up the greatest number of kills.

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