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Tue Dec 25, 2012, 10:26 AM

All I Want for Christmas...

All I Want for Christmas...
By William Rivers Pitt
Truthout.org |Op-Ed

Tuesday 25 December 2012

I want Wayne LaPierre to sit in a room with the families of the victims of the Newtown massacre and explain to them his grand theories on further arming our hyper-armed society. I will not get that wish, however, because Wayne LaPierre is a cowardly blowhard who gives "press conferences" where no questions are allowed.

I want those children to be alive on Christmas morning. I want those teachers to be alive. I want Adam Lanza to be alive. I want his mother to be alive. I want her guns to be un-bought, sitting in a gun store display case gathering dust, forever unloaded.

Early on Christmas Eve morning, a man outside of Rochester set fire to a house and waited with his firearm for firefighters to arrive. When they did, the man shot four of them, killing two and wounding two severely, before killing himself. Because of the gunshots, the fire could not be dealt with, and several neighboring houses also burned.

I want those two dead firefighters to be alive on Christmas morning, those two wounded firefighters to be unharmed, I want the shooter alive, those houses unburnt, and I want someone to explain to me how a man who would set a trap for firefighters by burning down his own house got his hands on a gun, and why that is the definition of American freedom.

I want Wayne LaPierre to be in a roomful of firemen when he announces the solution to problems like this is to arm firefighters. I want to watch what happens next.

The rest: http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/13520-all-i-want-for-christmas

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Reply All I Want for Christmas... (Original post)
WilliamPitt Dec 2012 OP
lunatica Dec 2012 #1
pangaia Dec 2012 #6
riverbendviewgal Dec 2012 #22
RedCappedBandit Dec 2012 #32
Auntie Bush Dec 2012 #8
jerseyjack Dec 2012 #15
Auntie Bush Dec 2012 #23
fadedrose Dec 2012 #29
In_The_Wind Dec 2012 #2
99Forever Dec 2012 #3
tavalon Dec 2012 #4
TinkerTot55 Dec 2012 #12
ailsagirl Dec 2012 #30
salinen Dec 2012 #5
Auntie Bush Dec 2012 #9
Mira Dec 2012 #7
JitterbugPerfume Dec 2012 #10
cantbeserious Dec 2012 #11
Chorophyll Dec 2012 #13
northoftheborder Dec 2012 #14
lunasun Dec 2012 #33
The Straight Story Dec 2012 #16
oldbanjo Dec 2012 #21
mrsadm Dec 2012 #17
bitchkitty Dec 2012 #18
WillyT Dec 2012 #19
Locrian Dec 2012 #20
WilliamPitt Dec 2012 #24
rickyhall Dec 2012 #25
handmade34 Dec 2012 #26
adigal Dec 2012 #27
laundry_queen Dec 2012 #37
adigal Dec 2012 #38
Crewleader Dec 2012 #28
NashvilleLefty Dec 2012 #31
WilliamPitt Dec 2012 #34
moondust Dec 2012 #35
SunSeeker Dec 2012 #36
graywarrior Dec 2012 #39

Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 10:30 AM

1. I've been saying for days that Wayne LaPierre should be mentally assessed

Because I think he's got a psychological problem. Paranoia, Schitzophrenia, or he's a sociopath or psychopath.

And his guns should be taken away from him. Essentially he advocates for the death of children. How the hell does anyone in our society get away with that?

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Response to lunatica (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 11:01 AM

6. He definitely has anti-social issues.

Schizophrenia? I doubt it. Paranoia? we all have a little so the question is.. how far does his go? Psychopath? I don't think so?
Sociopath? Most likely.
Definitely deep-seated inability to carry 2 opposing ideas in his head at the same time.

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Response to pangaia (Reply #6)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 01:24 PM

22. I want know

What was the nervous condition that got him out of serving his country during. Vietnam? . His doctor had to sign him off. HE should not be able to own a gun.

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Response to pangaia (Reply #6)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 11:59 PM

32. We'd be hard pressed to differentiate psychopath from sociopath

Regardless, the man is definitely on that end of the emptahy-spectrum, if you will.

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Response to lunatica (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 11:12 AM

8. I wonder how he sleeps at night if he's normal? If he doesn't have a sleeping problem then

that PROVES he has some sort of a personality problem...worst than the shooters...I absolutely refuse to say his name.

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Response to Auntie Bush (Reply #8)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 12:21 PM

15. How does he sleep at night?

 

The same way McChimp, Rummy, Cheney, Kochs, Norquest..... you can add your own names to the list, sleep.

Their sleep is interrupted by thoughts of how their portfolio is doing... or if they will be able to keep their jobs, or if enough of the American people wake up to understand what pieces of shit they are....


Beyond that, they sleep quite well, thank you.

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Response to jerseyjack (Reply #15)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 02:13 PM

23. I think they have nightmares! Stocks falling, ratings dropping, children crying, children dying.

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Response to lunatica (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 10:47 PM

29. Your post says exactly what I wanted to post...

This man needs a thorough mental examination to find out why he is unable to feel sorrow or guilt or anger at the killings - only feels pity for himself.

Lots of folks have guns who don't agree with the NRA, God bless'em...maybe they're not insane.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 10:33 AM

2. I want an end to the shooting of innocent people.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 10:36 AM

3. A real heartfelt Christmas wishlist.

Thank you for writing and posting this, it puts into focus what so many of us share and believe in.

Peace be to you and yours Mr Pitt.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 10:52 AM

4. Well done, Will.

Thank you, both for this op ed and for your continued fire in the belly around these issues.

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Response to tavalon (Reply #4)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 11:34 AM

12. I Second That Emotion.

K & R

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Response to TinkerTot55 (Reply #12)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 10:55 PM

30. Thank you, Mr. Pitt, for your thoughts.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 10:58 AM

5. I'd pay to watch that

 

I really think Wayne LaPierre has an abnormally undersized penis.

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Response to salinen (Reply #5)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 11:15 AM

9. He probably has to pee sitting down.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 11:07 AM

7. Thank you Will for writing this. n/t

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 11:17 AM

10. you put into words

what is in my heart. Merry Christmas Will, we love you.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 11:34 AM

11. Spot On, Now Let's Add The NRA Membership List To The Explanation Committee

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 11:36 AM

13. Kick.

Thank you.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 12:11 PM

14. I want to live in a country of rational people. Afraid not in my lifetime. Sad, sad, sad, .......

.....this nation is living on it's past accomplishments......the future is being diminished every day.

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Response to northoftheborder (Reply #14)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 12:39 AM

33. +1

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 12:26 PM

16. And I want people to blame the people committing these crimes

I want to confront those people, but usually we cannot.

I want to prevent these types of things and to understand why some people, a SMALL minority, do what they do.

I don't want to blame tools/weapons/etc - I want to know why the very few use them in a way most never would.

But we don't talk about that, because that is a lot more difficult. Takes more work and maybe we don't want the answers to that why.

I don't want to work each day and have my taxes pay for drones and wars where kids are killed and so few make care enough to make ops/write articles about it.

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Response to The Straight Story (Reply #16)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 12:54 PM

21. I agree.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 12:31 PM

17. Amen.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 12:34 PM

18. Heart in my throat, tears in my eyes.

This one really got me. Very well done, Mr. Pitt.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 12:35 PM

19. Amen...

& Rec !!!

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 12:38 PM

20. I want an end to Fear

I want an end to Fear - fear that makes people want guns to protect themselves, or be like their favorite hero, or worse. I want and end to having to worry about nuts with guns, guns on TV/Movies/24/7 guns guns guns.

I want an end of Fear of people in other parts of the world, fear of the US in other parts of the world. Wars. Greed.

I want an end of Fear that we are becoming divided at the very time we need to come together to deal with issues like climate change, inequality, hunger etc.





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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 07:59 PM

24. Up

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 08:58 PM

25. Untold History

Before reading this post I watched Oliver Stone's Untold History of the US on TV. This week's installment was about the VietNam years and I have to ask: Have we learned anything? I seems to me we are almost exactly where we were then concerning our violent society. Sometimes I wonder, are most of our leaders also sociopaths or is our country as a whole sociopathic? Can we not play well with each other or the rest of the world?

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 09:05 PM

26. ....

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 09:14 PM

27. All weekend, I was thinking how those babies shouldbe running around their houses

All excited that Santa is coming with presents for them, and that is when it really hit me that this monster killed kids young enough to believe in Santa and pure goodness. This is still just so incomprehensible to me. Sigh.

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Response to adigal (Reply #27)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 04:10 AM

37. I know.

I had a rather somber Christmas compared to normal. All I could think of was those parents whose hearts are broken, probably trying to have a 'normal' Christmas for the sake of the siblings, and I couldn't stop hugging my kids (who were quite annoyed with me all day) and wondering how on earth I would cope with that.

It's all so horrible. I think the public reaction has shaken me to my core as well. Things are now officially more important than people according to a large part of the population. You even see it in this thread. Those sweet, innocent kids who had presents under the tree waiting...those sweet babies who never got to open their gifts...I had to choke back tears a good part of the day today (yesterday, I guess since it's after midnight now).

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Response to laundry_queen (Reply #37)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 10:08 PM

38. I hope you're feeling better. Christmas must go on, you know

We must not disappoint the big box retailers.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 10:41 PM

28. Merry Christmas William


Best to you and your family in the New Year!

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 11:01 PM

31. Amen.

And that from a proud non-Christian.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 12:44 AM

34. One last

up.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 02:02 AM

35. Would that it were.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 03:10 AM

36. Sigh. My in-laws went to a shooting range today.

While we were getting Christmas dinner ready, a male group of my in-laws decided to go to a shooting range to pass the time until dinner was ready. First, I was shocked that a shooting range would even be open on Christmas, but even more shocked that anyone I know would want to go to a shooting range on Christmas. These folks are not Adam Lanza crazy, but they are the type of folks that eat up the drivel that comes out of Wayne LaPeirre's mouth. I guess that's why he keeps saying it.

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Response to SunSeeker (Reply #36)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 10:11 PM

39. I live across the pond from a shooting range

It was very active today.

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