Quote of the Day: Gunners Are Cowards Edition

Kurt Eichenwald (courtesy wikipedia.org)

“Gunners need to face facts, including this one: They are some of the biggest cowards in the country. They constantly tremble in fear that someone may break into their house or that the boogieman may point a machine gun at them at McDonald’s or that the government may swoop down to take their guns. They are so timid, so skittish, that they scream in horror when someone tells the truth. Guns kill people. Guns kill kids. Guns injure, maim, disfigure, cripple and generally cause this country to spend an obscene number of dollars on health care. So why are gunners so afraid to hear that guns are a health care issue?” – Kurt Eichenwald, Opinion: The Truly Ridiculous Reason the U.S. Has No Surgeon General [via newsweek.com]


Quote of the Day: It’s A Matter of Trust Edition


“I do not have enough faith in our citizenry—regardless of their comfort level with handling guns—to believe that everyone would have and/or use the proper judgment in the many uncomfortable and sometimes intimidating, even threatening interactions that can and do present themselves in the school yard or building. And, referring again to last week’s school shooting in Marysville, Wash., the shooter reportedly was confronted by an unarmed teacher, who is being considered a hero for her actions.” – Junior high principal Russ Moore in No, Teachers Should Not Carry Guns [at edweek.org]


Quote of the Day: Irreconcilable Differences Edition


“How do two neighboring, wealthy democracies have such different experiences with guns, one that makes a shooting on the northern side of the border so much more shocking? Maybe it has to do with trust in government. Alan Voth, a firearms expert formerly with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, said after the shooting that ‘Canadians have the mentality that the government will protect us – and we’re more likely to look to them for [our] safety. Americans take more responsibility for their own security.'” – Natasha Rudnick in Why Canada’s gun culture is different – and why its shootings shock America [at washingtonpost.com]


Quote of the Day: Hope Over Experience Edition


“The Safe Act really meets the test of good gun policy. It keeps guns out of the wrong hands, and I think it does that quite effectively.” – New Yorkers Against Gun Violence executive director Leah Gunn Barrett in Cuomo’s Gun Law Plays Well Downstate but Alienates Upstate [at nytimes.com]


Quote of the Day: “Guns Escalate Violence Against Gays” Edition

Cece McDonald (courtesy advocate.com)

“Shelby Chestnut, a media spokesperson at the Anti-Violence Project, which targets LGBT community members, argues that guns are tools of hate crimes, not a way to prevent them. Citing the case of Cece McDonald [above], a transgender woman who was sent to jail after defending herself against a homophobic attack, Chestnut noted that carrying a gun can often subject LGBT people to even greater violence. ‘We need to look at the systemic inequalities that are causing people to be victims of violence,’ she said. ‘The solution to that is definitely not creating violence to end violence.'” – MEET THE GAY LIBERTARIAN GUN NUTS [via vice.com]


Quote of the Day: Matthew McConaughey on Redskins and Gun Control


“What interests me is how quickly it got pushed into the social consciousness. We were all fine with it since the 1930s, and all of a sudden we go, ‘No, gotta change it’? It seems like when the first levee breaks, everybody gets on board. I know a lot of Native Americans don’t have a problem with it, but they’re not going to say, ‘No, we really want the name.’ That’s not how they’re going to use their pulpit. It’s like my feeling about gun control: ‘I get it. You have the right to have guns. But look, let’s forget that right. Let’s forget the pleasure you get safely on your range, because it’s in the wrong hands in other places.'” – Matthew McConaughey quoted in Matthew McConaughey Wusses Out on Gun Rights and Redskins Name [via newsbusters.org]


Quote of the Day: World’s Smallest Violin Edition


“[T]he thought that we could not translate that [Newton school shooting] horror into reasonable… I mean, really reasonable… gun safety measures that were supported by the vast majority of the American people is for me something that I take personally as a failure and something that I think we as a society should take as a failure, a glaring failure, that I hope will ultimately be rectified.” – Attorney General Eric Holder in Outgoing AG regrets gun control failures [at examiner.com]


Quote of the Day: Many a True Word Spoken in Jest Edition

Rev. Jeff Liebmann (courtesy amazon.com)

“Defenders of the Second Amendment should not only oppose restrictions to gun purchases and ownership (as they do already), but they should be advocating for a fully armed citizenry. By the age of 12, every budding young adult should have passed mandatory gun training and be issued a weapon so that they can stand united to defend the ramparts of our nation against the evils of communism, of creeping socialism, and the over-reaching arms of an out-of-control government in Washington, D.C. Just as we provide food stamps to the hungry and inexpensive housing to the poor, our nation should be committed to arming every citizen so they can adequately defend America.” – Rev. Jeff Liebmann minister of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Midland, Truth and Meaning: Guns for Everyone [via ourmidland.com]


Quote of the Day: Vox Populi Edition


“If you’re going to restrict constitutional rights, it probably shouldn’t be by someone who isn’t elected.” – Castle Rock, Colorado Mayor Paul Donahue in Growing Town Asks Where Guns Fit In [at nytimes.com]


I Don’t Think “I’ll take it” Means What Some People Think It Means


I’ve struggled with this question from the day I got my license. The classic example is a fellow named Shawn. You see, I found out the hard way that Shawn is a pathological liar. When I first started, I would post some merchandise for sale at a blowout price. A price so low that you’d think I had brain damage. Shawn would email or call me and say “I’ll take it” and that’s when the migraines began . . . Continue Reading