Respect for the Deadly



As soon as word broke of the shootings in Connecticut, the familiar cries not to “politicize” the tragedy ensued. I find this plea curious on a number of levels. First of all, the people urging others not to “politicize” gun violence seem to come from a particular political perspective with remarkable consistency. You might even say their request is a political statement itself. It’s almost like they think gun control advocacy comes from some random whim wholly detached from incidents such as this. But the ready availability of AR-15s does not happen in a vacuum.

More details on the NRA-ALEC connection.



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  • Labann

    Biden’s on task to resurrect assault gun ban. But the root cause is our fear and loathing of other people (particularly conservatives). As long as they air shows and market games for killing zombies standing in for whoever you don’t want around anymore, youth learn to devalue the very lives that makes all life possible. To attack the farmer or other producer is to kill the goose that laid the golden egg.

  • Elmore

    Interesting interview on Fresh Air today with Tom Diaz of the Violence Policy Center:

    http://www.npr.org/2012/12/20/167694808/assault-style-weapons-in-the-civilian-market

    Among the things Diaz points out is that Congress has passed legislation making it illegal for the A.T.F. to release statistics on gun models involved in crimes and for the C.D.C. to conduct research that specifically addresses gun violence.

  • Spacious

    @Labann

    I would invite you to take a look at the infographic posted on Matt Bors website comparing video game consumption to gun violence on a national basis.

    Blaming violent media for real-life violence is simplistic. Sure, video games are getting increasingly sophisticated in their depictions of mayhem. But I can’t help but notice that the popularity of other types of games does not have a corresponding real-world effect. Many have played Farmville, but few felt compelled to start a victory garden. So many of my friends play Words With Friends, but they still have atrocious spelling.

    It’s people that can’t distinguish the difference between stories and reality that should concern us. That and their ability to acquire powerful weapons.

  • Roger Bloyce

    The media focuses on the perpetrators of our frequent massacres despite the fact that they can’t be held responsible for their actions. The guilty parties, however, are those who promote the private ownership of handguns, such as NRA President David Keene; Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre; Executive Director of the NRA Institute for Legislative Action Chris W. Cox; ALEC Executive Director Ron Scheberle; and members of the ALEC board of directors (all republican U.S. representatives) such as National Chairman Dave Frizzell – Indiana; First Vice Chairman John Piscopo, – Connecticut (sic); and Second Vice Chairman Linda Upmayer – Iowa. The addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of these mass murderers are available online.

    As the U.S. population continues to grow, the rampant gun violence now terrorizing our crowded cities can only get worse, until eventually congress will have no choice but to ban guns altogether. The Second Amendment to the Constitution will not be an impediment, since it merely protects the right to bear arms, not own them. While the current nihilistic congress and President Me-Too can be expected to do absolutely nothing whatever about any major issue facing America, we should nevertheless begin by reimbursing those who turn in their guns within a time limit and establish severe penalties for those who fail to do so.

  • Labann

    @Spacious
    To your point, a link is useful…
    http://www.mattbors.com/blog/2012/12/24/nra-kombat/

    Was not saying that video games cause violence. It’s the hateful, selfish, win at all costs mentality fostered by arts, education, government, sports and totality of culture that has lead to a devaluation of life. Everyone, even the indigent and nomads, contribute to the fabric in their own way. Freedom of speech is only equal to, not above, freedom from tyranny or want. Nowhere are FDR’s 4 freedoms in full force, particularly not USA, when the mere mention of guns in a school setting is enough to bring criminal charges or dismissal. I suppose calling for the heads of Roger’s Rogue Gallery mounted like trophies would label you a heretic terrorist. Guns run government. Congress is in their pockets. If they followed Lincoln’s advice, “The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend,” the world wouldn’t need guns. But Congress is too busy enforcing dirty deals for Big Oil and making new enemies. Want to avoid another Connecticut Christmas Massacre of Innocents, stop driving a petroleum fueled vehicle or selling assault ammo, magazines and weapons to metal defectives, who I define as anyone who’d want one.

  • Tom

    I own a couple of rifles, including a target rifle Dad gave me for Christmas when I was 13. But I have never had the weird compulsion to carry one of them everywhere and anywhere. If I had slung that Mossberg over my shoulder and walked downtown to a department store or an eatery, I’m sure that Dad would have smacked my face hard enough for it to fly into the next county. Today’s compulsion to have a firearm at all times is weird.

    Imagine you have a friend who carries a 5-pound CO2 fire extinguisher with him everywhere. You ask him why he’s doing that and he angrily declares “Because I have a right to!” Well, yes you do, but why do you carry one? Getting angrier, he yells “Oh yeah, what are you going to do when somebody bursts into flames in front of you? Throw a shoe at him?”

    It’s very weird.

Jen Sorensen is a nationally-syndicated political cartoonist whose work has appeared in The Progressive, The Nation, Daily Kos, Austin Chronicle, NPR, Ms., Politico, and many other publications. The recipient of the 2014 Herblock Prize and a 2013 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, she tweets at @JenSorensen.

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