• Guns,  Stateside

    Now Las Vegas

    Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook, Orlando, now this. It’s still not clear what was behind the madness of the shooter who killed at least 50 people and wounded hundreds more, or (among other questions) how he managed to transport 10 rifles to his hotel room without anyone noticing or calling the police, or if he had an automatic weapon, but my thoughts are with the victims, their families and the first responders. From what we know about the gunman, it doesn’t appear that a border wall or tougher immigration rules would have made a difference in this case. After Sandy Hook, Josh Marshall at Talking Points Memo asked, “How Do We…

  • antisemitism,  Guns,  Stateside,  Wingnuttery

    Another journey to the center of Ted Nugent’s mind

    And this one isn’t even slightly amusing. Old-timers may recall Nugent as the guitar whiz for the 1960s band the Amboy Dukes, who had a hit with the quasi-psychedelic “Journey to the Center of the Mind.” More recently the mind of Nugent– a member of the board of the National Rifle Association and an ardent “gun rights” advocate– has taken an increasingly disturbing turn. Even after the “Motor City Madman” said these things, Texas’s Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott was pleased to have Nugent join him on the campaign trail in his successful run for governor in 2014. Watching the 2016 campaign for president, I have no idea what Republicans’…

  • 'Islamic State',  Guns,  Stateside,  Vote 2016

    Marco Rubio’s last line of defense

    As you watch this, remember: this guy is supposed to be the reasonable alternative for Republicans desperate to prevent Donald Trump or Ted Cruz from being the party’s candidate for president. I have nothing in principle against Marco Rubio buying a gun to protect himself and his family if he really feels the need, as long as he passes the required background check. But does he really believe that a gun “is the last line of defense between ISIS and my family”? Exactly whom is this supposed to impress? Believe me, Marco– if the Islamic State attacks your neighborhood in West Miami, I don’t think a gun is going to…

  • Guns,  Stateside,  The Right

    Rightwinger gets really mad at New York Times

    Reacting to the first editorial to appear on the front page of The New York Times in 95 years (calling for outlawing certain kinds of combat weapons and ammunition for civilian use), here is what influential rightwing blogger and Fox News commentator Erick Erickson did. I shot holes in the NY Times editorial – This is what I think of the New York Times edito… https://t.co/XEJpuV05Kk pic.twitter.com/brh3KrODwS — Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) December 5, 2015 Nothing says "responsible gun owner" like shooting at a piece of paper because it disagrees with you. https://t.co/noAHloEMx5 — Russell Brandom (@russellbrandom) December 5, 2015 Gee. The only things I’ve ever shot at are aluminum cans…

  • 'Islamic State',  Guns,  Stateside

    Thoughts and prayers trump action in the Senate

    As reports come in that San Bernardino massacre shooter Tashfeen Malik posted a pledge of allegiance to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on Facebook, another interesting event has received much less attention. That event was the vote Thursday by the US Senate on a two proposals put forward by Democrats in the wake of the massacre. The Senate rejected a measure from Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) to expand background checks for guns purchased online and at gun shows on a 48 to 50 vote and an amendment from Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) to prevent individuals on the terror watch list from purchasing firearms on a 45 to 54 vote.…

  • Guns,  Stateside

    Another mass shooting

    Although it has got a lot more attention than usual due to its location and the number of people killed, Monday’s murderous rampage at a Navy facility in Washington, DC, should be seen in the larger context of a depressingly long list of mass shootings in the US in recent years. And that list only includes shootings with multiple deaths. There have been many other incidents in which several were wounded but, fortunately, no one was killed.

  • Guns,  Left-Right convergence,  Wingnuttery

    Cynthia McKinney will headline far-right “Freedompalooza”

    Remember Cynthia McKinney, the conspiracy-minded former Democratic congresswoman from Georgia? McKinney is the 9/11 truther who took seriously a claim that the US government dumped the bodies of 5,000 executed prisoners in a Louisiana swamp during the week of Hurricane Katrina; who ran as the Green Party candidate in the 2008 presidential election and finished with one-tenth of one percent of the vote (the party’s website still links to some of her commentaries); and who has participated in antisemitic conferences, endorsed antisemitic conspiracy theories and become a favorite of the worldwide and American antisemitic Right. Of course George Galloway was pleased to feature a friendly interview with McKinney on the…

  • Guns,  Obama

    For the record

    It was on April 14, 2012, that rock musician Ted Nugent, a member of the National Rifle Association board of directors, said the following: “If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year. Why are you laughing? Do you think that’s funny? That’s not funny at all. I’m serious as a heart attack.” As of today, as far as I know, Nugent (aka The Motor City Madman) is alive, unincarcerated and officially out of his mind.

  • Guns

    Rambo vs. the NRA

    What do the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing, the Jewish Labor Committee, Sean Connery and the St. Louis Rams professional football team have in common? All appear on the National Rifle Association’s list of “anti-gun” organizations, companies and celebrities. (In NRA-speak, “anti-gun” means support for any new regulations on gun purchase or ownership.) Prominent on the list is Johnny Rambo himself, Sylvester Stallone, who supports a ban on assault weapons. He made the entirely reasonable point: Who … needs an assault weapon? Like really, unless you’re carrying out an assault. … You can’t hunt with it. … Who’s going to attack your house, a (expletive) army?” In other gun-related…

  • Guns,  Obama

    Hysteria greets Obama’s executive orders on gun violence

    At least three congressmen, a former attorney general and the head of a national gun owners’ group have said that impeachment may be in order for President Obama because he dared to sign some executive orders designed to curb gun violence. One of the congressman, Steve Stockman of Texas, called Obama’s anti-gun violence efforts “an existential threat to this nation.” In other rightwing hysteria: The Jackson Clarion-Ledger reported: [Mississippi] Gov. Phil Bryant and House Speaker Philip Gunn said they would block any federal measures limiting the right to bear and possess arms from being enforced in Mississippi. At a press conference hosted by Gunn and the Republican Caucus immediately following…