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  •  Join Mom's Against... Or the Brady (8+ / 0-)

    Campaign.  Talk to your neighbors, post on Facebook, tweet stats, write diaries, talk to your friends, write your representatives, vote in every election, talk to your family, troll the Internet with suggestions that we treat guns like we treat cars- registration, training, testing, licensing, insurance.  Keep repeating the obvious, the NRA is nothing but the marketing arm of the gun industry.  Mock the "man card" ad campaign.  Keep asking how insecure you have to be to need an assault rifle slung over your shoulder before you order a burger or a latte.  Donate to every Democrat who supported gun registration.  Post pictures of Ted Nugent, Wayne LaPierre, Daddy Duck.  They're scary Wierd and that has a long-term impact on the psyche.  

    I'm not looking for a love that will lift me up and carry me away. A love that will stroll alongside and make a few amusing comments will suffice.

    by I love OCD on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 06:54:55 AM PDT

    •  I can remember (3+ / 0-)
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      when the NRA was about general gun safety, hunting safety and training kids how to safely operate a gun. But I'm middle aged and my memory isn't what it used to be...

      "Nothing travels faster than the speed of light, with the possible exception of bad news. Which follows its own special rules." ~ Douglas Adams

      by coyote66 on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 08:05:18 AM PDT

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    •  act locally (0+ / 0-)

      There are probably enough comments here but this idea seems to me the closest likely action that would concentrate enough pressure. It seems to me that making the gunshops the responsible parties would get some motion. Thought items:

      - as has been recognized (finally) with the community rights movement and other movements, we will NEVER get anything timely & effectively accomplished through the federal level. It has to be local, and upwards from there. For anything. All the effective action to preserve people's rights / environments / etc has been local action.

      - telling a gunshop owner that THEY will be responsible for any psycho who commits a slaughter with a gun bought from their shop would put them heavily on the spot to get real interested in screening their customers, which pressure would travel up the chain to the gun co's, who would be very concerned about their sales outlet/s that are unhappy (hopefully dozens of them). They would then have to get involved (in hopefully hundreds of lawsuits and ballot initiatives) in protecting their dealer outlets now under siege from fed-up locals (those damn moms).

      Ho-hum acknowledgements:
      - YES, it may not be "fair" but we are beyond what is fair on this issue. Only a society that is completely incompetent/helpless/chickens**t would let themselves continue to be vulnerable to this kind of climate without looking relentlessly for the path of least resistance/easiest success.

      - YES, the psychos may not always do mass shootings with a registered, traceable gun, but there is a goodly chance any gun used can be traced back to SOME seller, esp if the psycho commits suicide or gets shot in the process (most do) and leaves the gun there to trace.

      I had a long unemotional discussion with an NRA rep on the phone one night and pointed this out to him, that they are always beating the drum to allow everyone guns, but don't want to take any responsibility for measuring the sanity/stability of the buyers. Which should be dirt easy these days as every friggin person with a philosophy seems to want to put it on the internet (witness Santa Barbara guy, and others).

      Give it a try. What do we have to lose? They are all going to scream anyway, so let them scream away as you (maybe) make some progress in your own back yard. We could even get real ambitious and start doing some real examination of why this society is generating so many psychos, but that's another bedtime story. Think globally, act locally.

    •  Finally some common sense. (0+ / 0-)

      Finally some common sense.

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