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NRA (Not Responsible Americans)

It's time to re-visit the second amendment to the US Constitution. I would rather see health care for all Americans as a right and have the ability to bear arms a privilege that must be earned.

 

I am proud to say that my home is a gun-free home. And I can say that despite (or maybe because) of all of the mass shootings that have happened recently in our country, I will NEVER be a gun-owner.

What happened in Connecticut, Oregon, Wisconsin, Wisconsin again, and so on and so on, are horrible tragedies that each have their own personal narratives, victims and perpetrators. But what each of these mass shootings does have in common is the fact that the perpetrators used guns to commit their atrocities. In none of these mass killings that has plagued the U.S. recently has the killer walked into a business, theatre or school and used a knife, baseball bat or any other weapon to take out their anger, frustration, prejudices or mental problems on their victims. In each occurrence the perpetrator has used a gun. And in most cases, a semi-automatic gun.

Apparently the young man who committed the murders in Connecticut used a semi-automatic weapon capable of going through 30 rounds before reloading. He had two hand guns with him that he didn't even need to aid in his carnage.

There is NO WAY that anyone needs a semi-automatic weapon; designed to bounce off human bone and do inexplicable damage to organs, yet they are totally legal. Why the hell is that?

You don't need a 30-round semi-automatic weapon to shoot a deer. The only thing these weapons are designed to hunt is humans. You don't need a semi-automatic weapon to defend your house - Unless you're under siege by the FBI or the local SWAT team, in which case you should not have a gun in the first place.

The day any person attempts to purchase or register a semi-automatic weapon they should be arrested for being mentally-unstable and have all other guns taken from them, along with their right to bare arms.

In fact, I believe we should re-visit the second amendment to the US Constitution. I would rather see health care for all Americans as a right and have the ability to bear arms a privilege that must be earned. Too bad in this gun-crazy country, it is almost the opposite.

The US Constitution is more than 200 years old and when the second amendment was ratified (A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed) We had just finished a bloody war for independence against the strongest nation in the world in a vast and wild country populated with natives trying desperately to cling to ancestral land - All without a real army, which is why the amendment gave us the right to form a militia and bear arms (to fight wars when called upon by the people, not to kill the people when you felt like it).

Times were starkly different 200 hundred years ago than they are now.

We are not at war against American Indians anymore. My "back forty" is forty feet by seventy feet, not forty acres of woods infested with dangerous animals and the local Indian tribe.

We are not at war against the British, the Canadians to the north, the Mexicans to the south or even the Cubans. The worst violence hitting America is coming from within, caused by our own obsession to own guns - Big, fat, semi-automatic guns.

And it is sad to say, but the NRA (Not Responsible Americans) are loving it...

A couple of gun shops have announced that since the last mass shooting in Connecticut they have had their largest grossing sales days ever. Congratulations. Too bad mental health professionals can't say that since the last shooting they are getting more patients than ever.

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It is an exclusive club, but one that is growing quickly, unfortunately. And I am sad to say that I am a part of that club. I was involved in a work-related shooting that took the life of one and seriously wounded another. I was the first person on the scene and heard the incident go down. The perpetrator suffered from a history of mental illness, yet he was able to go and legally purchase a gun and use it when he became angry.

A few things need to change in this country. It should not be as easy as going on Craigslist to purchase a semi-automatic weapon. It should take a hell of a lot longer than 15 minutes to do a "background check" at the gun store to get your assault rifle. I should not be able to go to a gun show and purchase a gun as a "personal sale" with no background check whatsoever. I should not be able to go online and buy tactical gear meant for military personnel or SWAT units.

Too bad too many of our politicians are bought and paid for by the all too powerful NRA, who is salivating at yet another mass shooting of innocent victims in America. Screw the NRA. They are not innocent in this. And the politicians who are beholden to the NRA are cowards. And the perpetrators who committed these atrocities were enabled by both.

If you have ever held a dead or wounded friend or co-worker in your arms and checked them for a pulse or tried to stop the bleeding because they were a victim of gun violence, maybe you would feel the same, but let me tell you - Belonging to this exclusive club is NOT something you want to be a part of, because memberships are for life, there are NO benefits and the scars run deep, but nobody can see them.

But YES, the membership is bought and paid for by the NRA and politicians like Paul Ryan, who has an "A" rating by the NRA, Voted YES on prohibiting suing gun-makers & sellers for gun misuse, Voted YES on decreasing gun waiting periods from three days to one, and is AGAINST banning assault weapons.

Don't be a coward, be a hero. If you own a gun, especially a semi-automatic weapon, hand it in to the local police - They are the only ones who should have these killing machines in the first place. 

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c December 20, 2012 at 07:59 PM
LOL @ freethought troy Look how fast he backpedals and get's all defensive. Nothing better than seeing a liberal called a racist. They are so eager to show how caring and compassionate they are, that their backbone just turns to dust.
c December 20, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Right? You can legislate till your blue in the face (get it? Blue as in democrat), but there is always a way around it. Legislation actually has the opposite of its intended effect a lot of times.
FreeThought Troy December 20, 2012 at 08:02 PM
I don't know your definition of back pedaling. I never did. I made clarifying statements in the face of a false accusation. Of course, let's not accuse c of having a grasp of the English language.
FreeThought Troy December 20, 2012 at 08:05 PM
http://www.businessinsider.com/nra-and-gun-control-poll-gun-owners-colorado-theater-shooting-batman-2012-7 No one here is banging on NRA Members. This article confirms NRA Members support common sense regulation. And you really can't blame the poll. If so, good luck trying to convince Frank Luntz of being a lefty. The issue is the leadership who just can't seem to hear, or refuse to hear, what their membership is saying. So much for c holding an argument.
New NRA Member December 20, 2012 at 08:06 PM
Thank you.
New NRA Member December 20, 2012 at 08:07 PM
c, I have reported Troy to the management of the Patch, I will be damned if I put up with this KKK B***S***, I hope they block his isp.
AWD December 20, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Just reuped my NRA membership for another year and threw in an extra $100. The NRA is as American as apple pie.
c December 20, 2012 at 08:08 PM
@Troy Come on man, what is the title of limpwrist boy's blog? Jesus christ its right there. Case closed.
FreeThought Troy December 20, 2012 at 08:17 PM
New: It is your right to report me to Patch. This I do not disagree with. Again. I will kindly ask you to read what I posted. I never once - ONCE, said anything disparaging against anyone's culture or race. I merely pointed to the fact that abortion is not murder. Life does not begin at conseption. Because I disagree with mythology that states life begins at conception - which it does not - does not make me racist. The accusation is unfounded and more than a little offensive. Anyone who has read my posts know the last thing I am is Racist.
Brian Carlson December 20, 2012 at 08:22 PM
AWD FYI Who Invented Apple Pie English apple pie recipes go back to the 14th century. The first printed apple pie recipe was by Geoffrey Chaucer in 1381. The ingredients for the pie were good apples, good spices, figs, raisins and pears. He also mentioned a cofyn, which is simply a casing of pastry. The last ingredient, saffron, is used to color the pie filling. The traditional way to serve apple pie in some parts of England (such as Yorkshire) is with cheese. In many Commonwealth countries, apple pie is served with ice cream, custard or double cream. Dutch apple pie recipes also go back centuries. Dutch apple pie recipes usually call for cinnamon and lemon juice to be added to the pie. The first recipes probably appeared in the late 15th century or early 16th century. Dutch apple pies are made by having a crust at the bottom and around the edges then filling with apples and the other fillings. Strands of dough cover the top of the filling, although the filling is still visible. Although it is sometimes eaten cold, the Dutch prefer to eat apple pie warm with a dash of whipped cream or ice cream. So now you know who printed the first apple pie recipe and know some history of both English and Dutch apple pies.
Greg December 20, 2012 at 08:24 PM
So? THE TOP THREE CAUSES OF DEATH BY AGE GROUP 0-1 years: Developmental and genetic conditions that were present at birth Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) All conditions associated with prematurity and low birth weight 1-4 years: Accidents Developmental and genetic conditions that were present at birth Cancer 5-14 years: Accidents Cancer Developmental and genetic conditions that were present at birth
Greg December 20, 2012 at 08:27 PM
I like pie.
Brian Carlson December 20, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Haha...me too. But Awads post made me curious. Come to find out... English and Dutch. Then I checked out the NRA.... To make sure THEY were American... Or at least as much so as apple pie. They are. Their first illustrious president, Gen. Burnside however was kind of a non-starter in the Civil War.... several battles, several large screw ups, serious criticism and finally, when he asked Lincoln to either court marshal some staff he found insubordinate or accept his resignation, Lincoln took the resignation. That was long ago of course.
Steve ® December 20, 2012 at 08:54 PM
It uses the junk mother jones data. Low informed voters are drawn to pretty colors and graphs. ►They also claimed this: Mother Jones magazine claims to have produced its own study of all public shootings in the last 30 years and concludes: “In not a single case was the killing stopped by a civilian using a gun.” Yet ◄ The magazine reaches its conclusion by simply excluding all cases where an armed civilian stopped the shooter: They looked only at public shootings where four or more people were killed, i.e., the ones where the shooter wasn’t stopped.
Walker December 20, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Like a murder of crows picking at something. Bolder in numbers but alone they only sit back & cry with nothing of value to offer.
Jay Sykes December 20, 2012 at 10:48 PM
I didn't ever expect Brian to give us a literal read, on inaccuracies, in the metaphorical "American as Apple Pie" statement. ...ok, actually AWD used a simile.
c December 20, 2012 at 11:56 PM
@Freethought Not that I am for or against abortion, but would an 8 month old child, yet unborn, in the mother's womb qualift as a human? Where do you draw the line?
CowDung December 21, 2012 at 12:50 AM
Walker: I offered you a question which you have failed to answer--twice. Until you can provide evidence that the increased number of shootings involved previously banned assault weapons, you cannot make the claim that the end of the ban caused the increase in the number of shootings.
Walker December 21, 2012 at 02:53 PM
A quote from the conservative Federal Judge Larry Alan Burns, who sentenced Jared Lee Loughner, "The ban wasn't all that stringent — if you already owned a banned gun or high-capacity magazine you could keep it, and you could sell it to someone else — but at least it was something. And it says something that half of the nation's deadliest shootings occurred after the ban expired, including the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. It also says something that it has not even been two years since Loughner's rampage, and already six mass shootings have been deadlier."
FreeThought Troy December 21, 2012 at 03:34 PM
c I would follow the standard set by the government. Here is my question: In a still born or miscarriage - who killed the fetus? Who is responsible?
CowDung December 21, 2012 at 10:19 PM
Again, those shootings didn't involve weapons that were included in the ban. You cannot claim that the expiration of the ban had anything to do with the shootings. It is reasonable to believe that the ban would not have prevented any of the shootings.
Brian Carlson December 21, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Sykes...when you have to explain humor it either wasn't funny or it fell flat. I thought that was funny...NRA and American as Apple pie..as it caused me to look up both! Point is...old standards are worth looking into.... America isn't even American fior the most part! With the exception of the Indigenous peoples, we all came from somewhere else and more keep coming...perpetuating the melting pot.. Sometimes, ignorantly, white people think American means people who look like them and who's ancestors came at least a couple of generations back. I love it that Americans include people from every country on earth, people who just became citizens, people from every conceivable background and culture. When I think of American...I think, first and foremost, diversity and world.....
Patriot December 30, 2012 at 11:45 AM
@Bren-The second amendment is in place to protect us from a tyrannical government period!!! Bonus the firearms we own also provide added safety to those who choose to carry. So stop with all ur liberal, socialist BS. Tyrannical Government period.
Brian Carlson December 30, 2012 at 02:14 PM
I am impressed with the fact that a blog replier with the handle "Patriot" is the most adamant about keeping guns to defend ourselves from OUR tyrannical government. This sentiment is stated clearly by many whom one imagines would self identify as conservatives, who "love" our country, etc.... and somehow, simultaneously, harbor great suspicions, really beyond skepticism...fears I have to say, that our government is not as much as benign with respect to them, let alone representative of their will. So... "Patriots?" The reactionary voices in these blogs sound more rebellious than the "lefties, liberals and the limp-wristed."
Keith Schmitz December 30, 2012 at 02:16 PM
As H. Rapp Brown, the black militant back in the 60s put it, "Violence is as American as apple pie." If the NRA is as American as apple pie, that explains why there is more gun violence in this country than any where else. Other countries have the violent movies and video games, but we have the gun violence -- and the NRA.
Keith Schmitz December 30, 2012 at 02:22 PM
No one ever said that this would be solved with one piece of legislation. But we need to keep trying. We did it with smoking, we did it with seat belts, we did it with drunk driving. It can be done with guns. There will be more Sandy Hooks and the gun opposition will only grow.
Candy Galore January 11, 2013 at 05:42 AM
say there are actually 30,000 firearm deaths in 2012, what percentage of victims are people we actually care about? I bet 2/3s of the deaths were drug dealers, gang members, robbers, rapists, murderers, kidnappers, and other people that were likely deserving of their fate. Just look at the new years day accidental shooting. A gangbanger accidentally shooting her gangbanger brother while posing for a photo with a loaded gun to his head. survival of the fittest, she should be rewarded. I am deeply saddend for the losses of all the innocent and undeserving victims. May peace be with those souls and the people that loved them.
Garden Diva January 11, 2013 at 01:26 PM
What an absolute BITCH!!! You are actually going to defend guns by comparing how many people deserve to be killed!? They are people, they could be a member of any of our families who have had mental issues such as our wonderful veterans. The second amendment will never be lost. (read the Scalia decision on a previous gun case) Our guns will not be taken away. However we can control how much money the gun manufactures, video and TV continue to make by creating this insane fear in good citizens of our country. You are all being fooled by these huge companies that are playing with your brains!
Brian Carlson January 11, 2013 at 04:18 PM
G Diva, I will stay away from the B word but I think you are quite right in reacting to the wholesale write off of the lives of human beings. Delighting in the accidental murder, however preventable or stupid the circumstances, saying a sister should be rewarded for shooting her brother, is sick, to my mind. CGalore, who uses the word "fate" should consider the pressure to join gangs in a neighborhood where the possibilities to get anywhere in life are curtailed from most angles and where violence is a daily occurrence. Those pro gun people, if they lived in these neighborhoods, would be armed, no doubt, and gangs would form at least as protection squads, and soon, the difference between their gang and the next would be negligible. Its ignorance. The companies, like Bushmaster have very subtle appeals to fear. I saw an ad from Bushmaster that read, Peace of Mind at 1500 feet (or was it yards.) If it was yards that is fifteen football fields. So we are not talking about simply defending yourself in your home when under attack.... this is an ASSAULT weapon...
Born Free January 16, 2013 at 07:17 AM
One would think the average poo-litically correct would be happy as pigs in sh(i)t with a few gun deaths after all your global environmental friendly mission is to savagely murder the preborn to save the planet. Slicing the preborn, dicing them, chemically burning them in the womb and or sucking their brains out, all of which is done even without anesthecia given to the preborn, is somehow more humane then a rusty coat hanger or a gunshot wound. You poo-litically correct pricks brutally murder 3500 preborn daily in this country without conscience but then you pound your chests like actors pretending you've actually got a conscience every time your told to do so by your facilitators and benefactors who decide for you what qaulifies as a tragety. 3500/day killed here is an awful awful lot of hate.

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