Tagged: gun control

Orlando

It is sad that major institutions like the Roman Church and the US Republican Party promote homophobia. In a place like the US, medieval monotheism + promiscuous gun laws lead to mass murder.

The problem Fox News doesn’t recognise is that perpetrator’s motives directly overlap with those of arch-conservative religious institutions and conservative politicians in the US. All share a common hatred of homosexuality. Fox News has long provided a platform for bigotry, especially religious freedom “anti-gay” bigots such as Mike Huckabee.

Mr Trump has promised to ban immigration from many countries, to establish full diplomatic relations with the NRA, and to establish a Muslim Stasi. Anything to avoid sensible gun safety legislation to replace the promiscuous gun laws on the books.

Betsy on the roof

The NRA would endorse a dictator as long as s/he kept America’s promiscuous gun laws in place.

Venezuela’s President Maduro blames the US for the current economic chaos in his country. If that’s true, Mr Maduro is best CIA agent. Ever.

At least Mr Maduro won’t be pelted with eggs (there are none).

Fossil fuel dependent socialism is a political and ecological dead end.

The Sanders campaign has run out of ideas and is running out of time. The candidate must now decide whether he wants to lose like a winner or lose like a loser.

Colorado Springs

America’s promiscuous gun laws have claimed nine new victims (three dead, six wounded) in Colorado.

These promiscuous gun laws cause Americans to live in fear of terror at the shopping mall, the movie theatre, the elementary school, and the women’s health care clinic.

Promiscuous gun laws + anti-abortion extremism = domestic terrorism.

Symbolic violence is a gateway to physical violence. Hot anti-abortion rhetoric from public officials and Republican candidates (e.g., Carly Fiorina et al.) provides justification for morally unhinged, right-wing individuals and/or groups to act out violently.

Time loves a hero

If civilisation is measured by the absence of gun violence, then the US is one of the most uncivilised places on earth. From the National Rifle Manufacturers Association and its paid politicians to the yokel libertarian sheriff in Oregon, the bulwark of barbarism is immense and apparently impenetrable by the forces of reason.

The only practical conclusion I can draw from this latest incident of barbarism, and the predictable reaction to it, is that Americans (#notallAmericans) prefer to expose themselves and their fellow citizens to the real risk of death posed by gun violence than the hypothetical risk of death posed by “tyranny.”

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The meeting between Kim Davis and Pope Francis represents grave evil. As a Jesuit, the Pope should know better than to do anything that might be perceived as support for a barnyard religious bigot.

On a desolate road to becoming a plumber

Too many Americans take their Second Amendment “liberty” as a license to kill.

Americans can’t even hold a peaceful rally without firing weapons.

Dealing the instruments of death is big business in America.

Americans are addicted to guns. The NRA is the dealer.

Real men don’t need guns.

Real men can assemble Ikea products without reading the instructions.

Own goal

Mayonnaise is a staple of economy of scarcity.

Hip hop is well into middle age. It is an exhausted musical form.

It’s time to disarm police forces in the US as a public safety measure.

Populism, left or right, frequently walks hand in hand with chauvinism and xenophobia. It should not be encouraged.

Class wars are also culture wars. Always have been. Only traditionalist Marxists fail to notice this fact.

Marxist theory is dead. Marxist common sense is revenant.

Time table

It may be time to take firearms away from police officers. Then such incidents won’t happen.

What does it say about the UK when its ruling political party officially takes a position on human rights that aligns it with Putin?

Jean-Claude Duvalier surely had the worst nickname of any dictator.

Fortunately, civilization is stronger than Senator Ted Cruz. It has survived worse.

Thanks to Victoria, it’s always gin o’clock somewhere in the world.