Thanks to Senate dysfunction and NRA opposition, we don’t have a surgeon general right now. In fact, we haven’t had a surgeon general for more than a year now — even though the president nominated the eminently qualified Dr. Vivek Murthy back in November 2013.
via How the NRA is making the Ebola crisis worse | MSNBC.
Thought I was making that up didn’t you? No, MSNBC really did say the Ebola crisis in the US has been made worse by the NRA. More specifically, Krystal Ball (no, I didn’t make that name up either) and Anne Thompson wrote the literary screed that makes this claim. I was planning to write up a response but, “I got nothin’.” I really don’t know how to respond to this level of stupid.
Don’t get me wrong, I personally don’t question Murthy’s knowledge or background with respect to medicine. And if he’d restricted his comments to medicine, I doubt anyone, including the NRA, would object to him being the Surgeon General. However, the man made it clear he planned to use that position to effect policy to restrict the freedoms of law abiding citizens rather than address actual medical issues. And unfortunately, the Obama administration is just the kind of government that would let him do it. Folks, the only time a gun becomes a medical issue is when it is used, lawfully or unlawfully, to poke a hole in a human being. But it is not the Surgeon General’s job to decide whether or not one has a right to own or use a gun or otherwise influence the government on that issue. When Murthy made it clear he wanted to do just that, he all but guaranteed opposition to his appointment.
Now, MSNBC’s ridiculous premise is that because the NRA opposed Murthy’s appointment,that no one is around to “educate the American public about the actual level of risk…” or serve as “a public health expert and whose job it was to help us understand what we really need to worry about and what precautions we should take.” Well damn. I guess there’s only one doctor in the country and none of the thousands of other folks who have gone to medical school and work with infectious diseases have any clue what they are talking about. If only Murthy had been appointed. Then all would be right with the world. Folks, if you’re dumb enough to believe in anything MSNBC has to say going forward, you really, really, need to draw a bath and get a razor…We don’t need you in this world anymore.
And we are on the right side of American opinion. A poll from July 2014 found almost all (93 percent) women voters, including Republican and independents women voters, support background checks for all gun sales, and by a 3-to-1 margin, women will favor a candidate who supports this common-sense policy.
via American Moms Aren’t Buying What the NRA Is Selling | Shannon Watts.
Shannon Watts has penned a new article over at Huffington Post that claims women, “American Moms” in particular, “…aren’t buying what the NRA is selling.” I guess you can lie to yourself enough to believe it. Watts’ butt hurt over the NRA’s recent portrayal of her as a paper doll is palpable.
I guess Ms. Watts has never heard of the likes of NRA Moms like Kay Clark, Julie Golob, or mom to be, Michelle Viscusi. No, Ms Watts and her ilk don’t think they exist. Nor does Ms. Watts recognize the existence or rights of millions of other women who are just as committed as Ms. Watts to the safety of themselves, their children, and their families as Ms. Watts, Moms Demand Action, and Everytown for Gun Safety. The difference is, female gun owners don’t believe that safety will come with giving up their right to bear arms and it’s a stretch to say women aren’t buying into self-reliance and the ability to defend themselves.
A simple Internet search for women gun owners reveals articles from every major news and financial publication with headlines that all state, in varying ways, that gun ownership among women is on the rise. The NRA embraces this and yes, encourages it…As well we should. But the NRA doesn’t have to sell the idea of the right to self-defense to moms. That idea sells itself. Ask any mom what she’s willing to do to defend her child. When you find one willing to stand by and do nothing while someone does harm to their child, you’ll probably find a picture of Shannon Watts.
Dahlia Lithwick is all but rooting for the Open Carry movement to result in such blowback that it results in “sane policies.” She’s a Canadian by birth and, like so many in the media, she’s not exactly supportive of the 2nd Amendment. The fact the Supreme Court recognized an individual right to keep and bear arms is clearly a bit of a sore spot.
In her latest submission to Slate.com, she laments the familiar cycle of, “…feints toward meaningful reform followed by crushing defeats as memories fade,” that follow every new shooting. There’s no attempt to be even remotely objective here but, she’s a writer, not a journalist. She need not hide her bias or opinion. And to that end, she thinks the free market will force businesses to pick, “…sane policies over dangerous ones, or at least more customers over fewer.”
“…Chipotle, forced to take sides, issued a statement last week indicating that state law notwithstanding, open carriers should leave their weapons at home or not come to Chipotle.
via Guns after Elliot Rodger: Businesses like Chipotle and Sonic are our best hope for gun control.“
Sadly, I agree with her. I think the free market may very well indeed end up settling the issue and I worry it won’t be in our favor. Tread lightly folks.
Let’s not mince words, not only is it rare, it’s downright weird and certainly not a practical way to go normally about your business while being prepared to defend yourself.
via NRA-ILA | Good Citizens and Good Neighbors The Gun Owners Role.