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War On Terror Electric Boogaloo

Hey kids, let’s shoot a machine gun with the Navy Seal who killed Bin Laden! All it takes is a cool 50 grand:

Key contributors to a conservative group have received a special invitation: For $50,000, they can shoot guns and hang out this June with Robert O’Neill, the former Navy SEAL credited with killing al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

The offer was recently made by the ForAmerica organization. Those invited have until May 10 to RSVP for an event at the Amangani Resort Hotel in Jackson Hole, Wyo. The facility offers picturesque views of the Snake River, and is on the southern tip of Grand Teton National Park. A room there can cost more than $1,000 per night.

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The ForAmerica group is run by America, Inc., of Reston, Va. It was founded in 2009 by Brent Bozell, a conservative commentator who also started the Media Research Center, which provides a conservative critique of the media. It received nearly $4.9 million in contributions in 2012, and $2.5 million in 2013, according to tax documents.

I am so sick of this jingoistic, pro-war, amygdala-tweaking, “wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross” bullshit fascism-disguised-as-patriotism we’ve come to expect from conservatives.

But hey, maybe I’m just being melodramatic, right? Silly woman. But nothing speaks — no screams — a morally bankrupt culture louder than this. Nothing screams that institutional conservatism is made up of a bunch of sick fucks louder than this.

War is not entertainment. Assassinating Osama bin Laden may have been necessary (I say may — because we never did have a national conversation about that, did we?) but for God’s sake, don’t turn it into a fucking fundraiser! Don’t cheapen this entire chapter of American history by monetizing it, for fuck’s sake.

What the hell is wrong with these people?

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Tennessee Gun Report

Too much gun news to keep track of these days. We’ve had a couple of accidental shootings — one in a park, go figure! — and the usual craziness. Enjoy.

• April 23, 2015:

1- A Kentucky man walking in a park in Henry County accidentally shot himself in the thigh. And they said this would never happen!

A 19-year-old Calloway County man was treated at Henry County Medical Center Wednesday night for an accidental gunshot wound to the leg.

According to a report at the PPD, the Murray resident was treated at the emergency room for a gunshot wound to the upper right thigh.

The man told Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy Stacey Bostwick he had been walking across a field in the area of Paris Landing State Park that afternoon with an unfamiliar handgun at his right side.

As he walked, his finger slipped off the guard and hit the trigger, causing the weapon to fire.

The man went to a friend’s house before coming to the emergency room.

Henry County Sheriff’s Capt. Damon Lowe said this morning the shooting had been confirmed as accidental by investigators.

Freedom!

2- Gun Report Update: a Coffee County grand jury has indicted the father of a toddler who was shot in the head by his 3-year-old brother with a handgun back in March.

3- A Lincoln County 8th grader brought a gun to school.

• April 22, 2015:

A Memphis-area teenager was accidentally shot by another 18-year-old who was playing with a gun. He died.

• April 18, 2015:

In what has become a regular occurrence, there was a shooting inside a Nashville sports bar on a Saturday night. Yee haw.

• April 17, 2015:

Was it a full moon on the 17th? We’ve got a bumper crop of gun lunacy on this day.

1- Someone forgot their loaded 9mm Ruger when they tried to board a plane at Nashville International Airport. Isn’t that responsible, y’all!

And then there’s this:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A loaded gun was discovered in a traveler’s bag at the Nashville International Airport Friday morning.

According to airport officials, 20 guns have been found at the airport this year.

In 2014, a total of 48 guns were found at checkpoints.

Note the date, people. Just sayin’.

2- A Greeneville woman who was holding a gun to her own head also got charged with child endangerment for doing so with a 4-year-old in the apartment. And speaking of suicide:

A study by the Harvard School of Public Health of all 50 U.S. states reveals a powerful link between rates of firearm ownership and suicides. Based on a survey of American households conducted in 2002, HSPH Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management Matthew Miller, Research Associate Deborah Azrael, and colleagues at the School’s Injury Control Research Center (ICRC), found that in states where guns were prevalent—as in Wyoming, where 63 percent of households reported owning guns—rates of suicide were higher. The inverse was also true: where gun ownership was less common, suicide rates were also lower.

3- A Clarksville man with no criminal history got into an argument with two other people and fired a gun at them in an apartment. Armed/polite, etc.

4- Armed/polite vol. 2: in Knoxville, two men got in a verbal argument and so one shot the other in the leg.

5- Gun nuts are pissed that Tim McGraw is headlining a benefit for Sandy Hook Promise, an organization formed by the families of victims of the Newtown mass shooting.

6- Too many people with too many guns who too often think pulling a gun is the answer to everything. This story’s out of Jackson:

Aaron Morgan said he and family members were gathered for a wake for his sister who passed away last week.”We out here having a good time, we out here laughing you know wasn’t nothing going on, just having a good time,” he said.

Morgan said two uninvited guest showed up and that’s when the argument started. “Somebody had drunk a little too much and asked a question like why you doing this and it started an argument,” recalled Morgan.

When he tried to get the men to leave, Morgan said that’s when he was shot. “They yell he got a gun, so when I seen it i started back pedaling and trying to get away but I slipped and when I slipped, that’s when he shot me,” he said.

Sheriff’s deputies rushed to the house on Pipkin Road around 9:30 p.m. Investigators believe alcohol played a part in the violence. Morgan agreed. “You got some people that drink, and can’t hold their liquor and they say anything at that moment,” he commented.

Yes, blame the alcohol, by all means. But if a gun hadn’t entered the mix, then things wouldn’t have escalated the way they did. But this is American gun culture. Bring a gun everywhere and by all means be sure to pull it out at every occasion.

• April 16, 2015:

The Chattanooga airport set a new record last year for the number of firearms discovered at airport security. What kind of fucking moron doesn’t know you can’t take a gun through security? For God’s sake, people. You still can’t take goddamn liquids through.

• April 13, 2015:

1- A Memphis mom with a gun in her diaper bag accidentally shot up the Bargain Hunt. Woopsies!

2- Someone fired a gun at Nashville’s West End Synagogue.

Police say they heard two stories: it fired when it fell to the floor and it fired when a child pulled it out of the bag.

Shoppers say they don’t care how it happened.

“There should be some kind of repercussions,” Joshua Braswell said. “If you’re going to carry make sure you do it safely. That could have been my kids in there”

Silly Joshua! That would give the Tennessee Firearms Assn. some big sadz and we can’t have that! Gun negligence will not be prosecuted!

• April 1, 2015:

A Shelbyville high school senior was permanently paralyzed from the wait down when a friend shot him in the back with a pellet gun:

Police said Castillo looked through the scope, pointed at his friend’s back and pulled the trigger, thinking the safety was on.

It wasn’t.

“And it struck him in the spine,” Phillips said.

Kyle Burnett, an 18-year-old high school senior, immediately lost feeling from the waist down. He was flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Wednesday morning, Burnett managed to move his right foot a little, but doctors are unable to remove the pellet and said the outlook isn’t good.

“They were playing around, joking, and it may cost this guy to be paralyzed for the rest of his life,” Phillips said.

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In The NRA’s America

Welcome to modern America, where guns and gun culture and gun violence have become a part of the fabric of life and one charter school decided to test teacher readiness with an ill-conceived surprise “active shooter” drill during a teacher in-service day:

Not everyone, however, found the drill a positive experience. In a federal lawsuit filed Friday in Portland, teacher Linda McLean says the April 26, 2013 drill at the Halfway school, in which a gunman in a black hoodie and goggles pointed a pistol at her face and shot her with blanks, left her with permanent emotional trauma and unable to return to work, the Oregonian reports.

An employee of the school district since 1982, McLean “was extremely shaken, confused and mentally, physically and emotionally ill” after the drill, the complaint alleges. “She could not shake the event but continued to relive it and try to make sense of it, but could not. Ms. McLean could not sleep and remained anxious and vigilant. When she drifted off to sleep, she experienced nightmares and sweating.”

She sought psychological help, but when she tried to return to the school building, “she was short of breath, anxious, emotionally distressed and had to leave.”

One teacher wet her pants during the drill and another injured his arm as he scuffled with a gunman at the door to his classroom, according to the suit.

What the fuck is wrong with people? Is this how it’s going to be, now? As if being a teacher doesn’t suck enough already, now we have charter school administrators inflicting mental torture on teachers, all in the interest of “safety” and “emergency preparedness”? Because we refuse to take even the smallest, teeniest, tiniest steps to keep school shootings like Sandy Hook, Columbine and Heath High School from happening again and again?

America, you’ve got a problem.

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Congratulations, Lucas Hinch! You’re Our 2nd Amendment Hero Du Jour

Love how those guns are always used “to protect me and my family,” don’t you? Sometimes, they’re just toys in the hands of immature, 37-year-old little boys:

A man in the US city of Colorado Springs faces police action after becoming so frustrated with his computer that he took it outside and shot it eight times, police say.

“He was having technology problems, so he took it to the back alley and destroyed it,” a police spokesman said.
Lucas Hinch was briefly detained for discharging a firearm within the city.

He did not realise he was breaking the law when he went “Wild West” on his machine, local media reported.

If you don’t have the emotional maturity to handle a malfunctioning computer, you have no business keeping a gun around.

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Congratulations , Unidentified CA Man! You’re Our 2nd Amendment Hero Du Jour

A Southern California man accidentally shot himself in the balls last night:

A man accidentally shot himself in the testicles while walking down a street in Los Angeles Saturday, police said.

The 26-year-old was enjoying a stroll with his girlfriend on Beverly Boulevard and Robinson Street in Silver Lake at around 12:45 a.m. when he heard a pop, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesman said.

Much to his dismay, he discovered his gun had accidentally discharged, with the bullet hitting him in the private parts.

He was rushed to the hospital in a stable condition. There were no other witnesses besides his girlfriend

Hard not to laugh at these people, it really is.

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Partners, Milwaukee-Style

[UPDATE]:

The story ended in a predictable way. The suspect who shot the van driver and accidentally shot his teenage nephew has taken his own life. Story of a gun.

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NRA convention speaker/Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, January 2013:

“I’m Sheriff David Clarke, and I want to talk to you about something personal … your safety. It’s no longer a spectator sport; I need you in the game, but are you ready? With officers laid-off and furloughed, simply calling 911 and waiting is no longer your best option.”

Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn, April 15, 2015:

“What did we have Sunday? We had some clown take the law into his own hands and murder a guy who was doing what we expect good citizens to do, and oops, accidentally kill somebody else.”

Well, isn’t this completely, totally predictable. When you have one group of people constantly yammering about how you have the right–no, the obligation–to defend yourself and your family and a gun is the answer to every problem and your home is your castle etc. etc. etc. then mistakes will be made.

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Playing Cop

“Why was a 73-year-old insurance company executive riding around playing cop?”

This question was asked by the Washington Post in reference to the tragic story of a Tulsa, OK “reserve cop” who accidentally shot and killed an unarmed black man last week. He says he meant to use his taser, but used his gun by mistake:

When Robert Bates pulled his weapon and shot 44-year-old Eric Harris on April 2, he said he thought his handgun was his Taser. In a video released by authorities over the weekend, a gunshot fires and Bates says, “Oh, I shot him. I’m sorry.” The incident was one of two shootings this month in which a white officer shot and killed an unarmed black man — and it has created a backlash for many reasons, one being Bates is not a real police officer. He’s a reserve sheriff’s deputy. And some fear he wasn’t qualified to be one.

So who are these “reserve officers” out on the streets playing cop? The Post tells us they’re insurance salesmen, bankers, lawyers, teachers. They are movie stars like Steven Seagal and Lou Ferrigno, and NBA stars like Shaquille O’Neal.

And what the hell are they doing patroling our streets, armed with tasers and guns?

It’s all part of the big push to outsource community policing from the public police force (and their unions, and pensions) to private citizens which I touched on last week. While conservatives and the NRA and other groups like to go on and on about “the right of citizens to protect themselves and their families,” what’s really going on here is a dismantling of a public function handled by public employees and turning it over to ordinary individuals.

These volunteer “reserve officers” are just another piece of that general philosophy. The fact that it’s being implemented by the local police and sheriff’s office just tells me they’ve bought into a narrative that has devalued their training and expertise and tells ordinary citizens that this is a job any asshole can do.

This is the issue underlying our gun debate, and it’s one we haven’t discussed because nobody seems to realize it’s even going on. So now we have “Glock Blocks” — a stepped-up form of neighborhood watch, now with firepower:

Tolomon and a group of Jennings Lodge neighbors say they’re responding to escalating crime on their block by also making fliers that read “This is a Glock block. We don’t call 911.”

It’s mostly petty crime that neighbors are sick and tired of: stolen lawn ornaments, vandalism. But for neighbors like Tolonen, a breast-cancer survivor, that’s enough: “I will defend myself — and my home,” she told KOIN 6 News.

Shooting at someone who stole your Lily Rose lawn ornament is not exactly the best, most appropriate response. But as yet another American institution fails, this is what happens. This is how civil society crumbles.

And then you have useful idiots like Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, NRA hero, who famously recorded a PSA telling the citizens to not bother calling 911, but to instead arm themselves:

“With officers laid off and furloughed, simply calling 911 and waiting is no longer your best option,” Clarke intones.

While I don’t buy into Clarke’s fearmongering about dangerous criminals lurking behind every bush — crime rates have consistently fallen as the population ages — he has a point. Our national infatuation with tax cuts tax cuts tax cuts has cut services at all levels of government, finally reaching once-sacred cows like local law enforcement and education. Shit needs to be paid for, but since we’re unwilling to do that these days, we’ll just have to take matters into our own hands. Let’s all homeschool our kids and get carry permits. Maybe we can operate our own water and sewage treatment plants, too. “Public” functions have been denigrated and devalued — no wonder, they don’t function so well on starvation budgets — and people are left to think they can do this stuff better themselves.

And that’s why our state legislature wants ordinary citizens out armed and concealed-carrying, in parks and schools and everywhere else. They don’t have to pay for that, do they? These are volunteers “playing cop,” too. People who may do something stupid like shooting themselves accidentally checking to see if the gun is loaded (news flash: it was!). Or, here’s one out of David Clarke’s home turf: a guy driving a van accidentally hits a toddler who ran out into the street. When he gets out of the van to check on the child, someone shot and killed him — and the teenager who was with him. For some reason. This is justice, American-style. We don’t need no 911, no police force, no judicial system. We’ll be judge and jury and executioner, too. Welcome to modern America.

This is how civil society dies. It starts by denigrating all things public — public employees, public schools, public servants of all kinds. Make “public” a bad word, tell everyone you can do a better job yourself (or the private sector can).

You can pretend it’s all about freedom and self-protection and defending your castle, but stop kidding yourselves. It’s about the slow descent into anarchy you guys have been fearmongering about. You’re the useful idiots pulling the string that will unravel our society and you don’t even realize it.

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