Posts Tagged ‘gun control’

Atlantic Magazine: The Secret History of Gun Control

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Here’s an good article by Adam Winkler on the history of gun control. An interesting bit a framing to look back to a time when militant black organizations were the ones toting guns in public and the patron saint of Republicans, Ronald Reagan, was for strict gun control.

When I see Republicans defending the rights of people to bring loaded guns to protests just across the street from where the president of the United States is speaking, I am often reminded of Bill Maher’s question about how those same people would feel if the president was a Republican and the angry crowd of people protesting government “tyranny” and toting guns were black men.

Winkler reminds us that we have seen this before. And when Huey Newton the Black Panthers were tailing the police with guns and bearing arms in the California capitol, the same people that oppose any form of gun control were on the opposite side of the issue.

It Happens Almost Every Year, We Are Always Surprised

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

A little hard to watch, but worth the time.

This is a uniquely American phenomenon we are watching here. Unclear if we have more nuts, or if we just have more guns, or if we are leading the world in both, but we’re gonna have to get used to this. The 2nd Amendment is entrenched in our political system and it’s interpretation by politicians and many people leans toward a belief that not only is thare a guarantee of the right to bear arms, but any attempt to regulate that use in any way is  illegitimate.

This last Congress had more Dmocrats than any Congress since the 70′s  and it was also the most pro gun in recent memory. The NRA fights agains even the most rational of restrictions and they strike fear into many a legislator at all levels of government…and even if there were to be some rational restrictions on gun use, we are already the most armed country in the world. Hard to see how even capping the number of guns in America at 270,000,000 would make us any less vulnerable to this repeating pattern of senseless mass killings.

No, we are going to have to get used to this, because it’s built into the system and built into the culture.

We’re number one! (at least when it comes to guns and gun violence)