Wed Dec 26, 2012, 01:05 AM
farminator3000 (2,112 posts)
Shooting is Business, and Business is Good from truthout
Thursday, 20 December 2012 09:10 By William Rivers Pitt, Truthout | Op-Ed
Between 2003 and 2010, 247,131 Americans died of gunshot wounds. Since 1982, there have been more than 60 mass shootings in America. In almost every case, the weapons used were obtained legally. The number of households with guns has been declining, with a few upticks here and there, since 1990, and yet gun sales went through the roof in the aftermath of the Newtown massacre, which means more people aren't buying guns, but the people who buy guns are buying more of them.
As the Washington Post glibly noted this week, "The U.S. gun industry has been one of the brightest spots in the U.S. economy in recent years, even through the recent downturn. This year, it racked up $11.7 billion in sales and $992 million in profits, according to the research firm IBISWorld."
A violent felon in Minnesota can regain their gun ownership rights if they successfully petition the court about having "good cause." In Ohio, a violent felon can retain their gun rights if they prove to a court that they have led a "law-abiding life." You can get your guns back in Georgia and Nebraska even if you've committed manslaughter and armed robbery, and in Montana, your guns will be returned to you if you didn't use a gun when you committed your crime. That seems to fly in the face of the old saw that says, "If you make guns criminal, only criminals will have guns."
As of Wednesday afternoon, 180 more people have been killed by guns since the Newtown massacre.
You need an AK-47, you need an AR-15, to defend yourself against the government? Cool story, bro. The government has nuclear weapons, stealth bombers, Aegis warships, drones, SEALs and the United States fa-chrisakes Marines. Good luck with that; send me a note from the front. You don't need it. You want it, and therein lies the end of the argument.
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that last one is particularly disgusting
“We get all up in arms about 20 children being shot in a day care but we don’t give one good-glory rip about the 4,000 that were removed violently from the wombs of their mothers the same day,” he explained. “I believe they use children and Christmas and all that to pull on our heart strings about gun control. That’s what it’s all about.”
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Shooting is Business, and Business is Good from truthout (Original post)
Response to msongs (Reply #1)
Wed Dec 26, 2012, 01:33 AM
jal777 (59 posts)
2. Politicians threatning to ban....
certain guns is what is driving up gun sales. I didn't see gun shop inventories being wiped out by buyers after other school shootings.
Response to jal777 (Reply #2)
Wed Dec 26, 2012, 11:47 AM
farminator3000 (2,112 posts)
4. maybe that means they know its gonna happen this time
the things that makes me ill is pretty much anyone being against gun control
your gun is more important than 20 children?