Gun control is racist. Period.
Such laws spread over the next 200 years. For example, in 1712, South Carolina disqualified slaves from gun ownership on account of their “barbarous, wild, savage natures,” as they could not be “governed by the laws, customs and practices of this Province.” This prohibition aimed to “restrain the disorders, rapines and inhumanity to which they are naturally prone and inclined; and may also tend to the safety and security of the people of this Province and their estates.”
In the aftermath of the ratification of the Constitution, a number of states sought to enact laws spelling out the racial boundaries of gun policy. In 1825, Florida’s “Act to Govern Patrols” provided that white citizens “shall enter into all negro houses and suspected places, and search for arms and other offensive or improper weapons, and may lawfully seize and take away all such arms, weapons, and ammunition.”
So…why bother voting GOP any more?
Vermont on Wednesday raised the age to buy firearms, banned high-capacity magazines and made it easier to take guns from people who pose a threat — the first significant gun ownership restrictions in state history, signed into law by the Republican governor.
It’s a remarkable turnaround for the largely rural state that traditionally has refused to impose restrictions on gun ownership.
Standing on the Statehouse steps, Gov. Phil Scott signed the three bills into law before a crowd of gun rights activists and supporters of gun control.
“This is not the time to do what’s easy, it’s time to do what’s right,” the governor said.
We missed this earlier. You knew this. But let’s all give BJ Campbell (who thinks a lot) our thanks for presenting it so clearly here . . .
These are the tricks being played. The only way to even engage in this dialog rationally is to understand how the tricks work and keep an eye out for them. Especially when reading Vox, Mother Jones, Everytown for Gun Safety, and by transitive property, MSNBC, CNN, and the majority of the Blue Churchsources, who use Everytown and such as blindly trusted sources when they publish their hastily thrown together articles on gun violence in the wake of one of our seemingly semi-annual yet statistically insignificant school shooting incidents.
First it was rocks. Now it’s basically billy clubs. They’re creative in Pennsylvania.
In the wake of the Parkland School shooting, the Millcreek School District armed its 500 teachers with 16-inch baseball bats.
According to Superintendent Bill Hall, the bats were distributed to each teacher, following an in-service training day on how to respond to school shootings.
Hall says the bats are primarily “symbolic” but are now an option for teachers to use should they need to fight back in a shooting.
The bats will be locked up in each classroom and kept in the offices in the district’s 10 school buildings.
Because symbolism is wonderfully effective in the face of flying lead. Though it’s better than anyone from the Broward County Sheriff’s department.
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OK, who saw that one coming? . . .
In a conversation last week with Recode’s Kara Swisher and MSNBC’s Chris Ayes, (Apple CEO Tim) Cook addressed the NRA TV controversy by invoking the necessity of protecting free speech.
“Democracy without discourse is not a democracy,” the Apple CEO said.
Cook admitted to disliking the NRA’s “tactics” and “positions” – “Some of the things they’ve said are unbelievably distasteful,” he said – but stressed the importance of representing the NRA “point of view,” as well as the “alternate point of view,” on the Apple streaming service.
After Sandy Hook This Mom Started a Grassroots Movement Against Gun Violence That’s Spread to All 50 States
Drop ‘violence’ in that headline and you’ve got it . . .
I started all this when I was almost 42. Now, I’m 47. The past 5 years have gone by in a blink. The truth is, I don’t even recognize the person I was when I began Moms Demand Action. It’s been life-changing. I’ve learned to be so grateful for the talent and time of other people. The best part of this job is when I make thank you calls to survivors of gun violence who’ve turned to activism, which I do every week. I can’t help but tear up each time. These people are helping to save the lives of strangers.
Is anyone at the IRS paying attention? . . .
The North Carolina Council of Churches plans to put up a billboard on a local interstate in the coming days, and it expects the sign to attract some attention.
The message? That the Second Commandment – that no idol shall be worshiped – supersedes the Second Amendment that gives citizens the right to bear arms.
The billboard is expected to go up near Mebane on I-40/85 next week, and remain up for a month.
“There’s no reason for an Australian hunter to have a semi-automatic rifle for pest animal control with a 30-round magazine” pic.twitter.com/BSWYOLWZKC
— AusGov GunFacts™ (@AusGovGunFacts) April 11, 2018