I’m bumping up this post from July 22, 2012 (with minor tweaks) because it’s more timely than ever in light of the Newton, Connecticut massacre.
If Norman Lear tried to sell “All in the Family” today, he’d get turned down for being too offensive. Think about that a good long time.
I’m so glad my pal Diane Sweet linked me to this video. As she so astutely said, “If you sound like Archie Bunker it might be time to rethink your position.”
The more things change…
Now take a look at this July 20, 2012 video of contrasting reactions to the Colorado shootings from Pres. Obama and GOP Rep. Louie Bunker, er, Gohmert. [Pres. Obama's January 14, 2013 press conference on life-saving policies regarding guns here]
And finally, here are a couple of screen grabs of ex-Sen. Russell Bunker, er, Pearce in his own words, via his Facebook page:
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No words. None.
Actually, I have plenty of words… all unprintable. Feel free to express yourselves in Comments.
Cracked.com has a superb post up. Go read it. I can’t do it justice by excerpting it, but I’ll try:
#4. “Guns Don’t Kill People, People Kill People”: Since the beginning, guns were invented by the people, for the people, to kill the people. They puncture your flesh until you die. That’s what they’re for. … Guns don’t do anything other than kill. Guns kill. That’s, like, the fucking point… If the problem is really “people kill,” then the solution shouldn’t be “Here, people. Have this instrument that makes it super easy to kill.”
#3. “Fire and Drugs Kill People, Too. You Wanna Outlaw Matches and Drugs?”: A match has many uses completely unrelated to causing death. A match is not manufactured or intended for death. And the same goes for drugs… In fact, the same goes for basically anything other than a firearm… If used correctly, a firearm is meant to, in an instant, kill or destroy something. If a gun is used incorrectly, it would actually mean that something doesn’t get shot.
#2. “Guns Save Lives”: Ignoring the intense panic and huge crowd, the tear gas filling the theater and the body armor the shooter was wearing; sure, maybe someone could have gotten a good shot off… Around the Internet, many people toss around the number “2.5 million,” as in “There are 2.5 million [defensive gun uses] a year… Except “2.5 million” comes from a single study back in 1993… The number is both highly cited and highly disputed… But there’s actually nothing defensive about a gun… They are made and used for offense… The issue isn’t whether or not we have the right to protect ourselves and others, it’s whether or not guns are the best instrument to do the protecting.
#1. “Well, the Second Amendment Says …”: The Constitution is supposed to be amended. Not only that, it’s supposed to be completely rewritten. Take it from Thomas Jefferson… Our Constitution, of course, has not been rewritten in more than 200 years (read: ever). But people change, and nations change. Ideals and rights change. Life was, ya know, totally way different 230 years ago… In fact, regardless of the gun control issue, perhaps we’re about 200 years late on reevaluating our needs and freedoms… All I’m really asking is that when the conversation starts, let’s actually have it.
There is way more than I’ve provided here. It’s an easy-to-read, funny/serious, informative, well-written piece that deserves a lot of attention.
Here’s the whole interview with Brian Williams.
Or should we call it a laugh fest? Dodge ball? Robotarama? Gaffe-a-palooza?
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