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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Kindred spirits

As you watch this informative colloquy on “gun rights” between CNN’s Piers Morgan and professional wingnut Alex Jones, keep in mind that Jones once got George Galloway to agree that a “false flag” terror attack by the “military-industrial complex,” to be blamed on Iran, was a “very real danger,” and that Jones’s loony website Infowars [...]

The Right vs. the cops

I can remember a time when the primary concern of the political Right in America was “law and order”– or rather the lack thereof. Conservatives treated law enforcement officers with respect sometimes verging on reverence. They considered the police a “thin blue line” standing between civilization and rampant criminality, and they didn’t seem overly concerned [...]

A lesson in “gun rights” history

A week after the Newtown massacre– as the National Rifle Association doubles down on opposing any new regulations on anyone obtaining any sort of firearms, and as news comes in of four firefighters shot (and two killed) as they responded to a blaze in upstate New York– I recommend that anyone interested in the history [...]