Wednesday, January 12, 2011

A Brief History of the United States of America

This is Christina Taylor Green.

Christina was just recently elected to serve on her school's student council, and was not only a baseball player, but she was also a ballerina. Christina was very interested in how American government works and went to the Safeway in Tucson, Arizona with her mother to meet her local representative in the U.S. Congress, Gabrielle Giffords, on Saturday, January 8th.

Christina was born on September 11th, 2001 and was included in the book Faces of Hope: Babies Born on 9/11.

Christina was nine years old.

-From Bowling For Columbine

This is who we've been and who we are. Why is anyone surprised?

As long as Americans continue to put their "right" to buy assault weapons, handguns and extended clips for these instruments of death ahead of the well-being of their fellow man...needless deaths like those in Arizona this past weekend will only continue. Rifles and shotguns aren't enough to protect your home and to hunt with, gun nuts? Do we really need such ready access to AR-15s, sub-machine guns and Glocks? Do you hunt deer with these weapons? Or can we all readily (and finally) admit that these guns you cling to only serve one purpose...killing each other.

Has the fucking NRA scheduled a gun show in Tucson yet? You do remember that they held one right here in Denver not long after the Columbine Massacre. Have to make sure we protect that precious second amendment, don't we? Our forefathers wanted to make absolutely certain that you could feel like a big man, right?

How many more little girls and boys have to die in the name of your precious right to bear arms?

The absolute lowest point of this exchange and the highlight of their hypocrisy, and the entire argument from the right for that matter, is below:

O’DONNELL: I’ll ask you again — do you wish Jared Loughner’s magazine only held 10 bullets instead of the 31 that he fired?

FRANKS: And I will tell you again, sir, that I wish he had not had a gun at all.

O’DONNELL: So, you’re not going to answer that question about the magazine? Will you answer the question about the magazine? […] Your constituents in Arizona would have been better off if Jared Loughner, by law, could only fire 10 bullets?

FRANKS: See, I think that that presupposes he couldn’t have changed clips or all kinds of things.

O’DONNELL: He couldn’t change clips because the colonel was there to stop him, because those heroes in that parking lot were there to stop him. We saw him try to change clips, and he couldn’t do it. That’s what stopped him.

FRANKS: Well, I give every credit to those who stopped him. But I will say to you again to blame the gun rather than the individual is why we continue to have these problems.

O’DONNELL: I blame the individual for the first 10 bullets. I blame the law for the next 21 bullets that he fired.

pelting the women and children who run...into the arms of america.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for your passion on this subject... i met an emergency room doc once who daily saw first hand the consequences of current gun laws and the distorted reasoning of gun fanatics, NRA etc;

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Anonymous ReadingToLearn said...

I appreciate your remark about how many americans think they have a "right" to purchase automatic weapons. It is not protected in the constitution as many of them claim!

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