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This is what passes for debate on the issue of the laws to regulate the right bear arms under 2nd Amendment:

A bullet-riddled target was deposited outside the League of Women Voters of Seattle-King County at some point during the three-day Fourth of July weekend, an action which the League links to its support of Initiative 594 on the November ballot.

The League’s offices on Capitol Hill “were targeted last weekend by an individual who left a shooting range target sheet pierced by numerous bullet holes,” the non-partisan voter activist group said in a statement sent to reporters on Tuesday.

“Sometime between Thursday evening and Saturday, a person or persons left the shot-up target at a doorstep outside the Seattle-King County office.”  

The League of Women Voters of Seattle-King County has joined a coalition backing I-594, which would close the “gun show loophole” in Washington by requiring that firearms purchasers at gun shows and on-line undergo a criminal background check.

We are not having a debate on reasonable measures to regulate gun ownership in this country.  We have debates about the extent of the first amendment.  But despite all the incidents of gun violence in this country, after Columbine, Aurora, Gabby Gifford, Newtown, Tayvon Martin, The Naval Yard Killings, et cetera, st cetera, et cetera the debate is over.

One side has asked and pleaded for reasonable regulation of gun ownership: universal background checks, limiting magazine capacity, registration, and even merely studies of the public health issues related to gun ownership.

The other side leaves targets with bullet holes in them to intimidate those who support gun regulation.  It publishes the names and addresses of people who support gun regulation.  It assembles in groups to parade around with semi-automatic military style weapons at department stores and restaurants.  It demonizes any person who dares to argue for reasonable laws regarding gun safety.  It sends death threats to a gun manufacturer who proposed to market guns with technology that would prevent their firearms from being fired by anyone other than the owner. It supports, with some success I might add, laws that extend the right of people to carry firearms into bars and restaurants where alcohol is served, churches, and all public spaces (except where legislators are present, natch.)

As Jennifer Mascia, a reporter who documented gun shootings for  the New York Times for the paper's Gun Report blog before it was recently terminated,  stated:

A few days after the plug was pulled on the Gun Report in early June, there were school shootings in Portland and Seattle, and two officers in Las Vegas, along with another man, were shot and killed by anti-government extremists who then committed suicide. To be silenced while all this was going on was excruciating. I burned at not being able to cover it.

But there will always be shootings. I could write gun reports until the end of my natural life, and given the apathy in Congress, the sheer volume will never diminish. I am not even sure much will change within the next few generations.

We will continue to report about the absurd state of our gun laws, I suppose, but the reality is that there is no real debate over the issue of gun regulation.  The bad guys have won.  And yes, I will call people "bad guys" who oppose reasonable regulation of guns, while advocating for laws such as the infamous "Stand Your Ground" and "The Guns Everywhere" legislation which is being implemented as we speak.  Good guys would not act so irresponsibly toward their fellow Americans merely to allow the people who should never be allowed near a gun the unfettered right to acquire them.  Good guys would not support laws that make the "lawful" use of firearms in situations our founding fathers never contemplated.  

As a nation, we have lost our collective minds on this issue.  The Wild, Wild West was a myth constructed by Hollywood.  The gun violence we see today across the country is, sadly, all too real, and yet our politicians all too often either do nothing or promote even more insane measures to allow the deadly use of firearms by individuals, some felons, some deranged, some simply fearful and trigger happy, some intoxicated and many just plain careless and reckless, to proliferate.

I can only hope that in another generation Americans will have come to their senses, and treat firearms as a right that is subject to reasonable regulations just as any other right encompassed in the Constitution.  For now, the Black Hats are riding gleefully into the sunset, leaving behind enormous profits for gun manufacturers and a trail of blood and sorrow among thousands of victims of gun violence and their families each year in their wake.

Originally posted to Steven D on Wed Jul 16, 2014 at 08:06 AM PDT.

Also republished by Shut Down the NRA.

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  •  In some places the bad guys are winning, in others (15+ / 0-)

    they are losing - Colorado, New York, Connecticut, California, Target, Starbucks, Chipotle, Facebook, Google, several recent SCOTUS and Fed district court decisions.

    "Looking back over a lifetime, you see that love was the answer to everything." — Ray Bradbury

    by We Shall Overcome on Wed Jul 16, 2014 at 08:23:51 AM PDT

  •  Gun activists (18+ / 0-)

    have filed over 800 lawsuits seeking to expand gun rights since Heller was decided, and have lost 96% of them in the lower courts.  The Supreme Court, in the meantime, has turned away virtually every petition for cert related to a Second Amendment case.

    No they haven't won, not by a long shot. They have just gotten louder and more public, not even recognizing that in many cases, their antics are self-destructive.

    I am a warrior for peace. And not a gentle man... Steve Mason, 1940-2005

    by Wayward Wind on Wed Jul 16, 2014 at 08:29:13 AM PDT

  •  Right Wingism (1+ / 0-)
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    Republicanism, White Trashisation! OK Let's just say "an ever increasing number of dead ignorant people" have been railroaded or simply guided into believing a false debate. On the pro gun (vendor) side, those that claim that the second ammendment somehow has to do with oridinary (obese moronic) citizens with penis issues owning, carrying, and using against certain minorities, any weapon they choose have established these ideas as their factual starting point.
    The second ammendment doesn't say squat about "ordinary anyone" being able to own weapons, it's all about militias and it's all about the 18th century.
    The skewed parameters of this false debate are almost already set in stone.
    Now that the gun industry has acheived their goal, (thus helping elect those that seek to represent the ignorant - Republicans), they are starting in on a new set of "debate limits" for freedom of speech and religion.
    Only the most moronic of asshats would even suggest in jest that a corporation (an entity) could possibly have religious convictions or have the right to "speak", yet here we are.
    As stated in the fine article, only when the ever dwindling majority of decent educated folks finally get up the gumption to vote in every single election, at all levels, and only until such time as the Zekes, Cletuses, and Billy-Joes are no longer even elected as dog catchers will things be able to be normalized.
    Progressives will never again allow an ignoramous like W or his ilk to gain the White House but they let the other elections slide and that is what has permitted those that will blatantly cheat, lie, and jerrymander themselves into office, to take power.
    This could all be sorted in a few election cycles but those that understand science and know how to read need to vote and vote again until progressives (not commie pinko fags, just progressives), rule the roost.  

  •  Federal inaction, specifically Congress, (1+ / 0-)
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    We Shall Overcome

    on the issue of gun control should surprise no one considering the clowns running the show in DC. This country will never achieve any real measure of progress on any number of issues including sensible gun control until these useless bought-and-paid-for shills are sent packing.

  •  There's No Place to Employ a Sound Mind (2+ / 0-)
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    LinSea, blueoasis

    Under our system the public square where we get most of our information and have our civic debates is the private property of global information warlords, and we are Constitutionally forbidden from checking or balancing it, from enforcing access for the people, or from enforcing truthfulness standards in it.

    Half a dozen of these clobal corps provide 95% of what's known and discussed among most of us, and they answer directly mostly to their sponsors which are also global corps, including the arms industry.

    I'm not sure how you would measure such a thing as American's "minds" because you'd mostly be measuring the output of the global corporate public square.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Wed Jul 16, 2014 at 09:16:38 AM PDT

  •  Thanks - (2+ / 0-)
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    LinSea, blueoasis

    The Mascia piece you link to is long and informative and well worth reading in full.

    “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

    by Catte Nappe on Wed Jul 16, 2014 at 11:07:16 AM PDT

  •  The problem with America is gun aholes & the (0+ / 0-)

    people who give them cover.

    Tipped & reced!

    I voted Tuesday, May 6, 2014 because it is my right, my responsibility and because my parents moved from Alabama to Ohio to vote. Unfortunately, the republicons want to turn Ohio into Alabama.

    by a2nite on Wed Jul 16, 2014 at 05:24:59 PM PDT

  •  The gun show loophole is what allows gunrunners to (1+ / 0-)
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    buy mass quantities and then go to cities with high crime rates and sell guns to the gangs. Gunrunners that have been caught have admitted to it.

    Don't these gun nuts always say that if you take away their guns then the gangs are the only ones who will have guns? Do they oppose this because it takes away that bullshit excuse?

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