Laws governing the psychotic/homicidal in gun purchases are a sick joke.
Bloomberg News: Let’s say your mental landscape is similar to that of Colby Sue Weathers back in 2012: suicidal, homicidal, paranoid, schizophrenic. Oh, and with a drug and alcohol problem. You are too disabled by mental illness — schizophrenia was diagnosed in 2011 — and recurring hospitalizations to work. You are not great about maintaining your psychotropic drug regimen, which you administer inconsistently and sometimes to woozy excess. And you have an occasional hankering, occasionally satisfied, to consume a fifth of liquor. In other words, your life is utterly out of control.
One trouble you probably don’t have — provided you live in the U.S. — is gaining access to a lethal firearm. Thanks in part to the advocacy of the National Rifle Association and other gun-rights groups, and in part to the commitment of elected representatives in Congress and statehouses, you can buy a gun and kill someone, yourself included, almost entirely free of obstacles. In many cases, you can do so completely legally. Because in practice, the U.S. gun market generally does not discriminate against a wide array of pre-existing conditions, including madness.
There are no thorough background checks to determine whether you are mentally unhinged and a danger to yourself or others. No waiting periods to give the evil voices echoing inside your head time to decamp. No opportunities for family or friends or public safety officials to intervene in the firearm transaction. No meaningful commercial distinctions made between a skilled hunter eager for the approach of deer season and a dangerous psychotic with visions of blood.
I’m going to go ahead and point out something I’ve pointed out before, but perhaps no for a while: that guns in the hands of violent people is the best marketing campaign for guns as self-protection in existence. If you’re a firearms manufacturer/seller and you’re not particularly inclined to give a fuck — i.e., anyone making or selling mankiller assault weapons — you want monsters prowling the streets heavily armed. Not because you’re all that interested in selling to said monsters (they are just a few people), but because you’re interested in selling to people afraid of the monsters. Gun sales skyrocket after every mass shooting, so if you’re a marketer with a somewhat Randian/Libertarian/psychotic bent, you spend a lot of time hoping for mass shootings.
Gun manufacturers and the blood lobby don’t fight common sense laws regulating gun safety because they think they won’t work, they do it because they’re afraid they will. Because if gun laws really work (and they do), then the death merchants lose their best marketing gimmick — the dangerous armed criminal If it comes to a choice between you dying or their favorite boogeyman dying, then so long you.
It’s nothing personal, mind you, it’s just the way gun sellers do business.
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If a guy can’t rape his wife…who’s he gonna rape?
There wouldn’t be an issue with domestic violence if women would learn to keep their mouth shut.
Stories to Watch: 2/10/14.
By throwing immigration reform aside, Republican may have blown the best chance they’ll get at taking over the Senate for a very long time.
On the flip side of that debate; newly-minted NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced his city will issue “identity papers” to undocumented people, allowing them to more fully engage in daily life. “To all of my fellow New Yorkers who are undocumented, I say: New York City is your home too, and we will not force ANY of our residents to live their lives in the shadows,” de Blasio said. Expect the usual bigoted nativist suspects to go absolutely apecrap over the news.
Rand Paul is endorsing his fellow Republican Kentuckian Mitch McConnell — although he’s not very good at explaining why.
A Michigan Second Amendment Hero shoots up a Grand Rapids McDonald’s because the staff didn’t get her order right. Two lessons present themselves here: 1.) this is another example of way too many people having guns in the United States, and 2.) minimum wage isn’t enough to put up with the sort of jackass customers fast food workers have to deal with. More money, fewer guns.
Also in tales of Second Amendent Heroism: celebrity NRA board member R. Lee “Gunny” Ermey (trust me, you’ll recognize him when you see him) tells an interviewer that bullied teens commit suicide because they’ve been “neutered” by society and when worse comes to worse, they should “resort to force” to deal with bullies. Did I mention that the interview took place with NRA News? Yeah, the guy’s practically instructing kids to grab a gun and do yourself one of them there school shootings if you’re bullied, because otherwise you’re a pansy. Where does the NRA find these celebrity lunatics?
The head of the company that created the West Virginia water crisis was invited to testify before congress, but was a no-show. “I find that extremely telling,” said WV Republican Rep. Shelley Moore Capito. “Freedom Industries’ decision not to testify today compounds its gross misconduct, and is an absolute affront to every person impacted by its spill.” Can you imagine if Tony Hayward, BP’s CEO during the Deepwater Horizon spill, had been invited to testify before congress and said, “Yeah, screw that…” It’s like they’re begging to be subpoenaed. The arrogance is flabbergasting.
Hey, remember Gary James, the Oklahoma restaurant owner who refuses to serve minorities, the disabled, and members of the LGBT community? Yeah, people are going on Yelp to get his place labeled the “Best Gay Bar” in Oklahoma City. “Gary doesn’t serve tube steak,” writes one reviewer. “He asks for yours when you walk in the door. But don’t ask to use his backdoor, he saves that for minorities.”
Finally, Boehner still wants a ransom in return for raising the debt ceiling and not creating a massive — and totally needless — financial crisis. The problem is, he has absolutely no idea what exactly it is he wants — he just wants something.
[cartoon via McClatchy Newspapers]