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George Zimmerman Now Can't Even Draw Flies



In the immortal words of B.B. King, "The thrill is gone. The thrill is gone away." And that's good news when it comes to George Zimmerman.

George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watchman and killer of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, failed to draw many fans at an Orlando gun show on Saturday, according to the NY Daily News. What can you say? Maybe the fascination with this killer has worn off. I wonder how OJ would have done at this event?

NY Daily News:

Over the course of six hours, fewer than 20 people at the gun show asked for a free autographed photo of Zimmerman, who was situated in a rear office of The Arms Room gun store in Orlando. The gun show, originally booked at Orlando’s Majestic Events Center, had been cancelled after word that Zimmerman would appear, however the promoters were able to secure another venue.


So, here's hoping sanity has returned to the public. Fascination with fads, like Fizzies and Lickamade are passing fancies. Now we can try adding George Z to that list.


Largest gun show in DC raises admission to help bankroll fight against Obama’s gun safety measures

Stop Handgun Violence sign Massachusetts gun shows background checks

Stop Handgun Violence sign, Massachusetts


What is so damned hard about processing this Constitutionally protected right and fact: America, you are still, and will continue to be, able to "keep and bear your guns."

Oversight and common sense safety measures to keep more children and adults from being sprayed with bullets will not infringe on anyone's Second Amendment rights. You know what infringes on rights? People who kill other people with weapons that belong-- exclusively-- in the hands of our military service members.

"Right-to-lifers" might want to check their hypocrisy at the door for two minutes and think about who and what they're defending.

They might want to consider twenty children and their right to not get killed.

They might want to have just a tad of empathy for those who couldn't fight back against an angry gun owner who fully intended to slaughter living, breathing human beings with his seemingly endless stream of bullets aimed at their heads... like Gabby Giffords, for example.

Or the five-year-olds at Sandy Hook Elementary whose little faces were blasted and shredded beyond recognition.

But clinging to the "right" to an assault rifle trumps men, women, and children clinging to their last breath.

And to make matters worse, these same self-righteous gunners prioritize lobbyists and profit over real liberty: The freedom to breathe.

Via The Hill:

Thousands of gun enthusiasts are descending upon the “Nation’s Gun Show” at the Dulles Expo Center this weekend and, for the first time in five years, are being greeted with a higher cost of entry as the gun rights community wages a tough, and costly, campaign to stop Obama and Congress from stiffening certain gun laws.

Admission has gone up because we are using the money to fight so you can keep and bear your guns,” read the sign on the front doors to the gun show.

“We have already spent $25,000 this year to stop impending legislation by hiring lawyers, lobbyists, and writing bills.” [...]

“Got to get them while you can,” said one man, who had just purchased an AR-15 assault-style weapon for $1,599 and a 42-round clip for $45. He did not want to be identified.

It has been well-established that military-style weapons and high-capacity magazines are not necessary for hunting, nor have any gun "enthusiasts" documented a case in which they've been used to defend a homeowner from an intruder.

That much was made clear at the Senate hearings on gun violence and in this video of Lawrence O’Donnell eviscerating gun hugger Gayle Trotter. But that didn't stop "the steadily paced stream of gun buyers slow[ing] to a stop in front of the dealers hawking assault-style weapons and high-capacity magazines."

It's rather important to note that the largest gun show in the DC area allowed for private sales. That means no sales tax and no background checks required.

What could possibly go wrong?


"I respect others' fears. Now respect mine: I'm afraid of the NRA."



Today's L.A. Times letter to the editor, because our voices matter:

Re "The NRA's hidden power," Opinion, Jan. 3

The NRA could not find a more appealing spokeswoman than Carlson. But let's look at a few facts:

The NRA was taken over by the far right in 1977 under the leadership of Harlon Carter, an anti-immigrant fanatic. As a teenager, he was convicted for murder (his conviction was eventually overturned).

The 2nd Amendment was not conceived in an era of 30-round clips. Today, weapons like the AR-15 are sold at gun shows. Why isn't the NRA at the forefront of responsible gun reform?

About 11,000 Americans are killed because of gun violence every year. Britain has fewer than 100 such deaths. The NRA position on addressing this is unacceptable.

Carlson wrote that the NRA's "power lies in its ability to tap into people's real and imagined fears." I respect others' fears. Now respect mine: I'm afraid of the NRA.

Peter Merlin

Los Angeles


Fix Gun Checks Campaign comes to Florida


Florida's two senators need to support fixing background checks. Now. Terrorists, drug cartels, and every other type of criminal you can think of keep getting their guns at gun shows with no background checks, as I've previously posted about every which way I can (scroll).

We can't let this senseless lack of oversight continue. Kenneth Quinnell has written an informative, detailed post that is a must-read (bolding mine):

Mayors Against Illegal Guns has launched a new campaign called “Fix Gun Checks” designed to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people. This seems like the most basic tactic for preventing gun violence and incidents like the attack on Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. [...]

The Fix Gun Checks campaign issued a full press release...

More than 2,300 Floridians were murdered with guns between 2007 and 2009. Gun shows held in the state – which does not require background checks for private sales, including those completed at gun shows – have been linked to international terrorism and drug cartels.


This is a problem that can certainly be mitigated by government action. Can we stop all gun violence? Of course not. Can we stop a lot of it? Most certainly. The only thing stopping us is political will. Are you willing to explain to the families of the next victims why we didn’t take common-sense steps to prevent the next shooting? I’m not.

A key issue for Floridians is that neither of our U.S. Senators has come out in favor of the universal background checks that were first proposed by the mayors and are now part of a bill sponsored by Chuck Schumer... I think it would be a good idea for us to call the offices of Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio and ask them why they aren’t supporting this legislation, which is as noncontroversial and common-sense as legislation comes.

Please go to Kenneth's post here. There is a lot more information plus contact numbers for Nelson and Rubio.

Let's save some lives. It's not that hard.


Quickie: Two injured in accidental shooting at gun show


Today's Quickie:

Irony is not dead, and luckily, neither are two men:

BLOOMINGTON — Two men were injured in an accidental shooting Saturday morning at the ECA Gun and Knife Show at Bloomington’s Sale Barn.

An attendee at the show was handling a mini-14 semiautomatic rifle at about 11:15 a.m. As the patron was laying the rifle back on a vendor table, the gun accidentally discharged, said McLean County Sheriff Mike Emery. [...]

The sheriff said one man suffered a chest wound. Details of the second person’s injuries were not immediately available.

Via our own Cliff Schecter:  "As the NRA says, more guns make places safer...That's why Somalia is such a popular tourist destination..."

That was today's Quickie. Will you still respect me in the morning?


VIDEO- AZ Gun Show Undercover: Glock 9mm, 33-round extended magazine sold, no background check, no questions


At a gun show in Phoenix , Arizona on January 23, 2011, an undercover investigator bought a Glock 9mm similar to the one used by the shooter in Tucson 15 days before and three 33-round extended magazines, no questions, no background check.

(The video the email refers to is the one posted above)

I get emails:

For criminals, drug abusers and other dangerous people, buying a gun without a background check is far too easy.

Just two weeks after the Tucson shootings, the City of New York sent undercover investigators to a gun show in nearby Phoenix, Arizona where they filmed three gun purchases -- all with no questions asked.

Check out this undercover video and share it with your friends and families.

See How Criminals Get Their Hands on Guns: Watch the Video.

Federal law prohibits certain categories of dangerous people from owning guns, and licensed dealers can easily screen buyers with the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).   But the system is easily evaded, especially in so-called "private sales" made at hundreds of gun shows around the country every year.

The Gun Show Loophole is how investigators bought a Glock 9mm and three 33-round high-capacity magazines -- just like those used by Jared Loughner -- without undergoing a background check.

In fact, investigators were able to buy two more handguns, even after informing the sellers they “probably couldn’t pass a background check.”  That’s not just outrageous, it’s an illegal sale.

It’s time for Congress to step up and fix these deadly flaws in our gun laws.  The background check system must include all the names of prohibited purchasers, and the loopholes that let criminals evade background checks must be closed immediately. [...]

The fatal flaws in America’s background check system have been exposed at Columbine, Virginia Tech, and now in Tucson.  Let's do what it takes to stop these tragic shootings.

Thanks for getting involved,
Mayors Against Illegal Guns