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"It’s not easy being a leftist who loves guns..."

It’s not easy being a leftist who loves guns. It’s like being a Republican who listens to NPR or supports single payer health care. But being a leftist, I get exposed to all the liberal publications and media that invariably call for gun control every time someone does something stupid with one. Being a gun enthusiast, I also get exposed to the political Right’s oversimplification of those liberals as somehow lacking moral fiber or true appreciation of freedom. Rather than agreeing with both, I tend to end up arguing with both. It’s exhausting to always feel like I’m apologizing for the other “side”.

This article takes a point of view, but aims to do so in a way that members of both sides of the political spectrum can understand. I’ll try to give some idea as to why we on the political left roll our eyes at the rhetoric of the NRA, and how we in the “gun culture” can possibly defend something called “assault weapons”.

We all know the cycle by now: Tragic incident occurs, both sides attempt to use it for their political gain, both sides act shocked that the other would attempt to use it for political gain, insults are flung, statistics are cherry-picked, rinse, repeat.


Fairly lengthy blog read from a few months ago, but especially relevant right now.

He ends with some hard-hitting questions:

- Why ban cosmetic features?
- Why ban guns used in a mere 2% of crime?
- Why base gun control legislation on rare and statistically insignificant mass shootings to begin with?
- Why ban magazines that have been consistently sized since their invention?
- How would banning these magazines have saved lives, given that all a shooter needs is multiple magazines and 3 seconds of time (i.e. Cho)?
- How will a ban on either these weapons or magazines reduce crime, since there are many millions of them legal and available anyway, especially since production has ramped up after the ban’s expiration?

Why and how indeed.

Two Big Reasons Why New Gun Controls Aren't Going to Happen

A) The 2014 Mid-Term Elections

Among the states Democrats will be defending are Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana, North Carolina, West Virginia, Virginia, New Hampshire, Colorado, Iowa, New Mexico and South Dakota. All of these states have very strong blocks of pro-gun voters. In Michigan, the issue could come into play if Sen. Carl Levin decides to retire.

Regardless of how the fiscal cliff negotiations end, the economy will remain weak through 2014. There is even a chance the economy slips back into recession. It is unlikely Harry Reid wants to add to the Democrats' challenge by making gun control an issue in the midterm. Midterm's have lower turnout than presidential elections, allowing an energized base of voters, like gun rights supporters, to have an out-sized impact on the results.

B) Biden Gun Violence Task Force

In Washington, blue-ribbon task forces are reserved for issues where you want the appearance of taking action, without having to actually do anything. There's a reason we've had so many task forces on government spending and the debt. Politicians want to look like they are doing something on an issue. By the time the task force completes its work, the national conversation will have moved on to a new issue.

Task forces are also effective ways to slow down a push for legislation. Legislators can defer taking action while the task force completes its "review" of the issue. Its a very convenient way to kick an issue down the road until after the immediate emotions have cooled.

Obama's press conference yesterday marked the zenith of the new push for gun control. Its momentum will fade as the raw emotions around the shooting recede. With it, the appetite for new gun control laws will fall away. Obama's task force is recognition of that.


Did I leave anything out?

Fuck Mike Huckabee!

Just got an update from Americans United for the Separation of Church and State.

So Huck is out there again blaming the school shootings on "taking God out of the schools."

***NEWSFLASH*** Mike! Tragedies like this could just as easily happen at a religious school as it could a "secular" one. There's no magic protective barrier keeping mass-killers out of religious schools.

Don't tempt fate, you asshole. Because you might just give someone ideas.

What we need is vastly improved mental health care in this country, not more pleadings to imaginary sky daddies!

For shame!

Zimmy Sues NBC Over Edited 911 Tape

George Zimmerman is suing NBC over its editing of a 911 tape, claiming that the network made him sound like a "racist and predatory villain."

On Thursday, Zimmerman filed a complaint alleging, “NBC News saw the death of Trayvon Martin not as a tragedy but as an opportunity to increase ratings, and so set about to create the myth that George Zimmerman was a racist and predatory villain.”
Zimmerman shot and killed seventeen-year old Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teenager, in February. NBC News subsequently aired an edited version of Zimmerman's 911 call, which made it sound as if he had voluntarily told the operator that Martin was "black." He had actually been responding to the operator's question as to whether the "suspicious person" he was calling about was "black, white or Hispanic."

The controversial edit, which aired on "Today," roiled NBC's news division earlier this year. The network launched an internal investigation into the matter, and admitted that the edit was an "error." Two people were fired as a result, and a third staffer was let go over a different, unrelated edit.


On Thursday, December 6, 2012, George Zimmerman filed a legal complaint against NBCUniversal Media, LLC and three individuals who were employed by NBCUniversal Media, LLC, Inc. during the time relevant to the complaint: Ron Allen, Lilia Rodriguez Luciano, and Jeff Burnside. The 24-page complaint alleges “NBC News saw the death of Trayvon Martin not as a tragedy but as an opportunity to increase ratings, and so set about to create the myth that George Zimmerman was a racist and predatory villain.” The complaint, filed in Seminole County, demands a trial by jury, and demands damages sufficient to invoke the jurisdiction of the Circuit Court.


It was pretty bullshit how they edited the 911 tape to make it sound worse than it was. I don't think Zimmy was so much racist as much as he was a wannabe cop.

I still hope he doesn't get off on a "Stand Your Ground" defense though, considering he went out of his way looking for trouble.

I don't think he should be found guilty of Deliberate Homicide, but I could definitely see Voluntary Manslaughter being on the table.

Trial should be interesting come summer.
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