Bushmaster CEO Speaks on Newtown

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Six months ago, America was horrified by the wholesale slaughter of little children at Sandy Hook Elementary School by a deranged loser names Adam Lanza. Lanza was, by all accounts, insane. He stole his mother’s guns. He stole her car. He drove to the school. He began shooting. No background check was going to stop him, and holding the manufacturer of the firearm responsible for the slaughter is no more logical than holding the manufacturer of the car that Lanza drove to the school accountable for enabling the massacre.

Despite these facts, some agenda-driven, hysterical hoplophobes and their compliant politician lapdogs insisted on blaming everyone from the firearms manufacturer to gun show “loopholes” (Dog only knows how the hell that works, since the guns were stolen from a citizen who legally purchased them) for the massacre.

The CEO of Bushmaster, the company that manufactured the AR-15-style, semi-automatic rifle Lanza used in Newtown, has kept silent, even as he was vilified and blamed for the bloodshed by the likes of Lawrence O’Donnell and the New York Timesuntil now.

“It’s very easy to blame an inanimate object. Any kind of instrument in the wrong hands can be put to evil use. This comes down to intent — criminal behavior, accountability and responsibility,” Mr. Kollitides said in an exclusive interview last week. The killer’s mother, Nancy Lanza, taught her son to shoot and is said to have given him access to the gun safes.

“He killed the gun’s owner, stole her car, stole her gun and then went to a school and killed innocent kids. No background checks could have prevented that. He illegally obtained the guns,” he told me in his small New York office. “Only two things could have potentially stopped him: his mother locking up her guns and an armed guard. Even then, he could have driven his stolen car into a playground full of kids. He was intent on killing, which we know is already illegal.

Enough is enough!

Blaming the implement is, indeed, easy.

The gun can’t speak back or defend itself.

Blaming the head of the company is easy as well. He’s vilified and demonized by so many, that it becomes almost gauche to fight back.  It’s easy to slap someone who is loath to slap back. It’s easy to slap someone who isn’t painted as a victim or simply as an ill person by mental health advocates. He makes a profit. His company makes a product that is in demand and sells it to those who have the means to purchase it. In today’s “profits are evil” environment, it’s difficult to speak up, and you’re expected – as the strong and able – to take the hit for everyone else.

The mentally ill are weak. They need help. It’s not their fault they’re mentally ill. It’s a sickness, and we should treat it as such.

Meanwhile heads of firearms companies are rich. They’re strong. They’re to be vilified.

To me, this is just another means to kick capitalism in the family jewels – to demonize those who make a profit, and who are strong and able enough to lead a company to success, manufacturing goods that are in demand, and for which others are willing to pay.

It seems less mean to demonize them than it is to point the blame where it belongs.

Emily Miller has the rest of the interview in the link above. Read it.

Year in Review – 2012 was… interesting

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This year is about to end, and I’m not sure what to make of it. I still live in Arlington with Rob, Teeny and the Redhead. We still have two attention-whoring cats. We no longer have a hedgehog, but we do have a large, slobbering, farting dog!

I still love my job. I find it mentally challenging and stimulating. I love this house. I love my kids. I love Rob.  We have established a comfortable routine together. The kids adore Rob and think he’s the coolest thing since ice cream (ice cream they pilfer freely before he can grab some for himself). They have food fights at the table. They chase one another around the house and wrestle. They all make me smile.

I didn’t blog about guns too much in the beginning of the year. There were other things going on – primaries, in particular, occupied my time – mostly because I couldn’t believe the mass amount of stupid in the field of candidates we were forced to tolerate. To be sure, there were some things with which I agreed on all ends of the spectrum, but aside from Gary Johnson, I didn’t see anyone I could even remotely stomach in the White House. Our friend Ken Vaughn had decided to run for Congress, but in the end establishment “moderates” won out, and… well….

In February, we lost one of our own – Maj. Bob Marchanti, with whom I deployed to Kosovo in 2007, was killed in Afghanistan. I was filled with incredible rage for most of that month, and much of my writing reflected this anger that month. I look back on it now, and cringe a bit at how pissed off I was! This was exacerbated by fiscal issues, as I was trying to refinance the house – a most annoying and infuriating experience – and pay the bills, while my darling ex informed me that he was too poor to pay the bills he was required to pay by our divorce agreement, and asked me to take over those payments.

In March, I expended some electrons ridiculing the circus surrounding Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman, in particular, the theatrics of the CBC and Frederica Wilson’s unbelievable choice in hats!

I turned 41 in April. Did you know that? I don’t feel old. I feel great.

In May, Rob and I went on our annual vacation to Las Vegas. We got much needed rest, and Gary Johnson got a much deserved presidential nomination from the Libertarian Party. WIN all around! Rob and I continued to point out why Ken Vaughn is a different candidate – a candidate Virginia’s 11th district should have voted for in the June primaries – but to no avail.

June primaries came and went. Establishment candidates swept on both sides of the political aisle. We had a huge storm that temporarily turned Arlington into a third world shithole and made the Redhead temporarily believe in the Zombie apocalypse.  June was the month I also installed a DONATE button. I hated to do that, but my bills were getting out of control, and my ex not only swindled me out of $7700, but also refused to help pay for his kids’ medical and dental expenses. Ya gotta love that!

July was awesome! In July we adopted Tucker – a big, drooling, slobbering, furry, loveable Teddy Bear of a Saint Bernard. He quickly became part of the family, and we quickly learned to leave the room whenever he passed gas. There was also a shooting in an Aurora, CO movie theater that set the wheels in motion for another assault weapons ban – because (SAY IT WITH ME!) we NEVER LET A CRISIS GO TO WASTE! We also discovered that the media are assholes for trying their damnest to connect the Aurora slaughter to “right wing” violence and the TEA Party. OK – not really a revelation. More of a confirmation about what we already knew.

August was the month of election coverage, where frothing fundamentalist fruitcake Todd Akin tanked not only his candidacy, but also the candidacy of Richard Mourdock, who is also a social conservative, but not nearly as batshit crazy as Akin, who saw it fit to question the legitimacy of rape victims’ claims, because apparently, according to this renowned medical expert, the body has a way of rejecting babies conceived in situations of “legitimate rape.” Akin refused to go away, much like a bad case of the herp, which made Mourdock’s comments about pregnancy – even one that is a result of rape – being God’s will, sound much crazier than what it actually was.

The stupid came out really strong in September with Hollytwits initiating a campaign for the current president and Republicans wondering why a) they still can’t get anyone other than SOCONS and NEOCONS to get excited about their candidates, and why there were dancing vaginas at their August convention. In the meantime, our Ambassador to Libya and three other Americans got slaughtered in another September 11 terrorist attack that the administration claimed wasn’t really terrorism, but Muslim butthurt over some obscure movie that no one had ever heard of until a bunch of animals killed our Ambassador and the administration decided to blame the movie even though Libyans tagged this as terrorism like hours after it happened. Um.. yeah. Oh, and I did a CNN interview on current politics. That was fun.

October was… meh. The third debate between Obama and Romney was dull. I took a trip to Europe and somehow managed to avoid the Superstorm that pummeled the East Coast in which a tree apparently fell on our house, but managed to cause no damage whatsoever

We had Elections in November where President Obama won another term, and the Republicans were left scratching their heads about what went wrong. The CIA Director’s penis was in the news.  A lot.  And I discovered that no matter what I say or do, I’m a racist, because I don’t support the current administration’s policies. Oh well.

Now it’s December, and the worst, most hideous slaughter in recent history took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School . And as most of us grieved and wept, gun-grabbing assholes exploited the murder of children to push their political agendas.

So get ready for 2013, people! It’s going to be quite the ride!

Happy New Year!

New battle in 2013

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If you thought your Second Amendment rights were secure in the aftermath of Heller and McDonald, you’re sadly mistaken. A new battle is coming and it’s going to be a doozy. It will be you against the gun grabbers. It will be you against the media. It will be you against the politicians. And your President has fired the first shot on Meet the Press this morning.

“I’m going to be putting forward a package and I’m going to be putting my full weight behind it,” said Obama in an interview aired on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “I’m going to be making an argument to the American people about why this is important and why we have to do everything we can to make sure that something like what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary does not happen again.”

While we would all love to do something to make sure that the massacre at Sandy Hook is never repeated, I cannot imagine anything that the federal government can do will be effective.

“Something fundamental in America has to change. And all of us have to do some soul searching, including me as president, that we allow a situation in which 20 precious small children are getting gunned down in a classroom,” Obama said in a taped interview with Meet The Press host David Gregory. “And I’ve been very clear that an assault rifle ban, banning these high capacity clips, background checks — that there are a set of issues that I have historically supported and will continue to support.”

First of all, people who don’t know the difference between a magazine and a clip, have no business legislating either one out of existence.

Second, we already have background checks, which will do nothing to stop someone who steals firearms from friends or family members, like Adam Lanza, or acquires them through straw purchases, like William Spengler, who shot firefighters on Christmas Eve and like Harris and Klebold in Columbine.

“I am skeptical that the only answer is putting more guns in schools,” he said. “And I think the vast majority of the American people are skeptical that that somehow is going to solve our problem.”

I don’t know very many Americans who believe that putting more guns in schools will somehow “solve our problem.” I haven’t heard anyone propose this as a panacea. Would it help? Probably. And I’m not talking about turning our schools into armed camps. I’m talking about restoring the right of responsible, trained Americans who are willing and able to properly use their firearms to carry their tools of self defense in schools. Many teachers are former military. They have the training and the ability to take that responsibility. Many states have training requirements before one is issued a concealed carry permit. So why not?

Armed citizens stop violent thugs nearly every day in this country. For every story reported in the news about a self-defense case, hundreds more go unreported and unexamined. Most of these cases do not involve a shooting. Merely brandishing a gun is enough – and that doesn’t make the news. So why not?

Armed citizens and students have stopped rampaging madmen before. Joel Myrick in Pearl, MS stopped a teenaged gunman and prevented him from claiming more victims. Students at the Appalachian School of Law stopped another rampaging lunatic after they ran to their cars and got their firearms. So why not?

There would be no force and no obligation. Those who work in schools and are willing to help, would be allowed to do so. Why not?

No one is saying this would stop armed lunatics every time, but it would give the victims a fighting chance. So why not?

Paranoid hoplophobes will start their mass howls of protest, and politicians would react – with proposed limitations on the rights of people who committed no crime. And they are committed – dedicated to ensuring that they consolidate power in their own hands. They are determined to shove another ban down our throats, and they are ready, willing and able to fight.

Are you?

 

 

Deport Piers Morgan?

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Recently, a band of media vultures decided to wrap themselves in the bloody tatters of the children at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and promote policy – specifically, the demise of the Second Amendment.

I get it.

As much as I’d like the media to be objective, there is no such thing. As much as Fox likes to pretend it’s “fair and balanced,” it’s about as skewed to the right as MSNBC MSDNC is to the left. Frankly, it’s a little silly to expect the media to be objective. They are not. They never have been.

During the US Civil War, for instance, “many newspapers published biased accounts of events, “factual” testimonials of enemy atrocities, articles proselytizing for specific political and military goals, and emotionally charged letters from citizens affected by the conflict. A quiet war for public support was waged both in the North and the South with the newspapers serving on the front lines. Issues like conscription, use of slaves as soldiers, and the validity of total war were hotly debated in the papers. The newspapers controlled the ebb and flow of public opinion and a particularly popular circulation could determine the outcomes of city or state politics.”

Likewise, during the constitutional ratification process, a literal war took place in the media between the federalists and the anti-federalists.

So, no. I have no delusions about an objective media, nor do I expect a lack of bias in reporting. That’s part of the reason why I read so many varied news sources, from BBC to local papers, to CNN, to Fox. I even turn on MSDNC on occasion… but only when Ed Schultz isn’t on, because his bloviatory (yes, I just made this word up), pompous, froth-flecked spew literally makes me want to hang him from a tree by his triple chins.

So I wasn’t surprised that CNN’s Piers Morgan went on a crazy-eyed, screeching tirade about the Second Amendment, and how it’s causing death, mayhem, etc. in our country, and how guns should be banned. I wasn’t surprised that he attacked GOA’s Larry Pratt with ad hominems, finally shrieking that Larry is stupid (a sure sign that he has lost the argument).

I was mildly amused that a petition to deport Morgan garnered nearly 70,000 signatures on the White House Petition site, and even more amused that Morgan whined about it like a petulant schoolgirl, as if he was really facing deportation!

Piers! Buddy! Take a chill pill! This is America. We don’t deport people for being disagreeable douchebags. We don’t deport people whose views we deplore. You’re missing the whole irony here. Or did they not teach you the meaning of the word in the UK? You use the First Amendment to castigate the Second – both vital parts of our Bill of Rights – so people used their First Amendment rights to castigate you! You still can’t seem to find irony with two hands and a flashlight, and I find that hilarious!

I also find it ironic that the very people who come here for the opportunities and freedoms this nation offers, then proceed to try and destroy those freedoms in order to make their new homeland resemble the one they escaped. And ironically, the homeland that Piers Morgan escaped – which has traditionally had low levels of crime committed with firearms to begin with – has seen its gun crime nearly DOUBLE since its ban was instituted post-Dunblane.

Gun crime has almost doubled since Labour came to power as a culture of extreme gang violence has taken hold.

The latest Government figures show that the total number of firearm offences in England and Wales has increased from 5,209 in 1998/99 to 9,865 last year  -  a rise of 89 per cent.

In some parts of the country, the number of offences has increased more than five-fold.

In eighteen police areas, gun crime at least doubled.

Now, obviously, as Morgan correctly pointed out, Britain has much fewer deaths by firearms than the US. No one is denying that. However, Morgan’s claim that our high firearm death rates are caused by the fact that we have the right to keep and bear arms is absurd, given the fact that Britain has eliminated said right and has subsequently seen rising gun crime rates.

Britain –> guns banned — no gun ownership by law-abiding citizens –> gun crime skyrockets.

US –> guns not banned — gun ownership rising –> gun crime generally declines with fluctuations year-on-year.

Notice, I am not pointing to the UK gun ban as the cause of rising gun crime rates. But they are, in fact, on the rise, and even Piers Morgan cannot possibly deny this fact.

What does this tell us?

Well, anyone with half a brain should realize that banning guns will do nothing to stop crime. In fact, if the trend in the UK holds true here, we will see a staggering increase in massacres should the Second Amendment be abolished. Is that what Piers Morgan wants? To turn the US into the country he left?

I find Morgan a galling, arrogant git. He honestly seems to believe that he – as a guest in this nation – is more qualified to craft its laws and decide who should be allowed to exercise what right than those of us who are actual citizens! I consider this to be the ultimate sign of disrespect to a nation that welcomed him and afforded him the opportunity to advance his career, achieve and earn!

Of course, this is unsurprising from a pompous, pretentious prick who recently told a guest on his show that the Bible should be amended to include gay marriage. Yes, Piers Morgan actually said this: “My point to you about gay rights, for example, it’s time for an amendment to the Bible.”

Erm… uh… dude! I’m an atheist, but even I get the whole “Christians think the Bible is the word of God” thing! How is it you think they’re going to amend it? Seriously?

This also shows Morgan’s ignorance about the laws of his adopted country.

Our Bill of Rights – the first ten amendments to the Constitution – cannot be amended. It is a constitutional Bill of Rights, that according to the Law Dictionary, “cannot be changed except with the approval of that country’s voting public.” Good luck with that, Piers.

Despite Piers Morgan’s histrionic, victim mentality-laden rants, no one is going to deport him. If he is here legally, he’s not getting booted out. We are generally a nation of laws, and most of us abide by those laws, even when inconvenient or unfortunate. So believe it or not, deporting Piers Morgan is not, can not and should not be on the agenda. Yes, he actively works to undermine our rights. Yes, he actively uses his position to promote views antithetical to our foundational principles and the ideals on which this nation was built. Yes, he’s an arrogant douche. Yes, he’s a hysterical prima donna.

But the beauty of this nation is that we have freedom – freedom for everyone – even arrogant British douchebags who actively work to undermine our freedoms.

To quote The American President, “America isn’t easy. America is advanced citizenship. You gotta want it bad, ’cause it’s gonna put up a fight. It’s gonna say “You want free speech? Let’s see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who’s standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours. …”

Freedom isn’t easy. Freedom is for everyone – even for those with whom you disagree.

So while I find the movement to deport Piers Morgan amusing, and the UK petition to keep him here even more so… deporting Piers Morgan is just silly. And it makes gun rights advocates and supporters look stupid.

So can we stop? Please?

Well, he at least got one thing right…

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“The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun, ” said Wayne LaPierre today about the shooting in Newtown, CT last week – the first real statement put out by the National Rifle Association since the tragedy took place.

I note that the blibbering nitwits from Code Pink crashed the party today, had nothing of value to contribute aside from histrionics, and were promptly removed.

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Please go back to wearing giant vaj costumes and crashing GOP conventions, ladies. You really did look less stupid there than you do here.

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