Quote of the Day: Don’t Lie for the Other Guy Edition

Dawn Nguyen courtesy rochesterhomepage.net

“I would like to express my condolences and apologize to the people that were affected by the tragedy that occurred on Christmas Eve and I would like to ask for forgiveness. I can not imagine how hard it has been for you to live in this nightmare. I take full responsibility for my actions and ignorance. My actions on June 6, 2010 turned my life upside down. I was 21-years-old and made the worst decision of my life, which will forever haunt me. I will live with this guilt everyday for the rest of my life. I have learned a lot over the past year and a half. I wish I could go back in time and fix this mistake, but I can’t. I can only apologize and I know I could never say ‘I’m sorry’ enough to make all the pain go away, but I am sorry. I am so, so sorry. I’m sorry for the people whose lives were affected and I am sorry for disappointing my family, especially my two nieces that I have spent almost every day of their lives with. I can honestly say that the things that I have said to you today I have wanted to say since the tragedy happened. Thank you so much for allowing me the opportunity to publically apologize to everyone. I hope that you can find it in your hearts to forgive me.” – Dawn Nguyen in Woman convicted of buying guns used in Webster ambush sentenced to 8 years in prison [at cnycentral.com]


Quote of the Day: Racialist Conspiracy Theory Edition


“Do you think there was any connection between the passage of the new Missouri gun law and the racial strife in Ferguson after the shooting of Michael Brown? It’s as good a theory as any about what really motivated legislators to let guns into schools, because there sure isn’t any violence problem in Missouri schools that this law will solve.” – Mike “The Gun Guy” Weisser in New Missouri Law Will Allow Teachers to Carry Guns, Defying Statistics and Common Sense [at huffingtonpost.com]


Quote of the Day: Another Day, Another Hollywood Gun Hypocrite

“I am totally for gun control in the U.S. The population of America is roughly 300 million and there are 300 million guns in this country, which is terrifying. Every day we’re seeing some kid running rampant in a school. And do you know what the gun lobby’s response to Newtown was? The National Rifle Association’s official response was, ‘If that teacher had been armed…’ It’s crazy.” – Liam Neeson in Liam Neeson calls for U.S. gun controls [via msn.com] [h/t FC]


Quote of the Day: Golden Mean Edition


“One group would like to see guns outlawed completely — a pointless endeavor, as it will not prevent criminals who have no respect for the law from acquiring guns. We have another group that believes in ownership and feels that the laws are too tight to begin with for those who own guns legally. Then we have the rest of us, who would like to see some kind of happy medium. Ironically, those of us who would prefer a happy medium are the ones without much of a voice, because we do not choose to follow either extreme.” – Jason P. Stadtlander in Gun Bans a Safe Haven for Killers [at huffingtonpost.com]


Quote of the Day: How Do You Get Fewer Gun Nuts Edition

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“During the trial it’s become clear that Pistorius is a man about as unhinged as as the barn door at Dorothy’s house after the tornado blew through. He took his gun with him to weddings, to restaurants, in his car. He slept with a gun beside his bed although most other people, even in a nation as dangerous as South Africa can be, did not. He took it out and waved it around, he fired it in public, he asked others to take the blame for him. He wanted more than the one gun that would surely be all you need to protect yourself – he ordered a pump-action shotgun, and a semi-automatic rifle, and cancelled the order only after Reeva died. Who needs a pump-action AND a semi-automatic? You’re either planning a killing spree, or your paranoia has reached the level of a padded cell and some tranquilisers.” – “Fleet Street Fox” in How do you get fewer gun-nuts? Fewer guns would be a start [via mirror.co.uk]


Quote of the Day: How Many Were Due to Open Carry? Edition


“As the largest grocery store chain in the country, Kroger has the responsibility to keep its shoppers and employees safe with a uniform national policy. It’s currently letting both groups down. In the past two years, there have been at least 16 shootings and gun-related threats at Kroger stores throughout the country. To me, it doesn’t seem that Kroger is living up to its corporate promise of maintaining a “safe and secure workplace and shopping environment. Until Kroger decides to get some gun sense and demonstrate corporate responsibility by prohibiting the open carry of firearms in all Kroger brand stores, I and a lot of other moms will be shopping elsewhere.” – Moms Demand Action Michigan chapter member Linda Brundage in We need groceries, not guns at Michigan Kroger stores [at mlive.com]


Quote of the Day: Real Estate Agents Should Not Carry a Gun Edition

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“I recognize that we live in a scary world full of scary people. Realtors, real estate agents, brokers, and others have every right, duty, and responsibility to protect themselves. But count me among those who think that the answer to gun violence is not introducing more guns into the equation. That argument has never made any sense to me. It’s like saying we can defeat heart disease by eating more cheeseburgers. The real answer is making sure we live in a safer world. I’ve often said that the world would be a better place if guns didn’t exist at all. Maybe that’s naïve or narrow-minded, but it’s what I believe.” – Ben Lane, Against: Real estate agents should not carry guns [via housingwire.com]


Quote of the Day: No Mensch is an Island Edition

(courtesy Gary Moskowitz, forward.com)

“Congregation Shearith Israel, in Atlanta, has no official policy allowing guns, which makes the carrying of a firearm inside the building illegal. But apart from the ‘philosophical’ problem of violating the law, the congregation’s rabbi, Hillel Norry, said he does not mind if a congregant brings a concealed weapon to services. ‘We have an armed security guard every Shabbat,’ Norry said. ‘But he’s just one guy.’” - Does Carrying a Gun to Synagogue Make It Safer or More Dangerous? [via forward.com]


Quote of the Day: Over the Top Edition


“Police have a tough enough job dealing with the bad guys. Now they have the additional challenge of being mindful of the message they’re sending as they try to balance their own safety with the confidence and respect of those they’re protecting. We recognize police have a difficult and dangerous job, and the last thing we want to report on is a police officer injured or killed in the line of duty. However, mine-resistant military vehicles go over the top and actually might worsen the public’s view of police.” – Idaho Statesman editorial, ‘Militarized’ police on campus [at idahostatesman.com]


Quote of the Day: Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition Edition

Jesus (courtesy ohioriverlife.blogspot.com)

“Interestingly, Atwood does not make much of the one biblical passage used by Christians who are against all use of guns, except perhaps for hunting. That directive from Jesus is found in Matthew 5:39 (Revised Standard Version): ‘Do not resist one who is evil. But if any one strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.’ Of course, interpretations of Jesus’ directive differ. Hugo Grotius (1583-1645), the reputed father of international law, is famous for reasoning that Jesus meant his directive only for strikes literally on the cheeks, and not for strikes on any other body parts. So, if someone hits you on your lower jaw or anywhere else but the cheeks, you can blow them away and still be a Christian.” – Hector Avalos, Jesus and guns [via amestrib.com]


Quote of the Day: Safety vs. Liberty Edition

Milt Shook (courtesy Twitter)

“It’s no secret that some people are not naturally responsible, and must have it enforced upon them, under penalty of law. We do that with everything else; why do guns get a pass? If the cost of lead was half the price of stainless steel, do you think manufacturers would hesitate to continue to use it in pencils and spoons, if they could do so legally? Laws, regulation and enforcement are what keep us safe.” – Milt Shook, What has to happen before we get serious about gun control? [via pleasecutthecrap.com]