Your Daily Dose of BuzzFlash at Truthout, via my pal Mark Karlin:
If I had a bulletproof vest, I would have put it on this morning based on many of the 300 plus comments (thus far) in response to yesterday’s BuzzFlash at Truthout commentary: “Many American White Men Worship Guns Because of Sexual Insecurity, Entitlement, and Profit.”
But the intense, paranoid, threatened, gun worship comments only prove the commentary’s point: guns are not merely an “inanimate object” — as the NRA likes to claim – to rabid gun owners; they are a symbol that satisfies intense psychological needs for many white males. [...]
Why… support gun lobby positions that are so bizarrely dangerous and pro-criminal that they appear to come out of a Monty Python skit. … The examples of such harmful laws from the insane clown gun posse are legion, but here are just three:
1) The Right to Carry a Concealed Handgun Even if Blind
Take the first paragraph of a 2012 article from the Lawrence Journal-World of Kansas:
A little-known provision in Kansas law that allows the blind and other people with serious physical infirmities to carry concealed weapons in public places likely will not get reviewed by state lawmakers this session. [...]
This support for blind persons carrying concealed weapons in public places is widespread among many of the more rabid gun owners as discussion boards prove. [...]
2) The Right of Terrorists on the US Watch List to Buy Guns
After 9/11, the NRA couldn’t wave the flag with more vigor than Bush and Cheney on uppers. Yet, the NRA got the then Attorney General John Ashcroft to prohibit the FBI and BATF from stopping the sale of guns to persons on the US terrorist watch list.
As a 2010 ABC News report stated [...]
From Feb. 2004 through Feb. 2010, FBI data shows that individuals on the U.S. terrorist watch list were involved in firearm or explosives background checks 1,225 times, according to the GAO.
Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., introduced legislation last year to prohibit people on the terror watch list, or who are known to belong to a terrorist organization, from purchasing guns. The bill would authorize the attorney general to deny sale or transfer of firearms to known or suspected terrorists. But it has been struck down by gun rights advocates who said it would breach citizens’ constitutional rights. [...]
As a 2012 Palm Beach Post editorial noted: “People who are on the federal government’s terrorist watch list can’t fly on airplanes. But they can buy guns. Why? Because the National Rifle Association says denying them the right to buy guns is a denial of their Second Amendment rights.”
3) The Right of Alleged Abusers of Women to Own Guns
It has been the standard policy of the NRA and other gun groups to oppose taking away the right of men charged – and in some cases even convicted or under a restraining order — with abusing women to own and possess guns. There is a long history to this stance, although the NRA uses obfuscation in public statements to make it appear that they are actually on the side of protecting women. Don’t believe it for a moment. [...]
As David Sirota writes in a March 1 Salon article [...]
What’s amazing – and what evokes Democrats’ “war on women” meme – is the fact that Republicans don’t seem to see that what’s really “ripe for abuse” is guns in the hands of domestic abusers.
If you don’t think the Colorado GOP marching orders on behalf of gun ownership for domestic abusers comes from the NRA, you’ve been on meth too long. [...]
If you can renounce the NRA’s detrimental position on these three issues of public safety and security, then maybe you have a right to say that you don’t worship guns, or that they aren’t a talisman for your manhood.
Otherwise, just admit that happiness is a warm gun.
I edited this one a lot, so please read the whole thing here.