Monday, December 30, 2013

Ted Cruz And Tea Party Birthers

A fuck up this epic should have made Texas Rep.Ted Cruz supporters bring out the rope, tar and feathers, but this will likely be another one of those situation where his party gives him (and others like him) a pass. The issue? Ted Cruz, an Obama birther and Tea Party darling, recently 'found out' (yeah right) that he was in fact a dual citizen with Canadian/US citizenship (and probably Cuban too!). While the world had long known he was born in Canada to US and Cuban parents, he apparently didn't realize he was a Canadian citizen.

Far be it from me to question his word here, but it seems this topic just MIGHT have come up during family dinner at least once or twice in his young adult life, but I digress. One thing is certain though, his situation where he has now apparently hired lawyers to directly ENSURE that his Canadian citizenship, and all things Canada are completely obliterated from his record to prove just how gosh-darn patriotic he is, is fucking laughable.

Ted Cruz fancies a run for the presidency of the US, and having been a rabid birther who questioned Obama's citizenship and thus his legitimacy as a President, finds himself in the very situation he's falsely accused Obama of being in! And the word from the Tea Party? Fuckin' crickets. Big surprise.

The Tea Party is probably the biggest party of goddamned hypocrites this nation has ever seen, and that's a tall order seeing as the Republican party says it's going to do one thing, then does the complete fucking opposite. National Security? Shit, we let 9/11 happen! Individual freedom, privacy and liberty?? Here's the P.A.T.R.I.O.T. Act, the NSA, NID, DHS, and of course, we'd also like to be in the bedroom and your vagina too. Yeah, you get the picture.

Nope, the Tea Baggers will spin this and say that the same situation doesn't apply to Ted Cruz. Unlike Obama, Cruz is a god-fearing Christian, and looks white, so obviously they're going to come up with the defense that he's a 'Natural Born' citizen, even though he was born in slightly socialist Canada, to a communist father, and Yankee mom. Unlike the fantasy that Obama is a secret-Kenyan-socialist-Marxist-Muslim-Atheist-Antichrist, Cruz's story is explained away as "well, he didn't WANT to be a Canadian, and well gosh durnit, now that he's a Republican, he's OK."

This again will be the party line from the douchebags who want Arnold Schwarzenegger elected president, and they're out to change the constitution to make that happen.

Here's the ACTUAL law so that we're all clear on what a bunch of horse hockey this is.

If you are born of even ONE US parent, you ARE a 'natural born citizen', regardless of what hospital helped your mom squirt you out. You can in fact be born in Kenya, Russia, Suriname, fuckin Egypt, it does NOT matter. Obama was born in Hawaii, undisputedly, to a white mother from Kansas who was living in Hawaii. Even IF she gave birth to Barack Obama in another country, their argument that he's not natural born is STILL invalid! But my gosh, that stops nobody.

Now far be it from me to raise my hopes that Americans see this bullshit taking place. By all accounts, this country's very foundation is built on lies, revisionist history, scams, broken treaties, and pancakes, but you get the point. If we as Americans don't stop putting up with these kinds of shenanigans from our politicians, we are going to end up as the laughing stock of the world... or are we already there? Not Since Italy and it's illustrious leader Silvio Berlusconi (Google his 'bunga bunga' parties) has the globe laughed this hard at a nations political system.

It's pretty clear, at least to me, that the right wing now consists of self important idiots who believe everything that comes out of that fat fuck Rush Limbaugh's cigar-stained maw. If Rush says it, it is repeated until it becomes gospel. This is the party of people who don't think, don't want to think, and if you think, they think you're a fucking idiot. And they will never see their own hypocrisy, because cognitive dissonance is probably the most painful fuckin' thing in the world to their fragile minds. No way, Ted Cruz is all American, all the way (technically true, since Canada is THE OTHER HALF of North America)!

We get it though. You only care about the so-called 'natural born' clause when it suits YOU. Because empathy, facts, and of course, INTELLIGENCE, long ago abandoned the GOP.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Notes On The Shutdown

So the US government shutdown continues into its 9th or 10th day, and here we are, American citizen voters picking sides, blaming (probably) our opposing parties for this mess, when really we should look into what is really going on, and taking action against it. This shutdown isn't about Obamacare. It's not about the debt ceiling. It's about the Tea Party and the Koch brothers. It is about the future of this country, and those with the drive to shape it... for better or worse.

The Tea Party was created in the late years of the Bush administration as a grassroots conservative movement (although you will hear the occasional supporter say "hey, we have liberals here too", it's really not that true...). This movement started out with people (who really don't understand government or the tax system) rallying around a guy by the name of Grover Norquist, who has insisted that GOP legislators in the House and Senate sign his 'no tax pledge'. 95% of conservative lawmakers have signed this pledge to "NEVER raise taxes". This puts lawmakers in a real shitty position, and us even more so.

Nobody voted for Norquist to be in government. He's not an elected official, yet he has every conservative lawmaker obeying his ill-conceived 'pledge' that paralyses the legislative process by making typically normal procedures of raising taxes for inflation, adjusting taxes to balance state and federal budgets impossible. The end result of never raising taxes is a crumbling infrastructure, reduced ability for the government to purchase goods and services, and of course, the eventual shrinkage of government to the point where it is so weak, corporations run roughshod over our nation and run the damn thing.

The point is, Norquist's idea that Americans shouldn't be taxed and contribute to a healthy and robust government infrastructure is stupid, frightening, and wrong. But there are those people, the Tea Partiers, that agree 100% with this position, and here we are today. Our government is paralyzed, and services that (surprise surprise) depend on a working and open federal government, such as national parks and memorials,  veteran benefits, agencies like the FDA, USDA, FCC, FBI, CIA, Pentagon, etc are either shut down or running with skeleton crews. 

Back to the Tea Party. After Norquist and friends created this Tea Party movement within the framework of so-called 'conservatism', this 'grassroots' party was immediately noticed and backed by the powerful Koch brothers, and Koch Industries - one of America's largest energy conglomerates (power stations, oil, etc) and richest families in America. The Koch brothers are worth BILLIONS of dollars, and regularly try to influence government decisions in their favor by way of lobbying for laws that favor them. And of course, they are BIG supporters of getting so called 'big government' out of their way.

You see, to the Koch brothers, human beings are a commodity to be exploited for their purposes. When you are on top of the world like they are, you got there by exploiting labor, exploiting intelligence, exploiting natural resources, and of course, exploiting ignorance to their advantage. The Tea Party is ignorant of the fact that they are now voluntary tools of these brothers. They now have their very own political wing which they can direct to do their bidding through subtle methods such as Super PAC's affiliated with the tea party (and fully funded by their now anonymous donations), and can easily fund or finance massive campaigns to place people in office that they want. 

This would have been business as normal, as lobbyists and corporate influence has ALWAYS been a part of American politics, from the Rockefellers, to the Rothschilds, to the JP Morgan's. But something changed recently that should terrify you, and catch you up to where we are today. A group called "Citizens United" (a real insidious name for a group that has nothing to do with uniting citizens, whatsoever) filed a Supreme Court case directly challenging limits to campaign contributions by corporations and individuals. The conservative-leaning Supreme Court along with Tea Party darling Chief Justice John Roberts, ruled in favor of Citizens United, and decreed (of course without any input from the American citizens) that money constitutes free speech - that's right, they have made it a reality that "Money talks, bullshit walks", and made it law. 
So now, the Koch Brothers, and other ultra-rich players like the liberal-leaning George Soros, are able to flood the politiscape with their money unchecked, unfettered, and unrestrained. They can simply pick a guy that will do what they want to, fund a campaign, get him elected, and have their very own representatives in government.

Now we're seeing the results of this VERY dangerous tactic. The government shutdown.

The Tea Party, since it has been created, has been on this mantra that less government is good government, and if it would simply get the fuck out of the way, "REAL Americans" would whip this country into shape. They believe that taxes are unconstitutional, and that Government is this big, evil monster that is so out of control, their future kids will live in some sort of dystopian Mad Max style reality where we all ride around in dune buggies looking for road kill to feast on. And Obama is the harbinger of this new world order.

As asinine as that sounds, this is what they actually believe. Which is GREAT for the Koch brothers, because now they have an army of ill-educated fanatics to help them destroy the government that is stopping them from taking over the country world.

So, since 2009, the Tea Party has been plotting to literally destroy the government, its credibility, and its ability to 'tell us what to do', all in the (really bizarre) name of "Patriotism, freedom, and liberty", which I am not entirely certain they understand what those things are. The Koch brothers and their billions of 'talking dollars' have effectively dumbed down government so badly with the Tea Party people, that their own claims about 'government being stupid, and bad for the people' are coming true! This is called a 'self fulfilling prophecy' in which you say "Hey, just watch, under OBAMA, the government's going to get REALLY bad, and you'll see that I was right all along", and then proceed to make it happen by sabotaging the president, and the government. This is exactly what is occurring right now.

The old establishment GOP are not amused by this. In fact, they fear the Tea Party almost as much as any rational American does. They just can't stop it because they have a really funny rule (created by Reagan and furthered by that troll Newt Gingrich) that you must NEVER EVER EVER say a bad thing about another Republican (which is really becoming quite impossible now). They have also made GOP canon a rule they call "the Hastert Rule" after Congressman Dennis Hastert, which states that no bill in the House will come to the floor without majority GOP support. Meaning they outright REFUSE to entertain a Democrat idea, or work with them. Their way or the highway. This is no way to do business to begin with, but throw in Tea Party obstinance, with Koch bro's marching orders, and you see where we end up today.

The GOP establishment now finds itself in a very difficult position indeed. Do they buck the insane Tea Party anarchists in government (and yes, they ARE anarchists. Anarchy is defined as a nation or people with no central government, and that is exactly what they are trying to create... in the name of 'freedom' - yeah, freedom to riot, loot, and get yourself fucking killed) and deal with Democrats, effectively dooming their future elections to failure, and returning the country to 'those fucking libtards' (as they so gleefully chant these days)... or do they keep marching to the orders of the Tea Party and Koch Industries? Neither option is very good... they have been hoodwinked and bamboozled by their very own desires - to have powerful corporate backers that help them win elections.

The only problem is that now those very corporate backers own them, and can do with them as they please. And with ease.

More than likely, after this Tea-tantrum winds down, cooler heads will prevail, and a budget will be passed, but not after the damage has been done.

This is a game of Chess for the Koch brothers. They have the US government check-and-mate. They have effectively sabotaged what could have been a great Democrat president/administration, they have effectively destroyed any remaining trust the American people had in their government, and not only that, they have succeeded in using their pawns (the Tea Party 'grassroots') to shut down the most powerful government in the world under the guise of 'fiscal responsibility'. Truly, if you cannot see what they are doing, I feel incredibly sorry for you, because this is the future of our country.

The future of this country, like many countries before it, is a descent into fascism.

Benito Mussolini, one of the premier fascists next to Adolf Hitler, once stated "Fascism should more appropriately be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power." Once corporate interests control government, they can manipulate it to do what they want. Lower wages for bigger profits? SURE! NO PROBLEM! Having to provide health benefits to your work force? Fuck that! Let's make it sound like 'Freedom' to deny those benefits, and send that money to our corporate insurance friends! Minorities becoming a problem? Lobby for and successfully pass laws that keep the White Man in power! Ideas floating around you don't like? Buy the media companies and tell the masses what YOU want them to hear, and further influence government.

So before you go ranting and raving that the Democrats are in any way responsible for this shutdown, go ahead and fact check this article. No, REALLY do it. And then come to me and say that the Democrats are the bad guys here. All they fucking tried to do was make it affordable for you to see a damn doctor when you need to without going broke or getting denied. This shutdown is SO not about Obamacare. It is about the end-game strategy by the USA's biggest corporations to OWN the government, and eventually, own you. It is not the government, elected by and for the people, that you should worry about. It is the Citizens United decision. It is the fact that it is now a law that corporations can buy your government and you are voting for THEIR representatives, not yours.

Pretty fucking scary.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Gun Control Debate Brings Out The Nuts

Well, it's happened. President Barack Obama released his oh-so-scary list of (really pretty sensible) gun control measures a la executive action. The executive orders are pretty tame really, and do not touch the physical guns themselves, but relate mostly to intra-agency cooperation, sharing of medical/psych data, universal background checks, and other orders freeing up the law to do what they were supposed to in the first place-- enforce laws already on the books. And while over 65% of Americans generally favor these changes, the minority (aka, gun nuts) turned up the volume to level 30 today to drown ou the voice of reason with SUPER DRAMATIC cries of tyranny, communism, you name it (really its the same list of accusations the far right ALWAYS uses vs Obama when they don't like something he does). In fact the left was really underwhlemed with these exectuive orders, while the right literally freaked out and threw another tantrum.

Let's go down the list of insane accusations, rationales, and other kooky business, shall we?

1) Obama's coming to get your guns.

No, he's not. In fact, he's asked congress and local governments to handle the issue of assault weapons. Nothing in his executive order in any way impedes your ability to buy a shotgun, rifle, pistol, or AR-15 assault weapon. He did mandate background checks (which over 80% of Americans, including NRA members support), and free up the feds to do actual research on guns they confiscate. You know, directed people to enforce laws already on the books.

2) This is an assualt on the 2nd Amendment, and our rights to own guns.

Well, even Fox News disagrees with you there. Seems that it is actually IN THE CONSTITUTION that the government can and should regulate firearms and other dangerous stuff. You have the right to 'bear arms', but not to posess 'weapons of mass destruction', simply because you don't like the decisions our government makes. And again, nobody took away yoru AR-15. Even in California where Sen. Dianne Feinstein is crafting gun control legislation and a possible assault rifle ban, she is 'grandfathering' already legally purchased AR-15's and their owners into the program by saying they can keep what they own. So nobody is a) taking your guns or b) assaulting the constitution. Another blatant overreaction.

3) "This is how it begins, in small steps, until we have no guns and the government runs roughshod over the people".
This would be laughable if so many people didnt believe it. I think this goes back to Obama Derangement Syndrome, where people and the media have scared themselves so long, and so hard, about our supposed "Socialist Marxist Commie Kenyan Muslim Foreign Born Dictator Barack Hussein Obama", but there might be other reasons for this. Conspiracy loonies always think that the "Illuminati" are out pulling the strings, and that Obama must be 'up to something' because, well, his middle name happens to be Hussein! "Damn it all don't you 'libtards' see?? Odumbo is killing America, aaaaaah!" Calm it the eff down there buck-o, and think. Why would anyone, especially a sitting US president, WANT to kill America? What the fuck is in it for him? What would it's 'destruction' look like? How many troopers you think we got to come to every house and take guns away from over 150,000,000 people? You seriously believe that an elected president would willfully, overtly OR covertly, some how sabotage America? You are full of it, or need your head examined. Insane. You don't think at all, or you just are so full of hate you are incapable of rational thought. I'm just going to say it. Just because he is black does not mean hes 'comin to get ya', you paranoid, racist morons. There I said it. In the age of information, your ignorance is a choice. Shame on you for being so damned stupid.

4) Hitler took away Germany's guns before he went apeshit.
Again, WRONG. He actually LOOSENED stricter gun control laws imposed by his predecessors. If anything, you gun nuts out there LOVE Hitler (but are too afraid to admit it). Yes, Germany's gun control laws WERE stricter than ours are today (and guess how many shootings happened per year? I'll give you a hint, LESS THAN 15!), but Hitler in fact armed his populace in order to combat the Jews! If you're going to quote history, make sure you ACTUALLY KNOW WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT!! Jesus fucking Christ.

5) This is tyranny.

No, it's called democracy. This is how it works. People ask for a law to protect them. The government drafts legislation. They either approve of it or not. It gets passed, or it doesn't. EVERY president has issued HUNDREDS of executive orders since they were made available to the executive brach. Your argument that using the authority given to the president by elected officials who YOU VOTED FOR is in any way tyrannical is again, really stupid. Tyranny is an over reach of authority, which has not occurred. Cried from GOP senators to impeach Obama will be found by the conservative Supreme Court to be laughable, and then the GOP will turn around calling Justice John Roberts a RINO again, just because they don't like his fairness... again, LAUGHABLE.

6) Guns don't kill people, people kill people.

Yeah, someone has to pull a trigger. But if you're of the mind that having guns around isn't an incentive to more easily kill a person, or use the superior weapon over an inferior one, you are again, stupid. Lets try a mental experiment shall we?

Let's say you're a crazy person who wants to mass murder people, and like the recent killings, you plan it all out ahead of time. Do you:
A) choose to do mass murders with a baseball bat?
B) Choose to do mass murders with a chainsaw?
C) Choose a machete?
D) Or do you choose a fucking semi automatic rifle with 30 bulletts?

Only a complete twit of a mass murderer would choose anything other than a gun, more especially a semi automatic military style rifle. As Samuel L Jackson famously said in "Pulp Fiction"... "AK-47. When you absolutely, positively need to kill every last mother fucker in the room, accept no substitutes". The AR-15 is a non-military version of an M-16, which is far superior to an AK in many ways. You starting to see reason here? No individual mass murderer has EVER chosen a blunt or sharp object to do the job of a weapon of mass destruction. Gas, guns, or fire. That's it. People pull the triggers, yes. But the sheer number and high availability of guns, coupled with our glorificaiton of them, make them way way more attractive than any other weapon, except maybe for bombs.

7) Putting armed police in our schools will keep our kids safe.

According to the AMA, even having one gun in the house multiplies your chances of a gun related death by a factor of 42%. Putting multiple guns (and I truly don't care who they are weilded by) in schools, around curious children, is in fact very dangerous. All it takes is for a cop to draw his gun, fire, and miss. All it takes is for some kid to sneak up on a cop and grab the gun and get to firing it off. All it takes is one lapse of vigilance of ra cop to set down a firearm while using the bathroom and forget it there for a kid to find. There are so many ways this could go very very bad. Not to mention cops have recently resorted to using tasers and pepper spray on tantrum throwing kids. Yeah, if I were a parent, I don't think I'd want armed officers, security guards OR teachers to be around my kid. This makes homeschoolign take on a whole nother level of appeal...

And do you really think that an armed assailant with a machine gun is going to be scared of one cop with one pistol? Oh, yes, lets arm the cops with machine guns too! Kids don't fancy those at all!

8) As an American, I have a right to do whatever I wish.
Stupid, no you don't. That's why we have LAWS. This is perhaps the most insanely stupid statement I have heard so far. "You know nothing, John Snow". While we were founded on the Constitution, we also have something called the Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights is the baseline for the freedoms you enjoy, and the constitution is the document we periodically 'amend' to create a 'more perfect union'. You fought for the right to shape the country, freely, to the will of the people. Not to the individual. What's the saying... "No man is an island". You are in fact part of a nation that has laws that supposedly advance our civilization. Don't like a law? Others do, and they voted for it. This country makes 11,000 new laws a year. Some are great, some are really stupid. But we are ALL required to follow them, like it or not. And guess what? The Government, unlike you, is capable of enforcing those laws. You have no posse, no unlimited funding, and nowhere near the armament as our government should you choose to rebel and not follow the law. "I fought the law, and the law won" is not just a catchy tune. Go watch "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" (a historically true tale) and tell me how that workedout for them, even before machine guns were hand-held.

9) I think the AR-15 is really cool. I like it for hunting.

Thinking something is 'cool', and 'liking it for hunting' does not constitute a NEED. You dont NEED that gun for anything. You WANT the gun to feel powerful, and in your head, you want to fantasize about that poor idiot who breaks into your home, or about how awesome it would be to simply annihilate those damn coyotes that go howling through your property. This does not constitute a need. This constitutes a selfish desire to want to be a god of death in your own mind. When you have a machine gun, you get to decide, silently, whether or not you choose to use it. That in your mind is 'really cool' but for the rest of us, it is terrifying that you think that way. Wonder what else is rattling around inside that head of yours that we should be worrying about?

10) I need my guns to protect me from enemies foreign or domestic, and against government tyranny.
Ever heard of the placebo effect? You give something to a person and claim it will do something. They don't know whether or not it's fake, but psychologically the brain might think it's real. Well, your AR-15 is a placebo. In your head, you really might think that owning one gives you a shot at "takin' down the man" if he should be so audacious as to suggest you give up your prescious. Well, hate to break it to you, but there wouldn't be much you could do except fire off a few rounds and die when a sniper takes you out in a stand off. The government has many action plans for idiots holed up in a house with a machine gun. Nobody in the history of the modern USA has ever 'fended off' a SWAT team, an ATF squad, an FBI raid, or a CIA operation, and you're a complete fucking fool if you think your little pea shooter even compares to the weaponry they have. Your next argument might be "well we need to be equally armed so the government knows not to fuck with us". No, no, and no. You don't have the training, the reflexes, nor the intelligence to properly handle any of that dangerous shit, unless you have in fact been in law enforcement or the military. Period. you don't get a rocket launcher, unmanned drone, SAM's, satellites, nuclear bombs... you do not get to have any of that. So that argument is flat out stupid as well. Face it. You are a citizen in the MOST POWERFUL COUNTRY IN THE WORLD. You can either accept that, or you can move to Yemen where the Tea Partier's wet dream is in full swing-- limited governmnet, 100% gun ownership, no regulations, and gays are completely illegal and can be put to death. You should live there. You'd like it.

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Look, long story short, gun control is a touchy issue, obviously, but the sane must prevail over the zealots. Smart must prevail over stupid. Morality must prevail over maliciousness. Love must prevail over hate. The will of the majority must not be drowned out by a select few in the minority. Knowledge must prevail over ignorance. You must decide for yourself the truth by seeking it out, not listening to the blowhard doomsayers int he GOP or NRA. You know what's right, do the right thing.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Gun Violence And The American Ostrich

What's the first thing that happens when someone challenges your long held belief? Do you close your mind and say they couldn't possibly be right, or do you listen and consider what that side says? Or do you do what most Americans do, and just stick your head in the sand like an ostrich?

The multiple mass shootings in the past years; Santana High School, Virginia Tech, Columbine, Aurora, Sandy Hook, and just today at Taft Highschool in CA all occurred when one person decided to kill many. The weapon of choice was not a knife, a sword, or a fist. The weapons of choice were high capacity guns, and guns capable of doing a wide 'cone of damage', ie: shotguns, and assault rifles.

While I have previously stated in a past blog a few of my ideas to combat gun violence (you can see them there), I want to talk about another issue. Your unwillingness to look at facts, accept them, and then use those given facts to come up with a solution. Yes, you, America. The nation that sits on its ass day in and day out, trolling about the Internet, giving your unsolicited nuggets of wisdom to masses of people who didn't ask for it. This is a blog, so you came here to hear my opinion.

The facts are that the United States is the most violent nation on the planet. Over 30,000 people are killed every year in our country due to gun violence. To put that into perspective, Mexico, which our media tells us is in a terrible life and death struggle with drug cartels, has had 30,000 people murdered by guns... in 10 years, not one. Oh and we sold them them guns too. We manufactured them, sold them to an American, and that American broke the law, and sold the guns to Mexican gangs.

Or lets look at Yemen, a country that has no real government. We gave them guns, and they turned them on their own people. You could say that their culture is different, but you'd be mistaken if you don't think we don't have blood on our hands.

Look, America, it is time to cease being the "John Wayne" of the planet. You cant give guns to criminals and then tell me "Hey, the criminals have guns, so should we!". You're like a burrito company that also sells antacid. You create the problem, and pretend to create the solution. It's a firearm circle jerk, and somehow you get off on this. It has to stop.

You also can't look me in the eye, and tell me you have a heart when 20+ kids just got slaughtered by a maniac with a machine gun, and say this wouldn't have happened if the principle had a pistol. Guess what else he probably didn't have? Balls, a set of bullet proof body armor, or a very large paycheck. These are factors, despite your black and white worldview.

Nobody in this country has the gall to suggest we should get rid of all guns. Pistols are perfectly reasonable for self defense, and yes, a shotgun could take down a bear or other invasive wildlife that might enter your home... but come on, these things happen but once or twice a year. I don't hear a lot of stories of people who legitimately defended themselves with a gun. What I hear are stories of people shooting their spouse, kids, or significant other, and subsequently taking the easy way out by killing themselves.

Your silly fear of government 'coming to get ya' is really stupid. If they wanted to, they could. So many ways they'd never even need to see you or your gun. You're telling me you can compete with the CIA, the FBI, the DEA, the ATF, and the NID... and you're so very wrong. So you're not gunna use your gun to fight the government. A "regulated militia" as defined in the constitution is not the same as that wacko in Alaska who just got arrested.  When the constitution was written, both the military and the people had muskets. This was the frontier. You needed them to hunt food, to defend against people, and you needed them as a very practical tool of living. Now that we have processed foods, preservatives, etc, you don't need to hunt anymore. You WANT to hunt. Now that we have a civil police force, you don't need to worry about being the only sheriff in town. Your taxes pay for your protection, you are not a vigilante, and you don't need to be one.

Listen, we all buy into slogans sometimes. It's a fact, that human beings are ready and willing to accept catchy new phrases like "Guns don't kill people, people kill people". But they're just slogans. Guns can kill without being fired. Bullets can explode if its too hot, if the gun is dropped by accident, if you're cleaning it and it misfires... they are dangerous. Kids get killed all the time when they find a bullet left by some careless asshole on the street. They put them in their pockets and the things blow up if they fall.

But OK America, here's the real deal. You want to act like a kid who's gunna get his toy taken away and throws a fit? Rationalize every reason to have a tool of death? Fine, the adults will take away your toy. We will scold you, and give it back when you can be responsible. I for one have had enough of this horse shit. You can take your guns and turn them on yourself for all I care, or you can grow a conscience and realize that nothing you say or do makes guns a good thing. Nothing. They are used to kill, that is their purpose. And we really love to kill, it seems. Endless wars, Hollywood, Video games, gee... I wonder what the problem is. But you can't blame Hollywood if you don't blame a love of guns. They're just selling you what you want. It is YOU who has to change. Please do.