–The latest gun laws: Ignorance, stupidity, insanity — or something more devious?

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Here is the path the right wing has taken us down. Is it ignorance, stupidity, insanity — or something more devious:

Ga. governor signs ‘guns everywhere’ into law
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed a controversial gun bill into law on Wednesday
Larry Copeland and Doug Richards, USA TODAY 4:17 p.m. EDT April 23, 2014

ELLIJAY, Ga. — It’s legal for licensed gun owners in Georgia to pack heat in bars, schools, churches and some government buildings.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, a Republican, on Wednesday signed the state’s “Safe Carry Protection Act,” which critics dubbed the “guns everywhere bill,” in north Georgia, on the edge of the Chattahoochee National Forest and Cohutta Wilderness area.

The new law, which goes into effect July 1, allows licensed gun owners in Georgia and visitors from 28 other states to bring a gun into a bar without restrictions and carry a firearm into some government buildings that don’t have security measures. It also allows school districts to decide whether they want some employees to carry a firearm and religious leaders to decide whether to allow licensed gun owners to tote to their church, synagogue or mosque.

Guns in bars? What could possibly go wrong with that? Doesn’t everyone trust a drunk with a loaded gun?

But really, why stop with semi-automatic guns with big magazines? Why not fully automatic, belt-feeding machine guns in bars? C’mon Governor, don’t be such a wimp. Machine guns for everyone, everywhere.

But no problem Gov., because you have rejected the ACA Medicaid expansion (and the free federal $2.9 billion your taxpayers forfeited), your people will die younger anyway. So gun killings won’t make all that much difference in Georgia’s average life expectancy.

Kansas will nullify local regulation of guns
By JOHN HANNA-Associated Press

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Kansas will strip cities and counties of their power to regulate guns and nullify local gun regulations in July, ensuring it will be legal across the state to openly carry firearms and adding to a string of victories in recent years by gun-rights advocates.

Gov. Sam Brownback announced Wednesday that he signed a bill late the previous day preventing local officials from restricting the sale of firearms and ammunition or regulating how guns are transported and stored. The National Rifle Association has described the legislation as a model for states seeking to strip local officials of gun-regulating powers.

Brownback has consistently supported gun rights, and the GOP-dominated Legislature had solid gun-rights majorities even before the Republican governor took office in January 2011.

Hey, aren’t you the same geniuses who want to teach creationism in science classes? And aren’t you also the same geniuses who cost your taxpayers $5.9 billion in federal funds by not not expanding Medicaid coverage under “Obamacare”? Sure you are.

But is this ignorance, stupidity or insanity — or something more devious? Ask yourself this: Who are most likely to be killed by guns? The rich or the rest? Who live in the most dangerous neighborhoods? The rich or the rest. Think about it, and think about why the right wing, which is most closely aligned with the rich, opposes gun control.

The more miserable the rich can make the lives of the rest, the greater the Gap — and that really is all the rich care about.

Anyway, here is a copy of a letter I am sending to politicians around America, but not to Georgia or Kansas. Under the circumstances, it would have been a waste of postage.

SAMPLE LETTER TO MAYORS AND GOVERNORS

The Supreme Court has blocked many efforts at gun control. Let’s be clear; there are no foolproof ways to eliminate gun violence. The best we can hope for is partial solutions.

Here are two partial solutions that have not been tried, and would pass Constitutional muster:

Partial Solution I: Identify the “Bad Guys”

As Wayne LaPierre famously said, “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” But how can we identify the “bad guys”?

To date, gun control advocates have focused on background checks, which the NRA sees as a secret plot to take guns away, or to give the government a list of gun owners, for some devious purpose.

So how do we “stop” bad guys with guns, if we don’t know who they are?

There really is only one way to identify bad guys and to prevent these bad guys from obtaining guns and from shooting people: Convince the bad guys to self-select. We have to convince them that shooting someone or even carrying a gun, would be a bad idea.

Here, in common English, is the bare bones of a suggested law. (I’m sure the politicians could translate it into appropriate legalese):

Any person who commits a felony while carrying a gun, shall be sentenced to a prison term of 20 years to life, in addition to the term for the felony itself.

Example: You rob a store, while you are carrying a gun. The judge sentences you to two years in jail. Ordinarily, you’d be out of jail in about 18 months.

But with the above law in force, you’d serve at least 22 years (“20-years-to-life” means a minimum of 20 years).

Too harsh? Not at all. Wayne LaPierre wants to shoot those bad guys. This law mercifully only jails them.

The only ones punished are the bad guys — the felons. And although the law doesn’t require shooting them, it will keep them off the streets and even make them think twice before carrying guns.

In the mean streets of many cities, it’s become a badge of honor, not at all a deterrent, for a gangbanger to spend a couple years in jail, get his tattoos, then come out and start shooting again.

But 20+ years? That’s a whole different ball game.

LaPierre might object that the proposed law doesn’t ask good guys to shoot bad guys — just jail them. But I think he’ll like the rest of the law

1. It identifies the bad guys, without good guys having to undergo background checks.
2. Good guys can keep their guns.
3. Bad guys are “stopped,” without the need for good guys to start a dangerous shootout, in which innocent good guys could be killed.
4. The long jail sentence could dissuade bad guys from carrying guns.

It’s a solution that accomplishes everything Wayne LaPierre and the NRA wants, and nothing they don’t want. It evolved directly from LaPierre’s own words.

Good guys should welcome this law. It says nothing about taking away your guns. It allows you to stockpile all the guns you want — pistols, rifles, shotguns, AK47s — whatever feels good to you.

Partial Solution II: Make the Gun Providers Liable

Pass a local ordinance saying, in essence:

Any provider of a gun that is used in a felony shall have the same criminal and civil liability as the actual perpetrator of the felony.

If you make or sell or give someone a gun that is used in a crime, you are responsible for that crime. Harsh? Unfair?

Some municipalities have “dram shop” laws, making a tavern responsible for damages, where intoxication was at least one cause of the damages. Sell liquor to a drunk; the drunk commits a crime; you are fined and/or go to jail.

If you feed someone liquor in your home, and that drunk gets into an accident, you could be found guilty of aiding and abetting.

These laws are weak (they generally don’t apply to the manufacturers, importers, wholesalers or package liquor dealers), are different in every municipality, and are difficult to apply across state lines, but the point is, they do make sellers liable for a product they sell, even though they themselves didn’t misuse it.

So even these woefully weak laws make bartenders a bit more cautious about selling drinks to doubtful people.

The precedent of making a seller liable for the misuse of product he sells, could be extended to guns. Gun manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, even private citizens, would be liable for crimes committed with guns. So you, the gun provider, better set up a system to prevent your customer, or your customer’s customer, from misusing the gun.

Rather than trying to outlaw gun ownership, which the Supreme Court says won’t work, merely make gun ownership more costly. Sellers probably would have to buy expensive insurance, the cost of which would be added to the cost of the gun.

–Would these two ideas eliminate guns? No.
–Could honest people still obtain guns? Of course.
–Could criminals still obtain guns? Sure.

But the increased cost, and increased liability, represent Constitutional steps from the current, insufficient control for the single most dangerous, easily available product the world ever has known.

Dear readers. You might wish to cut and paste this letter and send it to your politicians.

Future Americans will look back on our century, and shake their heads in wonderment at the abject stupidity they see. The fact that people believe adding guns will reduce gun killing and gain “freedom,” is so ludicrous as to be beyond belief. It will be the way we feel about the people who claimed the world was flat and the sun was the center of the universe.

But really, why not machine guns, Mr. LaPierre?

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
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21 thoughts on “–The latest gun laws: Ignorance, stupidity, insanity — or something more devious?

  1. USA Today is being sensationalistic. The article says, “It’s legal for licensed gun owners in Georgia to pack heat in bars, schools, churches and some government buildings. “

    Actually Page 4 of the law says the owners of private property (e.g. a bar) can still ban guns from their premises.

    Indeed you merely need to be in “legal control” of the property, “Through a lease, rental agreement, licensing agreement, contract, or any other agreement to control access to such private property.”

    The law runs on for 29 pages, and it is full of restrictions. It seems to me that the entire spectacle is mostly symbolic.

    HOWEVER…

    The law nonetheless is in keeping with the nefarious right-wing mentality. Georgia’s governor promotes guns, but he rejects ACA Medicaid expansion. Likewise, conservatives outlaw abortion, but they want to let babies starve after they are born. And the “creationism” thing in schools? Madness.

    All this nonsense is designed to distract the public from the real problem, which is the ever-widening gap.

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      1. Time will tell what percentage of Georgia’s bar owners actually demonstrate “Georgia common sense.” And time will tell how many of THOSE bar owners will vote to re-elect the politicians who put that burden on THEM to tell customers they cannot bring a gun into the bar (and risk getting shot by the refused customers).

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  2. When we start hearing about shootings in bars, schools, churches that’s when the good governor of Georgia will end up with egg on his face. It’s only a matter of time, stay tuned. We have to go down all the wrong paths before we know the right one.

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      1. Banks, corporations, and organized religions are all the same. The more power they have, the more power they seek. The more they work to create a global monopoly. And the more they become parasitic and tyrannical, yet admired. The more they dictate morality. The more they control any discussion.

        It’s the nature of human society. Might makes right, and the victor writes the history books. If Germany had won World War II, then Hitler today would be called a saint. Such madness continues because everyone indulges in it, while claiming not to.

        Example…

        A: The victor always writes the history books, and in his favor.

        B: No exceptions?

        A: No.

        B: Never?

        A: Absolutely not.

        B: Okay, so if Germany had won WW II, then today Hitler would be a saint, right?

        A: That’s an exception.

        See? Humans make generalizations, but grant themselves exceptions. They claim they don’t do this, while they blame everyone else for doing it.

        A: Every person grants himself an exception.

        B: Even you?

        A: No, I am different.

        B: So you are an exception?

        A: No, I am unique.

        See how humans use semantics to lie, cheat, and murder…

        A: I hereby ban all spherical objects from my kingdom.

        B: Oranges too? I thought you loved oranges.

        A: Oranges are not objects. They are fruits.

        The more power you have, the more you get away with this. You dictate reality via semantics. For example, the USA no longer murders people so the rich can get richer. Instead, the USA “intervenes.” War no longer exists. Instead, there are “kinetic actions.”

        The more power you have, the more you define everything according to what brings you more power. You use definitions like this…

        “Freedom fighter”: anyone who increases my personal power.

        “Terrorist”: Anyone who does not increase my personal power.

        “Enlightened ruler”: Any political leader who increases my personal power.

        “Dictator”: Any political leader who does not increase my personal power.

        “Good”: That which increases my personal power.

        “Evil”: That which does not increase my personal power.

        Are we a flawed species, or what?

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        1. Well stated!

          “Despite the seemingly strong empirical support in previous studies for theories of majoritarian democracy, our analyses suggest that majorities of the American public actually have little influence over the policies our government adopts…

          When the preferences of economic elites and the stands of organized interest groups are controlled for, the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.”

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        2. I was planning to post an article about that. When people are asked for their opinions about individual issues — Social Security benefits, Medicare, Medicaid coverage, abortion, unemployment compensation, access to voting, gun control, etc. — they mostly answer with liberal responses.

          Then they vote conservative.

          So, the voters do control their own destiny, but the voters are inconsistent in what they want their destiny to be.

          Consider what is happening to the middle and lower classes in “red” states, where right wingers have not allowed the federal government to pump million of dollars into the states to provide health care to the uninsured.

          Logically, it is senseless. If “red” state voters were asked, “Should the federal government boost your state’s economy by millions of dollars, at no cost to you, and provide health care for the uninsured people of your state?”, I suspect most people would answer, “Yes.”

          Yet, I don’t detect any local rage at what the Republican governors are doing.

          There are many, many factors involved, of which one is the color of the President’s skin. Cutting one’s nose to spite one’s face is a favorite voter pastime, especially in the South, and especially when race is involved.

          Bottom line: The voters are getting what they willingly vote for. No one is doing to them.

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    1. And burn the Constitution while you’re at it. In fact, @chasfa, let’s ban everything YOU find offensive. Would you feel better then? Hell, all the autocrats and dictators in history do that, why not you?

      I’ve got another idea…let’s replace ALL religions with the religion of the New Atheists…Scientism, ok? Wouldn’t it be better if we all worshiped the Four horsemen of the non-apocalypse, Dawkins, Hitchens, Harris and Dennett?

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      1. Are you going to tell me that Christianity has not been an absolute scourge upon humanity? Your argument is typical of religious zealots. Yes, as you state the autocrats and dictators do that. You, sir, provide an apt description of the heads of Christian organizations throughout time. Know your history. You obviously do not. Worship this!

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  3. The law suggested in solution (1) has been tried, and is still in effect in some jurisdictions. In order to make it work fairly, it would be necessary to have prosecutors who would APPLY it justly. This has not always been the case, because felonies are easier to find (or create) after arresting a lower income or minority suspect, and guns are easy to plant on suspects at the time of arrest (not all jurisdictions are sticklers about crime lab procedures to match bullets with guns and administer gunshot residue tests). On the other hand, people arrested for white collar crimes such as embezzlement, even if carrying a gun at the time of arrest, are never charged with “using” a gun to commit the felony, assuming they are not allowed to plea bargain down to 90 days probation and promise not to do it again.

    I would LOVE to see, just once, a banker prosecuted for stealing from home buyers with bogus foreclosure orders, and because he kept a gun in his office “for protection,” charged with gun use in addition to the financial crime.

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    1. Agreed.

      Any law can be subverted by a crooked judge or prosecutor. That’s one reason why I refer to these suggestions as partial solutions.

      Not sure I agree with the notion of charging an embezzler with “using” a gun, if he is carrying a gun at the time of his arrest.

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  4. It was inevitable:


    Man Legally Stalks Children’s Baseball Game: ‘I’ve Got A Gun & There’s Nothing You Can Do About It’

    byLeslie Salzillo

    A man carrying a gun began stalking a children’s baseball game in Forsyth County, Ga, this past Tuesday night. It’s reported that at least twenty-two 911 calls were made mostly by parents fearing for the safety of their children. The game was halted, but the sheriff said they could do nothing – the man was within his legal limits.

    Attention, gun nuts. I don’t mind that you have brought your stupidity on yourselves. I object that you have brought your stupidity on me.

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