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CNN No Longer Trusted -- Taken Hostage By Gun Advocates

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Wow, thanks to the hard work and investigative klugers at CNN, I feel much safer now. All parents should. They've added a new chapter to Rachel Maddow's "Debunction Junction."

It started when earlier this week there was a map put out by Everytown For Gun Safety that indicated the locations of school shootings since Sandy Hook. There was an amazing number-- 74. Holy gunpowder, Batman! Put up the Bat Beacon! Not bacon, beacon. School shootings have become an epidemic.

Raw Story:

“After Tuesday’s shooting at an Oregon high school, many media outlets, including CNN, reported that there have been 74 school shootings in the past 18 months,” said the column. “So on Wednesday, CNN took a closer look at the list, delving into the circumstances of each incident Everytown included.”

Fortunately CNN isn't a lemming. They don't just print the news because it's news. They're fair and balanced. They investigate for themselves. They let nothing get in the way of truth and facts. Look, they even dedicated six weeks, 24/7 on a missing Malaysian Airliner and didn't get one fact straight except that one about the plane going missing. So certainly, this news organization was going to get to the bottom of these school shootings.

The news network CNN reportedly bowed to pressure from gun advocates when it redefined what constitutes a “school shooting” and lowered its estimate of the number of attacks since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut from 74 to 15.

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Breathing easier? I am. Phew. It seems the other news outlets had inflated the number of school shootings by nearly 400%.

Oh, curious how this number got adjusted downward from 74 to a much "safer" 15 school shootings? It wasn't hard. Just change the definition of school shooting. Of the 74 incidents reported since Sandy Hook, all of them took place on a school campus. That was just too  general for CNN. After consulting with the NRA and other gun proponent groups, they revised their definition.

CNN said that the gun safety group should not include “personal arguments, accidents and alleged gang activities and drug deals” in its numbers, which would drop the number of school shootings from approximately one per week since Newtown to one every five weeks.

So if the argument is personal, an accident, or a gang member or drugs are involved, it's not a school shooting, even if it takes place on a school campus, during classes? Why not just lower the number and say it's only a school shooting if it takes place as a ritual sacrifice or animals must also be harmed in the crime? Bet the numbers would drop drastically with that definition. Maybe it would even be down to zero.

CNN is a fraud, as we've all come to see it in recent years. They've strayed from once reporting news to full time coverage of tabloid fare. The fact is school shootings are out of control. And you're no less dead if you were shot and killed by a gang member or drug user during your school day on the facility.

Hang your head in shame, CNN. You've taken the NRA poison. It won't be long now before you're considered Fox News light! Come to think of it, you already are.

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Good guy without a gun stops bad guy with a gun... again.

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Sorry to break it to you, NRA, but this is becoming nearly as commonplace as your gun lobby-sponsored mass shootings are: At Seattle Pacific University, a good guy without a gun stopped a bad guy with a shotgun and a knife.

The Los Angeles Times:

"He began to reload his shotgun, and a student confronted him and was able to subdue the individual," Seattle Police Captain Chris Fowler said, adding that at some point the suspect was hit with pepper spray. Others joined in and "pinned him to the ground until the police arrived." [...]

Police did not identify the victims, nor did they give the name of the student security guard who was sitting at the building's reception desk when the gunman burst in. That student's actions probably kept the rampage from worsening, police said.

Keyword: reload. When Rep. Gabby Giffords was shot in the head, her assailant was stopped because he took time away from massacring his victims to reload his killing machine. Those precious seconds counted, which is why so many Americans support laws that ban large capacity gun magazines.

And the time it takes for the bad guys to take a moment to replenish their gundamentalist-revered bullets, the good guys without guns can jump them, pin them down, or otherwise prevent them from continuing their killing sprees.

Another memorable instance of a good guy without a gun stopping a bad guy with a gun was when the remarkable shero Antoinette Tuff talked him down. Her kindness was more powerful than his compulsion to murder.

Who would you prefer to run into at Chipotle, these two....?

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Or her...

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What I will not write about today: News stories, links, and snarkitude

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frustrated35Sometimes I get so frustrated and/or disheartened and/or annoyed by some of the news stories of the day that I can’t bring myself to write about them. Here are a few recent reports that made my blood pressure hit the roof. I am avoiding delving into them at length out of concern for my physical and mental health.

UPDATE: Yessss!

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See what I mean? So who’s up for a couple of Margs or a trough of wine?

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VIDEO-- Gun owner: "After the Newtown massacre and the NRA's disgusting response, I've had enough."

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Via MoveOn.org:

The NRA's multi-year campaign to wave their wallets in Washington and block gun violence prevention policies has been almost unbeatable—until now.

Earlier I posted a video of Rachel Maddow who had a similar "until now" message. She also informed us of Wayne LaPierre's role as the rodeo clown who diverts our attention from those who manufacture and profit (and then donate that money) from the products that are used in the massacres and gun violence that are becoming all too prevalent: “Wayne LaPierre & NRA exist to make you think of anything other than gunmakers when you feel outraged by gun violence.”

Please watch the Maddow video, because it's a perfect companion to the one above in which this message to Congress couldn't be clearer:

"I'm a gun owner and a proud defender of the Second Amendment. For years, I've watched Congress take money from the NRA and then oppose any kind of reform that helps keep us safe. Well, after the Newtown massacre and the NRA's disgusting response, I've had enough." [...]

"The NRA doesn't speak for me, and they don't speak for the vast majority of Americans, so stop taking their money."

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VIDEO: AARP (40 million members), the AFL-CIO (12 million) don't get live TV coverage. The NRA (4 million) did.

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After watching the NRA infomercial that Wayne LaPierre pitched during his psychotic breakdown, Lawrence was feeling his blood pressure rise as sharply as we were:

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"Most of those 4 million people disagree with him about a lot of stuff.

"When is the last time this guy got every camera in Washington and live coverage from all cable news networks for something he had to say? He is the CEO of the AARP, which has 40 million members, 10 times the size of the NRA. And the AARP members have more to worry about in the budget negotiations going on in Washington this week than the NRA members have ever had to worry about.

"But if Barry Rand steps up to a microphone to say something about it, I guarantee you no network is going to go live with that.

"And if this guy, who was actually elected to represent 12 million members of the AFL-CIO steps up to a microphone today, no one will go live to him either."

What are they, chopped liver?

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The only thing that stops the bad guy with the NRA is a good guy with...

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Note to NRA about armed guards

So there I was browsing my Twitter stream when I came across this rather disturbing tweet from my Twitter buddy Chris Geidner:

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The "Shield" concept was proposed here, at the NRA infomercial that Wayne LaPierre pitched during his psychotic breakdown.

"Oy!" I grunted to myself, already feeling a little queasy. Unfortunately, you'll be feeling the nausea right along with me. Welcome to WTF World:

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If you click on the link, you'll be able to see what people tweeted back to them. UPDATE: Odd, the reply tweets are gone. Suffice it to say there was one of support and a few that expressed their disapproval... strongly.

Need an antidote? Me too! Why here's one now, from another Twitter pal @HaroldItz:

tweet nra remedyFor the win.

I have the best Twitter friends in the whole wide world.

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Video- NRA Infomercial: Wayne LaPierre Shares His Psychotic Breakdown

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This is seventeen minutes of the least reality based blatherings I've ever heard. No clue if it's the complete speech because no amount of money or love could get me to listen to it twice. By the way, as Twitter is saying, weren't there shitloads of guns at the Ft Hood massacre?

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