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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.

Also make sure to like The Other 98% on Facebook for even more opportunities to  bring down the corporatocracy.

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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Happy Mother's Day: 17 hurt at New Orleans Mother's Day parade shooting (+ another child shooting)

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The bad news: There was yet another mass shooting, one of the victims being a 10-year-old girl who was grazed and thankfully is in good condition. The good news: There were no deaths.

Happy Mother's day:

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Gunmen opened fire on dozens of people marching in a Mother's Day neighborhood parade in New Orleans on Sunday, wounding at least 17 people, police said.

Three suspects were seen running from the scene. Raw video at the link.happy_mothers_daymother's day shooting

Sadly, yesterday, there was another shooting of one small child by another. Via TPM:

A five-year-old boy in Denton, Texas was left in critical condition after he was shot in the head by his eight-year-old friend Saturday morning. According to the Denton Record-Chronicle, the police said the two boys were alone in the bedroom when the older child found a .22 caliber rifle, pointed it at the other boy, and shot him.

The boy is in critical condition.

#ProtectingTheFamily

#ButWeGrewUpAroundGuns

#Responsible

#YouDontUnderstand

#AmericanTradition

#SelfProtection

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Hey kids! Cold outside? NRA children's magazine says you should build shooting ranges inside your house!

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Here are my recent posts from only the last week or so relating to children and guns:

Now this from Think Progress:

A ThinkProgress review of the NRA children’s magazine, InSights, found another piece of disturbing advice: kids should build target ranges inside their homes. The article, “BB, It’s Cold Outside,” ran in the January 2013 edition of InSights.

It sure did:

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Okay, that's not disturbing at all.

Who can resist a sweet little cherub with a rifle? Don'tcha just wanna pinch his cheeks? Well, yes, actually I do, he is adorable. But I'd rather pinch his parents' and the NRA's judgment... really, really hard:

While the article does tell kids to follow standard firing range safety rules and ask adult permission before setting up the indoor range, here are some other tips it offers:

– “Eliminate ricochet with a proper backstop. You have no idea how bouncy a tiny metal ball can be until you hear one whizzing by your head.

“There are plenty of indoor range setups you can find on the internet.”

– “You don’t want people opening a door or looking in a window to see a BB gun pointing at them.”

– “While you’re thinking of cool stuff to use as targets, also keep in mind how you’re going to set them up in your range. Hanging targets work great, by the way.

– “When you’re trying to improve accuracy, BB guns are the best. If you have a habit of flinching when pulling the trigger, BB guns will help you work that out.”

Because, see, BB guns aren't really guns, they're just funsy practice playthings that shoot little bouncy balls. Bouncy balls that can maim or kill.

[The article] is addressed to children who are “shooting a real gun now” but can’t wait to practice until it’s warm enough outside to make firing one fun...

How many little ones would you trust to remember every safety tip, adhere to them, and shoot accurately? I have really good kids, but when they were very young, they simply couldn't be counted on to act as mini-adults. Not even my perfectly perfect twins.

No child is 100% responsible. Nor are 100% of adults, for that matter, as all these articles document. And little ones can't be expected to have the coordination and maturity to know which is more lethal, a BB gun or a real one.

Yet companies like Crickett and organizations like the NRA are more interested in sales than they are in saving lives.

Think Progress has more.

family values my ass

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How The Worst Moments of the NRA’s 2013 Annual Meeting Showed the Organization’s Ugly History Repeating Itself

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Please welcome Christopher W. Brown, a researcher for the Coalition To Stop Gun Violence. This is his first guest post at TPC:

History Repeating Itself At The NRA’s Annual Meeting.

How The Worst Moments Of The NRA’s 2013 Annual Meeting Showed The Organization’s Ugly History Repeating Itself

The world was following the NRA’s annual meeting with greater levels of attention than ever before and the NRA lived up to their reputation with a series of shocking, embarrassing and offensive moments. While these events show the extremism of the modern NRA, many of them also show the NRA is in fact embracing and repeating the ugliest moments in the organization’s sordid history. Here’s some of the worst moments of the 2013 annual meeting and their historical antecedents:

1.  New NRA President James Porter Demands A New Culture War. 

James Porter didn’t waste any time before stoking controversy telling his fellow gun activists it was their responsibility to wage a new “culture war.”   The extremism on display at the convention is nothing new for Porter who has previously called President Obama a “fake President” and referred the American Civil War the “War of Northern Aggression.”

Porter’s words echoes long time NRA President Charlton Heston’s racist and homophobic culture war speeches. In 1997 Charlton Heston, who served as the NRA’s President from 1998-2003, listed a variety of purported grievances against whites in a speech delivered to the Free Congress Foundation. Heston’s remarks were denounced by former President of the NAACP Julian Bond as “bigoted and homophobic.” In 1999 Heston returned to the subject in a speech titled “Winning the Culture War” where he lamented that the term “white pride” was viewed as racist.

The relevance of Porter’s decision to start his term as NRA president mirroring the language Heston used to express barely veiled bigotry shouldn’t be lost on anyone.

2.  Glenn Beck Suggests That A Shooting Was A “Set Up” Meant To Discredit The NRA.

One day before the convention opened it’s doors a highly disturbed man opened fire in Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport drawing counter fire from security personnel before turning the gun on himself. The shooter brought an AR-15 assault rifle to the airport, but never used it.  Sadly and unsurprisingly Glenn Beck suggested the incident could have been a “set up” by the “uber-left” meant to discredit the NRA. 

In fact it would be surprising if pro-gun extremists weren’t pushing a conspiracy theory in the wake a well-publicized act of gun violence. Most recently, Alex Jones called the Boston Marathon bombings a “false flag” and we saw the sickening outbreak of Sandy Hook truther videos suggesting the mass shooting was fake and the victims families were “crisis actors.” The NRA didn’t touch those two smears, but the group is no stranger to these types of conspiracy theories. The NRA spent 2011 suggesting the Obama administration intentionally orchestrated the failed ATF investigation Fast and Furious to enable a push for greater gun restrictions. Years earlier Wayne LaPierre  similarly suggested Bill Clinton willfully allowed gun violence for the same reason.

3. Glenn Beck Portrays New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg As Nazi

Glenn Beck might have been too crazy for Fox News, but that didn’t stop the NRA from inviting him to again share his conspiratorial ramblings with the conference attendees. The NRA got their money’s worth as Beck smeared New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg as he displayed an image likening Bloomberg to a Nazi.

Nazi smears are nothing new for the NRA. During the nineties Wayne LaPierre likened federal law enforcement agents to Nazis in the NRA's publications and fundraising materials. Former President George H.W. Bush famously resigned his lifetime NRA membership over LaPierre describing federal agents as “jack-booted thugs”, but in fact an earlier comment by LaPierre made the Nazi link explicitly.

4. Obama Look-Alike Zombie Removed For Convention.

Disturbing rhetoric is old hat for the NRA, but this year’s annual meeting also featured the visibly disturbing and indeed just plain disgusting. Convention vendor Zombie Industries was asked to take down their zombie themed shooting target after complaints that it resembled President Obama. While the life sized three-dimensional target was taken down, it was still available for sale at the booth.

Remember the concealed-carry hoodie they pushed after the Trayvon Martin shooting?  The NRA aggressively markets branded accessories, such as the toaster that will burn their logo onto your bread, to their supporters. When unarmed African American teenager Trayvon Martin was killed by concealed carry permit holder George Zimmerman his hoodie gained wide symbolic importance after Geraldo Rivera suggested the hoodie had contributed to Martin’s death. As the case was receiving wide media attention the NRA’s online store generated controversy by selling a hoodie designed with a special pocket to hold a handgun.

5. NRA Embraces Fringe Gun Activist Jeff Knox’s Extremist Resolution.

During the opening session of the convention the attendees approved a resolution calling for opposition to any and all new gun restrictions put forward by Jeff Knox head of the hardline Firearms Coalition. The resolution’s blind and thoughtless embrace of absolutism perfectly encapsulates the modern NRA’s indifference to common sense gun policy.

Pushing the NRA to the fringe is a family business for Knox. Knox’s father Neal is credited with purging moderate voices from the NRA in the 70s and 80s.  This year the NRA proved so compliant to their most extremist supporters’ agenda that even without a formal leadership role Jeff Knox was able to continue the family tradition of pushing the NRA even further as far from the mainstream.

If you’re interested in learning more about the NRA’s leadership please visit http://www.meetthenra.org/, which is maintained by the Education Fund To Stop Gun Violence.

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