So … it turns out that arming teachers or putting armed guards in our schools isn’t the only way to prevent mass shootings, despite what the NRA would like you to believe.
One alternative to weaponizing our classrooms — since we won’t do anything about the ease with which people can get their hands on guns — is to have someone like this on staff who is prepared to act heroically.
Didn’t you know? Confirming a new EPA chief is vastly more important than voting on whether or not to charge the Attorney General with contempt of Congress.
Lily’s blog tells us she’s from Florida and she “basically combat[s] nearly every Republican stereotype.” Except the stereotype about not knowing what she’s talking about.
It’s true that more than 100 Democrats walked out of a House vote to hold Eric Holder in contempt, back in June 2012. But that didn’t actually stop anyone from voting and, indeed, the GOP-led House voted to hold Holder in contempt for failing to provide information on Operation Fast and Furious. Given that they couldn’t change the outcome of the vote, the Democrats walked out to protest what they took to be a purely political move by Republicans in an election year. 17 Democrats remained for the vote; for what it’s worth, all but one of them had previously been endorsed by the National Rifle Association.
Now, in the case of Gina McCarthy’s nomination hearing today, the failure of Republicans to show up meant that no vote could take place. As the article to which I linked in my earlier post points out, “The committee rules require that at least two members of the minority party be present during a vote.”
So, yeah, not the same. Better luck next time, Lily.
Ever drive past a high school and think, “That school looks like it could almost be a prison”? Well, with some of the NRA’s recent proposals, maybe we can get rid of that “almost” there.
Whenever I post something about an irresponsible gun owner who does something impossibly stupid, as I do on occasion because there are more than one or two, pro gun folks always tell me that one or two bad apples don’t spoil the bushel. People who get shot by their own guns, they tell me, are obviously irresponsible gun owners. And, since most gun owners don’t get shot by their own guns, most gun owners must be responsible.
But, of course, that’s bad reasoning.
The reason I post these seemingly ridiculous stories is that, right up until the moment the guy’s dog shot him, the NRA considered him to be a responsible gun owner. The difference between what the public knows of responsible gun ownership and irresponsible gun ownership is luck. If the dog hadn’t kicked the gun that was on the floor of the guy’s truck, we’d never know that a “responsible gun owner” was driving around with a loaded gun — safety off — on the floor of the passenger seat.
In other words, there could very well be lots of irresponsible gun owners out there. We just haven’t heard about them yet because they haven’t yet been accidentally shot. Yet.
Can you imagine a single day when the only people harmed by guns were bad guys who had intended to harm good guys but were prevented from doing so by the armed good guys?
Now that’d be Gun Appreciation Day for gun advocates!
Today, it seems, was just another Gun Accident Day.
To be sure, this is far better than Gun Homicide Day, of which we’ve had far, far too many … but you can’t say they do much to help make the case that America’s gun owners are responsible people who just want to protect themselves from ne’er-do-wells or that guns make us safer or whatever other nonsense the NRA continues to peddle.
… And here’s what the NRA thinks.
It should be clear that this ad is specifically designed to rile up the folks who think the government is out to get them, who think President Obama is some sort of tyrant, and/or who think the only answer to school shootings is to arm everyone in our schools.
Back in the good old days of less than a month ago, the NRA blamed school shootings on violent video games. And today it released a new app for iPhone and iPad that isn’t violent at all.
Of course, in addition to the NRA’s claims that the app “[i]nstills safe and responsible ownership through fun challenges and realistic simulations,” it also “allows players practice shooting at targets — coffin-shaped targets, with red bullseyes at head- and heart-level.”
"For 99 cents more, users can upgrade to a MK11 sniper rifle" … for recreation, of course.
But don’t get all in a tizzy: The app is rated for anyone who is four years old or older so you can rest assured that this shooting app is only for responsible people. After all, isn’t it about time to teach responsible gun-owning four-year-olds how to be even more responsible.
HT: Marcus Sanborn.
What do you do — how do you have any sort of conversation at all — when “fact” doesn’t mean the same thing to both people?
LaPierre: You could do what Dianne Feinstein wants and ban all high-capacity magazines, but it’s not going to make kids any safer… I get calls from gun owners saying I went to bed safer because I have a firearm…
David Gregory: That’s an argument, not a fact.
LaPierre: It IS a fact.
Gregory: No, a feeling is not a fact. That’s reassurance, not evidence.