Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Gun Day Score is High

American gun-lovers declared January 19th "Gun Appreciation Day." The official web site told people to "go to your local gun store, gun range or gun show with your Constitution, American flags and your 'Hands off my guns' sign to send a loud and clear message to Congress and President Obama."

Gawker compiled a list of what actually happened on Gun Appreciation Day.
Yesterday [Jan 19] was deemed a day to appreciate your guns in America, and boy did we. Five people were shot at gun shows in North Carolina, Ohio and Indiana. These were not, however, the only instances of gun violence yesterday.

As happens everyday, numerous people were either injured or killed by guns on "Gun Appreciation Day," be it on purpose or accidentally. Spanning Alaska to Florida, here are those people:

  • A 14-year-old suburban Atlanta boy shot and killed his 15-year-old brother while playing with their mother's handgun.
  • A 26 year old was shot and killed while driving in San Francisco.
  • A woman in an El Paso County, Texas shooting range was hit in the knee by a bullet that ricocheted off a trash can.
  • Two women were shot to death in a Dallas-area home.
  • Two women were injured after someone opened fire at a crowded soccer field in Las Vegas.
  • A 15-year-old girl was shot while sleeping in her bed when her Anchorage home was shot at.
  • A 7-year-old boy in Tallahassee shot a 5 year old with a gun he found in a 22-year-old relative's room.
  • A Huntsville woman shot her boyfriend after the two had an argument.
  • A 23-year-old man died after being accidentally shot in a Greshman, Oregon home.
  • A Cleveland father has been charged in connection with the death of his 6-year-old daughter from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
  • A man was found shot dead in a parking lot in Greenville County, South Carolina.
  • Two people were shot and killed outside an inn in Hampton, Virginia.
  • A Colorado Springs man was driven to the hospital with a gunshot wound.
  • One man was shot at a Martin Luther King Jr. parade in Jackson.
  • An 11-year-old boy was shot in an Oklahoma City apartment complex.
  • Police believe gang violence is to blame for the shooting death of one man in Santa Ana, California.
Here’s a List of People Injured or Killed by Guns on ‘Gun Appreciation Day’
Hey, did you hear this one:
Q: How many NRA officials does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
A: More guns

You have to laugh, I don't know what else to do. There are plenty of good reasons to have a gun, I don't have anything against them. I know lots of guys who hunt, I know plenty of people how have pistols for protection. If you're not insane, if you know how to take care of your firearm, if it is not designed to mow down crowds of helpless people, then fine; guns are inherently dangerous but with some regulation and care I am pretty sure we can protect the rights of shooters as well as the rights of people who don't want to be accidentally or stupidly shot. But these crazy people think the government is going to come into their houses and take their guns, so they are making a big show of "standing up for their rights," and they are literally shooting themselves in the foot.

I guess the bright side is, Darwin was right. A few more Gun Appreciation Days ought to balance the scales, if you know what I mean.


Anonymous David S. Fishback said...

and it continues:


January 22, 2013 4:42 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

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January 22, 2013 5:31 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Poll finds 80% of serial killers vote Republican

“Across the board, serial killers are predominantly conservative in their political leanings. Gary Ridgeway, Dennis Rader, and probably the biggest name of all, Ted Bundy, were all active in the Republican Party at some level. Quizzing other killers showed the same thing, that the vast majority vote Republican,” said lead pollster David Quick. “We gain no analysis from this, it garners us no insight into the workings of the minds of conservative politicians or serial killers, but it is an overwhelming majority. Because serial killers come from diverse backgrounds and possess vastly different IQ’s they appear to have nothing in common save their conservative ideals and their desire to butcher people. It’s compelling data to be sure.”

January 22, 2013 5:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


seriously you are going to ask these folks what political affliation they are and expect to get an honest answer ? no details on how the "poll" was conducted.
a better indication is there voters registration....

Ft Hood
Registered Democrat - Muslim

Too young t...o vote; both families were registered Democrats and progressive liberals

Virginia Tech Wrote hate mail to President Bush and to his staff - Registered Democrat

Colorado Theater
Registered Democrat; staff worker Obama campaign; Occupy Wall Street participant; progressive liberal

Connecticut School Shooter
Registered Democrat; hated Christians,

Common thread is that all of these shooters were progressive, liberal Democrats.

January 22, 2013 8:12 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Bad anonymous said "seriously you are going to ask these folks what political affliation they are and expect to get an honest answer ?".

Right...Because there's such a strong incentive for someone on death row or in jail for life to lie about who they voted for. Idiot.

Face the facts, the overwhelming majority of psychos are Republicans.

January 22, 2013 8:48 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Not to mention that bad anonymous didn't even do anything remotely resembling a poll, he just looked for killers who were allegedly democrats, ignored all the Republicans and pretended his cherry picking had some kind of realationship to reality.

The research speaks for itself - 80% of serial killers are republicans.

January 22, 2013 8:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just listed all the major shooting in the past couple years Priya - that's not "cherry picking". Name one I didn't list.

January 22, 2013 9:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

and if we are looking at self polls, here is one that contradicts...


January 22, 2013 9:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Road Rage And Guns Quickly Become A Deadly Mix

January 22, 2013 9:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon, your poll of the self-ratings of mental health is the dumbest thing ever. So ... Republicans are so poor at self-reflection that they don't realize there is something wrong with them.

Conservatism is, at its heart, a philosophy that aggrandizes the self, it defines goodness in terms of one's own qualities. Therefore it is unsurprising if the most screwed-up schizoid GOP nut in the world thinks he is in better shape than other people.

January 22, 2013 9:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

forgot the Arizona shooter of Gabby Giffords. He was a graduate of a William Ayers designed, small school in Tucson. A “small school” is an alternative school which is based on political organizing and emphasizing political involvement over test scores. The schools were designed by Bill Ayres and tested in Chicago by Arnie Duncan and funded by Bill Gates.

January 22, 2013 9:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


2/3 in.

January 22, 2013 10:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Published: Wednesday, September 26, 2001 12:45 PM

The Syrian SANA news agency reported this week on Bashar al-Assad?s new Presidential gun control decree.

The decree, Number 51 of 2001, limits the manufacture and maintenance of weapons, ammunition and fire crackers to governmental bodies. It further establishes that only Arabs will be able to obtain weapons licenses. Recipients must also be healthy Syrians of twenty-five years of age, who are resident in the country and free of a criminal record.

The decree also limits even those licensed weapons from being carried in courtrooms, conferences, public meetings, airports, seaports, sport fields and clubs save those whose job necessitates otherwise.? While archaeological weapons need not be licensed, they are still not allowed to be carried.

January 22, 2013 10:15 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

You're full of it bad anonymous, far from listing all the major shootings in the past couple of years you've overlooked the majority of them. There were seven in the past year alone and twenty-five since 2006.

You cherry picked a handful of those shootings and on top of that there is no reason to believe your assertions about the political leanings of any of the shootings you did mention, you have no evidence to back up any of those claims.

The fact is that when we do a scientific survey of societies misfits we find the majority of them are conservatives. The most conservative hations and conservative U.S. states are the most dysfunctional with the highest levels of teen pregnancies, violence and crime while the most liberal jurisdictions have the highest rates of economic and social health.

As far as self-reported mental health goes, it comes as no surprise that conservatives would claim to have better health, conservatives are less honest than liberals and in denial about the harsh realities of life. Republican leaning states take the most government assistance and yet the people in those states blame others for being American society's takers - pretty ironic.

Conservatives live in a bubble shielded from reality telling themselves there are no problems with global warming, pollution, gun violence, dependence on non-renewable resources such as oil, and overpopulation. Conservatives fabricate a reality for themselves where they can keep breeding unchecked and using resources like there is no end without causing environmental devastation, economic collapse and social chaos.

Liberals on the other hand are realists, unwilling to hide from the problems humans are heaping up into potentially insurmountable piles. Liberals carry the burden of the future of the planet and humanity and of course we tend to be more circumspect about the future and realistic about the role of humans in it.

Republicans fiddle while destroying the planet and economy and Liberals do what they can to hold the world together and stave off the disaster unchecked conservatives would drive us into.

We're the adults, you're the careless children, we have to be responsible and level headed and you conservatives are out of control and unconcerned.

January 22, 2013 10:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Data to back that up Priya ?

Any single name in the past 5 years in the US where a registered Republican shot children ?

Just one name.

by the way, do you consider Greece a disaster, because I do.....

do you consider not even looking at your spending by not passing a budget, because I do ...

I am completely in favor of population control, it's called let's do mandatory birth control for parents on welfare ... now there's an idea. If you depend on a govt check to support your kids than you don't get to have anymore... but I am sure you will shriek at that idea.

January 22, 2013 11:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Forgot gay shooter at FRC

January 22, 2013 11:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wrong again... most red states do get more govt money (think farm subsidies, military installations) but most welfare recipients, well, they are democrats.
anyone surprised ?


"Hardly surprising, we see that in a two-party split, 60-80% of welfare recipients are Democrats, while full time Workers are evenly divided between parties.

You have similar results in this recent NPR-Poll. Among the Long Term Unemployed, 72% of the two-party support goes to Democrats.

It appears that once more common sense is right and the impression left by the New York Times wrong. Indeed, people who live off the government disproportionally support Democrats."

you need to expand your news sources to some that actually give you the raw data....

January 23, 2013 2:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You mean like Karl Rove choked on all that raw data coming in on Election Night?

Try this raw data:

April 25, 2009
Joshua Cartwright, a Florida National Guardsman, allegedly shoots to death two Okaloosa County, Fla., sheriff's deputies — Burt Lopez and Warren "Skip" York — at a gun range as the officers attempt to arrest Cartwright on domestic violence charges. After fleeing the scene, Cartwright is fatally shot during a gun battle with pursuing officers. Cartwright's wife later tells investigators that her husband was "severely disturbed" that Barack Obama has been elected president. He also reportedly believed the U.S. government was conspiring against him. The sheriff tells reporters that Cartwright had been interested in joining a militia group.

May 31, 2009
Scott Roeder, an anti-abortion extremist who was involved with the antigovernment "freemen" movement in the 1990s, allegedly shoots to death Kansas late-term abortion provider George Tiller as the doctor is serving as an usher in his Wichita church. Adherents of "freemen" ideology claim they are "sovereign citizens" not subject to federal and other laws, and often form their own "common law" courts and issue their own license plates. It was one of those homemade plates that led Topeka police to stop Roeder in April 1996, when a search of his trunk revealed a pound of gunpowder, a 9-volt battery wired to a switch, blasting caps and ammunition. A prosecutor in that case called Roeder a "substantial threat to public safety," citing Roeder's refusal to acknowledge the court's authority. But his conviction in the 1996 case is ultimately overturned. In the more recent case, Roeder is charged with murder and could face up to life in prison if convicted.

June 10, 2009
Eighty-eight-year-old James von Brunn, a longtime neo-Nazi, walks up to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and allegedly shoots to death security guard Stephen Johns before he is himself shot and critically wounded by other officers. Von Brunn, who earlier served six years in connection with his 1981 attempt to kidnap the members of the Federal Reserve Board at the point of a sawed-off shotgun, has been active in the white supremacist movement for more than four decades. As early as the early 1970s, he worked at the Holocaust-denying Noontide Press, and in subsequent decades, he comes to know many of the key leaders of the radical right. A search of von Brunn's car after the museum attack turns up a list of other apparent targets, including the White House, the Capitol, the National Cathedral and The Washington Post. A note allegedly left by von Brunn in his car reads: "You want my weapons; this is how you'll get them … the Holocaust is a lie … Obama was created by Jews. Obama does what his Jew owners tell him to do. Jews captured America's money. Jews control the mass media." He is charged with murder...


...August 16, 2012
Seven people with ties to the antigovernment “sovereign citizens” movement allegedly ambush and murder Louisiana sheriff’s deputies Brandon Nielsen, 34, and Jeremy Triche, 27. The attack comes in a trailer park near New Orleans, where the deputies pursued suspects following the shooting and wounding of another deputy working as an off-duty security guard at an oil refinery. Those arrested include the group’s leader, Terry Lyn Smith, 44, Smith’s wife, Chanel Skains, and his sons, Derrik Smith and Brian Smith. Others are Brittany Keith, Kyle David Joekel and Teniecha Bright. Brian Smith is charged with first-degree murder and the others with related charges. The group, which traveled the country doing construction work, possess a stockpile of weapons. Its members have outstanding warrants in Nebraska, Tennessee and Louisiana.

Read the whole list of right wing domestic acts of terrorism here

January 23, 2013 8:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for bringing us the Kurdish Swedish perspectives of Tino Sanandaji.

< eye roll >

He's not a Sikh, is he?

Don't be uninformed.

Read the raw data from the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point found in their Jan. 15, 2013 report, Challengers from the Sidelines: Understanding America’s Violent Far-Right

January 23, 2013 8:21 AM  
Anonymous Dirty from the top down said...

While most Americans were watching President Barack Obama’s second inauguration Monday, Virginia Republicans were taking advantage of the distraction to gerrymander the Commonwealth.

The Virginia state senate is evenly divided, with 20 Republicans and 20 Democrats. On Monday, however, Democratic senator Henry Marsh was spending Martin Luther King Day in Washington D.C. attending Obama’s inauguration — an event that certainly had special resonance for Marsh, a veteran of the civil rights movement.

In Marsh’s absence the Republicans held a 20-19 advantage, and they used it to surprise Democrats by passing a redistricting plan that will pave the way for the GOP to seize control of the Senate in 2015. According to Virginia political blogger Ben Tribbett, under the new district lines, the balance of power in the upper chamber could shift from a 20-20 split to a 27-13 Republican super-majority.

Marsh’s temporarily empty seat provided the GOP’s only opportunity to pass the controversial redistricting. In the case of a 20-20 tie, Virginia’s Republican lieutenant governor, Bill Bolling, would have cast the deciding vote; on Monday afternoon his spokeswoman reportedly said Bolling has “has grave concerns” over the GOP plan, and would not have supported it.

Additionally, the state’s Republican governor, Bob McDonnell, condemned the surprise vote to Talking Points Memo, saying “I certainly don’t think that’s a good way to do business.” He would not commit to vetoing the measure, however.

Virginia Democrats have angrily denounced the move. Senator Don McEachin (D-Henrico) slammed the redistricting as “secretive and underhanded” to the Associated Press, and noted “The public has no idea what we’re about to do adopting this substitute, nor would they know in the next three days that it would take for this bill to ultimately pass.”

Senator Dave W. Marsden told the AP, “I’m ashamed of what the Senate did here today,” adding, “If you can’t win at the ballot box, win in parliamentary maneuvering.”

Indeed, rigging the electoral system has become an increasingly common strategy for the Republican Party. Although Democrats won 1.1 million more votes than Republicans in U.S. House races in 2012, the GOP managed to maintain a 33-seat majority due to creative redistricting. The Republican State Legislative Committee even went as far as to brag about the move in a public report.

Additionally, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus has endorsed a plan to allocate Wisconsin’s electoral votes by congressional district. Due to the state’s 2011 redistricting, under the RNC-backed plan Wisconsin would have awarded Mitt Romney as many electoral votes from the state as President Obama, despite Romney having won 213,019 fewer votes overall.

January 23, 2013 8:45 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Religion may not survive the internet

As we head into a new year, the guardians of traditional religion are ramping up efforts to keep their flocks—or, in crass economic terms, to retain market share. Some Christians have turned to soul searching while others have turned to marketing. Last fall, the LDS church spent millions on billboards, bus banners, and Facebook ads touting “I’m a Mormon.” In Canada, the Catholic Church has launched a “Come Home” marketing campaign. The Southern Baptists Convention voted to rebrand themselves. A hipster mega-church in Seattle combines smart advertising with sales force training for members and a strategy the Catholics have emphasized for centuries: competitive breeding.

In October of 2012 the Pew Research Center announced that for the first time ever Protestant Christians had fallen below 50 percent of the American population. Atheists cheered and evangelicals beat their breasts and lamented the end of the world as we know it.

A traditional religion, one built on “right belief,” requires a closed information system. That is why the Catholic Church put an official seal of approval on some ancient texts and banned or burned others. It is why some Bible-believing Christians are forbidden to marry nonbelievers. It is why Quiverfull moms home school their kids from carefully screened text books. It is why, when you get sucked into conversations with your fundamentalist uncle George from Florida, you sometimes wonder if he has some superpower that allows him to magically close down all avenues into his mind. (He does!)

Religions have spent eons honing defenses that keep outside information away from insiders. The innermost ring wall is a set of certainties and associated emotions like anxiety and disgust and righteous indignation that block curiosity. The outer wall is a set of behaviors aimed at insulating believers from contradictory evidence and from heretics who are potential transmitters of dangerous ideas. These behaviors range from memorizing sacred texts to wearing distinctive undergarments to killing infidels. Such defenses worked beautifully during humanity’s infancy. But they weren’t really designed for the current information age.

Tech-savvy mega-churches may have twitter missionaries, and Calvinist cuties may make viral videos about how Jesus worship isn’t a religion, it’s a relationship, but that doesn’t change the facts: the free flow of information is really, really bad for the product they are selling.

January 23, 2013 11:13 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Poll finds 80%of serial killers vote Republican

“Across the board, serial killers are predominantly conservative in their political leanings. Gary Ridgeway, Dennis Rader, and probably the biggest name of all, Ted Bundy, were all active in the Republican Party at some level. Quizzing other killers showed the same thing, that the vast majority vote Republican,” said lead pollster David Quick. “We gain no analysis from this, it garners us no insight into the workings of the minds of conservative politicians or serial killers, but it is an overwhelming majority. Because serial killers come from diverse backgrounds and possess vastly different IQ’s they appear to have nothing in common save their conservative ideals and their desire to butcher people. It’s compelling data to be sure.”

January 23, 2013 11:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


None of the recent examples cited above were mass killings that involved women and children.

And I believe Ted Bundy, etc are fairly dated.

Yes, the examples above are bad, but nowhere as horrific as the Colorado, Newton or Gabby Giffords shooting, where these liberal loons went into crowds of innocent people including women and children .... and serial killer, though also horrible does not equal mass murderer.

January 23, 2013 1:07 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

"None of the recent examples cited above were mass killings that involved women and children."

Irrelevant. No one person's life is any more valuable than another's.

"and serial killer, though also horrible does not equal mass murderer.".

Here's where you once again demonstrate your idiocy - there's no difference in the heinousness between a serial killer or mass murderer.

There have been 62 mass killings in the U.S. since 1982, you cherry picked a handful of the twenty five or so mass killings that happened in the last several years and there is no evidence to back up your assertions as to what the political affilation was of any of those you mentioned.

The vast majority of psychotic killers are republicans - the statistics prove it.

Multiple murders is about the ultimate control of others and that is one of the defining traits of a conservative, the desire to control others and dictate how they live and die. Conservatives by nature have a tendency to want to exert the ultimate control over people.

January 23, 2013 1:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Conservatives don't believe in dictating how someone lives...

We just don't want to susidize liberals lazy behavior through forced confisciation from the productive. That's all.

or extend free health care to Pelosi's artists...

every man for them self would be a better cliche if you had to assert one for conservatism. though that isn't quite right either.

Flat tax, FAIR system, etc.

It is inherently UNFAIR that 1/2 of the US pays NO TAXES and that 10% pay 75% of them.

liberals get crazy and crazier and crazier... and the rioting in the streets as the money drives up (Think Greece) will be a liberal phenomenen. and the folks holed up in their homes with their newly purchased assault rifles protecting their childrens and property..... well those will be the Republicans.

Just wait, it's coming.

January 23, 2013 2:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's not fair is that huge corporations making billions of dollars in profits pay no income tax AND receive tax payer money.

Between 2008-2010, over half of all US tax subsidies went to four industries:

Financial industries received 16.8% of all US government subsidies

Utilities, gas, and electric industries received 14.0% of all US government subsidies

Telecommunications industries received 13.8% of all US government subsidies

Oil, gas and pipline industries received 10.9% of all US government subsidies

That's 56% of all US government subsidies from 2008-2010, and the funding for these subsidies comes not only from income taxes individuals and other corporations pay, but the funds also come from sales tax, which has no income cut off. Everybody, rich or poor, is required to pay it.

Aerospace and defense got 5.8% of all US government subsidies over the same period

It is no surprise that the richest industries get the biggest subsidies, starting with finance and Big Energy. That's how the 1% operate, with the GOP only too happy and eager to act as their well paid enforcers.

January 23, 2013 3:08 PM  
Anonymous Look who fears and threatens the "coming civil war" -- Obama haters said...

Religious-right extremists who have spent most of their energy in recent years vilifying LGBT people or fighting the nation’s culture wars on other fronts have found a new demon to slay: gun control.

It might seem odd that those who profess allegiance to the teachings of Jesus Christ would be so vociferous about making sure that Americans have continued, unfettered access to assault rifles. But in the wake of the massacre of schoolchildren in Connecticut, which ignited the most heated debate about gun control in this country in a decade, some of the religious right’s most rabid voices are joining the fight.

Matt Barber, a lawyer for the anti-gay Liberty Counsel, predicts a civil war over gun control. Bryan Fischer, the rabid mouthpiece for the homophobic American Family Association, has banned the use of the words “assault rifles” on his radio show. Even the Family Research Council, which describes itself as a pro-family organization, has targeted President Obama as “blatantly disingenuous when he says he believes in the Second Amendment.”

David Barton, the Christian-right pseudo-historian whose views on America’s founding have been widely debunked by mainstream historians, went on conspiracy theorist Glenn Beck’s Internet television show this week to claim the National Rifle Association (NRA) was formed to protect freed slaves from the Ku Klux Klan.

“The NRA rises up in 1871 with three Union officers who had fought to end slavery, fought for civil rights, fought for civil rights for blacks,” Barton said. “And part of the reason is, they want blacks to defend themselves individually, use their individual right of self-defense against the Klan.” (Actually, most historians argue the birth of the NRA had nothing at all to do with civil rights but rather to establish training standards for emerging rifle technology.)

Barber went so far as to predict a coming civil war if the White House moves forward with gun control. In an article published a week ago for the far-right conspiracy website WorldNet Daily, he accused the government of preparing for a gun grab aimed at “controlling – disarming – the law-abiding masses.”

“I love guns. Grew up with ‘em. As a former police officer with 12 years in the U.S. military, I know how to use them, too – use them well. I plan to buy more – a bunch more. In fact, who’s to say I don’t already have a veritable arsenal?” Barber wrote. “Point is, tain’t Big Brother Barack’s nor any other candy-keistered-liberal-cream-puff’s business whether I do or not.”

At issue, for most on the religious right, is Obama.

Earlier this week, the White House released the president’s aggressive plan to address gun control. According to The New York Times, the “multifaceted effort” includes 23 proposed executive orders, some of which address controlling access to guns, and a full-court press on Congress to pass comprehensive gun reform legislation.

Leave it to Fischer, though, who has claimed that Adolf Hilter’s Nazi Party relied on gay men because of their innate brutality, to turn the debate straight on its face. Not only has he banned the use of the words “assault rifles” on his Focal Point radio show in favor of “sporting rifles” – and threatened to fine any member of his staff who uses the wrong term – he has defined the debate on gun control as a thinly veiled plot to target Christians.

“If they decide that mental health are reasons to deny people their constitutional rights, it’s a short step from there to identifying us, Christians, genuine followers of Jesus Christ who believe the Bible and what it teaches … as mentally ill,” Fischer claimed. And if that happens, Fischer fantasizes, “Guns are going to be taken away from us."

January 23, 2013 3:38 PM  
Anonymous NRA's self-reported history had nothing to do with slavery said...

The NRA reports:

"A Brief History of the NRA

Dismayed by the lack of marksmanship shown by their troops, Union veterans Col. William C. Church and Gen. George Wingate formed the National Rifle Association in 1871. The primary goal of the association would be to "promote and encourage rifle shooting on a scientific basis," according to a magazine editorial written by Church.

After being granted a charter by the state of New York on November 17, 1871, the NRA was founded. Civil War Gen. Ambrose Burnside, who was also the former governor of Rhode Island and a U.S. senator, became the fledgling NRA's first president.

An important facet of the NRA's creation was the development of a practice ground. In 1872, with financial help from New York State, a site on Long Island, the Creed Farm, was purchased for the purpose of building a rifle range. Named Creedmoor, the range opened a year later, and it was there that the first annual matches were held.

Political opposition to the promotion of marksmanship in New York forced the NRA to find a new home for its range. In 1892, Creedmoor was deeded back to the state and NRA's matches moved to Sea Girt, New Jersey.

The NRA's interest in promoting the shooting sports among America's youth began in 1903 when NRA Secretary Albert S. Jones urged the establishment of rifle clubs at all major colleges, universities and military academies. By 1906, NRA's youth program was in full swing with more than 200 boys competing in matches at Sea Girt that summer. Today, youth programs are still a cornerstone of the NRA, with more than one million youth participating in NRA shooting sports events and affiliated programs with groups such as 4-H, the Boy Scouts of America, the American Legion, U.S. Jaycees and others.

Due to the overwhelming growth of NRA's shooting programs, a new range was needed. Gen. Ammon B. Crichfield, adjutant general of Ohio, had begun construction of a new shooting facility on the shores of Lake Erie, 45 miles east of Toledo, Ohio. Camp Perry became the home of the annual National Matches, which have been the benchmark for excellence in marksmanship ever since. With nearly 6,000 people competing annually in pistol, smallbore and high-power events, the National Matches are one of the biggest sporting events held in the country today..."

Continues in the ABOUT section of the NRA website.

January 23, 2013 3:53 PM  
Anonymous March for common-sense gun safety laws said...

January 23, 2013

Dear Friends:

It’s time to march for common-sense gun safety laws to end the slaughter across America.

I’m joining the March on Washington for Gun Control this Saturday, January 26—an exciting grassroots upsurge of families across America to demand a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines and for urgently needed measures like licensing of firearms. The march is supporting both federal legislation and the state bills that I’m working to pass in Annapolis.

Will you join me starting at 8:45 AM in Veterans’ Plaza at the Silver Spring Civic Building on Saturday for a pre-march rally? We will assemble at 8:45 AM, talk, chant, and sing (with some of our community’s leading folk singers), and then leave for the Silver Spring Metro by 9:30 AM and travel down to the Capitol together. We will assemble there at 10:00 AM and march--in a silent procession, holding signs with the names of victims of gun violence—down Constitution Avenue all the way to the Washington Monument. I know that we will be joined by Congressman Chris Van Hollen, a huge delegation of marchers traveling to Washington from Newtown, Connecticut, and actress Kathleen Turner.

I am hoping that we can bring hundreds of people from District 20 and thousands from Montgomery County to this important march. Will you teach your kids how to speak out for change, assemble and petition for a redress of grievances? Will you join us in showing Congress that the PTA is stronger than the NRA?

Let me know if you can make it and I’ll see you on Saturday!
All best wishes,

Jamie Raskin

January 24, 2013 7:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is so cold today that I saw a Democrat with his hands in his own pockets

January 24, 2013 4:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Palm Beach Post’s George Bennet wrote last week about how so-called “Tea Party” groups seem to be running away from the “Tea Party” name in places like Florida.

The South Florida Tea Party, for example — the one that helped launch the national career of Sen. Marco Rubio and hosted Donald Trump while he was initially pretending to think about running for president — is changing its name to the National Liberty Federation.

“As Tea Party groups go,” observes Steven Benen at MaddowBlog, “the South Florida Tea Party was one of the bigger and better-organized outfits.”

But it’s little wonder these folks are running from the name. Their popularity, and their name brand, is now plummeting along with the fortunes of the congressional Republican Party. As Bennet notes, even right-wing pollsters like Rasmussen are finding that support for the Tea Party movement is absolutely cratering.

Rasmussen, a favorite polling firm of conservatives, found in a survey this month that only 8 percent of voters identify themselves as Tea Party members, down from a high of 24 percent shortly after passage of the federal health care law in 2010. The poll found 30 percent of voters had a favorable view of the Tea Party and 49 percent had a negative view.An October Rasmussen poll found 44 percent of voters considered “Tea Party” a negative label, eclipsing “liberal” as the most potent negative adjective.

And, again, he’s the Republican pollster. A NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds, according to Benen, that attitudes about the Tea Party are “abysmal.” “Just 9% have a ‘very positive’ impression of the so-called movement — an all-time low,” he writes, “while 32% have a ‘very negative’ impression — an all-time high. All told, the Tea Party’s favorability rating is down to just 23%, which is even lower than the GOP’s support and that of the NRA.”

January 24, 2013 6:54 PM  
Anonymous What do they believe? said...

Catholic hospital argues fetuses aren’t people in malpractice suit

...But when it came to mounting a defense in the Stodghill case, Catholic Health’s lawyers effectively turned the Church directives on their head. Catholic organizations have for decades fought to change federal and state laws that fail to protect “unborn persons,” and Catholic Health’s lawyers in this case had the chance to set precedent bolstering anti-abortion legal arguments. Instead, they are arguing state law protects doctors from liability concerning unborn fetuses on grounds that those fetuses are not persons with legal rights.

As Jason Langley, an attorney with Denver-based Kennedy Childs, argued in one of the briefs he filed for the defense, the court “should not overturn the long-standing rule in Colorado that the term ‘person,’ as is used in the Wrongful Death Act, encompasses only individuals born alive. Colorado state courts define ‘person’ under the Act to include only those born alive. Therefore Plaintiffs cannot maintain wrongful death claims based on two unborn fetuses.”...

January 25, 2013 8:23 AM  
Anonymous Austerity sucks said...

LONDON - Britain's economy shrank more than expected at the end of 2012 with a North Sea oil production slump, lower factory output and a hangover from London's Olympics pushing it perilously close to a "triple-dip" recession.

The country's gross domestic product fell 0.3 percent in the fourth quarter, the Office for National Statistics said on Friday, sharper than a 0.1 percent decline forecast by analysts.

The news is a blow for Britain's Conservative-led government, which a day earlier defended its austerity program against criticism from the International Monetary Fund. It needs solid growth to meet its budget targets, keep a triple-A debt rating and bolster its chances of winning a 2015 election.

Sterling fell to its lowest in 13-1/2 months against the euro and hit a five-month low against the dollar in response to the data. The euro was also buoyed by a stronger-than-expected German Ifo sentiment survey.

"There are no positive takeaways from today's first (GDP)estimate," said Lee Hopley, chief economist for the EEF manufacturers' association. "Even assuming some unwinding of activity from the Olympics boost in the previous quarter, this still leaves no real signs of underlying growth in the economy."

Britain's economy is now 3.3 percent smaller than its peak in Q1 2008, having recovered only about half the output lost during the financial crisis - a worse performance than most other major economies.

The country slipped back into recession in the last three months of 2011, and only emerged from it in the third quarter of 2012, after a boost from the London Olympics.

After a bout of snowy weather in January - which is likely to have hit spending and output - the risk is that the economy will continue to shrink in the first three months of this year, technically pushing it into a rare "triple dip" recession.

January 25, 2013 1:31 PM  
Anonymous Robert said...

This discussion about whether crazy killers are conservative/Republican or liberal/Democratic is offensive and stupid. Y'all are labelling large classes of people based on the actions of a very few. What do we call that class?

"Conservatives don't believe in dictating how someone lives..."

You have to be kidding, right? What do you call all those anti-miscegenation, Crimes Against Nature, anti-marijuana, anti-marriage laws, etc.?

On another note, I've been signing high school sports eligibility forms this week. There's a marked overlap between the Young Democrats club and the Rifle Team at my school. Go figure.

I myself was the North Florida Council Riflery champion, long ago.

BTW, I saw a poll conducted by Disqus that blog readers rate the posts by pseudonymous people the most interested, those by people using their real names second, and those by anonymous posters the least interesting. I would bet there was little science behind the poll.

January 25, 2013 4:21 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

"Conservatives don't believe in dictating how someone lives..."

Trying to dictate how others live is one of the primary defining features of a conservative.

Its not enough for them to resist having same sex romantic relationships themselves, they are obsessed with preventing others from having them.

It is not enough for them to suppress their own sexual activity, they have to try to minimize how much sex everyone has - note how many conservatives advocate using marriage to regulate and in effect license sexual activity and pregnancy.

Its not enough for conservatives to have sex strictly for procreation, they have to campaign against birth control and try to force all women to risk pregnancy any time they have sex.

Its not enough for conservatives to refrain from abortion themselves, they have to try and deny every woman a right to an abortion.

Its not enough for conservatives to refrain from drugs and prostitution themselves, they have to try and prevent everyone from using drugs or prostitutes.

Its not enough for conservatives to refrain from sexy entertainment themselves, they insist on denying everyone the right to experience it.

Its not enough for conservatives to live according to their religion, they try to force everyone to live according to conservative religious beliefs. They try to force religion on all schoolchildren, try to force the government pray before conducting business, to force government to promote christianity, try to prevent the building of mosques and temples, and try to deny atheists the right to hold political office.

Conservatives aren't content to live their own lives as they choose, they aren't satistifed until they can tell everyone how to live.

January 25, 2013 5:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"It is not enough for them to suppress their own sexual activity, they have to try to minimize how much sex everyone has - note how many conservatives advocate using marriage to regulate and in effect license sexual activity and pregnancy"

Well, I don't even know where to start.

Before the advent of the adventerous sexual society, most kids lived in a two parent home and were grossed out by any sexual activity going on there. It's a slippery slope again, Priya, do you think a different partner every day is GOOD for one's self esteem, even in a society that simply didn't care ? do you think that completely decoupling sex from love is GOOD for society ? really ? at some point, this has nothing to do with religion or conservatism, it has to do with self-respect, which it appears you have none of and I am very sorry that you hold such a low opinion of yourself that you would regulate sex as devoid of feeling.

You must teach your children to love themselves, first, before they can love anyone else.

And it appears your parents never taught you to love yourself. Ie, by loving you so much that you could never doubt that you were perfect - or could be perfect anyway, if you would just do your friggin homework on time.

I am so sorry.
this past post reveals so much misery.

I wish I could help you.

January 25, 2013 10:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Sarah, how's that Fox-y News-y thing workin' out for ya?

January 26, 2013 10:07 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Sexual hangups anonymous said "It's a slippery slope again,".

The slippery slope argument is a logical fallacy SHA. It does not follow that if we do one thing we will slide into doing another.

Sexual hangups anonymous said "Priya, do you think a different partner every day is GOOD for one's self esteem, even in a society that simply didn't care ? do you think that completely decoupling sex from love is GOOD for society ? really ? at some point, this has nothing to do with religion or conservatism, it has to do with self-respect, which it appears you have none of and I am very sorry that you hold such a low opinion of yourself that you would regulate sex as devoid of feeling.".

SHA, that's what's called a straw man argument - I never took, and don't hold, any of those positions.

People like you are scared of sex, scared to enjoy it, you feel ashamed of your sexual feelings and activity and so you want to minimize all sexual activity as much as possible.

January 26, 2013 11:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But Priya,

I don't need sex because the govt fu*ks me every day ....

January 26, 2013 2:26 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Just sit back and enjoy it.

January 26, 2013 3:08 PM  
Anonymous The times they are a'changin' said...

Boy Scouts close to ending ban on gay members, leaders

"The Boy Scouts of America, one of the nation’s largest private youth organizations, is actively considering an end to its decades-long policy of banning gay scouts or scout leaders, according to scouting officials and outsiders familiar with internal discussions.

If adopted by the organization’s board of directors, it would represent a profound change on an issue that has been highly controversial -- one that even went to the US Supreme Court. The new policy, now under discussion, would eliminate the ban from the national organization’s rules, leaving local sponsoring organizations free to decide for themselves whether to admit gay scouts.

“The chartered organizations that oversee and deliver scouting would accept membership and select leaders consistent with their organization’s mission, principles or religious beliefs,” according to Deron Smith, a spokesman for the Boy Scouts’ national organization.

Individual sponsors and parents “would be able to choose a local unit which best meets the needs of their families,” Smith said.

The discussion of a potential change in policy is nearing its final stages, according to outside scouting supporters. If approved, the change could be announced as early as next week, after the BSA's national board holds a regularly scheduled meeting.

Only seven months ago, the Boy Scouts affirmed a policy of banning gay members, after a nearly two-year examination of the issue by a committee of volunteers convened by national leaders of the Boy Scouts of America, known as the BSA.

In a statement last July affirming the ban, its national executive board called it “the best policy for the organization.”

But since then, a scouting official said, local chapters have been urging a reconsideration. "We're a grassroots organization. This is a response to what's happening at the local level," the official said.

Two corporate CEOs on BSA’s national board, Randall Stephenson of AT&T and James Turley of Ernst & Young, have also said they would work to end the ban. Stephenson is next in line to be the BSA’s national chairman. During the 2012 presidential campaign, both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney said the BSA should admit gay scouts and scout leaders...."

January 28, 2013 4:14 PM  
Anonymous No other voters in Nevada arrested for voter fraud said...

A Nevada Republican arrested for voter fraud in the 2012 election, after claiming she was trying to test the system's integrity, pled guilty and accepted a plea deal Thursday, forcing her to pay almost $2,500 and promise to stay out of trouble.

Roxanne Rubin, 56, a casino worker on the Las Vegas Strip, was arrested on Nov. 3, 2012 after trying to vote twice, once at her poling site in Henderson and then at a second site in Las Vegas. The poll workers at the second site said that she had already voted, but Rubin said that she hadn't and insisted on casting a ballot, which the poll workers refused to allow her to do.

Rubin said that she was trying to show how easy it would be to commit voter fraud with just a signature. "This has always been an issue with me. I just feel the system is flawed," she told the AP Thursday. "If we’re showing ID for everything else, why wouldn’t we show our ID in order to vote?”

Rubin, like many Republicans, claim that the threat from voter fraud -- which is close to non-existent -- is why voter ID laws need to be in place. But Nevada has no voter ID law -- other than for first-time voters who didn't show ID when they registered to vote -- and she was caught anyway.

The prosecutor in the case said he knew of no other voters in Nevada or elsewhere arrested for voter fraud.

Democratic Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller, who has called for a photo ID law, slammed Rubin in a statement. "If Ms. Rubin was trying to demonstrate how easy it is to commit voter fraud, she clearly failed and proved just the opposite," he said.

Rubin's deal requires her to pay $2,481 to the state in restitution, complete 100 hours of community service, stay out of trouble and complete an impulse control course.

January 29, 2013 9:05 AM  
Anonymous Another child dead from an "accidental" shooting in his home said...

A South Carolina toddler is dead after reportedly mistaking a pink handgun for a toy.

Police responded to a call about a shooting at Haywood Plantation Apartments in Greenville, S.C., at 7:30 p.m. Friday night, the Associated Press reported. There, officers found 3-year-old Temorej Smith dead from a single gunshot wound to the head.

On Monday, police reported that the shooting occurred while Smith and his 7-year-old sister were in a bedroom at home, playing with a pink handgun they might have thought was a toy, according to CBS local affiliate WCSC.

"If you have guns, if you own guns mostly we would prefer you have them in a lock box," Johnathan Bragg of the Greenville Police Department told the news station. "At least have them out of the reach of children."

Smith lived in the apartment with his parents, grandparents and sister. The parents were not home at the time of the shooting, the county's deputy coroner Jeff Fowler told Greenville Online.

The shooting has been ruled an accident. No charges have been filed yet, but the investigation is ongoing.

After the tragedy, Jack Logan, a local activist and founder of "Put Down the Guns Young People," handed out gun locks to citizens at a Burger King down the road from where the shooting occurred, according to WCSC.

Additionally, the local police department is stressing the importance of gun safety. Gun locks are now available at the station at 4 McGee Street, reports Fox Carolina.

This is not the only such tragedy in recent months. On Christmas Day, 2-year-old Sincere Smith of Conway, S.C., was killed after shooting his father's loaded handgun he found on the living room table

February 06, 2013 7:50 AM  

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