Exceptional: But Not in a Good Way

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John Peeler: On guns and prisons, we are more like a Third World country than like other rich nations. On health care, Third World countries simply cannot afford to waste the amount of money we do. And it is doubtful that we can, either.

When It’s Revolutionary For Militants NOT to Carry Guns

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Mark Naison: At a time when the connection between guns and radical activism is being fiercely debated, I want to point to two moments in American Labor history where militants chose NOT to carry guns

Right to Live v Right to Own a Gun

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Robert Letcher – The right to keep and bear arms versus the right of five and six-year olds to live was probably not in the minds of the Framers of the Constitution

Guns Don’t Kill People, Trigger Fingers Do

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Dotty LeMieux: As I watched one of my favorite all time classic feel good All American holiday movies, A Christmas Story, last night, I couldn’t help but cringe that the plot of that whole show revolved around one little boy’s desire for a bb gun.

Trust Me: You Believe in Gun Control

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Tina Dupuy: Just like cutting taxes doesn’t increase revenue—making gun ownership unlimited doesn’t make us safer. It’s a lie. A fairy tale of the gun lobby. Completely unsupported by data or logic. A falsehood.

The Debt Ceiling Crisis: Let’s Get Personal

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Walter Brasch: Since you like hunting, and they like hunting, your banker friends will let you buy all the guns and ammunition you want. But, they can’t help you on your health bills, or even lower the insurance premiums and co-pays. And, they can’t do much for that inflated mortgage payment. Or to help you find another job.

It Takes Strength to Compromise — and It Costs Less, Too

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Tanya Acker: There is a lot of discussion these days about the detriments of compromise. When you compromise, for instance, certain people may claim you don’t stick to your guns and decide not to vote for you.

Issa-Led Hearing Inadvertently Supports Tougher Gun Control

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Andrea Nill-Sanchez: The NRA lobby has been blamed for weakening the ATF and rendering it leaderless since 2006. “The gun lobby has consistently outmaneuvered and hemmed in ATF, using political muscle to intimidate lawmakers and erect barriers to tougher gun laws,” reported the Washington Post.

ATF Gun Ops May Have Led To 1,800 Deaths

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Andrea Nill: MSNBC reported that Mexican cartels are taking advantage of lax U.S. gun laws which the NRA has lobbied hard for. At that time, around 80 percent of the 90,000 weapons confiscated by Mexican authorities were purchased in the U.S.

Democrats and Gun Control

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Carl Matthes: Since the Democrats aren’t fighting for gun controls, I suggest they become head cheerleaders for gun proliferation. Outflank the Republicans and make the case that America needs more than the 350,000,000 guns the FBI estimates is currently available.

Guns, Polls, and Too Many Dead Americans

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Steve Hochstadt: New polls about high capacity magazines show that nearly two-thirds favor banning their sale. A minority of Americans, consistently about a third, favor banning the sale of all handguns, except to police.

AB 144 Will Ban the “Open Carry” of Unloaded Handguns

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Assemblymember Anthony Portantino (AD44) joins police chiefs and rank and file police officers in calling on California to ban the open display of firearms. Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) has introduced legislation to outlaw the “open carry” of unloaded handguns in California

It’s Still the Same Old Story—from Guns to Nukes

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Lawrence Wittner: Are we safer with more firepower or less? Despite the propaganda of the gunslingers, the arms manufacturers, and the military enthusiasts, it does seem that the world would be a lot safer with fewer guns and fewer nuclear weapons.

Another Mexican National Allegedly Shot by Border Patrol

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Andrea Nill: Regardless of which side is right, the incident presents yet another disturbing case of what appears to be excessive force.

An Old Fart’s Admonition: Please, Don’t Let Yourself Get Disillusioned

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Bob Letcher: NPR reported that many of the first-time voters in 2008, whose votes provided Obama his winning margin, might stay home in the upcoming elections. To them I say, please vote.

Pistol-Packing Politicians and the Prince of Peace

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Berry Craig: Now one office seeker from the Wild West is appearing in a TV commercial, shooting guns and invoking the Almighty. She’s Machine Gun Gorman, an uber-conservative candidate for Congress in the Arizona Republican primary.

Friday Feedback: Gun Violence

Friday Feedback: n Australia, after their first experience of US business-as-usual (a massacre in Tasmania in ‘96), the Prime Minister called for gun control and an appalled population turned in their guns.

One Year Later: Ten Things President Obama HAS Done Since He’s Been in Office

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People need to stop complaining that he hasn’t done enough. Obama was elected President. He wasn’t elected Jesus. Like Al Sharpton said on Meet The Press this weekend, “we now realize that Obama doesn’t walk on water, but he’s still the fastest swimmer in America.”

Brinks or Blackwater: My Frightening Encounter With A Combat-Mode Guard & His Gun

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For years since the United States invaded Iraq, I’ve witnessed countless photo and video images of innocent civilians – men, women, teens and children – being rudely and aggressively threatened by hired uniformed militants (mostly men), wielding guns

Testaments: Ronald Reagan

This week, John Peeler presents “Testaments,” a series of poems that take the form of valedictory statements by each of the postwar presidents, in the poetic manner of Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology. Ronald Reagan A lightweight actor was my role: I voiced what many felt, and with a smile. When Congress told me [...]

Gods, Guns, and Gays – Part Two

As the uncommitted Mexican American Super Latino, I get to comment on what stupid people forget. Not so long ago, a white guy (now the Chair of the Democratic National Committee) said that his election was not going to be about “God, Guns, and Gays.” As a result, the right wingnuts went crazy with shock [...]

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