A Single Sentence Re the Florida School Shooting

School shootings, and other mass murders by gun, are the inevitable byproduct of the monetization of the 2nd Amendment, which has resulted in excessiveness and extremism going directly to the bottom line of the manufacturers of firearms.

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Comment by Tom Cordle on February 15, 2018 at 7:25pm

As has been said many times by many others, the FACT that it is easier to get an AR15 than to get a driver's license is a national disgrace that ought to disqualify the US from the rest of the civilized world.

Fact is, overall gun ownership is actually on the decline, with less than a quarter of US citizens owning guns. What is up – waaay up – is the number of guns owned by a small portion of the populace – it's estimated that 50% of guns are owned by 3% of the populace. Link: https://qz.com/1095899/gun-ownership-in-america-in-three-charts/

I know a few such people, and I can assure you, and I don't feel safer when I'm around them.

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on February 15, 2018 at 10:28pm

OF COURSE YES

Comment by koshersalaami on February 16, 2018 at 9:21am

At this point I think if you monetize anything enough you can probably finance legislation in the face of overwhelming public opinion. I am not sure a limit exists. The lack of a legislative reaction in the face of Gabrielle Giffords - the shooting of one of Congress’ own - and in the face of Newtown indicates there isn’t any kind of limit. How much more outrageous can you get than the murder of little children? If that doesn’t do it, what can? Maybe environmental damage to the point where public health is endangered in an obvious mass way, but even then I wouldn’t count on it. Tobacco is still legal and have you seen any public prosecutions over OxyContin? There are an awful lot of dead people because of that. My 27 year old nephew was one of them. 

Jon,
If we lose the midterms, I hate to tell you this, but The Fix Is In. At that point, if this country can’t correct course knowing what the Republicans are and what Trump is, no more excuses because he will have had two years in office, the American experiment as it is will have failed and the only ways to save our kids will either be emigration or extralegal political methods. Funny time in my life to become radicalized but this is the first time I’ve ever seen the country in a position where I’m really not sure it can self-correct. I hope it can, I ardently hope it can, and I so hope my worries are unfounded, and I’m not by nature a pessimist, but data on who is affecting policy already says it’s the wealthy rather than the general population, and the FBI memo thing looks a lot like the Republicans are preparing a manufactured loophole for the President. The country’s operation depends on accountability, and at this point it’s almost gone. If it goes completely, we live in an oligarchy/dictatorship, and then the question will be if we’re prepared to live like that and, if not, what the solution is. The government is already supporting the police forces against minority communities. Unarmed Black males get killed by police with no indictments. Orlando Castile was legal government manslaughter. The main difference here is that as Jews, this time we won’t be first, which is admittedly novel but ultimately irrelevant. 

Comment by koshersalaami on February 16, 2018 at 10:46am

In terms of gun violence, it’s worse than we thought.

I was just over at FM’s blog where Anna gave a link to brain activity and figure skating, then for some reason I scrolled down and found this:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/a-whopping-180-congressional-district...

We can’t get gun legislation when 40% of all Congressional districts experienced a mass shooting in 2017, defined as four or more people being shot (not necessarily killed) in one incident. 

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on February 16, 2018 at 2:22pm

...saying that the 1-sentence is on its face obviously so.

I say nothing abt the other issues raised in the comments.

Comment by J.P. Hart on February 17, 2018 at 2:49pm

Back in my little town since Wednesday there were at least a half-dozen urgent authoritative reactions to suspect potential shooters alerts around or near or verbally/cyberly threatening our sacred students and hallowed schools. Two of whom allegedly packed three assault rifles along with an insouciant arsenal. Copycat pathology. Virtual peer one-upmanship. National Reapers Association (NRA) National Repugnant Association (NRA) National Russian Association (NRA), National Rapers Association (NRA) National Repulsive Association (NRA) National Report Card Association (NRA) et alli . . . .

After Thought, LLC and I are consulting several Jesuit Attorneys and undergraduates for the express purpose of drafting federal legislation.

We shall propose a one (1) billion $ payment to the grievously/irrevocably harmed student population of Parkland High School. E.g One Billion divided by 3,000 = $333,333.333333 each with the express intent to love, 'do good', change the world, make it better, beware. Americans consistently overlook that it's the peoples' budget. There's no earthly good to have WMDs readily available. Let us not be distracted. Only to be fooled again by the National Rulers Association (NRA) . . . !

Governor Martin O'Malley has spoken!

Governor Rick Scott: thank you for putting everything on the table. My wish is that you and your blood stained hands consider resignation. Too much $ubliminally wicked green-glowin'-greedY-guarantees and nest featherin' from the National Resignation Association (NRA)

Governor Martin O'Malley has spoken!

Comment by Tom Cordle on February 17, 2018 at 8:20pm

The only problem with getting rid of W was that it would have put Cheney in his place
The only problem with getting rid of Trump is that it would put Pence in his place
The only problem with getting rid of Pence is that it would put Ryan in his place
The only problem with getting rid of the NRA is that it would put the Gun Owners Association (GOA) in its place

By its own account, GOA spent over $1.75 million lobbying Congress in 2004, and over $18 million between 1998 and 2004. Visit the website, if you have the stomach for it:

https://gunowners.org/

And if that's not stomach-churning enough, here's an article in Mother Jones entitled 7 Gun Groups That Make the NRA Look Reasonable

https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/01/gun-appreciation-day-g...

Comment by koshersalaami on February 17, 2018 at 10:22pm
Comment by J.P. Hart on February 17, 2018 at 10:29pm

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/01/the-nra-is-part-of-the...

Yes, Tom, it is all eerily entangled. Earlier, CNN quoting McClatchy indicated that the National Ripoff Association (NRA) donated $22M to the GOP in 2016 with the hind quarter of course going to He-Who-Would-Rather-Be-Putting. My hope is that the National Ricochet Association (NRA) will change from within as opposed to refining their expertise at changing the national conversation every time one of their 'products' finds itself with a merciless maniac. The mantra of a 'well regulated militia' has killed more people than all our wars, than all our wars, than all our wars . . .combined. Odd that we have not seen vids or still photos of perpetrator at the point-of-sale.

February 2018 Nat/Geo profiled a Massachusetts security outfit whose unique product is entry cameras which somehow pinpoint/isolate an intruder. Then instantly alert.

Years ago, I'd posited such a device with a non-lethal taser --- after reviewing the newsreels of that horrific mall siege in Malaysia --- wherein multiple active shooters were almost continually observed. So if we can film the murderers why can't we zap them?

Comment by Tom Cordle on February 17, 2018 at 11:03pm

As I said on JR's post, the NRA should be labeled the SPA - Small Penis Association.

"that horrific mall siege in Malaysia"  I remember not only seeing the shooters in the Mumbai massacre, but also hearing the intercepted conversation with their distant director giving them orders and urging them on. There are a lot of sick fucks in this world – makes you wonder if an asteroid strike might not be a good thing, and we can go the way of the previous dinosaurs.

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