Friday, January 11, 2013

David Pakman Interview of Larry Ward Chairman of ' Gun Appreciation Day '& The Drudge Report & Alex Jones et al Fueling Paranoia Over Gun Control & Maddow Blasts NRA

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The Drudge Report disturbing story about 2nd Amendment promoters comparing President Obama's talk about gun control to the policies of Adolph Hitler and Joseph Stalin . This is troubling and disturbing since one or more of those unhinged by reading and taking as the truth these wild conspiracy theories might decide to take drastic action .

Of course going back to the 2008 primaries and election campaign it became a trend among the ultra conservatives and especially those let loose in The Tea Party and their media pundits such as Glenn Beck at Fox News or Rush Limbaugh or Michael Savage or Ann Coulter etc. to characterize Obama as some sort of socialist/Marxist/Fascist/communist equivalent to Hitler, Stalin, Mao Tse Tung . And this has continued over the last four or five years .

Picture of Glenn Beck mocking President Obama

Glenn Beck likens Obama administration to the Third Reich By Jon Swaine at the Telegraph , July 27, 2011

Glenn Beck, the American broadcaster who compared Norwegian massacre victims to the Hitler youth, has defended his use of Nazi analogies and likened the Obama administration to the Third Reich.

Beck, a favourite of the Right-wing Tea Party, suggested that people who sought to stop his use of such comparisons were leading the US into a "society of gas chambers".

He caused anger on Monday by comparing the Norway Labour party's summer youth camp on the island of Utoya, where 68 people were slaughtered last week, to gatherings held by the Nazis' juvenile wing.

"There was a shooting at a political camp, which sounds a little like, you know, the Hitler youth," he said on his nationally syndicated radio programme. "I mean, who does a camp for kids that's all about politics? Disturbing."

As liberals propose more gun control, Google searches on ‘Hitler gun control’ Drudge Report ,spike by Charlie Spierling at Washington Examiner January 10, 2013

Journalists were startled yesterday when Matt Drudge used photos of Hitler and Stalin on his Drudge Report website to highlight a story about Obama possibly issuing an executive order to tackle the gun issue.

But according to research on Google Trends, web users interest in the history of Hitler and gun control has spiked since Democrats began demanding more restrictions on high capacity magazines and semi-automatic weapons.

In December the keywords “Hitler gun control” spiked to a 100 rating - the rating given to Google’s peak search volume since 2004.

NRA fueling paranoia about Obama Conspiracy Theory in which they believe Obama's real agenda is to overturn or ignore 2nd Amendment Rights and to take all guns away from gun owners in America.

After Meeting, NRA Says White House Has 'Agenda to Attack the Second Amendment' by Daniel Halpern at Weekly Standard via Drudge Report, Jan. 10, 2013

After meeting with Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder at the White House today, the National Rifle Association released a statement saying the White House has an "agenda to attack the Second Amendment."

"The National Rifle Association of America is made up of over 4 million moms and dads, daughters and sons, who are involved in the national conversation about how to prevent a tragedy like Newtown from ever happening again. We attended today's White House meeting to discuss how to keep our children safe and were prepared to have a meaningful conversation about school safety, mental health issues, the marketing of violence to our kids and the collapse of federal prosecutions of violent criminals," reads the NRA statement.

"We were disappointed with how little this meeting had to do with keeping our children safe and how much it had to do with an agenda to attack the Second Amendment. While claiming that no policy proposals would be “prejudged,” this Task Force spent most of its time on proposed restrictions on lawful firearms owners - honest, taxpaying, hardworking Americans. It is unfortunate that this Administration continues to insist on pushing failed solutions to our nation's most pressing problems. We will not allow law-abiding gun owners to be blamed for the acts of criminals and madmen. Instead, we will now take our commitment and meaningful contributions to members of congress of both parties who are interested in having an honest conversation about what works - and what does not."

Meanwhile the Drudge Report willing as usual to get down into the gutter to attack President Obama and fuel crazy yet dangerous conspiracy theories about Obama features report on Obama from the Alex Jones network /infowars are upset because Obama has passed a law giving him armed protection for life .

This they see as hypocrisy when Obama is calling for stricter gun control. They also suggest there is something ominous about Obama's actions which raises the question why Obama needs this change in policy for ex-presidents is it because he might be a target if he goes ahead with his secret agenda to disarm all American citizens. One should be skeptical about anything reported on the Ale Jones program since he touts a number of conspiracy theories all somehow connected to the New World Order such as gun confiscation world wide and the setting up of internment camps and preparing for the deaths of millions of people in America ostensibly all by way of FEMA preparedness . These FEMA internment camps in fact don't exist . FEMA and CDC have taken some steps to be prepared in case of a catastrophic natural disaster or outbreak of disease.

Anyway the law they are referring to was one that had been originally passed in 1965 and was amended in the 1990s. As the first Black American President given America's racist history and the degree to which he has been vilified by the GOP, Fox News and the ultraconservative pundits who at times sound as hate-filled as the worst "white Supremacists" he is justified in being more worried about attacks on him or his family than previous presidents.

Obama Signs Bill Giving Him Armed Protection For Life by Paul Joseph Watson at via Drudge Report Jan. 11, 2013

Despite launching a gun control agenda that threatens to disarm the American people, President Obama has signed a bill that would afford him armed Secret Service protection for life.

“The legislation, crafted by Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, rolls back a mid-1990s law that imposed a 10-year limit on Secret Service protection for former presidents. Bush would have been the first former commander in chief affected,” reports Yahoo News.

The new bill, which will cost American taxpayers millions of dollars, is a re-instatement of a 1965 law which will see presidents protected for life as well as their children up to age 16.

The irony of Obama seeking to surround himself with armed men for the rest of his life while simultaneously working to disarm the American people via a gun control agenda that is likely to be enforced via executive decree represents the height of hypocrisy.

But it’s not the first time that Obama has lauded the notion of responsible Americans using firearms to protect himself and his family while concurrently eviscerating that very same right for the American people.

During an ABC Nightline interview broadcast on December 26 yet recorded before the Sandy Hook shooting, Obama said one of the benefits of his re-election was the ability “to have men with guns around at all times,” in order to protect his daughters.

In addition, the school attended by Obama’s daughters in Washington D.C. has no less than 11 armed security guards on duty at all times, yet the idea of arming teachers and school officials to prevent school massacres has been dismissed by gun control advocates who want school campuses to remain “gun free zones” where victims are disarmed and shooters are free to carry out their rampage unimpeded.

The hypocrisy of gun control advocates who feverishly work to create victim disarmament yet surround themselves with armed men is rampant amongst the political class.

and via The Drudge Report

Wyoming Lawmakers Propose ‘Gun Protection’ Legislation by Rich Denison at K2Radio Wyoming, Jan. 10, 2013

Several Wyoming lawmakers are proposing legislation designed to protect gun-owners from any potential federal firearm ban. The “Firearms Protection Act” bill, introduced this week, would make any federal law banning semi-automatic firearms or limiting the size of gun magazines unenforceable within the state’s boundaries.
More on Gun Appreciation Day

Gun Appreciation Day Chairman Abruptly Ends Interview During Questioning
Published on 10 Jan 2013

--Larry Ward, Chairman of Gun Appreciation Day, joins David to discuss the event and guns in America, and decides to end the interview when questioned about the hypocrisy of saying that people shouldn't be allowed to own certain weapons, like nuclear weapons and Apache helicopters, while complaining that by restricting the weapons people can own, President Obama and Senator Feinstein are violating the 2nd Amendment.

General McChrystal: We Need More Gun Control
David Pakman show Published on 10 Jan 2013

--General Stanley McChrystal, certainly no tree-hugging liberal, calls for more gun control on MSNBC's Morning Joe, and conservatives don't like it.

NRA has no shame as Maddow points out that the NRA is insisting that officials do not have the legal or constitutional right to destroy weapons they received in a local gun buy back program. These programs are set up as a voluntary program to allow gun owners to turn in guns they no longer want and when they do they receive some form of monetary compensation with no questions asked. Recent buy back programs in the USA have been even more successful than in the past.

The NRA's attitude is that they view all guns as if they were some sort of sacred object which the state has no right to decommission or destroy. But guns are not sacred relics or objects comparable to the Bible or Qur'an or other items found in a place of worship . Do members of the NRA and Gun Owners Of America et al worship guns or are guns part of their specific religion(s). Given that the 2nd Amendment gives Americans the right to bear arms and as part of America's founding documents which many Americans view as somehow sacred in that these documents were inspired by or a direct result of God's Word it therefore leads some to believe that the 2nd Amendment is an addendum to the 'Ten Commandments ' thereby constitutiing an 'eleventh Commandment '.

Maddow on NRA Demands A Sell Back Of Guns From A Buy Back Event

Published on 10 Jan 2013

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., and her husband, Mark Kelly, have formed a political action committee to support prevention of gun violence. The announcement came Tuesday, the second anniversary of the mass shooting in Tucson that left six dead and wounded 13, including Giffords.

Churches and fire stations around the city rang bells in memory of the victims and in commemoration of other mass shootings since Tucson.

The Tucson Police Department also held a gun buyback Tuesday. Police want to destroy the 206 firearms turned in to them. But the National Rifle Association says that would violate Arizona law.

TYT: Surprise! Military Grade Weapons at Gun Buyback
Published on 28 Dec 2012

"Two rocket launchers turned into the Los Angeles Police Department as part of the city's gun buyback event this week and displayed by the police chief and mayor did not have the capacity to fire. But the department will examine the origins of the weapons with the military, police said Friday.

The two launchers--long metal tubes that were once capable of propelling rocket grenades--were turned in along with 2,037 weapons at a gun buyback Wednesday, and exchanged for supermarket gift cards."*

A huge number of handguns, assault weapons, and shotguns were turned in at the LAPD's gun buyback program. And since the event was "no questions asked" 2 huge, military grade weapons were turned in. Is it really necessary for ordinary citizens to have rocket propelled weapons?! Cenk Ugur and John Iadarola (Host, TYT University) break it down.

And here's another couple of sources on stats for Sexual Assault and Rape in the USA which suggest that these crimes against women are taking place at an alarming rate in the USA. And yet the Mainstream Media these facts because they may reflect badly on the perception of American society .But these stats show America as among the top ten nations with such a high incidence of sexual assault.
It seems the state vary due differences in definitions of sexual assault and the differences between reported sexual assaults compared to number of reported and unreported incidents of sexual assault.

Crisis Connection

Rape Statistics Sexual assault…it’s not about lust and desire, it’s a violent crime of POWER, CONTROL and DOMINANCE at Crisis

Every 45 seconds someone in the United States is sexually assaulted (1).
1 out of every 7 women currently in college has been raped (2), however, 9 out of 10 women raped on campus never tell anyone about the rape (3).
1 in 10 men is raped in his lifetime (4), 1 in 7 of those victims will have been assaulted before the age of 18.
More than 61.5% of rapes are never reported to law enforcement (5).
Approximately 28% of rape victims are raped by their husbands, 35% by an acquaintance, and 17% by a relative other than spouse (6).
74% of sexual assaults are perpetrated by assailants well known to the victim (7).
A female child victim is 7 times more likely to be re-victimized as an adult (8).
Nearly 6 out of 10 sexual assaults occur at the victim’s home or the home of a friend, relative, or neighbor (9).
1 in 15 rape victims contract a sexually transmitted disease (STD) as a result of being raped (10).
1 in 15 rape victims become pregnant as a result of being raped (11).
The United States has the world’s highest rape rate of all countries that publish such data- 13 times higher than England and more than 20 times higher than Japan (12).
An American woman is 10 times more likely to be raped than to die in a car crash (13).
61% of rape victims are females under the age of 18 (14).
Contrary to common belief that violent crime rates are notably lower in rural areas, a recent analysis of location data collected for the 1999 National Women’s Study found that 10.1% of women living in rural areas had experienced a completed rape as compared to 13.6% of women living in urban and suburban communities—hardly a notably lower rate.

Lewis, S. 2003. Unspoken Crimes: Sexual Assault in Rural America, Enola, PA: National Sexual Violence Resource Center

also see for instance RAINNI (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network)

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization and was named one of "America's 100 Best Charities" by Worth magazine. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE and in partnership with more than 1,100 local rape crisis centers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice.

also see : PDF file A Comparison of Sexual Assault in
the U.S., Canada, and England Catie Carson

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