“Like I’ve always said, the Second Amendment, the provision that gives every American the right to keep and bear arms, is blind and stupid. In its relentless pimping for the gun industry, the NRA has unleashed an avalanche of deadly weapons on this gun-crazy country. Just as [it] protects access to weapons for cops and hunters, it also protects access to weapons for domestic abusers, mental patients, jerk-offs on the no-fly list, all-around dim bulbs, and now little children.” – Geraldo Rivera [via Facebook]
“For whatever reason, we have put guns on this very different level. It’s a sacred thing to many people, which forbids us from having reasonable conversations.” – Former intern to Gabrielle Giffords, Daniel Hernandez, Jr. in What are Americans doing about gun violence? [at stuff.co.nz]
“This magazine bills itself as follows — ‘Tactical Weapons is the exciting bi-monthly publication that is much more than a gun-test driven magazine.’ Exciting??? Sorry, that’s not a word I want associated with someone brandishing a firearm. If someone is about to cream in their pants with a finger on the trigger, f*ck your Second Amendment rights. You’re not a patriot. You’re a psychopath.” – Nolan Dolla, Taking Aim at Gun Magazine Pornography [via nolandalla.com]
“Nope, sorry, not the fault of the instructor…this is the fault of idiotic parents who think there is nothing wrong will letting their 9 year old fire a f**king uzi…if you think your child needs to fire ANY weapon, let alone this one, you are not fit to have children. Your children should be forcibly ripped from your custody, in front of you, while you scream about the 2nd amendment or some such shit. Seriously…this is why gun nuts are worthy of pre-emptive detention. So incredibly sad. This child’s life has been forever altered because her parents thought it was important to teach her how to fire an uzi…because they are idiots. Period.” – Tim Wise [at facebook.com]
“Gun sense is the idea that we can do much more to keep our families and communities safe from gun violence — that we can protect people, as well as their Second Amendment rights, by supporting common-sense measures that evidence shows will save lives. I’m talking about closing the deadly loopholes that allow minors and dangerous people like felons and domestic abusers to easily obtain guns. Promoting gun safety so American children are no longer exposed to unacceptable levels of risk in their homes and at friends’ houses. Supporting reasonable limits on where, when and how loaded guns are carried and used in public. And creating enforceable laws that address gun trafficking and fraudulent purchases to keep illegal guns off our streets. As a teacher getting ready to go back to school in a community where gun violence took an unimaginable toll, I believe the best way to protect our students and protect ourselves is by voting for elected officials who will lead with gun sense.” – Abbey Clements, Newtown teacher: Tighten gun laws to protect kids [via indystar.com]
“Having this kind of technology available for civilian sale — and imagining its potential role in violence — should give us all the creeps. It should be an outrage. But, in light of the culture of guns and our do-nothing political climate, I doubt anyone will keep TrackingPoint out of the retail sniper market. On the other hand, when it comes to the latest in gun safety, watch out. Gun activists see a real threat.” – Dan Rodricks in As technology advances, guns become deadlier, ‘smarter’ [at baltimoresun.com]
“The [NRA's] descriptive language doesn’t leave much doubt about whom they’re so afraid of, does it? Let’s just say that very few of those killers are likely to be big Toby Keith fans. Indeed, the picture that paints is of armed civilians in communities all over the country shooting and killing a whole bunch of people they think the police are failing to protect us from. It’s possible they truly believe that this will result in fewer Michael Browns being shot down by police, although it’s hard to see how that would be true. But one thing we can be absolutely sure of is that there will be a lot more Trayvon Martins.” – Heather Digby Parton, Fox News’ latest phony obsession: Ferguson, gun control and Second Amendment hypocrisy [via salon.com]
“None of this means that police officers who use deadly force should get a pass. But it’s a reminder that chalking up such shootings simply to overly aggressive police doesn’t tell the whole story. America is the most heavily armed country in the developed world. Our toxic gun culture and permissive gun laws are crucial factors in the ongoing militarization of America’s police departments. But in a nation seemingly inured to the constant tragedy of senseless gun violence, that is barely part of the conversation.” - Michael A. Cohen, US gun culture has police arming to keep up [via bostonglobe.com] [h/t SS]
“There’s no difference between the government telling us you can’t own guns or you must own guns.” – Nucla, Colorado trustee Bill Long in Colorado Town That Requires a Gun in Every Home Fights for its Life [at nbcnews.com]
“If things continue as they have, it won’t be the revolution you fantasize about. It won’t be freedom-loving patriots rising up against a tyrant. It will be giant, collective special interest groups rising up against you. Their armies will be massive and violent because the immune system designed to control them will have withered away after years of your deconstruction and condemnation. And you will have thought you were sticking it to the man.” – Anonymous Cop, The Ferguson Riots Show Why Good Cops Will Quit [via returnofkings.com]
“I cannot believe that the founding fathers could never conceive a rifle firing quicker, but they could see into the future and think that we would be able to bounce a video signal off a satellite in space to provide 24-hour news coverage, in which we put some of the dumbest people on this planet on it because it’s their 1st Amendment right to try to negate the 2nd Amendment.” – TTAG commentator David P under the post CNN’s Don Lemon Owns a Machine Gun! Or Not.
Our email boxes runneth over these days with links to stories of alleged police misconduct, both real and perceived. It’s hard to Google through the news without running into stories of at least questionable LEO activity such as shooting a distant suspect, the mentally ill, choking suspects and the like. More significant may be that the larger mainstream media seem to have now taken note, too. Efforts are now on to try to determine if police-involved shootings have, in fact, increased. No one disputes that the majority of police officers are out there performing their jobs on a daily basis, doing the dirty work of arresting bad actors and patrolling our cities and towns. But in the wake of Ferguson and with fresh attention on the militarization of good ol’ Officer Krupke (along with some pushback from the up-armored lobby), have we reached an inflection point? Has the civilian/police relationship now been forever changed?