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Gun nuts and stupid liberals in the US. Shut up, all of you

A fine rant.

“Last week I mentioned calling gun control ‘gun safety’ and in the comments everyone started yelling ‘gun nuts’ or ‘stupid liberal’ and you know what, I think that’s exactly the way our shitty government likes it because then we’re distracted from all the shitty things the government does.”

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Open Carry March on DC, July 4. Civil disobedience, rifles loaded

Credit: sfgate.com

Credit: sfgate.com

Adam Kokesh is organizing a mass civil disobedience Open Carry March in Washington on July 4. They will be carrying loaded rifles. Kokesh is doing it right, working with law enforcement, working out in advance what the ground rules are should hundreds (or thousands) choose to be arrested.

I’ve helped organize mass protests, including ones where dozens on people sat in the street and got arrested. Kokesh has this planned well. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if several thousand came and the event got worldwide press.

Wikipedia entry on Kokesh

[Kokesh] is an American activist and former talk radio host. Kokesh was a corporal in the United States Marine Corps Reserve and is a veteran of the Iraq War. He is an outspoken opponent of the U.S. military intervention in Iraq and has received media attention related to anti-war protest activities.

In October 2007, Kokesh, along with six other students, created controversy by putting up satirical political posters across the university campus. The posters featured a picture of a stereotypical Arab man and the headline “Hate Muslims? So do we!!!,” with illustrative captions explaining that the typical Muslim is equipped with a venom-spouting mouth, laser-shooting eyes, and hidden AK-47′s, among other parodical features. The poster was signed “Students for Conservativo-Fascism Awareness,” and encouraged students to visit the right-wing website terrorismawareness.org. Kokesh and the six other students publicly admitted to responsibility amidst accusations that the poster was Islamophobic, maintaining that their intent was to spread awareness of what they considered to be the overtly racist intentions of the above-mentioned website’s “Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week” organized by a conservative student organization and featuring David Horowitz.

Fucking brilliant, you ask me.

From Open Carry March Facebook Page

On the morning of July 4, 2013, Independence Day, we will muster at the National Cemetery & at noon we will step off to march across the Memorial Bridge, down Independence Avenue, around the Capitol, the Supreme Court, & the White House, then peacefully return to Virginia across the Memorial Bridge. This is an act of civil disobedience, not a permitted event. We will march with rifles loaded & slung across our backs to put the government on notice that we will not be intimidated & cower in submission to tyranny. We are marching to mark the high water mark of government & to turn the tide. This will be a non-violent event, unless the government chooses to make it violent. Should we meet physical resistance, we will peacefully turn back, having shown that free people are not welcome in Washington, & returning with the resolve that the politicians, bureaucrats, & enforcers of the federal government will not be welcome in the land of the free.

There will be coordination with DC law enforcement prior to the event. I will recommend that they do the best they can to honor their oaths and escort us on our route. Failing to provide that commitment to safety, we will either be informed that we will only be allowed up to a certain point where we would be arrested. If this is the case, we will approach that point as a group and if necessary, I will proceed to volunteer myself to determine what their actual course of action with someone crossing the line will be at which point fellow marchers will have the choice of joining me one at a time in a peaceful, orderly manner, or turning back to the National Cemetery.

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Mass shootings, attacks by armed teens in Maine ends in anti-climax

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Horror all around”!–  bloodbath”! – “graphic violence depicted”! warned the Sunday paper’s page one headlines – all teasing a story that the hasty reader might think was the latest episode in the chronicle of American mass murder, this time on the coast of Maine, in the small town of Brunswick.

The editors of the nearby Portland Press Herald apparently wanted its readers to be misled this way, at least for a few moments.  Pictures on the January 13 front page featured armed, hooded figures shooting at an approaching car and at fleeing people, even as the captions revealed that the story was actually about “teen filmmakers” making “ultra-violent videos” that were getting millions of views on YouTube.

Even though the real story (see below), was already over, Sunday’s media over-reaction continued to flare on Tuesday with the Brunswick Times Record running an inherently false headline: “Kids Shooting Kids.”  In the following story, a local reporter asked the central student filmmaker this hypothetical question:  “Could the student be capable of a Newtown, Aurora or Columbine-style rampage?”

His answer was: “No.”

By Tuesday night the local TV coverage, while still exploiting the “violence” on air, was already beginning to sound a little embarrassed about making a stir over kid videos, when no one had been hurt, there was no reported property damage, and apparently no one broke any laws.  On camera, two of the filmmakers were polite, rational, and all-American looking.

Fearsome Feral Teens Turn Out to Be Honor Students

As it turned out these students, probably 20 or more in all, had been making short videos for years – and the films’ popularity had provided an advertising base that made they quite lucrative.  As one TV report noted, the producer, high school senior Paul Kousky, 17, who makes no secret of his identity as the owner of USN Films, recently bought a 2013 Honda Accord, and paid cash.

Come Wednesday, the first blogger struck, recycling the headline “Kids Shooting Kids” over a story that began by talking about “the discovery of a two-year spree of violent video making where local youth used public spaces to produce their ‘films’.”  The blogger, Bruce K. Gagnon, lives in nearby Bath, Maine, where he is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, which was founded in 1992.   He reported, inaccurately, that: “In the videos youth go around killing people randomly and wantonly.”

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Bill Clinton to Democrats: Don’t trivialize gun culture

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“Do not patronize the passionate supporters of your opponents by looking down your nose at them. A lot of these people live in a world very different from the world lived in by the people proposing these things. I know because I come from this world,” said Clinton about gun culture.

Urban liberals too often assume rural white gun owners are ignorant, racist, white trash who need to be educated by their betters, then wonder why those very same gun owners are so hostile to them. Maybe it’s because urban liberals don’t try to hide their class contempt and snobbery? This is precisely what Bill Clinton is talking about. I count among my friends gun-owning rednecks from when we lived in Utah. Here’s the deal. They generally are not ignorant, are no more racist than city dwellers, and often lean to the left politically. But don’t be messing with their guns.

Redneck leftie journalist Joe Bageant wrote about this and more, often focusing on how the Democratic Party has deliberately abandoned the white working class, which used to be their bedrock. The Republican Party has been happy to move into that void. As for guns (from a few years ago.)

With Michael Savage and Ann Coulter openly calling for liberals to be put in concentration camps, with the CIA now licensed to secretly detain American citizens indefinitely, and with the current administration effectively legalizing torture, the proper question to ask an NRA member may be, “What kind of assault rifle do you think I can get for three hundred bucks, and how many rounds of ammo does it take to stop a two-hundred-pound born-again Homeland Security zombie from putting me in a camp?” Which would you prefer, 40 million gun-owning Americans on your side or theirs?”

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Guns don’t kill people, societal rage does…

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(Promoted from the comments on our post about gun laws and angry people. DJ discusses the growing and nasty divides in this country which threaten our unity, compounded and made worse by the already unhinged becoming violent. Is societal rage becoming the norm?)

That societal rage is exactly the issue. Outlawing fertilizer (yeah, you can’t buy potassium nitrate at the feed store in town anymore) didn’t stop bombings. The gun restrictions proposed won’t stop mass shootings, much less murders as a whole. Only 4% of gun crimes are committed with rifles of any variety, and a smaller subset (sources differ) are committed with assault weapons. So we already know going in that banning assault weapons will have a miniscule impact. Will it stop mass shootings? Hardly. Anyone remember Virginia Tech? A backpack full of America’s favorite weapon (9 mm handgun) will do the job.

Bob is spot-on – it’s the rage. Drive the freeway in LA and you’ll find it’s not limited to lone gunmen – they are just the ones who boil over.

Why are we enraged? How about this: of all the industrialized countries, we are the one with the most promise and the least delivered. Dismal health care, plummeting education, inadequate retirement, and all this despite a combined tax burden that can exceed 60%. Our dollar s being inflated away by the folks in Washington. Our jobs are going overseas. We’re not trained to start our own businesses. And we can’t vote for change, because both parties like things the way they are.

But it’s not just that. Our electronic society has driven us away from each other, not closer together. We spend more time online than with real people. And we’re fed a steady diet of divisive speech by the media. “They” are the problem. Left or right, take your pick. It’s the gun nuts. It’s the gun control nuts. And we, as individuals, are nurtured not in democracy, but in blame.

There is a solution, but the federal government can’t enact it, because it is part of the poisoned system that made it this way. Change comes only at the community level, one person talking to another, building bridges, and replacing blame with participation. That’s a tough road, but it can be done – I’ve seen it in one of the most divided countries in the world. If they can do it in Sri Lanka, we can do it here. (But then, Sri Lanka has national health care, too, and we still can’t pull that one off.)

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NRA concealed carry hoodies

You can buy your concealed carry hoodies from the NRA online store right now. Here’s their product description:

 We want concealed carry to fit around your lifestyle – not the other way around. That’s why we developed the NRAstore™ exclusive Concealed Carry Hooded Sweatshirt…  Inside the sweatshirt you’ll find left and right concealment pockets.

(No, I’m not putting a link here–if you really want it, you’ll find it. Note that “100% of NRA store profits go to support vital NRA programs.”)

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Big win for handgun owners. States can not block concealed carry

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A federal district court says states can not require citizens to show why they want to carry a concealed weapon.

U.S. District Court Judge Benson Everett Legg asserted: “A citizen may not be required to offer a ‘good and substantial reason’ why he should be permitted to exercise his rights. The right’s existence is all the reason he needs.”

I spend considerable time in Utah. Open carry is legal without a permit. Concealed carry there is “must issue.” The state must give the permit after the person attends a class. This is what the judge supports, that a citizen can’t be turned down for wanting to carry concealed.

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Saturday morning plinking

Unlike urban areas where guns can be a big deal, in the rural West people grow up with guns, respect them, they’re part of the culture, and thus no big deal

These handguns belong to a friend who grew up in southern Utah, where I am now. One of the guns belonged to his dad and has probably been fired 500,000 times. He has a rifle that his grandfather owned. Like I said, it’s part of the culture – and a big difference between urban and rural culture.

And it seems odd that two of the handguns on the table would get you arrested in California for possessing (because of the size of the clips) while you can walk down the street in Utah with it in an open holster with no permit and that’s completely legal. Our gun laws are a crazy, contradictory mish-mash.

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Guns in Mexico: a challenge to Obama and the NRA

Here is a public challenge to both the National Rifle Association and the Obama administration. I challenge you to prove that either of you has any idea what you’re talking about when it comes to southbound weapons trafficking to Mexico.

Here’s the problem: No one – not the NRA, not the Obama administration, not the Mexican government – knows what proportion of cartel guns comes from the north and from the south. But each will tell you otherwise.

So, while the major players in the US argue about where the guns come from, the guns continue flowing to the cartels. How convenient for corrupt gun sellers.

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Utah lawmakers propose M1911 as official state gun


I can already hear anti-gun proponents howling about how gun-crazy the West is. But the M1911 was invented by a Utahn, and is not only of historical interest, it’s still in use.

Republican Rep. Carl Wimmer said the state should have the gun as one of its state symbols to honor John Browning, a Utah native who invented it in 1911.

As I’ve mentioned, I’m agnostic about guns. You want a houseful of them? Well then, have at it, even if I don’t really get why.

However, in the West, unlike urban areas on the coasts, guns are part of the culture and have been since the West was settled by whites. People grow up knowing how to use them and they just aren’t a big deal. Gun ownership in Utah is high and the rate of violence by guns is low. (There practically are no home invasions in Utah either, for obvious reasons.)

Guns are a major issue that continue to split the country along the city / rural divide with much anger and fear going back and forth but little clarity or attempts to understand the other side. Someone in L.A. might think, why do those crazy people in the country have so many guns, while someone from rural Utah who started hunting when they were eight might wonder why city folks want to take their guns away.

This often gets pegged as a right / left issue. But I think it’s more urban vs. country. And of course, lots of lefties own guns too.

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