Last week, sandwiched between a row of shops and apartments, you may have noticed that a store hawking firearms miraculously opened for two days on Manhattan’s Lower East Side
Had you ventured inside and asked the gruff-sounding owner whether you could take a closer look at, say, a revolver, you probably would have encountered the following sales pitch:
“…this revolver, it’s the easiest gun we have to use. It’s our most popular one. It’s a 22-caliber, six-inch revolver,” the clerk begins. “It’s also a gun that a five-year-old found in his parents’ bedroom, went down and shot his nine-month-old baby brother with it.”
If that sounds a lot like the least effective sales pitch of all time, there’s a reason for that.
Mr Hawking and most religious leaders would agree. Why does poverty beget violence? Connect the dots from that stone age club, to bronze weapons, to steel, then explosives, then guns, and now nuclear weapons with global reach. Strategic arms deals can only reduce a part of this. Gun control can only have an effect in those limited circumstances.
Resolve our aggression, our willingness to harm one another and every weapon including the bare fist becomes far less dangerous. Gun control? sure. Nation to nation peace deals ? Excellent. Reduce poverty, another step forward. But as we do all those things, we have to come back to our primitive nature and overcome it.
Aggression is the human race’s biggest failing and it “threatens to destroy us all”, Stephen Hawking has said, urging people to be more empathetic.
Professor Hawking spoke at the Science Museum while giving a tour to Californian Adaeze Uyanwah, who beat 10,000 international entrants to win a special trip to London, in which he is shown the sights by celebrity guides. “The human failing I would most like to correct is aggression,” the astrophysicist said. “It may have had survival advantage in caveman days, to get more food, territory or a partner with whom to reproduce, but now it threatens to destroy us all.”
The human quality the scientist would most like to magnify was empathy. “It brings us together in a peaceful loving state.”
Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Matthew 7:16 KJV
Since the alleged banana terrorist is still alive, we could have guessed that he is white even without the picture.
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — A man is facing a felony menacing charge, because two Colorado sheriff’s deputies say they thought a banana he pointed at them was a gun.
Nathan Rolf Channing, 27, was arrested Sunday, according to the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel.
According to an arrest affidavit, Mesa County deputies Joshua Bunch and Donald Love said Channing pointed the fruit at them while crossing a street.
The deputies said they feared for their lives even though they saw that the object was yellow. Bunch wrote in the affidavit that he has seen handguns in many shapes and colors.
He wrote that Love was drawing his service weapon when Channing, of Fruitvale, Colo. yelled, “It’s a banana!”
Yes, the man accused of pointing a banana at police is from Fruitvale.
And yes, one of the police officers he pointed the banana at is named Bunch.
And, no, we didn’t make this up.
Harmon Leon has found some gifts for your gun totting, Bible Believing, National Rifle Association, New World Order resisting wingnut friends this Christmas.
Gun-themed T-shirts make for some of the best comic material in the world. And online retail sites, such as Patriot Depot, not only sell “funny” gun T-shirts, they also provide an explanation on why the particular T-shirt is “funny”—in case the humor isn’t self evident. I recently took a trip through the online retail world, and came away with these 10 contestants for funny-crazy.
1) Two Things Every American Should Know How To Use. Neither Of Which Are Taught in SchoolsTwo Things Every American Should Know How to Use…. Neither of Which are Taught in Schools
THE DESCRIPTION: “There is a war going on in our schools to reeducate our children on two things that are so vitally important to the American way of life. The Bible and guns. How far are they going to go before we take a stand and move to protect our freedoms and liberties? Put a stop to Obama and the rest of the Left and encourage everyone else to do the same! Order your ‘Two Things Every American Should Know How to Use’ t-shirt today!”
MY TAKE: Yes, those schools are too busy teaching us stupid lies—like how dinosaurs weren’t the playmates of our ancestors. Stupid schools. I’ll give anyone a crisp $20 bill if they send me a photo of themselves wearing this T-shirt in public.
Read more at Alternet and please let me know what you think of this fine wingnut merchandise.
The Coloradoan reports:
Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, or RMGO, is suing the Colorado Secretary of State after the agency requested donor records from the Windsor-based pro-gun lobbying group.
RMGO filed the lawsuit Monday in response to the Colorado Secretary of State’s claims that the group violated Colorado disclosure laws. RMGO reportedly spent more than $1,000 on promoting two Republican state Senate candidates and didn’t report to the state where the money came from.
These are the same gun nuts who threatened to sue their home town library after they asked one of the group’s employees to leave the library when her firearm was visible. In that same tradition, they’ve also announced that they plan to also sue to group that filed the disclosure complaint to the Secretary of State.
RMGO officials announced they are suing Colorado Ethics Watch on Monday.
“Colorado Ethics Watch is a leftist entity that uses the Colorado reporting laws to harass conservative and liberty-minded political groups and the hardworking people who choose to support them,” RMGO Executive Director Dudley Brown said in a statement. “We are confident the courts will side with the Constitution and throw these invasive laws out.”
And if that quote doesn’t have enough derp in it to convince you these guys are traging loons, how about this:
“The current law essentially legalizes government ordered identity theft of citizens who want to take part in the political process,” Brown said.
Last month, an Arkansas gun range owner named Jan Morgan got some national attention when she declared her business a “Muslim free zone,”
And Morgan has some friends in high places in the gun lobby. In an interview with Arizona-based radio host Josh Bernstein this week, Gun Owners of America director Larry Pratt praised Morgan, saying that she was “on very sound ground” with her Muslim ban.
I guess Larry Pratt finally found some people he thinks shouldn’t have guns.
“I know there will be a lot of people that will be outraged at that, but we don’t facilitate murderers and if you read the Quran, it’s an instruction to go kill people, lots of them,” Pratt said. “And there are Muslims that don’t buy into that, well, how do I know which one you are?”
Gosh Larry, a lot of non-Muslims have killed people too. How do we know which one you are?
The political ad posted below is from the campaign of Illinois Governor Pat Quinn. See if you can find what’s wrong with it:
Here’s my own list:
1. The 30-second ad states that “In the time it takes to watch this ad assault weapon with a high capacity ammunition clip can spray a room with over 350 deadly bullets.” The term “high capacity ammunition clip” (‘magazine’ should properly be used in place of ‘clip’ in this case) implies that the weapon in question is magazine fed. 350 rounds fired in 30 seconds with a magazine fed rifle is a practical impossibility. The largest magazines made for AR-15 type rifles are 120 round drums, and you would need three of them to fire that many rounds. 350 rounds in 30 seconds is a practical impossibility given the need to change magazines.
Thus the ad proposes a scenario that is as a practical matter impossible.
2. ‘Assault weapon’ is a term that is only applied in law to semi-automatic firearms (for the most part rifles). 350 rounds in 30 seconds is only possible with a full-automatic firearm. Fully automatic firearms are NOT legal for civilian ownership in Illinois and Bruce Rauner has never proposed changing that legal situation. What Rauner did do was oppose an ‘Assault Weapons ban’ proposed by Pat Quinn.
The ad therefore faults Rauner for opposing a ban on a class of firearm that are NOT capable of putting out the rate of fire its attributes to them. The conflation of semi-auto ‘Assault Weapons’ with full-auto ‘Assault Rifles’ has been called out too many times (including here on LGF) for those making said conflation in a campaign ad to be given the benefit of the doubt. One can only conclude the conflation is an excercise in deliberate dishonesty.
3. The ad states that ‘Assault Weapons’ have only one purpose: To kill people.” Given the use of many rifles and shotguns that are called ‘Assault Weapons’ in target shooting and hunting, this contention is clearly false and can only be considered a flat-out lie.
4. While Chicago has a far-too-high murder rate (which the ad hints at when it says “lives are being lost”), the vast majority of such murders involving guns are committed with handguns. ‘Assault Weapons’ are very rarely used in crimes in this state. The ad implies otherwise and is therefore guilty of dishonesty by omission.
Regardless of what you think of guns or Republicans, dishonest ads like this one poison American politics. Pat Quinn should be ashamed of the lies told on his behalf.
Comments are welcome but no “What Republicans do is worse.” stuff. This kind of severe dishonesty cannot be justified by the bad actions of others.
Doktor Zoom rips gun nut, and anti Muslim bigot Jan Morgan a new one, for thinking that Muslims are scary and the civil rights act doesn’t apply to her,
In a world where scary Muslims are cutting off heads every few minutes, and where scary Muslims are also just generally being scary all the time, it only makes sense to be scared of Muslims, and to keep your business safe from them. That’s why Jan Morgan, owner of the Gun Cave Indoor Firing Range in Hot Springs, Arkansas, has declared her business to be a “Muslim-Free Zone.” She has a pretty good reason, too, which we’re sure will be very convincing to anyone who tries to argue that Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 might apply to her business:
This is not a coffee and donut shop. This is a live fire indoor shooting range. People come here to buy, rent, and shoot lethal weapons.
In the range, people are shooting guns in close proximity to each other, so my patrons depend on me and my discretion regarding who I allow to shoot beside them.
One mistake in judgement [sic] on my part could cost innocent people their lives.
Oh, sure, maybe her business is a “public accommodation,” but she has some pretty good reasons why Thomas Jefferson never meant the Civil Rights Act to apply to gun ranges.
*Note: I’m not sure, but she might have already changed her mind on this, since the link to the part of her webpage where she says she wasn’t going to serve Muslims doesn’t exist anymore. Maybe she talked to her lawyers and realized there’s no legal ground that she can do that
What’s more, not only did he chase off the home invader with a freakin’ spear, neither he nor the guy who broke in died as a result. What is this, Sweden? Somewhere out there, Wayne LaPierre haz a sad. (h/t BoingBoing)
Who couldn’t see this coming? This was apparently a fairly small stash. Sooner or later, some ammosexual’s million round stash is going to up like a suburban volcano, destroying a whole neighborhood.
MIDWEST CITY, Okla. —Officials with the Midwest City Fire Department said ammunition went off during a house fire at 1609 McGregor Drive.
Officials said everyone was evacuated from the home, but two dogs died in the blaze.
Investigators said they believe the fire started in the garage and spread.
Stay with KOCO-TV and koco.com for further details.