Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for December 14th from 16:37 to 16:53:
- Ten Arguments Gun Advocates Make, and Why They’re Wrong – There has been yet another mass shooting, something that now seems to occur on a monthly basis. Every time another tragedy like this occurs, gun advocates make the same arguments about why we can't possibly do anything to restrict the weaponization of our culture. Here's a guide to what they'll be saying in the coming days:
- NRA Twitter goes silent – Salon.com – As of 4 p.m. eastern, there’s still nothing new on either the NRA’s Facebook or Twitter pages.
Since state police were called by a Newtown elementary school this morning a little before 10 a.m., the National Rifle Association has gone quiet on Twitter.
- Now’s the time to talk guns – Salon.com – Today is precisely the day. It’s true, we still don’t know details about the weapons the school shooter, or shooters, used in Connecticut. But we know that there are too many guns, and that the gun lobby fights all efforts to regulate them. The grief and outrage sparked by the Newtown tragedy ought to strengthen the arguments of those who fight for sane restrictions, as well as broader mental health services.
- So, when IS the appropriate time to talk about guns?Letters from the Left | Letters from the Left – I asked on Facebook whether we might sit down now and talk about sensible regulations because this is a pro-life issue and too many people who call themselves pro-life are against regulating access to guns.
One of my FB friends said I was being inappropriate to talk about such issues so soon after this tragedy. So how long do we wait? It hasn’t even been two weeks since the last one.
The appropriate time is now, when the images of frightened children and horrified adults are still fresh in out minds. Now, when our collective national heart is broken, is the ideal time to talk about this.
- Lisa Belkin: Gun Control Is A Parenting Issue – We are heartbroken, yes. But saying that will fix nothing. It won't bring anyone back, and it won't keep this from happening again. And of course we know the parents of Newtown could have been any one of us. That's important to remember, but it isn't enough, because the knowing doesn't change the fact that we could still be next.
So we can't just do as we did after Columbine, after Virginia Tech, after Aurora. We can't just grieve and hold our children close. We have to demand that our country earn the right to call itself a civilized nation. We need to do this because our central job as parents — maybe our only job, really — is to keep our children safe so they can grow up. Easy access to guns keeps us from doing that job.
- Dan Agin: American Idyll: The Gun Lobby and the Killing of Children – So now children in Connecticut are dead and dying because we are too chicken to get guns out of the hands of people who should not have them.
Too chicken or too crazy: Apparently too many people would rather kiss guns than kiss other people.
Yesterday Colorado, today Connecticut, tomorrow where?
- Connecticut school shooting: President Obama, today is the day to talk about gun control. – Slate Magazine – President Obama:
Twenty-seven people are dead, 20 of them children, and you just told the nation that we’re all going to have to “extend a hand to those in need.”* “We’ve endured too many of these tragedies,” you rightly noted, clearly moved by the particularly horrendousness of what took place in Connecticut today. And then, holding back your tears, you said this: I react to news like this, “not as a president, but as a parent.”
God, that is unbelievably wrong. React as a president.
- Jason Alexander’s amazing gun rant – We will not prevent every tragedy. We cannot stop every maniac. But we certainly have done ourselves no good by allowing these particular weapons to be acquired freely by just about anyone.
I'll say it plainly – if someone wants these weapons, they intend to use them. And if they are willing to force others to "pry it from my cold, dead hand", then they are probably planning on using them on people.
- Five of the Twelve Deadliest Gun Massacres in U.S. History Took Place During Obama’s First Term – Barack Obama was sworn in as America's 44th president 1,425 days ago. Since then, five of the 12 deadliest mass shootings in our history have happened. Here they are, as well as other lesser mass gun-killings that happened under his watch.
- Fuck You, Guns – At least twenty-seven people including twenty little kids were massacred today at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, according to the most recent reports. As of now, it's the second-deadliest shooting in U.S. history. How could such a thing happen? Easily: Because we refuse to talk about gun control in this country. Actually, fuck the term "gun control"; we refuse to talk about how to prevent fucking massacres from happening over and over again thanks to how fucking simple it is for practically anyone to get their hands on some nifty automated mass murdering weapons. Fuck everyone who says today isn't the time to politicize gun violence. Most of all, fuck the NRA and all of its political cronies. This is your fault.