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If Jared Lee Loughner's Tucson rampage last year that killed six people, including a US district court judge, and almost killed former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz) didn't give lawmakers the resolve to check the gun lobby, Friday's movie theater massacre certainly won't. Already gun extremists are saying the real reason 70 plus people were shot was that no one shot back. Did they think they were going out for a night at the movies? We need more guns not less!


The Politician Dilemma by Martha Rosenberg

Even though Tucson's heavily armed citizenry failed to stop Loughner, the gun lobby pushes for the right to carry firearms on college campuses, in state parks, in coffee shops, on trains, in home rule communities that forbid them and of course in the workplace. Laws that restrict gun owners from taking their weapons everywhere oppress them says the National Rifle Association (NRA) which calls itself a civil rights group. Did James Eagen Holmes, the Batman suspect, feel oppressed too?


Another Downtrodden Gun Owner by Martha Rosenberg

No matter how extreme shooting rampages become--an Alabama shooter killed his mother, grandmother, uncle, two cousins, the wife and daughter of a sheriff's deputy and three more in 2009; an Illinois shooter killed a pastor in church through the Bible he was holding the same year--they're not as extreme as the idea of limiting gun sales, says the gun lobby. And politicians, intimidated by the gun lobby's horse-head-in-the-bed tactics, agree and leave laws on the books that exclude no one.

Seung-Hui Cho, the Virginia Tech killer, Stephen Phillip Kazmierczak, the Northern Illinois University killer, Sulejman Talovic, the Salt Lake City's Trolley Square mall shooter and Vincent J. Dortch, the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard shooter were all legal gun owners. Talovic was a Bossnian immigrant, legally required to show a second piece of identification, but bought the murder weapon at Sportsman's Fastcash, a pawnshop chain in Utah, with just one, say investigators.

Jiverly Voong, who killed 13 in Binghamton, NY and Richard Poplawski, who killed three Pittsburgh police officers, both in 2009, were legal gun owners. So was Bruce Pardo, one of two shooters dressed as Santa Claus is recent years, who bought at least five firearms within five months from a single weapons dealer before killing nine on Christmas Eve in Covina, CA.


What Background Check? by Martha Rosenberg

Latina Williams, the Louisiana Technical College killer who was living in her car, paranoid and delusional and giving her possessions away in suicidal gestures, walked right into a New Orleans pawn shop and bought a .357 revolver and a box of ammunition the day before the shootings. Hey, she had rights. Jennifer Sanmarco, the Goleta postal facility killer was also a legal gun owner. So were Terry Ratzmann, the Milwaukee church service killer, Chai Vang the Wisconsin hunter killer and Bart Ross, who killed a Chicago Federal judge's husband and mother. Is there anyone who can't buy a firearm?

Even criminals should have gun rights says the gun lobby. When three major Florida law enforcement groups sought to tighten laws after the Sun Sentinel reported concealed weapon licenses issued to 1,400 probable felons (including a man who shot his girlfriend as she cooked breakfast, a pizza deliveryman wanted for fatally shooting a 15-year-old over a stolen order of chicken wings and six registered sex offenders), NRA lobbyist Marion P. Hammer said, "When you begin taking away the rights of people that you don't like, that's the slippery slope."

Of course when you leave laws on the books that let mental cases go on rampages and amass arsenals, there is another slippery slope--lawmakers and government officials themselves become victims. In recent years a US district court judge, another US district court judge's mother and husband, the mayor, public works director and two city council members of Kirkwood, MO and Panama City school board officials have all been shooting victims.


Gun Rights' Solution to Politician Shootings by Martha Rosenberg

 

Martha Rosenberg is an award-winning investigative pubic health reporter who covers the food, drug and gun industries. Her first book, Born With A Junk Food Deficiency: How Flaks, Quacks and Hacks Pimp The Public Health, is distributed by Random (more...)
 
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The NRA can always be counted on to keep the debat... by ORAXX on Saturday, Jul 21, 2012 at 4:25:45 PM
Here in the banana republic of Florida (a former s... by Robert James on Sunday, Jul 22, 2012 at 2:40:09 PM
No, not Thank You NRA. . . THANK YOU, JESUS!! ... by prsmith on Saturday, Jul 21, 2012 at 5:05:42 PM
 Sorry Martha, I appreciate your sentime... by A Knesal on Saturday, Jul 21, 2012 at 5:13:52 PM
The first recorded murder was when Cain killed his... by Xman2 on Saturday, Jul 21, 2012 at 6:04:37 PM
How soon or conveniently(?) we forget Oklahoma Cit... by A Knesal on Saturday, Jul 21, 2012 at 6:59:02 PM
In the State of Connecticut and probably most of t... by Steven G. Erickson on Sunday, Jul 22, 2012 at 6:41:39 AM
Thanks for the information. The big difference bet... by Charles-Eva Manning on Saturday, Jul 21, 2012 at 5:49:59 PM
Yah, take Switzerland for example where you are re... by Xman2 on Saturday, Jul 21, 2012 at 6:15:43 PM
Thanks for the cite. A quick reading suggests Swit... by Charles-Eva Manning on Saturday, Jul 21, 2012 at 8:12:38 PM
Strict laws do not prevent wrongdoing in Switzerla... by Môlsem Nanabedoko on Saturday, Jul 21, 2012 at 9:30:14 PM
There ARE laws with strict penalties against provi... by Techknowledgie on Sunday, Jul 22, 2012 at 4:16:21 PM
Three days ago a 71 year old with a concealed pist... by Ralph Fucetola JD on Saturday, Jul 21, 2012 at 6:12:42 PM
The Founders put the 2nd Amendment ahead of the 3r... by Larry on Saturday, Jul 21, 2012 at 6:23:50 PM
There is nothing significant about the number of a... by Môlsem Nanabedoko on Saturday, Jul 21, 2012 at 9:34:23 PM
The young thugs in Ocala used a rusted, unworkable... by Robert James on Sunday, Jul 22, 2012 at 3:08:00 PM
Rosenberg's article is a classic example of female... by Laurence Almand on Saturday, Jul 21, 2012 at 6:20:54 PM
These examples about actual incidences or conjectu... by A Knesal on Saturday, Jul 21, 2012 at 7:13:36 PM
I was not aware that the press and other news medi... by Môlsem Nanabedoko on Saturday, Jul 21, 2012 at 9:39:27 PM
There are many thousands of people across the nati... by Techknowledgie on Sunday, Jul 22, 2012 at 4:20:51 PM
Picture a crowded, dark theater w/ people's eyes a... by Laura Stein on Monday, Jul 23, 2012 at 2:55:58 PM
Anyone who tells you otherwise is not someone to l... by Laura Stein on Monday, Jul 23, 2012 at 3:32:11 PM
I hear lots about gun control and reducing or elim... by Larry on Saturday, Jul 21, 2012 at 6:21:22 PM
Take every single gun out of circulation - an utte... by Techknowledgie on Sunday, Jul 22, 2012 at 4:23:06 PM
Thank you, techknowledgie, for demonstrating how c... by Rob Kall on Monday, Jul 23, 2012 at 12:37:50 PM
Rob, how much to you actually know about firearms?... by Techknowledgie on Monday, Jul 23, 2012 at 2:00:53 PM
Perhaps because I am not a U.S. citizen I actually... by Phil Linehan on Saturday, Jul 21, 2012 at 6:21:52 PM
Because it was an unspoken inalienable right. ... by A Knesal on Saturday, Jul 21, 2012 at 6:53:01 PM
Your assertion is simply absurd and insane. "... t... by Techknowledgie on Sunday, Jul 22, 2012 at 4:26:32 PM
I do believe that no one at all should have any ty... by Philip Dennany on Saturday, Jul 21, 2012 at 6:25:51 PM
I'm sure the dead and wounded would be glad to hea... by prsmith on Saturday, Jul 21, 2012 at 7:10:49 PM
The people your kind killed wouldn't likely be dea... by Philip Dennany on Saturday, Jul 21, 2012 at 9:56:12 PM
As horrible as this already was, could you imagine... by David Alexander Sugar on Saturday, Jul 21, 2012 at 6:33:22 PM
There is a big difference between the right to kee... by Martha Rosenberg on Saturday, Jul 21, 2012 at 8:41:54 PM
The 2nd Amendment says NOTHING about "in the home"... by Techknowledgie on Sunday, Jul 22, 2012 at 4:36:39 PM
Why is it always the bleeding heart women who can'... by prsmith on Sunday, Jul 22, 2012 at 7:28:45 PM
Mr. PRSmith,Perhaps bleeding heart women actually ... by Kellis R. Solomon on Monday, Jul 23, 2012 at 2:53:16 AM
I agree that there is no reason on God's green ear... by Môlsem Nanabedoko on Saturday, Jul 21, 2012 at 9:15:51 PM
Before the fact - before he did what he did do - t... by Doc McCoy on Saturday, Jul 21, 2012 at 9:57:45 PM
everyone complains about the government having too... by Doc McCoy on Saturday, Jul 21, 2012 at 10:06:14 PM
Excellent post, Mr. Codger!... by Techknowledgie on Sunday, Jul 22, 2012 at 4:39:00 PM
"Nothing - absolutely nothing - could have stopped... by prsmith on Sunday, Jul 22, 2012 at 7:22:10 PM
The shooter in this case was well armed and protec... by Doc McCoy on Sunday, Jul 22, 2012 at 8:25:29 PM
Ms. Rosenburg, you are uninformed about arms. But ... by Kansas Bright on Saturday, Jul 21, 2012 at 11:13:39 PM
What a great story.  All BS.Want a job in Ame... by Dante DeNavarre on Sunday, Jul 22, 2012 at 1:15:21 PM
Good spot there.  I was thinking myself readi... by Natalie Oberman on Monday, Jul 23, 2012 at 12:01:47 PM
with Codger  here.  US  way of mind... by Mark Sashine on Sunday, Jul 22, 2012 at 8:24:20 AM
I believe that we need lawmakers to pass new and s... by Ned Lud on Sunday, Jul 22, 2012 at 9:14:46 AM
Thank you SO much for disclosing your mental state... by Techknowledgie on Sunday, Jul 22, 2012 at 4:41:40 PM
that  there is a tendency to  tolerate a... by Mark Sashine on Monday, Jul 23, 2012 at 7:59:41 AM
Here in the banana republic of Florida (a former s... by Robert James on Sunday, Jul 22, 2012 at 2:34:50 PM
Robert, you don't even know that they were going t... by Kellis R. Solomon on Monday, Jul 23, 2012 at 3:58:07 AM
   Thanks NRA!   Yeah sure, bla... by Jim Samples on Monday, Jul 23, 2012 at 1:09:06 AM
If that is so, why not try something that see... by Dennis Kaiser on Monday, Jul 23, 2012 at 5:40:37 AM
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