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Let’s point a finger at the other guy…..couldn’t possibly be us!

October 4th, 2015 19 comments

epa03323086 Shoppers examine handguns on display for sale at The Nation's Gun Show held in the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, Virginia, USA, 28 July 2012. Gun sales have risen in the U.S. in the wake of the movie theatre shooting massacre in Aurora, Colorado on 20 July. EPA/JIM LO SCALZO

At the Nation’s Gun Show in Chantilly, Va., on Saturday, in a cavernous warehouse filled with thousands of customers and tens of thousands of guns, the sharp sound snaps a few heads.

“We’re going to have to have a discussion about those balloon animals,” Annette Elliott, the show’s organizer, said wearily.

Forgive Elliott — and everyone — if nerves are frayed in this era of weekly mass shootings. She, too, has become familiar with the ritual of gun violence in America, but hers comes with a personal twist. Another week. Another massacre. Another round of calls from reporters asking what can be done and who is to blame for the country’s deadly gun culture. After the latest rampage, which ended with 10 dead, including the shooter, at Umpqua Community College on Thursday in Roseburg, Ore., she is hearing the questions again.

“We’re being put out there like it’s our fault,” Elliott says. “But what we’re selling is an inanimate object. And I don’t know what the response is except to arm yourself to protect yourself.” As gun opponents ratchet up the calls for more controls and more regulations, gun owners and sellers have no choice but to push back, she says. The fault, she says, lies with a mental health system that doesn’t have enough resources and with the media which, she says, gives mass killers all the attention they crave.

This response is insane.  The problem doesn’t just lie with the mental health system.  The problem is imbedded in our culture.  We love our guns, we love our violent video games, we love our rights, we love our media, and we love our polarized politics.

The solution to the problem of massacre by gun is not going to be solved by pointing one’s finger at the other guy.  The solution has to be found in a subset of all of these components of our culture.  You can’t leave anyone out.  The gun folks, the mental health folks, the media, and the entertainment industry all have to collude and seek common ground.  Each will have to give up a little.

When everyone decides we all own the problem then perhaps we can get to the solution to eradicate some of gun violence.  We will never get rid of it all but we have to stop the epidemic of mass shootings.


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Oregon Sheriff must have fallen asleep at the switch…

October 1st, 2015 50 comments

Hanlin letter

I have no idea why Sheriff Hanlin felt the need to write to Joe Biden, but something must have set him off.

The irony of his words hit home tonight. Sheriff John Hanlin is the sheriff of Douglas County where there was a mass murder at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon.

Sheriff Hanlin must be feeling rather impotent tonight as 10 students  lay dead and 7 others are hospitalized with life-threatening wounds from a crazed gunman with 4 guns opened fire on innocent people, just trying to get an education.

So we now need to ask ourselves as Americans how many more lives have to be lost because some bat-shit crazy man decides to randomly blow away innocent people to please whatever demons possess him.   I refuse to believe that there are no answers.  Other countries don’t have mass murders every other week.

President Obama is right about numbness.  I have almost become desensitized.  How many more school shootings need to happen?  These school shootings make a good argument for home schooling and distance learning.  They also make a strong argument  for change regarding how we purchase and store our guns in this country.


New call for background checks in Virginia

September 4th, 2015 135 comments


Seven Northern Virginia delegates and two Democratic nominees to the House of Delegates joined the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence at a news conference in Arlington to urge that background checks cover all gun sales, including those at gun shows and online.

Virginia law does not require background checks for gun purchases from unlicensed dealers or private sellers. Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) tried to change that, but his proposal was rejected by the Republican-controlled Virginia legislature.

The governor again mentioned closing the gun-show loophole, as it is commonly called, in the wake of the Roanoke shootings, drawing the ire of Republican lawmakers who noted that the gunman in that case purchased his weapon legally.

The fact that the Roanoke shooter bought his gun legally speaks volumes.  Rather than excusing Virginia gun laws, it should condemn them and make us want to shore up requirements.  This guy had a paper trail both hard copy and digitally behind him a mile long.  Flares should have been going off.

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McAuliffe pisses off Republicans

August 27th, 2015 77 comments

Gov. Terry McAuliffe has rankled some Virginia Republicans by repeatedly calling for greater gun control after Wednesday’s deadly shootings in Southwest Virginia.

“Clearly that gentleman should not have owned a gun,” McAuliffe said of Vester L. Flanagan II, who killed a two-person news crew on live television early Wednesday. “That’s plain and simple. That was a tragedy. Now I have no idea if any new gun laws would have changed that, we don’t know, but my job as governor is to do everything I humanly possibly can do to make our communities safe.”

Several Republican legislators took to Twitter to blast McAuliffe for what one called his “shameless politicization of tragedy” — particularly because closing the gun show loophole, a gun control measure McAuliffe mentioned, wouldn’t have kept the gun out of Flanagan’s hands.

“I thought it was extremely unfortunate that while the family is still in shock at this news and while a manhunt is still actively underway, that the governor saw fit to try to advance his legislative agenda,” said Deputy House Majority Leader C. Todd Gilbert (R-Shenandoah). “The even more unfortunate thing is that the agenda that the governor cited apparently has nothing to do with the facts of this tragic case. . . . If we’re going to try to fix problems that are the ills of our society, we should focus on things that are actually relevant to these tragedies.”

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Gun violence: Let’s cut the crap

August 27th, 2015 62 comments

There are weekly killings.  I don’t mean thug on thug violence.  That is another issue.  I am speaking of perfectly decent people, just going about their daily lives, being gunned down in cold blood.

As I watched the anchors on WDBJ grasp hands and have a tribute, then a moment of silence for their colleagues, it broke my heart.  It broke my heart to hear Allison’s father speak of his daughter.  These grandiose, senseless killings have to stop, regardless of what it takes.

After I watched the friends and family members of the slain, I listened to Donald Trump.  He advised us that we really have a broken mental health system and that guns aren’t the problem.  The Hell they aren’t!  The pro-gun community must start assuming some responsibility for something other than slogans and bumper sticker sound bites when these things happen.  They must start coming up with solutions to screen gun buyers to help ensure that psycho-paths don’t have their weapons of destruction.

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Armed gunman slays TV reporter and cameraman on live TV near Roanoke

August 26th, 2015 5 comments

A television reporter and a videographer for CBS affiliate WDBJ7 in Roanoke, Va., were shot and killed Wednesday morning as they were doing a live report. The incident was caught on camera and those at the station said they heard six to seven shots and then nothing as the camera fell.

The incident happened around 6:45 a.m. at Bridgewater Plaza — a shopping and entertainment center on Smith Mountain Lake in Franklin County — where the two were interviewing a woman with a local chamber group. Few details were immediately known, said officials with the WDBJ7.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said a suspect has been identified and is believed to be a disgruntled employee of the TV station. Federal law enforcement officials are aiding in the search for the gunman.
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VCDL raises stink over Louisa Park sign that reads “No Weapons”

August 6th, 2015 28 comments


Gun rights activists from the Virginia Citizens Defense League have taken issue with a sign located at Louisa Town Hall Community Park that reads, “No weapons.”

Philip Van Cleave, president of VCDL, wrote in an email to Louisa Town Manager Tom Filer that the sign posted in front of the playground is not in compliance with Virginia state law.

Van Cleave cites Code section 15.2-915 which states that no local governing body can make rules concerning guns.

The sign in front of the playground at the park, Van Cleave  said, is considered an administrative action and therefore illegal.

Van Cleave argues that even if the town were to change the sign to read, “no illegal weapons,” it would still be out of compliance.

“The town certainly supports people’s Second Amendment rights,” Filer said. “We’re just trying to create a safe park.”

While the town isn’t trying to restrict firearms, a concern over illegal weapons still exists.

“What they may have been thinking of is the list of banned concealed weapons,” Van Cleave said.

Virginia state law does ban some concealed weapons in public areas including throwing stars, nun chucks, metal knuckles and blackjacks.

The word “weapons” applies to firearms as well. Even adding the word “illegal” on the sign, the town would still be making regulations that refer to firearms, in contrast to state laws.

“The sign is illegal. That’s the bottom line,” Van Cleave said.

Van Cleave should just leave it alone.   Why must everything be an issue?  So Louisa County doesn’t want weapons in its parks.  Good for them.  Maybe there has been a problem in the past.  Maybe something has gotten thrown out of court when some kids were misbehaving with what they consider toys.

With Van Cleave on the loose, I am not going to worry about taking MY issue to far.  No one is threatening his rights.

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Gun loophole that needs to be plugged

July 28th, 2015 10 comments

The man who killed two women at a Louisiana movie theater last week was able to buy a firearm legally — despite a judge’s order sending him to a psychiatric hospital in 2008 — because he was never involuntarily committed for treatment, Georgia officials said Monday.

An involuntary commitment would have banned John Russell Houser from buying a firearm under the federal gun law that strengthened state reporting requirements after a mass shooting at Virginia Tech in 2007. But Houser never reached the crucial stage of having a judge rule on his mental competence, a process called adjudication, which is required before someone can be involuntarily committed to a psychiatric facility, officials said.

“If he had been adjudicated in need of involuntary treatment, I would have reported that to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, who would then send it to the FBI,” said Muscogee County Probate Judge Marc E. D’Antonio, who was chief clerk at the time in the county that would have handled the case. “I clearly would have known. That did not happen.”

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Yet another theater shooting rampage– 3 dead

July 23rd, 2015 137 comments

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A gunman opened fire on a movie theater in Lafayette, La. Thursday night, killing at least two people and injuring at least seven before killing himself, police said.

Police Chief Jim Craft said at a news conference around 11 p.m. that police received reports of a shooting at the Grand Theatre 16 around 7:30 p.m. Four officers entered the theater to confront the shooter and found him dead of a self inflicted gunshot wound. Two other people have been confirmed dead.

Police said there are at least seven other injured victims, with injuries ranging from minor to critical and life-threatening. Louisiana State Police Sgt. David Brooks told CNN that all injured victims have been taken to local hospitals.

The shooter has been described as white and 58 years old.  Police know his identity.

At what point do gun rights advocates start coming up with real solutions about what to do about these weekly occurences?  Too many Americans are dying from shooting rampages.

I think I am going to barf if I hear any more platitudes and slogans.  Too many guns are getting into the hands of those not competent or responsible to own them.  I want to know solutions.  Come on, A2 advocates, pony up some REAL solutions.  No bumper sticker slogans allowed.

At some point the American people are going to rebel and demand changes. It seems to me that strong 2A folks would guard their rights more by thinking up solutions for this epidemic rather than telling us why they have rights.

South Carolina lawmaker wants gun awareness day mandated in schools

December 31st, 2014 29 comments

One South Carolina lawmaker believes there is an anti-Second Amendment movement taking place within the state, and that as a result, kids need to receive more education about their right to bear arms.

State representative Alan Clemmons (R) filed a bill in December with co-sponsors Richard Yow (R) and Garry Smith (R) that would create a “Second Amendment Awareness Day” on Dec. 15, the day after the anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. For this day, schools would be asked to conduct essay and poster contests relating to the theme “The Right To Bear Arms; One American Right Protecting All Others.”

Additionally, the bill stipulates that students across the state should learn about the Second Amendment for three weeks, for one class period per day. Schools would teach these lessons using a curriculum developed or recommended by the National Rifle Association.

Finally, the bill notes that teachers should not punish “political, written, or artistic expression that includes references to guns or a militia” because of the First Amendment.

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