BANG … BANG … BANG

Another mass shooting overnight, this time in Kenosha, Wisconsin at the Somers House Tavern … 3 people dead, 2 injured.  Preliminary reports say the suspect wasn’t “cooperating with management” and was asked to leave but returned a short time later and opened fire.  The suspect is still at large as of this writing.  That makes 151 mass shootings so far this year, with 12,635 people dead by guns in just 108 days in the so-called ‘United’ States.  If we’re so damned united, then why are we killing each other at an astronomical rate???

The 2nd Amendment is the single worst mistake the framers of the Constitution made back in 1787.  I understand the rationale back then, but times have changed, technology has made guns far more lethal than the Founding Fathers could have imagined even in their wildest dreams, and it’s time to remove the 2nd Amendment.  In my opinion, there is NO REASON for any law-abiding civilian to own or carry a gun.  Period.  Full stop.

I’ve heard all the excuses and they all ring false in my ears.  Self-defense?  Bullshit.  Hunting?  The killing of animals for sport should be a felony that carries a life sentence.  There are a lot of good people in this nation … they don’t own guns.  There are a lot of lunatics in this nation … they own arsenals.

I’m past the point of arguing for ‘sensible gun legislation’.  The gun nuts in this country have turned me into a fire-breathing dragon and I will settle for nothing less than the complete and total repeal of the 2nd Amendment.  The gun nuts had an opportunity to act reasonably, to support sensible legislation such as a ban on assault weapons, more stringent background checks, testing and licensing … but instead they put their desire to own bigger and better killing machines ahead of our lives.  So now, they should lose their privileges.  How many more people will die with a bullet in their body this year?  Will I be one of them … will you?  It’s not even safe to go to the grocery store in this country anymore, let alone to a restaurant or bar.

Care to argue with me?  I wouldn’t advise it at this moment, else you may walk away with singed hair, for I am a fire-breathing dragon at this moment.

48 thoughts on “BANG … BANG … BANG

  1. My sentiments exactly…I was brought up with rifles and shotguns for hunting, but nobody except law enforcement carried any type of weapon for protection. Then the NRA sold sport hunters on the idea that do-gooders were out to take away their rifles and shotguns. Hunters organized and the NRA prospered gaining undue control in our governments. If they want to keep their 2nd Amendment and their sporting and protection guns, then they need to prove themselves worthy of the responsibility. They need to get over the idea that in a confrontation with a well-armed military or police force, they are going to come out alive. THEY need to grow up. There is no reason on earth for my next door neighbor or his next door neighbor or my friend’s kid to have an assault weapon in their arsenals. I am with you Jill. Y’all can take your guns, shove ’em where the sun don’t shine and have a blast. We’ll sort out the 2nd Amendment later. EEEEEEEEEhaw

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    • You’ve hit the nail on the head. If they want to keep their 2nd Amendment, then they must prove themselves responsible, and that’s something they have NOT been doing. As you say, in a confrontation with any military or National Guard unit with tanks and rocket launchers, they are dead meat … that arsenal in the garage isn’t going to do them a bit of good. But, I think they know that … it’s just something to say, an excuse for their big guns that I’ve long said they have in order to make them feel like “real men”, for they may be lacking in other areas. Two things I would like to see repealed in the Constitution: the 2nd Amendment and the Electoral College. But, neither will happen in my lifetime.

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  2. Add up all my comments left to specific people above, and I think you know how I feel about Guns, God, and Government. Those are just three of what I call my 4 Gs, the 4 worst ever inventions of humanity. The 4th G is for Gold, meaning money. Money divides us as much and more than the other 3 Gs combined. Gold causes greed, crime, wealth inequality, unequal power, inhumanenous, and so many other things. The pursuit of money prevents the pursuit of a happy and meaningful life. Those without money are unhappy because they think they want it, while those with money are unhappy because they fear those without it want to take it away from them. This leaves the whole damn world unhappy, and what is the value of life if none of us are happy!
    Oh, I know a few of us are happy. I am a happy person. I do not pursue money. I do not pursue a better life. I am happy with what I have which is not much, but more than even I need. I believe my life has value.
    Do you?

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    • Ahhhhh … your final paragraph sparks an entire post that I’ve considered writing for some time. What is happiness? How do you or I define it? How do others? And why is happiness the goal? Who said that being ‘happy’ is more important than a life well lived for others? So, some days I believe my life has value, but am I happy? It’s not important to me if I’m happy, and in truth, I don’t know what the word means … something different for everyone, I presume.

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      • In my way of thinking, happiness is having a genuine smile on your face, I guess. Happiness is not a goal, but a possible condition of life. A life well lived for others will likely bring happiness on some level.

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  3. Scott must be joking. I am yet to hear or read of a case where a man went on a rampage killing people with his fists in self defense.
    I have heard it said that a good man with a gun can stop a bad man with a gun but after how many people have been slain?

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    • What happens when the good man with a gun gets shot before he shoots the bad man with a gun? This is all insanity. No good man should ever own a gun. There is no need to own a gun. IT IS A WEAPON OF DESTRUCTION. A gun can only harm or destroy a living being. We are long past the time we need to hunt for our food. Being half-North American original human inhabitant, we do not have to hunt for our food anymore either! We slaughter enough domestic animals and plants every day to keep us fed for our entire lives! There is no need for guns!
      We cannot say that enough. There is no need for guns!
      There is no need for guns!
      There is no need for guns!
      The time is NOW to get rid of them. All over this god-damned world! (And I use that pejorative advisedly and intentionally!)

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    • I only wish he were, but his comment here is typical of most of his comments on my political posts. That saying that you mention about a ‘good man with a gun’ is the theme of the NRA in trying to convince people that every man, woman, and child (yes, they promote children having guns) should have a gun. At one time, years ago, the NRA was trying to push for a law making it mandatory for each household to have at least one gun! Good thing that one never took root, else I’d have become a lawbreaker, for I don’t even allow anyone to bring a gun into my home, and if I see someone with a gun in a store, I leave.

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  4. “Only with gun violence do we respond to repeated tragedies by saying that mourning is acceptable but discussing how to prevent more tragedies is not. “Too Soon”, howl supporters of loose gun laws. But as others have observed, talking about how to stop a mass shooting in the aftermath of a string of mass shootings isn’t “too soon”. It’s much too late.” – Ezra Klein as written on December 14, 2012 in a Washington Post column “Twelve facts about guns and mass shootings in the United States”. Thank-you!

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    • Thank YOU, my friend. As you might notice, I am past my limit on this issue, and next person I see with a gun sticking out of his belt is likely to get smacked upside the head with a can of peas by me! I found the Ezra Klein article, skimmed it, and shall peruse it in greater depth tomorrow after a bit of (hopefully) sleep.

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  5. If the gun lobby agreed to reasonable legislation the the call for a total ban would probably go away. Stop being swayed by the rhetoric of the people who make guns, advertise guns, and want to sell guns and start thinking of the families of the victims of guns.
    Cwtch.

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  6. Jill, it continues to sadden me to see so-called leaders do mostly nothing to address our gun death problem in America. We lead the next twenty-three wealthiest nations in gun deaths combined, but that does not seem to matter. Our rate of gun deaths per capital dwarfs other countries, including countries that like their guns. And, it is far more than the daily mass shootings; suicide is the greatest cause of death in many states, with homes that have a gun having a higher propensity toward suicide. But, that does not seem to matter.

    Yes, the causes are due to multiple factors – crime, poverty, mental health issues, lack of civil discourse, drug and alcohol use, entertainment violence, etc. But, make no mistake the existence of gun makes it far easier to kill people. I am very weary of “thoughts and prayers” and “now is not the time,” and “this change won’t change that outcome” comments.

    Americans, including gun owners and Republicans have noted several measure they wish to happen. My strong suggestion to Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy – do them. And, then do some more. Your inaction is beyond poor stewardship.

    Quoting Einstein, doing the same thing and expecting a different result is a definition of insanity. The so-called leaders in the US need to act like parents and grandparents and do something. To be frank, why anyone would want to travel to “the United States of the Wild West” is beyond me. So, if you tourists come, I hope you are packing. Keith

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    • I will never understand how a person can love their gun more than their own child, yet I have written about that very thing. I am done, I am finished listening to “thoughts and prayers”, to “now is not the time …”. If not now, while it is fresh in the minds of people, then WHEN??? Sadly, nearly half of our lawmaking body is owned, lock stock & barrel, by the gun industry and until we take the corporate money out of politics, nothing … NOTHING … will change. They claim that their ‘right’ is set in stone … it’s time for us to prove them wrong. Who’s next? Will the guy with the gun get annoyed with me when I go to the grocery on Tuesday because I take too long selecting my celery and simply shoot me out of his way? I think if I could change any one single thing in this country, it would be guns … I would love to destroy every single one of them.

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    • Dear Keith,
      The Very Last Thing we need is any government acting like parents and grandparents. That is the whole damn thing I have against government of any kind or ism. We need to stop governments from telling people how to live–treating their citizens like children–and start allowing its citizens to start becoming adults! We are children for supposedly 18 years of our lives, give or take, and then we are expected to become adults.
      The United States has been around for some 245 years, it is long past the period of national childhood! And yet you (Americans in general, and to be truthful all European-type governments in actuality) treat their citizens like children, preventing them from ever becoming adults!
      I wish everyone could see through my eyes the stupidity caused by governments treating grown people like adults! LET US GROW UP!

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      • One error above, not caused by Spelchek but rather by my finger not typing what I wanted it to type!
        “I wish everyone could see through my eyes the stupidity caused by governments treating grown people like children!” My apologies to all. I screwed that statement up royally.

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      • Rawgod, I understand your point and it is well taken. My point is I need them thinking like parents and grandparents and less like someone who just cashed a check from the NRA or some other lobby. Kids are dying. People are dying. That needs to bother them enough to act. Right now, there is a death of leadership in our country where the incumbents worry too much about keeping their jobs, than doing their jobs. Keith

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        • I will give you that for the time being, as long as this crisis remains, but humanity needs to be allowed to grow up, to mature. That will not happen as long as governments try to squash spiritual evolution.

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  7. If we’re so damned united, then why are we killing each other at an astronomical rate???

    Simple. You guys have too many f***ing guns, and no sensible regulations governing who is allowed to carry them. It’s definitely a ‘duh’ scenario, from where I stand.

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  8. why stop at the 2nd amendment, why not appeal the 5th, the 4th, the 16th.
    If you ban guns and people start to defend themselves with knives, will you advocate for a ban on those items as well? If knives get banned and people start defending themselves with fists, will you advocate for the removal of hands? where does this shit stop? With you people, it doesn’t and never will.
    I’m tired of trying to make logical points and arguments with the antigun psychopaths because they are just as unreasonable to us as we are to them.
    The problem goes beyond guns but you people never, ever want to talk about that. your narrow focus is on the tools of killing and nothing else because it’s an easy target. to talk about the cultural reasons for killings as they are too complex for you people and you can’t intellectually handle the mental rigor necessary to have such a national conversation.

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    • BECAUSE, SCOTT, I CAN DEFEND MYSELF AGAINST A KNIFE OR A FIST, BUT AGAINST A GUN I STAND NO CHANCE! IS THAT CONCEPT SO DIFFICULT? I know you think you’re being funny suggesting all the other amendments I might choose to kill, but I’m really not in the mood for your humour at the moment. You say the problem goes beyond guns. Yes, it goes to the heart of human nature whereby PEOPLE KEEP WANTING TO KILL EACH OTHER. WHY????????????? ‘SPLAIN THAT ONE! If people are going to kill each other, then fine, but let it be with fists or knives where they might get one person, not 5-10-30!

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        • Scott, as an independent voter, I must confess I find this and most of your arguments err on the side of name calling, insults, and bullying and less on the side of logic. Quite frankly, your points are not worth digging through since they are coated with such vitriol. I am far from perfect but not close to being a psychopath, but would encourage you to reconsider how you pose your arguments. That is my two cents. That and another $2 will get you a cup of coffee. Best wishes, Keith

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      • Oh, I know … the U.S. has the highest rate of gun deaths, the most guns per capita (more guns than people in this country), and the most lax gun regulations of any other planet on the globe. I don’t have to ask why, for I know the answer, and so do the fools who fight against every single mention of gun laws. But, they are in the pockets of the gun lobby and apparently their own wealth is more important than our lives. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

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    • Doesn’t scan Scott.
      A guy in the USA who goes into a place and guns down folks for all sorts of ‘cultural reasons’ and there are still bodies.
      For ‘cultural reasons’ In the UK we have ‘Knife Crime’. In urban areas Kids, not just teenagers but ‘kids’ carry knives and if another kid is from another area, they could well attack that kid and there are bodies, and there are unhinged folk apprehended by police for carrying knives, axes etc. But you know what? We do not go around complaining about their civil liberties and rights to bear sharp bladed instruments. There’s no Knife Carrying Association lobbying parliament; there are not commercial interests saying how their trade would be affected by the loss of sales. If I went out with a screwdriver in my pocket for the purposes of self-defence and got stopped, by the police I might get lucky because of my age and get off with a fine and a lecture for the simple reason I might ‘lose my rag’ (look it up) and seriously injure or kill someone.
      Right know a mass killing in the USA makes less newsprint than major soccer clubs in Europe setting up a new controversial competition. It’s got that common. We all say ‘Oh dear’, ‘That’s a shame’ or ‘Well, it’s yanks for you isn’t it? All gun crazy’ (Yep, you just got profiled by a lot of Europeans).
      And I know all the arguments, I’ve been following the USA politically and culturally since 1960 something or other….And I know the fall back ‘You don’t understand The USA’, like guns were sacred and by that measurement I don’t understand the culture of FGM either, or honour killing or child brides either. And if you feel offended by that….too bad. I am more concerned with the dead and the families of the mass killings in the USA and not the tender sensibilities of those with eyes blinded to the problem.

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