Love letter to the NRA

April 5, 2013

Pete EvansOPINION By PETE EVANS

Recently the United Nations, those black booted thugs the neo cons hate, passed an arms control treaty (opposed by the National Rifle Association and its selfish allies) in an attempt to manage the obscene weapons traffic over international borders. This huge business has brought unimaginable terror, misery and death to countless millions of people. We have a similar situation here at home to contend with.

For 50 years I’ve watched the gun lobby, led by the NRA, undermine Congressional legislation by frantic lobbying in order to make money from the fear it foments. I have watched in horror as first our defenseless people, including lots of children, are murdered by misdirected cowards and have then seen the merciless and fallacious cowardly NRA evade all responsibility and actually blame the sane minds in government and society of attempting to subvert the constitution.

Guns are everywhere. Many guns and bullets are not regulated and much of the feeble regulation in existence is not effective or enforced. “Until 2006, the president had the power to install a director of the firearms bureau without Congressional approval. But under pressure from gun lobbyists, Congress changed the law that year to require Senate confirmation. Since then, the Senate has failed to confirm any nominee by either President Bush or Mr. Obama as senators who support gun rights have used their powers to delay nomination votes; Mr. Jones is the bureau’s fifth acting director since 2006.” This has led to disorganized regulation and crippled law enforcement.

We all know which party is primarily responsible for reducing or eliminating any safety regulation in this country; they are the darlings of the gun lobby. All the biggest (in fact almost all) donations went to right wing republicans like Bachmann and Boner, though plenty of Dems have been stampeded by the virulent NRA as well.

There is only one exact similarity at all the gun crimes, suicides and accidents in this country or any other. Guns. Only guns. Often the gun is a killing machine such as auto loader long gun or hand gun with large magazine. Sometimes the killer is crazed (whatever that means), sometimes crazy (whatever that means), sometimes just frustrated (like the fruitcake that threatened to shoot anyone who came for his guns (his license to carry was promptly revoked)), sometimes the shooter is just emotionally distraught and the opportunity for disaster was nearby in the form of a gun.

We have all heard the tired old evasions from the NRA and it’s minions-“guns don’t kill, people do.” “Only the mentally ill and criminals kill people.”  “The second Amendment is sacred and gives us the right to have any armaments we want.”

What a load of bull. The liars that spew that line of junk are counting on the public to be dupes, and idiots. I challenge any reader: where would you cut off the weapons that civilians should be able to have? .22 single shot rifle, .303 Enfield deer rifle, BAR (Browning Automatic Rifle), bushmaster (semi automatic assault rifle with large magazine), 50 cal machine gun, RPG (rifle propelled grenade launcher- great for bringing down planes), bazooka, small anti tank gun, stinger missile, small helicopter gunship (with a lovely mini/gun of course), F-16 Fighter plane, light destroyer for your bathtub pleasure, aircraft carrier, nuclear sub- what? Where do you cut off the debate on our frantic right to have (thereby lose to theft by stranger or relative) killing machines without any training, license or sense? Wait, I forgot to offer Sherman tanks or Bradley fighting machines. Did I mention a small tactical nuke to take care of that nuisance liberal down the street? How about one of those for the little lady for Xmas? So far I have not heard of anyone on the crazy side who has ever been able, or willing, to answer that simple question, they just want their guns!!!

I think the little people, with perhaps a small appendage they hope to enhance by clinging to a large gun, are just too greedy to listen to any sensible response to a society gone nuts with violence and deadly weapons. All I ever hear is ‘me, me, me’ from the gun nuts when the subject of reasonable gun control is discussed. What a bunch of babies, can’t see beyond their crummy little shortsighted horizons.

What about Gabby Giffords and the others shot to pieces in Tucson? What about all the school kids shot in all those attacks from Columbine to Newtown? The moviegoers in Colorado? What about all the people standing in line in the post offices — former historical favorite place to murder a bunch of innocents? Those who would cling to their guns with ‘their cold, dead hands’ have no conscience; they are sociopaths who have no remorse, shame or guilt.

Like so many other public debates truth has become a stranger, this has degenerated to a simple power struggle between good and evil. I can only hope that for once, good may triumph. We must discover a way to get rid of the avalanche of guns and the idiotic attitudes that have clouded our judgment.

I would like to get in a comment about our sheriff, who has recently licked the ground our local tea party fanatics walk on by pledging to not enforce any federal gun control plan. Good work, top cop! Violate your oath, become a crook in one foolish step, endanger your deputies. It has been my impression that most responsible law enforcement historically favors getting the machine guns and armor piecing ammo) off the streets so that a few more cops will survive any altercations with angry civilians.

“There is no reason that a peaceful society based on the rule of law needs its citizenry armed with 30-round [ammunition] magazines,” states Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck during a March 2, 2011 news conference.” Such magazines transform a gun “into a weapon of mass death rather than a home protection-type device,” Beck notes.) July 13, 2009—After a birthday party shootout involving a semiautomatic AK-47 in which two young people were killed and 10 wounded, Miami Police Chief John Timoney tells ABC News, “For me it’s a no-brainer. These are weapons of war. Under no circumstance do they belong in the cities of America. Now police officers are facing—and citizens are facing—these assault weapons. If we don’t stop it now, what’s it going to look like 10 years from now? Rambo becomes reality.”

I’m so glad I voted for an honest sheriff candidate, a real man, Joe Cortez.

Recently that solidly American terrorist organization, the NRA, suggested in their latest evasion of the slightest responsibility in the carnage that teachers should be trained by the NRA to carry and operate weapons (New rep). What a joke, most teachers do not want that responsibility; they are teachers, not killers. But it led me to dream up a realistic compromise in this dysfunctional debate with mental midgets. What if the NRA (in league with the gummint) trained and licensed every gun owner in the land to safely own, protect and discharge a gun in an attempt to make sure all were mentally competent and emotionally secure enough to actually handle the great responsibility? Combine that with severe penalties for anyone in possession of a gun without said license. What about that, mister hot shot, gun-toting fire breathing gun lobby? Your goods, weapons and bullets, cost us billions each year, while you make billions in profits. Its time for you to get off the corporate welfare line and start paying your way. You are just another fat cat corporate thief feeding at the public trough- pay your way or get out of the way.

The NRA is even against background checks to make sure the absolute fruitcakes/criminals don’t get guns. It opposes ANY attempt to reduce the carnage; it is adamantly against any reform of our nightmare system. It opposes any research into the ramifications of all the unregulated guns in society. The NRA should be outlawed, for it is an outlaw organization. Many NRA members are law abiding, sensible and caring citizens. Many are not. The former should quit that outlaw group and form another with a heart.

I know many respondents will try to kick me into the middle of next week. I urge the sane readers to follow the lack of logic, lack of empathy for victims, and general lunacy of the landslide of vitriol that will spew forth from others. Some will say this message is too angry, too confrontational. Tell that to the parents, children, sisters, brothers and friends of those shot up by guns in our schools, theaters, homes, office buildings and streets. Someone out there come up with answers; I did, where’s yours?


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Truth

A gun has NEVER killed anyone. It’s the people using the guns, selling the guns, drugs, etc. that KILL people. It’s quite sad someone has to help you connect those dots.


Want to talk about STOP THE KILLING? Why don’t you think about and preach about a much larger problem. FACTS TO CONSIDER if you truly care about people dying.

1) 6,000 people in the world die EVERY DAY from the lack of clean drinking water and 4,000 of them are children

2) 45,000 people in America die EVERY MONTH from cancer

3) 1,500 people in America die every day from cancer

4) A report by the Ralph Nader Study Group‚ confirmed after sifting through 10‚000 documents acquired through the Freedom Of Information Act that, “U.S. drinking water contains more than 2,100 toxic chemicals that can cause cancer.”

5) But the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act only addresses 79 contaminants

6) Trihalomethanes (THM) causes bladder, colon, rectal cancer, birth defects, low birth weight and miscarriages

7) Included in the 2,100 contaminates in your drinking water are pharmaceuticals, endocrine disruptors, nitrates, disease carrying pathogens and on and on…..


If you are concerned about death demand your public officials STOP POISONING US ALL and enforce the CLEAN WATER ACT public law 92-500 and help prevent the deaths of 45,000 Americans dying every month from cancer.


Guns…you really think if they are illegal all the criminals will start obeying the law?? Wake up my friend, WAKE UP!


Lynette_Tornatzky

Hmmm Truth. Seems like finding ways to stop guns from killing people, like blocking the NRA from preventing research should ALSO be on the list to help stop unnecessary death. There are many bad ways to die that need our attention for solutions. Mentioning one doesn’t negate the other.


Crusader

Are you actually being serious?


rogerfreberg

The problem with Peter Evans’ emotional diatribe is that there are no facts… just opinion, hate, ignorance and accusations.


Fortunately, most Americans realize that when push comes to shove… they can only really count on is themselves to defend and protect.


You — Peter Evans — are but a sheep …. and the wolves you should be concerned about are NOT the NRA….


hotdog

Who is Peter Evans? Can you read OK? Peter Evans is, in fact, a near famous Flamenco Guitarist who used to live in Big Sur. I can only assume you mean Pete Evans, the writer of the article.

Just an opinion here Roger? Well duh! It is an opinion piece, hello! And of course you failed to point out any supporting facts for your angry response. You seem to prove what the article suggested might happen- that it would stimulate a bunch of idiotic hate garbage instead of any thoughtful, and helpful, dialogue.

Where is your answer to the problem- more guns?


tojofay

It’s time to publish pictures of the slaughtered children in full size on the front page.


Deal with it gun freaks you are responsible for it! Worried about government tyranny while babes are slaughtered-COWARDS!


rogerfreberg

Cowards don’t post their names… enough said.


tojofay

Thomas Joseph Fay


tomsquawk

“Deal with it gun freaks you are responsible for it!” and you bring up a good point. if you look at the distribution of gun owners it may not be a normal bell curve. it may be bi-modal with “normal” owners skewed in one “hump” and the freaks skewed in another. Beides gang-bangers we really need to look at that one distribution that is obsessed with weapons and anti-social behaviors. I’ve been to gun shows and alot of people there creep me out. is this the only thing in their life? guns are tools and don’t make you bodacious.


mkaney

If you are truly concerned about people dying, why don’t you focus your attention on the 500 deaths caused by acetominophen every year, or the 30,000 some deaths caused by automobiles? Did you know that despite the fact that the United States has a high rate of death by gun, that we actually have one of the lowest murder rates in the world? Just because a large number of those are committed by gun, people like to cite that statistic and make us look like a violent country. Did you know that violent crime including murder has dropped substantially since the 1990s?


You can see how much your brain has been manipulated by the media, because in your VERY FIRST sentence you use a totally simplistic reference to neocons who hate the U.N. If it is lives that you want to save, why don’t you go do some actual independent research on causes of death, and then focus your attention on those things which will actually save the most lives first, without focusing your attention on things which entail removing rights without the guarantee of accomplishing your goal of protecting people. Don’t be a pawn.


Lynette_Tornatzky

How about some research on gun deaths? Oh wait, the NRA has effectively blocked that for years!


BeenThereDoneThat

Your last paragraph undermines your article and respect for a different point of view. You state (imply) that those with guns lack empathy for victums like Colorado or Conneticut. I know people with guns (don’t own any myself) and have not found ONE person who feels good about it and they have the same rage as you. Stop with your diatribe BULLSHIT that you somehow are better or above the fray of the common man. GET OVER YOURSELF!!!!


hotdog

Seems like the thrust of the article is to get the NRA to get over it, stop acting like selfish and uncaring dolts and help us solve this problem like adults.


BeenThereDoneThat

Easy dog your partisonship is showing. So you agree that conservatives are non caring about what I STATED??!! That was the biggest part stated and quoted by me. But again I know that you are very partison.


His whole thrust of the article (and your comment of dolt) is that if WE don’t agree with you and your delusional ways of my way or the highway, then there is nothing to discuss. Yea way to come to a conclusion and sharing of views.


tomsquawk

could we first enforce the existing laws as a start?


hotdog

That seems to be addressed in the article. Certain political types are intent on suppressing enforcement of our existing laws by hamstringing the usual authorities.


tomsquawk

so start there


bobfromsanluis

Sure, as soon as the Republican Party stops its obstruction of allowing the President to appoint his nominees; until they stop the obstruction, enforcement of existing laws cannot happen.


tomsquawk

therefore news laws would face the same fate?


RaoulDuke

Slowtime, I drive a Prius and am permitted to a concealed carry. Am a responsible gun owner/user. I also drive a Chevy truck so just what is this connection you’re making with the Prius and being a socialist.That, to me, sounds like a babbling idiot.


slowtime

If you drive a Chevy truck, you must be a redneck right? If you CC, you must be a paranoid, selfish, mean-spirited, Republican, Right? Just stereotyping I suppose, me bad. Although most of the Prius I see they do have Libbie bumper stickers on them; or is it the stickers I notice then the beatnik driving the Prius? Who knows.


mkaney

You’re just getting old, and everyone under the age of 40 looks like a “Libbie” to you. Lol, sorry not trying to be rude and I’m not a “Libbie,” I’m just stating the obvious.


slowtime

If you only knew… you just called me a libbie! I am much younger than you think. good post above, i am going to look into the APAP deaths, didnt know about those huge numbers.


mkaney

Sorry I just hadn’t heard anyone use the term “Libbie” since my grandfather.


rogerfreberg

actually, the comments in your grandfather’s days were more like “commie” and “hippie”… and others….


mkaney

Why would people mark down comments that were just a friendly side conversation?! There must be sociopaths on the loose here.


“Commie” was definitely one of his favorite words.


Booty JuJu

Bon voyage, I hear the weather is nice in Havana this time of year.


slowtime

You sound like a babbling idiot. Stop insulting me. Be happy that your freedom of expression is protected enabling you to write garbage such as this. Perhaps you should lobby to take away this protection also? It is way past time you jump in your prius and drive to a even more socialist Country where you can fit in.


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