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"Only people who would never use a gun should have a gun."

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Today Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed one of the most extreme gun bills in the nation into law. Ironically, this unprecedented legislation is called the "Safe Carry Protection Act," also known as the "Guns Everywhere" bill. It will expand the places that licensed gun owners are permitted to carry guns, like churches. And schools. And government buildings. And bars.

And airports.

Congresswoman Gabby Giffords calls it the most extreme gun bill in America.

Time:

The law, called the “Safe Carry Protection Act,” allows churches to “opt-in” to permit weapons, school districts to appoint staff carrying firearms, and requires bars to opt out if they wish to ban firearms, NBC reports. Gun owners caught at airport security checkpoints can pick up their weapons and leave with no criminal penalty.

Now more people can get Second Amendmented to death!

because FREEDOM

What could possibly go wrong?

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We are a country of gun violence.

And with that, here are today's Los Angeles Times letters to the editor:

Re "Campus shooter receives 40-year term," April 19

An extra level of seriousness and responsibility needs to distinguish gun violence from mere physical violence, the same way we distinguish drunk driving from other forms of careless driving.

If I beat a man with my hands and break his leg, my crime should be less serious than were I to shoot someone and break his leg as a result. Either way, the man would still have a broken bone, but the responsibility for self-control should be greater with the use of a firearm.

Yes, I know that all physical violence can be lethal, but we'd all rather have the fighting chance of a gunless confrontation.

Only people with an unusually high level of self-control should have a gun. Only those rare people who would surely talk their way out of a crisis should have a gun.

Only people who would never use a gun should have a gun.

Betty Ryder

Lakewood

***

Spencer, an African American, shoots into a party at USC. Four are injured. He is sentenced to 40 years to life.

Ethan Couch, a white teen in Texas, drives drunk and kills four people. His lawyer claims he suffers from "affluenza." He receives no jail time at all.

I am so glad there is no such thing as racism in America anymore.

Kevin P. Smith

Newbury Park

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Enticing customers to mix guns and booze isn't paying off: LivingSocial is "in hot water."

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The Gun Truth Project partners with the LivingSocial/DyingSocial campaign. The report that details LivingSocial's deals, with examples, is here.

And I posted about it here: #DyingSocial: LivingSocial must stop mixing assault weapons and alcohol:

CREDO has a press release I’d like to share with you. Bolding is mine:

The online deal site LivingSocial is promoting gun deals, including offers involving assault weapons, by urging their customers to visit shooting ranges and drink alcohol – all in one go. CREDO today launched a campaign urging LivingSocial to drop all deals on guns. [...]

86 percent of gun murders are committed by people who were drinking before they opened fire.

CREDO is recommending that:

LivingSocial should stop helping the gun industry by offering deals on guns or at gun ranges, or any other kind of shooting event.

LivingSocial should never offer packages that combine drinking with shooting or any other dangerous activity.

Wait. What's that I hear? I believe it's the sound of being put in one's place.

Offering consumers the opportunity to mix guns and alcohol has now "landed LivingSocial Inc. in hot water" with a group that approved a big tax break for them.

Via the Wall Street Journal:

In one example of a LivingSocial deal combining guns and alcohol, consumers were invited last year to purchase a $130 adventure kit including a trip to a shooting range in Michigan from downtown Chicago, followed by eight tastings of wine, beer or liquor at a nearby winery.

Great idea. Brilliant. Genius! Intentionally combining drinking booze with gun use always ends so well.

So a DC councilman sent a letter asking for a halt on deals combining shooting range excursions and alcohol:

LivingSocial spokeswoman Sara Parker said the company never received a letter from Councilman Mendelson requesting it to stop running deals involving both gun ranges and alcohol. What’s more, she said LivingSocial hasn’t run any such promotions in more than year. [...]

If the company has decided to stop running combined shooting and alcohol deals, it would be “great,” he said, but “it’s a little too cute to say they discontinued this over a year ago. When I sent the letter in the middle of July it was after I was approached by the advocacy group that brought this to our attention. They showed me ads that weren’t a year old.”

Oops.

LivingSocial reported operating losses totaling $1.3 billion over the past two years.

The title of the WSJ piece says it all: "Guns and Booze Become a Daily Deal Headache For LivingSocial."

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VIDEO-- How to stop the Koch Bros, take power back from corporations: "Reinvent the way media looks and acts."

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In November 2012, I wrote BIG problem: Former News Corp. exec expected to head Tribune Co., Rupert Murdoch eyes LA Times, Chicago Tribune.

Back in April, I wrote The Koch Bros., who plan to buy up 8 major newspapers, “see the conservative voice as not being well represented.” Um…:

Think Progress:

Right-wing funders and business industrialists David and Charles Koch may purchase the Tribune Company newspapers, which include the Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, and the Los Angeles Times. The brothers are “interested in the clout they could gain through the Times’ editorial pages,” the Hollywood Reporter notes.

Under the circumstances, saying this is a serious concern is an understatement.

I'm an L.A. Times subscriber and if these corporate conservative monsters take over, it would be disastrous. I would immediately cancel my subscription and campaign for others to do the same.

Or I could introduce a lot of people to this. Via Free the Press, Buy the Tribune Company:

Corporate media is ruining the integrity of news. Winning the Tribune Company back might just start moving the tide in a different direction. Consider this an experiment that could have an enormous positive ripple effect for democracy.

Americans have said, time and time again, that they trust public and community media much more than corporate media. What if that extended not just to their radio or TV set but their local paper again?

Together we can make history. Really.

Can't contribute? That doesn't mean you can't help take back the media!

Spread the word, tell your social network on Facebook and Twitter. We're going to need as many people as possible to help out if we are going to meet our goal of raising $660 Million.

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Please watch the entire video and then link over, there is much more, including a bunch of cool graphics.

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#DyingSocial: LivingSocial must stop mixing assault weapons and alcohol

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CREDO has a press release I'd like to share with you. Bolding is mine:

The online deal site LivingSocial is promoting gun deals, including offers involving assault weapons, by urging their customers to visit shooting ranges and drink alcohol – all in one go. CREDO today launched a campaign urging LivingSocial to drop all deals on guns.
 
CREDO released a new report in partnership with The Gun Truth Project, and supported by MomsRising, “Dying Social: Deals To Die For,” which details LivingSocial’s promotions for events combining alcohol and guns, and examines incidences where that combination has led to deadly outcomes.
 
The report is available at http://act.credoaction.com/go/dyingsocial  

"In the wake of Newtown, I'd like to know how the people who own or work for Living Social can justify profiting from the packaging of AK47 shooting sprees with an evening of bourbon shots," said Becky Bond, CREDO's Political Director. "Living Social is offering deals that would make even the NRA blush -- not to mention endangering the public health by suggesting pairing assault weapons with alcohol binges is just good clean fun."

LivingSocial has refused to implement a policy ceasing gun-related events, even in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre. That position is in stark contrast to its competitor Groupon, which discontinued them in January. Several other online marketplaces, including Amazon.com (a LivingSocial investor), Craigslist and eBay, prohibit trade in firearms and related accessories like ammunition and scopes.

The report details the irresponsibility with which Living Social has promoted its gun-related events, including one deal touting “a day of popping caps and sipping on taps.” It also runs through the dangers of mixing alcohol and guns, including the fact that 86 percent of gun murders are committed by people who were drinking before they opened fire.

CREDO is recommending that:

LivingSocial should stop helping the gun industry by offering deals on guns or at gun ranges, or any other kind of shooting event.

LivingSocial should never offer packages that combine drinking with shooting or any other dangerous activity.

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