Friday, December 14, 2012

American gun culture on horrible display ..

I can not even begin to imagine the horror of being involved in any way. My thoughts and prayers are with the families and the community. The ones who perished and the ones who lived through it, scarred forever. Unspeakable evil.  How can any person become so diabolical and insane with rage.  How did weapons purchased for self defense become tools for mass murder.      

The gun rights advocates will say that the very rare tragic events like this are just a necessary evil that comes with the goal for unfettered gun rights and no new gun control laws.

But if you want to test the logic in a theory apply it to an extreme example.  The horrible senseless evil tragedy in Newtown Connecticut earlier today is the extreme example to test the "Guns make us safer" logic we hear from the whole spectrum of pro-gun activists.  Their logic eventually leads to a safe Utopia where every single person is armed and ready to fire at the bad guys.

Dozens Killed in Connecticut School Shooting

NEWTOWN, Conn.—A gunman opened fire at a Connecticut elementary school where his mother worked, killing 26 people, including 20 children, law-enforcement officials said, in what could be the worst mass shooting at a U.S. elementary or high school.
The shooter was found dead inside Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, a community of about 27,000 located about 65 miles northeast of New York City. State police said another victim was found dead elsewhere in Newtown, putting the total toll at 28.
A federal law-enforcement official said a .223 Bushmaster rifle was found in the back of a vehicle at the scene. Two firearms were recovered near the alleged gunman's body: a Glock and a Sig Sauer, both handguns.

Oh and on a semi-automatic note it was Ted Nugent's birthday yesterday.  I only know this because someone tagged me in a few pictures of Ted looking like a raving lunatic freakazoid and on a day like today the very last thing I want on my FB wall is a picture of a full metal whack job anti-social gun nut freak show like Ted staring out from the screen.  

It's a day late, but for his birthday I'll post the first few random Ted Nugent quotes I snipped from pro gun rights websites.  Behold the intellectual giant of the WT red state gun culture.
"There are hundreds of millions of gun owners in this country, and not one of them will have an accident today. The only misuse of guns comes in environments where there are drugs, alcohol, bad parents, and undisciplined children. Period."
- Ted Nugent
"To my mind it is wholly irresponsible to go into the world incapable of preventing violence, injury, crime, and death. How feeble is the mindset to accept defenselessness. How unnatural. How cheap. How cowardly. How pathetic."
- Ted Nugent
" ... Though oft repeated in rags like his, a handgun IS NOT forty-seven times more likely to kill a family member, unless of course, you and the whole tribe are in the crack runnin' trade and/or on parole as a lifestyle. That ramrod figure is as false as Jann's (Wenner of Rolling Stone) wedding vows. After he left his wife and children to go off into the sunset, ass in hand, with his new boyfriend, he turned up his antigun heat by increasing his hateful editorials and free magazine ad space with outrageous twisted lies about guns and gun owners."
-Ted Nugent
" Every study on crime and or firearms proves time and time again, that 99.99999% of American gun owners do not commit crimes or use our firearms in any dangerous or improper way."
- Ted Nugent

Enough of that.  

As for that statistic,  99.99999% means there is 1 criminal or dangerous gun owner out of every 10 million gun owners.   So by Ted's math there are about 20 or 30 of them in the entire country.  Bravo for spouting the most ridiculous made-up statistic to sum up this horrible tragic day, only off by a factor of 1,000 or so.  He must have been home-schooled in math.  

Update:  It turns out the shooter Adam Lanza used his mom's firearms in the attacks.  He killed her in the rampage with weapons she bought for protection.  I added this snip for more context on this case and the pro-gun  logic.
An article on Michigan’s RTC law: “Concerns that permit holders would lose their tempers in traffic accidents have been unfounded. Worries about risks to police officers have also proved unfounded.... National surveys of police show they support concealed handgun laws by a 3-1 margin....There is also not a single academic study that claims Right to Carry laws have increased state crime rates. The debate among academics has been over how large the benefits have been.”

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