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This will be short but I am hoping somebody else will pick this up.  I know this is cold and many won't have the stomach for this.  But the progressive movement must move quickly to take control of the media meme coming out of Boston.  I have seen this happen before, like vultures the right wing moves in with lightning speed to create a meme about any traumatic event that suits their purposes.  It is already happening with Boston as documented by Greg Sargent.  The right wing Boston meme is going to be wall to wall, 24 hours about immigration.  It will be used to destroy what is left of the immigration bill.  It will hit fever pitch when Limbaugh starts his broadcast.  It will become more coordinated over the day.  Many in the mainstream media will take their ledes from these psychopaths.

We have to learn to use the Internet to take control of memes (this was done to some extent in the Obama campaign but we must get better).  The question has to be how did we allow these two people to become armed, violent assailants.  They had a shoot out with the police and one of them got away.  Where did they get the guns?  Would they have had the confidence to even plant those bombs if they didn't have an arsenal at home?  Where did that arsenal come from?  Would people like this have been able to get guns if there had been background checks?  The suspect would have been apprehended easily if he didn't have a gun and he would not be able to terrorize an entire city.  Guns are ripping out entire social fabric apart.  Again and again talks about these issues when discussing what is going on.  It is about guns.  It is about turning pretty much anybody into an armed assailant who can terrorize us at a whim, whether a kid from Chechnya or a kid from Connecticut.

Originally posted to wilbur on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 07:28 AM PDT.

Also republished by Repeal or Amend the Second Amendment (RASA) and Shut Down the NRA.

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  •  Excellent point! (3+ / 0-)
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    tardis10, denig, luckylizard

    Mayan Word For 'Apocalypse' Actually Translates More Accurately As "Time Of Pale Obese Gun Monsters."......the Onion

    by lyvwyr101 on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 07:31:48 AM PDT

  •  Good point...but, yeah, you're right (4+ / 0-)
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    57andFemale, Miggles, denig, lyvwyr101

    All the attacks will be on immigration, and the gun issue will be ignored. But I'll tweet this diary :) Lots and lots of anti-gun Tweeps on my feed.

    "...Males are biologically driven to go out and hunt giraffes.” —Newt Gingrich in 1995

    by BadKitties on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 07:33:19 AM PDT

  •  The fact they are domestic terrorists (5+ / 0-)

    does strengthen the gun control argument.

    And, yes, a 19 year-old kid who's been living in the US for at least 8 years, who was named All State in wrestling, who won a school-wide scholarship competition, and attends an in-state university counts as a domestic terrorist, even if he's Muslim, was born overseas, and has a "funny sounding" name.

    All their weapons, I'm almost completely certain of this, were procured locally.

    When the union's inspiration /Through the workers' blood shall run /There can be no power greater /Anywhere beneath the sun /Solidarity Forever!

    by litho on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 07:37:10 AM PDT

  •  Not now. Let's wait and get a full analysis. (2+ / 0-)
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    I understand what you mean -- certainly firearms are deeply involved in this incident.  But truly I think we need to let things run their course for a time here.

    You have exactly 10 seconds to change that look of disgusting pity into one of enormous respect!

    by Cartoon Peril on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 07:40:04 AM PDT

    •  gun show..?? straw buyer..?? (0+ / 0-)

      n/t.


      We are not broke, we are being robbed.

      by Glen The Plumber on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 08:15:49 AM PDT

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    •  Green-card holders in Massachusetts are eligible (1+ / 0-)
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      for the same permits Massachusetts issues to citizens. No one knows yet where the various weapons and supplies were obtained, but the 26-year-old brother would have been able to get all of it legally, assuming he could pass the ordinary background check. The 19-year-old wouldn't have been legally able to buy handguns or handgun ammunition, but the rest would have been available legally.

      -7.25, -6.26

      We are men of action; lies do not become us.

      by ER Doc on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 08:43:38 AM PDT

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  •  Exactly. Regardless of their motivation, ideology (4+ / 0-)
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    or ethnicity, the simple fact is that these guys took advantage of lax laws regarding the acquisition and tracking of arms, ammunition, and chemical compounds.  

    •  We won't be safe (1+ / 0-)
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      Until the law treats everyone as a potential criminal. Only by active proof of innocence should we be allowed to do anything, and all laws must have the approval of the most frightened and insecure of us.

      When all America stands behind the decision to lock down a city of a million people and turn loose hundreds of guys with automatic rifles, armored vehicles and carte blanche to treat the entire city as one big exigent circumstance in order to catch two suspects, only then will we be on the path to genuine safety.

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  •  I was following the twitter feed on (0+ / 0-)

    watertown last night, until I finally gave it and turned about 4 am my time (MDT), and I noticed the gun crowd invading in the last hour or so. Thankfully it took that long. At that point they were "sympathizing" with the poor beleagured residents of Watertown, crouching along behind their couches, without a gun to protect them ... * smh *

    Thanks for bringing this out in the open. I don't know what we can do to counter this right now, but it's good to at least  be aware of it.

    And as you have mentioned - the RWNJ's are already politicizing this. Nothing is "too soon" for them.

  •  the think tanks will fee RW radio and dominate (0+ / 0-)

    how this runs its course.

    as long as they have their talk radio advantage and the left lets them have it, this event, like benghazi and every other event like it, will be dissected in the think tanks for every possible angle they can use to push their agenda- guns, immigration, ID laws, voter suppression, anti-muslim racism, surveillance, internet control, hate, racism, anti- dem anti-obama obstruction, etc.

    the primary tool for exploiting this event will be the same they've been using successfully the last 25 years and it only works because the left ignores it.

    even if the internet can help control some of it we shouldn't be satisfied that half the US and much of the MSM and politicians will be enabled and intimidated merely because of the sheer weight of that coordinated constant unchallenged yelling over logic and reason.

    ignoring radio as the left continues to do and trying to make up for it with other media is not good strategy. using internet to fight back is good strategy but much of it, like most progressive activism today, is wasted until the left takes radio seriously and stops giving it a free speech free ride.

    as you say limbaugh will lead the charge. he usually gets first dibs and as often is the case with stuff like this, he takes a day or two off all of a sudden so he doesn't say stuff he can't back out of and can get the prepping he needs to spin this the way the heritage foundation wants.

    fox will do its part and the MSM will get all the usual bullshit MSM analysis and guests from the think tanks this weekend, and  next week limbaugh will be ready on all angles to lead the army of ignorant blowhards and their dittohead teabaggers to determine how half the country will react merely because most of it has no free alternative while working or driving.

    if there is any chance of injecting some sanity into the reaction it would have to be this weekend before talk radio starts blasting away next week with their talking points.

    This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

    by certainot on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 06:43:09 PM PDT

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