Sunday, December 23, 2012

NRA's (More Guns) Wayne laPierre worst person of the year & Julian Assange's Christmas Message "I Will Not Be Cowed"

Wayne Lapierre and the NRA's Vision for America from Dec. 22, 2012
Cartoon by Shaw Kenawe

will update later-
Julian Assange Christmas message from Ecuador Embassy in London,UK
NRA's (More Guns) Wayne laPierre worst person of the year award
NRA proves its cold blooded insensitivity

The NRA spokesman, Wayne LaPierre, essentially said in his remarks that the country should become an armed police state. The NRA's solution to the gun culture? Armed police at all schools--he didn't say how we'd pay for that, estimates are that would cost the government $5.5 billion. But what about private schools? Nursery schools? Daycare centers? Then what about other unprotected vulnerable venues, say, nursing homes for the elderly? I didn't listen to much else after his insane suggestion, so I don't know if he mentioned anything about any restrictions on gun sales or ammo sales. What the NRA did show the American people today is that it is an irrational lobby for the gun manufacturers, and they care not one whit for the safety and care of our children.

Update: THE INSANITY OF THE NRA by Shaw Kenawe , at, Dec. 21, 2012

NYTimes: "Businesses and special-interest groups often cloak their profit motives in the garb of constitutional rights — think Big Tobacco and its opposition to restrictions on smoking in public places and bold warnings on cigarette packages. The Supreme Court has made clear that the right to bear arms is not absolute and is subject to regulations and controls. Yet the N.R.A. clings to its groundless arguments that tough regulations violate the Second Amendment. Many of those arguments serve no purpose other than to increase the sales of guns and bullets."
quote via ,Dec. 22, 2012

Julian Assange: "my work will not be cowed"
Channel 4 News

Published on 20 Dec 2012

In a speech to supporters from the balcony of the Ecuadorean embassy where he fled to avoid extradition to Sweden on sex charges, Julian Assange defends Wikileaks, saying it will make more revelations next year. .

Gun lobby breaks its silence

Published on 21 Dec 2012

America's hugely influential National Rifle Association broke its week long silence to call, not for gun control or any ban on assault rifles, but for armed police officers to be installed at every school in the United States.

THE INSANITY OF THE NRA by Ned Resnikoff at, Dec. 21, 2012

"Those of you who saw NRA president Wayne LaPierre’s bizarre, borderline hallucinatory press conference on Friday may have noticed a common theme in his policy proposals: The only way to reduce gun violence, according to the National Rifle Association, is through enforcing a perpetual state of martial law in the public education system and civil society at large.

The state, according to LaPierre, should permanently deploy an armed security guard to every public school in America. Furthermore, it should create a national database to keep tabs on the mentally ill (and note here that he doesn’t distinguish between the mentally ill population at large and the handful of people within that category who are potentially violent).

So to clarify: Regulation is too hasty, and there’s no point in tackling systemic background issues like structural inequality or inadequate mental health treatment. The sensible, moderate solution is to transform America into a something close to a neo-Spartan military state.

It should now be basically obvious to everyone that the NRA, for all of its pious genuflecting in the direction of the Second Amendment, is not a civil liberties organization. Civil liberties organizations support neither preemptive surveillance on the sick nor perpetual pseudo-paramilitary lockdown in elementary schools.

While the NRA Was on TV Talking About the Need for More Guns Some Guy Was Walking Up and Down a Road in Pennsylvania Shooting People [UPDATE] by Neetzan Zimmerman at, dec.22

The National Rifle Association today held its first press conference since last week's deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, and the takeaway was clear: We need more guns.

"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," said NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre.

He went on to call for an armed police officer to be stationed in "every single school" across America to prevent further mass shootings, as critics tried to point out that armed law enforcement officials might not be the panacea the NRA thinks it is.

But before they could finish their sentence, the counterargument made itself as news broke of a mass shooting event in Pennsylvania with multiple casualties, including state troopers.

video 4 dead in Blair Co. shooting; 3 troopers injured ,Dec. 21, 2012 BLAIR COUNTY, Pa.

Four people are dead after a series of shootings along a rural Blair County road Friday morning.

Officials said the victims are one woman and three men, including the suspect.

The scene covers several miles and the incidents happened on Juniata Valley Road, just outside of Geeseytown in Frankstown Township. The victims were shot at separate locations, and investigators said they are processing five different crime scenes.

and so it goes,

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