ERIC BOLLING: Does politicizing mean lie about it? Because that’s exactly what President Obama did right there. He just said “We need to compare terror, versus gun violence.” That’s not what this is about. This is — You want to do a comparison, President Obama, do terror against mass shootings. If you do the number of people killed in terror attacks, we know 3,000 happened in one day. And a mass shooting is what, five to seven, ballpark or so? And it happens what, every couple of weeks or so? There’s no question the terror outweighs the mass shooting. So, it’s unfair to say all gun violence. I mean, you want to point at gun violence, that’s — you can you compare gun violence to mass shootings, and say the gun violence includes cities like Chicago. Or cities like Baltimore where there are elevated number of murders and deaths at the other end of a gun, versus other cities. And find out what the reason that is the case.
If I had a dollar for every Proudly Closed-minded Gun Control Foe © who’s criticized President Obama for “politicizing” the tragic mass shooting at Umpqua Community College, I could retire comfortably to a country with no extradition treaty with the US. TERRORISM!!!- we must fear terrorism above all else…because 9/11, don’tchaknow? What Bolling has done is conflate a terrible event with no real bearing on what’s happening today to justify keeping the focus on terrorism instead of gun violence. Yes, more than 3000 Americans were murdered on 9/11, and that’s something that should never be forgotten, but when you compare the number of deaths vis-a-vis terrorism and gun violence, it’s clear the biggest danger by far to American citizens is gun violence. 9/11 was one horrible, awful event that Proudly Closed-minded Gun Control Foes © continue to use the skew the debate and direct it away from the day to day reality of gun violence. The President called on news organizations to report on the discrepancy and provide numbers to show the American Sheeple the truth. Bolling and his Proudly Closed-minded Gun Control Foes © fear that once people recognize the truth their argument will be seen for the invalid, self-interested propaganda it is.
The problem is that Proudly Closed-minded Gun Control Foes © like Bolling don’t want to traffic in the truth. Their narrative won’t allow for it. They’re so heavily invested in promoting the dishonest assessment that terrorism is still the bogeyman we must continue living in mortal fear of. Outside of 2001 and the death toll from 9/11, the death toll from gun violence has far outstripped the toll from terrorism. THAT is the truth.
How are we supposed to believe they are “law abiding” when open carry leaders make threats like this one? Martin Cohn, leader of Lone Star Gun Rights wishes for the death of Shannon Watts, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America founder.
Man, I can be SO naive sometimes. Here I’d been thinking that reasonable people could have a reasonable discussion/debate about gun control and the role of firearms in contemporary American culture…and then I’m reminded all over again that talking to Proudly Closed-Minded Gun Control Foes © like Marc Cohn is the equivalent of repeatedly pounding my forehead into a wall. I learn all over again that you can’t have a reasoned, rational discussion with those who are every bit as unreasonable as they are irrational.
Proudly Closed-Minded Gun Control Foes © (who I can separate from the majority of good, reasonable, law-abiding gun owners) brook no deviation for their interpretation of the 2nd Amendment. Intellectually and morally dishonest, they believe (with nothing to substantiate their conviction) the 2nd Amendment provides them the God-given right to carry anything, anywhere, anytime, and for any reason. To, Proudly Closed-Minded Gun Control Foes ©, the 2nd Amendment is absolute and inviolate. Those Liberal pussies with the temerity to question that view are treasonous America-haters worthy only of paying the ultimate price for their treason.
The only question I’d want to ask of Cohn is which well-regulated militia he belongs to. If he’s so strongly committed to the preservation of the 2nd Amendment as it was originally written, he can’t simply choose to ignore the first 13 words while exalting the last 14. Selective interpretation only serves to demonstrate what a self-absorbed soulless walking meat sack he is. While innocents continue to be randomly and senselessly slaughtered nationwide, all Cohn and his fellow travelers care about are their precious gun rights. Thus it will remain until Cohn and those like him have to bury one of their own after a mass shooting. Until then mass murder will remain an abstract concept, and Cohn and his comrades will continue to pretend that senseless, random bloodshed is merely the cost of freedom.
May there be a reserved parking space in Hell waiting for Martin Cohn.
The deadliest mass killing in the state’s history had taken place a few miles away and to the staff and customers of the Roseburg Gun Shop it was clear they faced a grave threat - from Barack Obama. Authorities had just discovered a cache of 13 weapons possessed by the shooter, Chris Harper Mercer, but the man they feared was thousands of miles away in the White House, plotting, as they saw it, to confiscate their weapons and leave them defenceless…. “I’ve just ordered some more ARs,” said the owner, Candi Kinney, referring to assault rifles. “There’s always a rush on them after a big shooting. We can’t keep the stuff on the shelves.”…. A lifesize cardboard cutout of the president with an Arab keffiyeh scarf stood at the door with a mocking sign: “Gun salesman of the year.”
If you believe that every cloud has a silver lining, you’re going to LOVE Candi Kinney, the owner of the Roseburg Gun Shop who’s managed to look on the bright side of last week’s massacre at Umpqua Community College just down the road. Sure, a lot of people died…BUT JUST THINK OF ALL THE GUNS WE’RE GONNA SELL!!!
When I first heard this story, I was convinced there was no way that anyone would be so crass and heartless as to try to profit off a massacre that happened just a few miles away. Alas, after a bit of research I was saddened to learn that Ms. Kinney is dead serious (pun fully intended). Because grief only gets in the way of making a profit…and it’s not like you can blame guns, because as ANY good, red-blooded, Conservative American patriot will tell you, guns don’t kill people- PEOPLE kill people.
In the same way Gun Owners of America, located in Newtown, CT, soft-pedaled the massacre just down the road at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Candi Kinney appears to view mass murder in her hometown as merely the price of freedom from a tyrannical government.
This week, the nation was once again shocked by the everyday, as a gunman killed nine at a community college in Oregon. It’s the uniquely American gun paradox: how something so horrifying can be so routine. As a somber — bordering on disgusted — President Obama noted: “we’ve become numb to this.” In truth, this actually isn’t everyday violence - it’s more than everyday. In the 274 days of 2015, we’ve had 294 mass shootings. And 986 since Sandy Hook in 2012. The question is, when will our level of disgust be high enough that we do what’s needed to lower the body count? “If you think this is a problem,” said the president, “then you should expect your elected officials to reflect your views.” Until that happens, he said, we all bear a share of the blame: “We collectively are answerable to those families who lose their loved ones because of our inaction.” Will we rise to the challenge?
There comes a point in life (individually as well as collectively) when a decision must be made, one that determines the path that will be taken and what the future will look like. It’s a matter of determining what’s truly important and then deciding how best to protect and nurture those things. So it is that we as a country find ourselves at such a crossroads.
The question revolves around the things we value, the things which we as a society choose to define as most important and which define us, both as a collective and as a moral society. Last week’s massacre at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, OR, provides us with yet another chance to answer this question…and to finally get it right.
The unanswered question, of course, is “Will we finally get it right?” Or will we continue to offer our thoughts and prayers to the victims and their love ones…and then get on with our lives as if nothing has changed? We have an opportunity to stand up to the furiously vocal minority of Proudly Closed-minded Gun Control Foes © and state with conviction and clarity that no, we will no longer stand idly by while yet more innocent blood is shed and those who values guns over human life carry the day.
Here’s a thought: If we simply choose to look at mass shootings differently, perhaps it will spur us to demand change for our elected representatives. If we define massacres like UCC as terrorism, would we look at matters differently? Would it cause us to realize that something must be done? Or do we continue to resist using the “T” word when a shooter is White?
We need- nay, we MUST change how we think about, define, and react to a mass shooting. If it takes calling them what they are- acts of terror- we should be doing it. Perhaps then we’ll begin to demand our laws be changed in ways that will help to reduce the likelihood that a mass shooting will occur.
If we can’t see our way clear to demanding change, we have no right to expect that anything will change…and we’ll have only ourselves to blame.