(This commentary by Elayne Boosler appeared in the Huffington
Post in April of 2007 following the Virginia Tech shootings. As she
noted yesterday on Facebook, "It's only worse since I wrote this piece.")
If 33 people were killed by apples instead of guns at Virginia Tech,
there wouldn't be an apple left on the shelves or in the homes of this
country until apples could be made safe. Screw your "constitutional
right" to have an apple, there is something called the "greater good",
and the good of the country takes precedence over your "interpretation"
of any amendment in the now defunct anyway constitution. Just ask the
spinach growers, and the people who love to yell "fire" in a crowded
theater. And why do you always forget the words, "well regulated
2500 Children Left Behind
If 2500 children under the age of 17 were felled by apples instead of
guns every year in America, there wouldn't be a congressman or senator
left serving who took one penny from the National Apple Association. The
shame and admonishment would be too great. And if there were even
incremental steps to take to make apples safer, and even they were
fought tooth and nail by your blood money National Apple Association,
claiming the straw man of the "slippery slope" to "regulation", America
might better see you for the mercenary and shameful organization you
We are getting tired of prying your guns out of your cold dead hands.
Here's a news flash for you gun waving "real Americans": It's not about
guns. It's about money. Follow the money. The NRA raises hundreds of
millions of dollars by convincing you they are fighting for your
"rights". Wake up. It's a business. Just like any other business, except
with the help of their bought off representatives, they are the only
UNREGULATED consumer product in America. What do they sell? FEAR. Fear,
fake patriotism, and fake bravado, just like their commander in chief,
President Custer. You're being played.
With their hundreds of millions of dollars raised on the blood of
murdered Americans, they pay themselves, they keep their product
manufacturers flush, and they buy their government officials. They exist
to convince you you need their product. And when sales slow, they target
new markets. They market fear to women, then sell them "feminine little
purse guns". They market to children. The cartoon character Joe Camel is
banned, but sure shootin' Eddie Eagle is alive and well to shit again on
Friday. (He teaches children "gun safety", meaning, he teaches children
to use guns.)
We're Number One!!
The number of children under the age of 17 shot by guns in America every
year is greater than the gun-related deaths of children in all the
industrialized nations of the world COMBINED.
Here is the population of Japan: 127,463,611.
Here is the number of children killed by guns in Japan every year: 0.
A 2001 Centers for Disease Control (CDC) study found that in homicides
among intimate partners, women are murdered more with guns than with all
other means COMBINED.
In 2004, guns were most commonly used by males to murder their female
A 2003 study found women living with a gun in the home were almost three
times more likely to be murdered than women with no gun in the home.
"If we ban handguns only criminals will have guns." Well then let's not
have any laws in America at all. No drug laws, no traffic laws, no laws
at all, right? Duh.
"Cars kill people!!" Yes, cars kill people when something goes wrong.
Guns are MADE to kill people. Handguns have one purpose, to kill people.
Stage Rule: If There is a Gun on the Wall in Act I, It Will Go Off in
Bush's Unmitigated Gall
I watched President Custer speak at the Virginia Tech memorial
yesterday. How dare he "express condolences". How DARE he. Here is how
his administration helped kill 33 people at Virginia Tech:
Passage of gun industry immunity bill. That's right, you can sue every
industry in America, except gun manufacturers and dealers. Your family
gets murdered by a madman? Tough.
Refusal to aid in renewal of federal assault weapons ban, even though
the law had already been eviscerated by the gun industry. Get it?
Fighting background checks. The Virginia shooter had been committed to a
mental institution. In Virginia that means you can't buy a gun. Oh yeah?
Thank goodness the gun shop owner who sold it to him can't be sued.
The president does not support the police when citizens can have assault
The president does not support the police when citizens can have armor
The president helps the terrorists when anyone can have a shoulder
rocket launcher that can take a plane out of the sky. And I'm taking my
shoes off at the airport?
The president helps the terrorists when he supports a ban on release of
federal crime tracing data necessary to identify patterns in illegal gun
The president helps the terrorists when he requires the ATF to
immediately destroy gun sales records previously allowed to be kept for
90 days under Brady Bill background check.
We Found the WMD. They Are Here.
Guns are for cowards. You can kill from a distance. You are detached,
removed. You don't get your hands dirty. You don't feel the life
draining out of another human being in an eye to eye struggle, face to
face, with your hands squeezing or beating soft, human, flesh, one on
one. We had just as many disturbed, sick citizens in America in the last
century as we do in this. The difference now is access to weapons of
mass destruction. Anyone can have a gun. Anyone. It did not used to be
like this. It's easy to kill now.
The Gang that Couldn't Shoot Straight
"Two Secret Service officers were injured yesterday after a gun held by
another Secret Service officer accidentally fired inside the White House
gate. The officers received wounds to face and leg."
"Vice President Cheney shoots hunting companion in the face."
So really, what chance do thousands of children a year have?
3,300 Americans have died in Iraq and Afghanistan in the last four
years. 120,000 Americans have been shot to death in America in the last
four years. Where is the outrage? If we can elect a new congress based
on its commitment to end the war overseas, we can elect a congress
committed to end the war here at home. End both wars.
Here's the Punchline
Today the supreme court overturned thirty years of supreme court
precedent, and overturned the findings of six federal courts, to declare
war on women, their health, their privacy, and their lives, by upholding
a ban on dilation and curettage abortion that contains NO exception to
preserve the health or SAVE THE LIFE of the woman. Justice Ruth Bader
Ginsberg, writing for the four dissenting justices, called the decision
Wait for it...
President Custer - "Today's decision affirms that the Constitution does
not stand in the way of the people's representatives enacting laws
reflecting the compassion and humanity of America. This affirms the
progress my administration has made to defend the 'sanctity of life'".
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