December 15, 2012
What We Need Is More God And More Guns

The NRA thinks we need more guns in class to prevent massacres like the one that happened Friday. Mike Huckabee, on the other hand, thinks the shooting happened because we’ve taken God out of the schools.

Yeah, all we need is more guns and more God. That combination always prevents violence.

I wonder, could the shooting at the movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, have been prevented if we put God back in the theater? What about the shopping mall shooting?

The worse thing about these statements isn’t that they are crazy or even stupid. It is that they are unserious. The people who make these suggestions know very well they wouldn’t do a thing to prevent massacres, but they make them anyway. In other words, they are perfectly willing to use school shootings as a means of pimping their political agendas, knowing those agendas wouldn’t stop violence in any significant way. Does this make them cynical and evil bastards? Probably, but it’s more likely that they simply can’t ingest the full reality of the situation. School shootings, like predator drone strikes, waterboarding, or blowing up Afghan wedding parties, are just distant things that happen “out there” to other people. They have no visceral meaning to those who spend their entire lives in a safe, soft, political/media womb where the only genuine reality is fighting to gain temporary partisan advantage. These kinds of events are just tools to be manipulated in the service of politics. The only thing that matters is winning. They are just as out of touch as the people who commit these acts.

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Posted by OHollern at December 15, 2012 01:18 PM
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"The white man, that landed here; He came with two great weapons. One is the bible and the other was the gun. If he didn't humble you with the bible, he'd crumble you with the gun. And he's still praising the lord and passing the ammunition." - Lewis H. Michaux

Posted by: Grung_e_Gene on December 15, 2012 2:29 PM

In the USA only about 15% of the children grow up completely without violence at home or at school. In Europe it's about two thirds as a rule, in Scandinavian countries over 80-90%.

Well, to follow the logic of the NRA, there would be much less violence if these poor children were all armed and could defend themselves ...

Posted by: Peter on December 17, 2012 5:29 AM

Some people in Iowa were already gearing up to do this kind of thing last week before the massacre, in response to a different event. There were two girls abducted last summer whose bodies were just found. A state GOP Senator says he is going to introduce legislation to reinstate the death penalty when the session starts in January because ... well, something. Iowa got rid of capital punishment in 1965 -- 47 years ago. These people never quit or go away.

Posted by: Tim on December 17, 2012 4:03 PM

I doubt the shooter (who killed himself!) would have been dissuaded by the threat of a death penalty.

Also, if the right to bear arms to so important, why shouldn't it extend to Palestine and Iran?

Posted by: John Anthony Curran on December 17, 2012 9:29 PM
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