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So which is it?

First you claimed there was no ban on federal funding for gun research. Now you claim you support that ban. You are supporting a corporate lobby's efforts to suppress information because you share their goals of suppressing knowledge. That is a shameful, anti-democratic and illiberal position.

There is federal funding on ethics, by the way: NEH funds philosophy and NIH funds medical ethics. If I did a funding search I'm sure I could find more sources.


Which is why your argument that the gun lobby imposed those special provisions to prevent lobby for gun control doesn't hold water. That has always been prohibited. The point was and is to suppress information on gun violence. The ban has resulted in a huge decrease in research on guns, just as the Bush administration's embryonic stem cell ban brought about a near halt to US research in that area. Yet the stem cell ban was not nearly as comprehensive. Suppressing knowledge helps no US citizen. It only protects the corporate gun lobby.

Funny, because federal law specifically prohibits NIH from funding research

that might be used to promote gun control. The result of the ban has been a 95% drop in research.



All federal funding on gun research is banned. NIH and NSF fund research into public health. science, and social sciences. Research is done at leading research universities around the nation. Without federal funding, it doesn't happen.


Gun nut or mass shooter?

Support King-Thompson on background checks

From Occupy the NRA

Don't let what happened to Toomey-Manchin happen to King-Thompson

show your support for the bill here. http://www.opencongress.org/bill/113-h1565/show
and here

NRA: Membership vs. Control

I post these images because I subscribe to Occupy the NRA and they come across my Facebook feed. This particular one must have been compiled by Occupy the NRA. Sometimes they share memes created by other organizations.

So clearly "most folks"

are not law abiding gun owners. So let's put to bed that fiction once and for all. You're all quite anxious to violate any law you choose. So according to you most gun owners are felons. I'll be bookmarking this for future reference the next time anyone tries to pass off the fiction of the "law abiding" gun owner.

The Unholy Trinity: Koch Brothers, ALEC, and the NRA

The father of the Koch brothers was a member of the John Birch Society. Now the Kochs work with ALEC and the NRA to get Stand Your Ground laws passed around the country. The racist nature of the these laws has prompted the Congressional Black Caucus to introduce a resolution to repeal all 42 Stand Your Ground/ Shoot to Kill Laws around the country. Video at the link.

"ALEC, also known as the American Legislative Exchange Council, is a not-for-profit entity whose goal is to rewrite laws and produce ‘model bills’ that govern our rights. It boasts a $7 million a year budget, and calls itself the nation’s largest group of state legislators but, in fact, the majority of its funding comes from corporations and special interest groups. So, it should be no surprise that its laws mostly benefit corporate America. Among the myriad corporations funding ALEC are Koch Industries and the National Rifle Association. ALEC has been instrumental in promoting the so-called ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws that are shielding Trayvon Martin’s alleged killer. There are now 24 states with sweeping ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws, just like the one in Florida.

The Koch Brothers are billionaires who spend millions of dollars funding groups, like ALEC and the Tea Party’s Americans for Prosperity, to rewrite our laws in their own right-wing ideological image. Twice a year, the Koch Brothers invite conservative politicians and millionaires to a summit to discuss legislative agenda. Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas are two of the past attendees. Ergo, we should not be surprised about the Citizens United ruling. The brothers are not shy about spending millions to influence legislation and, perhaps, buy an election while they’re at it.

In the wake of the Trayvon Martin murder, the Koch Brothers sought to distance themselves from the ensuing controversy by releasing a statement saying that they had nothing to do with it. This is an utter lie. Michael Morgan of Koch Industries has sat on ALEC’s Private Enterprise Board for 10 years, is the Kansas State Corporate Co-Chair, and was the ‘Vice Chairman’ level sponsor of the 2011 ALEC Annual Conference.

Not surprisingly, the driving force behind the ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws is the NRA. Why? Simple economics. The NRA championed the original Florida law in 2004, and has continued to push for these laws across the nation. In August 2005, NRA lobbyist Marion Hammer asked legislators and lobbyists at a closed-door meeting of ALEC’s Criminal Justice Task Force to adopt the Florida ‘Castle Doctrine’ bill as an ALEC model bill. According to the NRA, her suggestion “was well received” and was approved “unanimously.”

So, there you have it. The dots have been connected. It’s getting easier and easier to buy legislation without the direct input of the American people who, especially in this particular case, live and die by these laws."

Video at link


Oh, oh

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