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May 6, 2013

Gunslingers

By Kathy Malloy

Dozens of dead school children in Newtown last December. Dozens more shootings of children every month since. When does it stop? Will our society ever value children more than bullets? Must we wait until their tiny bodies pile all the way up to heaven before we have any sensible regulation of these death machines?

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Source: Mike Malloy

How many more dead children does it take, Truthseekers, to stop the endless flow of senseless violence that is claiming the lives of our innocent sons and daughters in the name of "gun rights?"

Newtown wasn't enough. It's never enough. Worse, it seemed to serve as a rallying cry for the NRA and its collection of deranged cowards who -- after the slaughter -- redoubled their efforts to make sure unrestricted guns rights were preserved rather that the lives of schoolchildren.

The NRA is not going to temper its roootin' tootin' shootin' rhetoric anytime soon. As if they weren't extremist enough, their New Gun Boss James Porter is a former Alabama attorney who devoted his life to protecting weapons manufacturers from the threat of lawsuits filed by the family members of men, women, boys, and girls shot dead by the guns made and sold by his clients.

Porter calls Obama a "fake President" and warns that the President will seek "revenge" against gun owners who opposed his safety measures. Is that not the clearest example of delusional paranoia outside the pages of the DSM V???

Porter refers to his clan as "freedom fighters," defenders of the God-given right to own guns. Or military-style assault rifles. Or semi-automatic machine guns. Or pretty much anything that's BIG and made of shiny metal and goes BOOM and makes things dead.

He would likely be voted the grandpa most likely to buy his little granddaughter a pretty pink polka-dotted "Crickett" rifle from "My First Gun."

There were many options, colors, fun patterns and miniature accessories for these little toddler-sized weapons of death listed in the online catalog ... before the company took down their "Crickett" website in the wake of the horrifying shooting of the 2-year-old by her 5-year-old brother in Burkesville, KY last week. The boy used a .22 caliber rifle designed, one supposes, to fit the grip of a kindergartner. This is madness. This is obscenity.

Good thing people who know how to use the "Internets" took lots of screen shots from their web site. The photographs posted on their web site's "kids corner" were particularly disturbing.

http://mjcdn.motherjones.com/preset_51/crickett630-top.jpg

(By the way, how do the Uber-Right Congressmen maintain that a 15-year-old is too young to purchase "Plan B" birth control, but a 5-year-old is plenty old enough to own and operate a rifle? But I digress ...)

The Burksville killing was just the next unnecessary childhood gun tragedy, certainly not the last one. Not even the only one that week, as about.com reports:

  • The 5-year-old in Mountain Village, Alaska, who died after she was unintentionally shot by her 8-year-old brother who was playing with a Ruger 10/22 rifle that he had used the day before to go hunting.

  • The 6-year-old in Pace, Florida, who was hospitalized after she was unintentionally shot while playing with a handgun with another small child.

  • The 4-year-old in Tuckahoe, Virginia, who was shot in the leg by his 10-year-old brother who had found his father's .38 caliber handgun under a dresser. Their mother had taken it out the night before because she had thought she heard noises outside and didn't put it back into the lockbox where it is usually kept.

  • The 3-year-old in Yuma, Arizona, who died after he shot himself with his grandmother's handgun.

In Alabama, while favorite son James Porter was being crowned King of the Gun, his home state bore yet another child gun victim last week. A Brighton, Alabama, 4-year-old boy was shot in the head by his 4-year-old cousin while they were playing in the boy's bedroom. The boy is still in critical condition following surgery. In "God's hands" now, right?

And in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, a 6-year-old girl was shot in the chest by her 13-year-old brother while playing hide and seek.

Yup, that was just one week. Another handful of little victims, all in the Sesame Street demographic. Does the NRA care? (yawn ...)

You have to ask, who is the NRA servicing with their "God-given rights" and "pry it outta my cold dead hands" chest-thumping? Certainly not our children. The God-n-Guns cretins must maintain a beastly image of their "God" if they believe a loving God would sacrifice little children to protect their right to own assault rifles. But, then, again ...

Speaking of freedom and rights, what about the basic right to remain alive? These trigger-happy and possibly penile-challenged cretins (87% of the NRA membership is "male") are the same people who would bomb an abortion clinic to stop physicians from terminating a pregnancy, but don't even wince when a fully formed first grader is gunned down in a classroom?

Sound right to you, Truthseekers?

Dozens of dead school children in Newtown last December. Dozens more shootings of children every month since. When does it stop? Will our society ever value children more than bullets? Must we wait until their tiny bodies pile all the way up to heaven before we have any sensible regulation of these death machines?

In the bigger picture, can you imagine what it would be like to live in a society where we spent as much time, money, and energy on keeping people alive as we do making them dead. 

But again, I digress. ...



Submitters Website: www.mikemalloy.com

Submitters Bio:

Kathy never expected a career in radio as a talk show producer. Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Kathy was completing her nursing degree when in 2001 - in an emergency - she was asked to fill in as the producer of Mike's program. Within a few weeks she knew she'd found more than a temporary job. Since that beginning, Kathy has steadily grown more comfortable behind the control console, editing, engineering, and assisting in topic selection for the program while also retaining a fairly sizeable chunk of her sanity. Oh, and did we mention the utter (joyful) chaos of raising a daughter who, for some odd reason, only stops talking when she's asleep. Strange, that.

A life-long "talk radio junkie," Kathy takes her job with all the seriousness required, and thoroughly enjoys producing a talk show that's intelligent, factual, informative, and most of all entertaining. She takes great pride in -- and has great fun with -- the two biggest joys in her life: Their daughter Molly, and producing one of the most dynamic talk programs in radio.

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