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3 GOP-supported policies that do nothing to prevent-- & can contribute to--mass murders like Navy Yard massacre


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This graphic shows the Mass Shooting/Killing incidents since President Barack Obama took office in January 2009. (H/t: Nicole Sandler)

In today's Los Angeles Times, there was an article that went into more detail about Navy Yard murderer Aaron Alexis's "calm, indiscriminate" gun massacre, and how he intended to kill as many people as possible.

As I read the piece, three passages stood out to me, three passages that were painful reminders of how wrongheaded Republican policies are and how the consequences of their laws can hurt Americans.

Let's take them one at a time.

One: Conservatives are obsessed with Small Government (except, of course, when their party's legislators shove trans-vaginal ultrasound probes into women's vaginas against their will). Ironically, it slips what's left of their minds that We the People are government, Elected officials represent We the People. We the People gave them their Big Government jobs. And they claim to value We the People over government, so by shrinking government, they're contradicting themselves by squeezing We the People out. We, too, become smaller. Oops.

Meantime, here's what happens when the GOP succeeds in downsizing the role of that Big Bad Evil Kenyan Marxist Government:

Anthony Meely, chairman of the Fraternal Order of Police's labor committee for the Navy Yard's officers, said in an interview that the force was woefully undermanned Monday because of government cutbacks, which may have led to additional deaths. There were only six patrolmen on duty instead of 11, all were posted at the gates, and only two patrol cars were available [...]

Meely summed up: "I believe the security guard might still be alive if we had had adequate staffing." Instead, he said, "we were undermanned."

So budget cuts eliminated the very protection the shooting victims' lives depended on. Budget cuts resulted in people dying.

Two: "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun." Uh huh:

The chief could hear the shots ringing inside and saw the private security guard at one of the entrances, Meely said. The chief told the guard to unholster his weapon and be prepared to return fire, Meely said, and when the guard did, Alexis shot him.

The bad guy with the gun killed the good guy with a gun. Again, the end result was death.

Three: Gotta have those High Capacity Magazines, because the Second Amendment is the most important Constitutional Amendment evah! The problem with that is, those magazines allow high volume, uninterrupted bullet paths right smack into a large number of human targets. Mass murderers have often been tackled only when they needed to stop and reload. Had Alexis had an assault style firearm capable of shooting 30 to 100 rounds before having to reload, more people would have died:

[FBI Director James B. Comey] said the rampage ended only when Alexis ran out of ammunition. "He was isolated and pinned down by the first responders," he said.

Freedom to own certain weapons is one thing. Freedom to spray crowds with bullets is another. Most of us support the freedom to breathe without fear of being mowed down.

But gun makers donate to politicians and the NRA, and politicians and the NRA do their bidding. Because, you know, freedom.


Not from the Onion: "Screw gun grabbers, grab this beauty now! Free rifle giveaway! (chick not included)"


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See that? Sexy women love to kill people, and so can you! For free!

Here's a close-up of the part that includes one minor caveat that targets their coveted demographic:

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Aww phooey, now all those poor guys with high hopes who open-carry semi-automatic surrogate penises will be crushed to know that Camisole Gal is not part of the Big Prize.

What better follow-up to a gun massacre, right? Here's what their little pitch includes:

HURRY, time is of the essence! We're going to keep this going for as long as we can, but we can't guarantee how long it will stay online before the Gov't comes and shuts us down. Exercise your Constitutional Rights to keep and bear arms. Do the right thing for your home, family and community. This great military surplus home defense system is all yours but time is short. Anti-gun politicians in Washington and all 50 state capitals are scrambling to roll out as many new gun restrictions as possible, as fast as possible. IMPORTANT: this drawing will only include those who make it in before we get the inevitable registered letter from bureaucratic Gov't officials screaming to take this page down. We'll hold them off as long as we can though, and that's our word.

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No site would be complete without an About page. Here's what their fear-mongering About Page is all about:

American Lantern Press (ALP), founded in 1989, publishes news, views, and analysis to empower savvy, self-sufficiency seeking individuals in protecting their assets, health, freedom, and privacy from a rapidly expanding number of threats.

Independent Living, enjoys the support of over 50,000 active paid subscribers hailing from all 50 states and 52 foreign countries. [...]

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ALP is a leader in the specialty newsletter publishing and self-reliance fields and boasts annual gross sales of roughly $7 million. It’s sister company, Independent Living Bullion, offers a variety of gold, silver, platinum, and palladium bullion products, serving precious metals investors in the United States and Canada. Launched in 2010, Independent Living Bullion achieved nearly $200 million in gross sales in its first two full years of operation.

While you're here giving us your email address, spend what little money you have on our gold and survivalist products! Paging Glenn Beck!

FYI: The site's editor and publisher was an aide to Indiana's now-Senator, then-Congressman Dan Coats.

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Gun makers set our national policy. "Is having such easy access to guns worth the carnage?" No.



Today's Los Angeles Times letters to the editor, because our voices matter:

Re "13 dead in D.C. shooting," Sept. 17

For too long we have allowed the gun lobby to set our national gun policy. It has been a perilous experiment that has cost American lives, including 12 innocents at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday.

The gun lobby's only interest is to sell more guns, plain and simple, so it steadfastly opposes any and all attempts to implement the most common-sense regulations, such as requiring a background check for every firearm purchase. Too many spineless politicians kowtow to the lobby's demands.

Mass shootings committed with dangerous weapons easily obtained by dangerous people have become commonplace. It's time to establish a national gun policy that has saving American lives as its priority.

Loren Lieb



The elephant in the room grows larger by the day and still goes unnoticed.

What a sad commentary it is on the state of our society when mental illness goes improperly untreated, as it apparently did for gunman Aaron Alexis. How many opportunities arose in his life when he could have been treated?

We live in a society that puts such a stigma on mental illness that we would rather let those afflicted go untreated with the possibility of harming others or themselves rather than have a system of true mental health care.

Russ Levine



In the aftermath of yet another mass shooting, we will read the usual barrage of letters both for and against gun control, which is par for the course.

But 12 more individuals have been massacred and the gunman is dead, so each and every one of us must ask ourselves one question: Is having such easy access to guns worth the carnage? Any honest, thoughtful individual would assuredly say no.

Jack Wolf



Sadly, my reaction to the latest massacre is one of cynicism grounded in logic, given our inability to achieve responsible gun control in our country. After reading about the tragic event in our nation's capital, my questions are these: What's new about this, and when can we expect the next slaughter?

Joan Horn



VIDEO: Bloomberg "can't buy America," says Wayne LaPierre who has no problem buying America's Congress members


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As Rachel Maddow said, “Wayne LaPierre & NRA exist to make you think of anything other than gunmakers when you feel outraged by gun violence... The National Rifle Association exists to make you think of him, to make you pay attention to him, and to the NRA instead of to the industry that pays the NRA to be their heat shield.“

And a ton of money also goes into the pockets of our elected representatives. They are bought and paid for. They are heavily influenced by all kinds of lobbyists, in this case, lobbyists for the gun industry. If that weren't the case, with the majority of Americans saying they favor more restrictions and common sense gun safety measures, there wouldn't be such a struggle to get laws passed right now.

Watch 24 seconds of Wayne LaPierre's blatant hypocrisy. It's all you'll be able to stomach:

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Here is the entire segment. Keep the Tums handy:

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