Abby Martin goes over the two year anniversary of the Sandy Hook massacre, discussing the potential reasons why gun violence is so common in the US.
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There’s a storm in the proverbial tea cup surrounding a story about Michael Bloomberg and the National Rifle Association (NRA) that was due to be published by Rolling Stone on Monday, July 14 but was posted early then yanked offline. It has stirred not a little controversy as the Republican former Mayor of New York City bashes the NRA and refers to some conservative areas of Colorado as being so rural they don’t have roads. Google has a cached version of the article from which this excerpt is sourced:
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Tell me why you’re still fighting for better gun laws even after leaving office as mayor.
I and the foundation are trying to save lives. Particularly, I want the foundation to focus on things that other people aren’t focusing on. So we took on smoking. We’re working on obesity. Polio, [Bill] Gates is really the spearhead, but we’ve given him a lot of money.
Rhode Island Senator Josh Miller has attracted a lot of unwanted online attention after he was filmed telling InfoWars correspondent Dan Bidoni to “Go fuck [him]self” during an encounter outside of the Rhode Island Capitol Building. Apparently, Senator Miller supports legislature pertaining to firearm control, and had just left a news conference on the topic. Mr. Bidoni apparently felt strongly enough about the issue that he chose to confront Senator Miller instead of interviewing him. Regardless of how one feels about InfoWars or Mr. Bidoni, the senator probably should have handled things better. Ignoring Mr. Bidoni might have been a wiser decision. His take on the encounter is excerpted after the jump. Warning: Video begins with a really siren noise that lasts about two seconds.
Colin Woodard, writer of American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America, explains how America is more divided than most people realize and why.
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THE BATTLE LINES OF TODAY’S DEBATES OVER GUN CONTROL, STAND-YOUR-GROUND LAWS, AND OTHER VIOLENCE-RELATED ISSUES WERE DRAWN CENTURIES AGO BY AMERICA’S EARLY SETTLERS
Last December, when Adam Lanza stormed into the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, with a rifle and killed twenty children and six adult staff members, the United States found itself immersed in debates about gun control. Another flash point occurred this July, when George Zimmerman, who saw himself as a guardian of his community, was exonerated in the killing of an unarmed black teenager, Trayvon Martin, in Florida. That time, talk turned to stand-your-ground laws and the proper use of deadly force. The gun debate was refreshed in September by the shooting deaths of twelve people at the Washington Navy Yard, apparently at the hands of an IT contractor who was mentally ill.
Self-destructive psychology via a press release from the University of Manchester:
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A new study has found that higher levels of racism in white Americans is strongly associated with having a gun in the home and greater opposition to gun control policies.
After accounting for numerous factors such as income, education and political ideology, researchers found that for each one point increase (on a scale from one to five) in symbolic racism there was a 50 percent increase in the odds of having a gun in the home and a 28 percent increase in support for policies allowing people to carry concealed guns.
Research suggest[s] that having a gun in the home is related to a 2.7 and 4.8 fold increase in the risk of a member of that home dying from homicide or suicide, respectively.
The research was led by Dr Kerry O’Brien from The University of Manchester and Monash University.
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I. Introduction to Inverted Totalitarianism
As Chris Hedges has pointed out on numerous occasions, referring to Sheldon Wolin’s work in ‘Democracy Incorporated’ (article, book), the system that best describes the ideology that the government of the United States functions as is inverted totalitarianism. In his book “Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt”, which Hedges co-authored with Joe Sacco, he describes this system as:
“The political philosopher Sheldon Wolin uses the term inverted totalitarianism in his book Democracy Incorporated to describe our political system. In inverted totalitarianism, the sophisticated technologies of corporate control, intimidation, and mass manipulation, which far surpass those employed by previous totalitarian states, are effectively masked by the glitter, noise, and abundance of a consumer society. Political participation and civil liberties are gradually surrendered. Corporations, hiding behind this smokescreen, devour us from the inside out….
“Corporations, who hire attractive and eloquent spokespeople like Barack Obama, control the uses of science, technology, education, and mass communication….
Adam vs. The Man host Adam Kokesh is planning a daring – and some might say foolhardy – demonstration against what he identifies as Government tyranny. On July 4, Kokesh, along with whatever participants choose to join him, will march on Washington, DC with loaded rifles slung across their back.
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On the morning of July 4, 2013, Independence Day, we will muster at the National Cemetery & at noon we will step off to march across the Memorial Bridge, down Independence Avenue, around the Capitol, the Supreme Court, & the White House, then peacefully return to Virginia across the Memorial Bridge. This is an act of civil disobedience, not a permitted event. We will march with rifles loaded & slung across our backs to put the government on notice that we will not be intimidated & cower in submission to tyranny. We are marching to mark the high water mark of government & to turn the tide.
The attorney for a New York State man claims his client’s firearms license was revoked after the state learned he was on an anti-anxiety medication. Is this a sign of future things to come? Should the state be able to seize your firearms if you’re on certain medications?
An attorney for an upstate New York gun owner claims his client’s permit to own firearms was suspended by state police because he received a prescription for anti-anxiety medication.
“It’s disconcerting to know that if your doctor prescribes you a psychotropic medication … that results in the state police trolling to pick up this information, and if you do have a gun license, it will be revoked,” Jim Tresmond, attorney and gun-rights advocate, told Buffalo news station WKBW.com.
Language in a gun control bill in Washington state has drawn opposition even from gun control supporters, according to Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat.
“They always say, we’ll never go house to house to take your guns away. But then you see this, and you have to wonder.”
That’s no gun-rights absolutist talking, but Lance Palmer, a Seattle trial lawyer and self-described liberal who brought the troubling Senate Bill 5737 to my attention. It’s the long-awaited assault-weapons ban, introduced last week by three Seattle Democrats.
“I’m a liberal Democrat — I’ve voted for only one Republican in my life,” Palmer told me. “But now I understand why my right-wing opponents worry about having to fight a government takeover.”
He added: “It’s exactly this sort of thing that drives people into the arms of the NRA.”
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