U.S. Gun Rampages

Remember the massacre in Newtown? Hope you do. These horrendous events tend to lose their topicality and end up as another event on the list of massacres committed by people with their precious guns.

Gary Wills writes about Our Moloch, our sacrifice of our children to Moloch god, the gun.

“…of what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School Friday morning. That horror cannot be blamed just on one unhinged person. It was the sacrifice we as a culture made, and continually make, to our demonic god. … The gun is not a mere tool, a bit of technology, a political issue, a point of debate. It is an object of reverence. Devotion to it precludes interruption with the sacrifices it entails. Like most gods, it does what it will, and cannot be questioned. Its acolytes think it is capable only of good things. It guarantees life and safety and freedom. It even guarantees law. Law grows from it. Then how can law question it?”

The ways we worship our god include the destruction of our reasoning process, ” It has the power to turn all our politicians as a class into invertebrate and mute attendants at the shrine. None dare suggest that Moloch can in any way be reined in without being denounced by the pope of this religion, National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre, as trying to destroy Moloch, to take away all guns”, and importantly “It has the power to distort our constitutional thinking. It says that the right to “bear arms,” a military term, gives anyone, anywhere in our country, the power to mow down civilians with military weapons. Even the Supreme Court has been cowed, reversing its own long history of recognizing that the Second Amendment applied to militias”

Lisa Graves, Executive Director of the Center for Media and Democracy, the publisher of PR Watch.org, ALECexposed.org, SourceWatch.org, and BanksterUSA.org, has done exceptional work on ALEC, American Legislative Exchange Council. Which will be the subject of another LSW post. This one focuses on ALEC’s relation to the NRA and their cooperative efforts to introduce and pass legislation allowing the purchase and use of all manner of guns.

Her post, Resources for Investigating ALEC/NRA Gun Bills, contains reams of valuable information that should make the casual observes and normal citizen experience the willies. The “Stand Your Ground” or “Shoot First” law which may protect Trayvon Martin’s killer from jail time was a result of the collaboration between the NRA and ALEC.

Read Paul Krugman’s Lobbyists, Guns and Money on the ‘yeoman’ job the Center for Media and Democracy has done to create a clear picture of ALEC’s activities.

“Florida’s now-infamous Stand Your Ground law, which lets you shoot someone you consider threatening without facing arrest, let alone prosecution, sounds crazy — and it is. And it’s tempting to dismiss this law as the work of ignorant yahoos. But similar laws have been pushed across the nation, not by ignorant yahoos but by big corporations. Specifically, language virtually identical to Florida’s law is featured in a template supplied to legislators in other states by the American Legislative Exchange Council…”

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