Class Warfare Blog

January 16, 2013

We Need More than 300 Million?

I don’t remember who made the argument this evening but the best thing I heard in the current “gun debate” is that we have 300,000,000 guns in this country and if “only more guns will make us safer” were correct, we would already be the safest country in the world and we are far from being that. We are awash in guns and representatives of the gun lobby hide behind the Second Amendment or platitudes like “guns don’t kill people, people kill people.” When was the last time you saw somebody dropped from 150 feet away with a knife? When was the last time you say some fat, out of shape internet addict, mow down 30 people with a baseball bat. What are these people thinking? Guns don’t make killing possible, they make killing easier and faster, with less danger to the bad guy—that is their purpose.

People are all agog at the stances taken by the NRA and other organizations of its ilk plus the weird survivalist gun nuts who get on TV. Why do these people get on TV? Where is their credibility? Is the News just some reality show now?

For an explanantion of the behavior of the NRA and its ilk, you need look no farther than from whom they get the bulk of the money they use for political activism: from gun and ammunition manufacturers. Once again, a debate we think is over public safety or public health is really about corporate greed. It is not enough to make a quality product and sell it to whomever may want it; these greedy bastards gin up fear to maximize their sales. They downplay massacres of first graders to protect their bottom lines. They offer “solutions” only that involve higher gun sales.

These soulless bastards have bought off a great many politicians and threaten even more with political reprisals if the politicians even think of voting for anything that might hurt their sales.

They must be stopped and if the politicians won’t do it, then the people will have to. And we can do it. Just ask Rush Limbaugh how his ad placements are going.

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6 Comments »

  1. Let me know what to do to help and i will do it, Steve. I did my part in the boycott Limbaugh campaign last year (after the Sandra Fluke ‘incident’). I must have sent over a 100 personalised emails to his advertisers through that campaign, and was surprised to get about 40 personalised replies.

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    Comment by john zande — January 17, 2013 @ 2:41 am | Reply

    • John,

      Good on you, mate! It is probably only by concerted distributed efforts such as your than we will get any real progress. (And sinking a fear monger like Limbaugh would be real progress.)

      To make systemic changes in government, I think it is necessary to create memes, spread them widely, and then take direct action. We can start by spreading the word, writing our Congress people, etc.

      Steve

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      Comment by stephenpruis — January 17, 2013 @ 8:11 am | Reply


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