State of (Gun) Play In the USA

One of my friends on Twitter is a hard-core tea-partier (yes, it's possible to be friends). We have a running and occasionally bitter debate in DMs about the state of guns in America. Today, she sent along the following article from a website called "Guns Save Lives" dot com. No link to that site, as I simply don't want to add to their traffic by even a click or two. Fortunately, their story...

A Tale of Two Shootings, or, Bad Week for NRA Propaganda

While everyone was still reeling from the Santa Barbara shooting spree of Elliot Rodger, and before we could even process that tragedy fully, two new shootings took place in America. They seem to be coming at the rate of about one a week now - sometimes even faster (and still, we do nothing significant to address it). These two shootings are instructive because they juxtapose two very different...

Right Wing Echo Chamber Inaccurately Smears Mother Jones Story on Gun Fanatics

By now, everyone who follows the politics of guns in this country has probably heard the story first broken by Mark Follman in Mother Jones regarding the increasingly vituperative and often intentionally frightening manner in which some gun rights activists have been addressing supporters of gun control. Follman's story showcases several documented instances of militant gun owners bullying,...

Memo to NRA: THIS Is How You Deal With A 'Bad Guy With A Gun'

Yesterday in Atlanta - not thirty miles from where I live and my own children go to school - yet another disturbed person walked into an elementary school, armed to the teeth, prepared to go out in a blaze of infamy, taking as many innocent children with him as he could before committing "suicide by cop." But he didn't plan on Antoinette Tuff. She stopped him singlehandedly. How? Did she have an...

Free Market Hates 'Teachers With Guns'

After the atrocity at Sandy Hook, and with school shootings on the rise, conservatives (no doubt feeling a bit on the defensive) trotted out a two-pronged argument. Part one was the notion that most shootings happen in "gun free zones" like schools and churches and malls, etc. This part of the argument is ludicrous all on its own, but requires a separate post to do it justice. The second part...

Ultimate Redneck Headline

The following is not, of course, how BuzzFeed put this item in their headlines. But for the record, in the wake of Sandy Hook, I cannot believe that both BuzzFeed and the NY Post (which is famous for its, ah, provocative headlines, and where I first saw this item) passed up the chance for the Ultimate Redneck Headline™: Man In Pickup Truck Freedoms Self To Death In The Head At NRA-Sponsored...

Four People Shot To Death In PA – While NRA Press Conference On Newtown Was Happening

To be clear, no, the people were not shot AT the NRA press conference. But if you listened live to NRA head Wayne LaPierre's whiny, aggrieved, aggressive bullshit this morning at the NRA press conference, then really, the only rebuttal or answer of any kind that needs to be made can be made by the local Pennsylvania news media: BLAIR COUNTY, Pa. — The Blair County district attorney said that...