In the course of this week, Jezebel has launched a series of cathartic, and side-splittingly funny, rants about menstration, male right’s activists, kombucha, and other people’s children. I have f bombed the fuck out of my Facebook and Twitter accounts to share these hilarious rips as a public primal scream knowing many of my friends feel much the same.
Today came the tragedy of the school shooting in Connecticut and a plethora of gun rights commentary flooded social and mainstream media like.
For me, Jezebel said it best. FUCK YOU GUNS. I’m re-posting in full as it should not be missed. Frankly, some say that today is not time to discuss gun control. I, and many others, agree. YESTERDAY was the day to discuss this. Columbine was the time to discuss. The Aurora shooting. Over 10,000 people were killed last year in gun related incidents in the US. Compare that to other so-called first world countries – 48 in Japan? 42 in West Germany? 8 in Great Britain? What is so wrong with our country that we can’t even have a real debate about gun control in this country? Why are gun supporters so scared that those crazy liberals ‘are coming for our guns’? I don’t care two shits if you have a gun. But I hope that you had to jump through a lot of hoops to get it. Because its a gun. Not a tea kettle.
There are a reported 58,000 places to buy guns in the US, more than there are Starbuck’s locations. Knowing how often I see that tempting little mermaid enticing me in for a liberal latte, its shocking that there are more places to buy guns than for me to quench my liberal urges.
“Guns don’t kill people – people kill people.” Bullshit. Guns DO kill people on a massive scale. When the constitution was written the most advanced gun at people’s disposal was a musket. A lot different than a semi automatic with heavy ammunition capabilities. And regardless, again… we’re aren’t trying to take your guns away!!! We want them regulated. Controlled. Its not un-American. Its not taking away your rights. Your constiutional rights do not guarantee absolute freedom. You have freedom of speech but you can still be sued for libel or defamation. You have freedom of religion, but you can’t conduct human sacrifice in the name of said religion’s practice. We have controls in place that protect our freedoms and our citizenry. That’s not too much to ask is it?
Take it away Jezebel!! and THANK YOU for saying it better than I ever could.
Fuck You, Guns
This is Fuck You Week, Jezebel’s first annual week of desperate emotional cleansing and unhinged psychic purging. And yeah, considering what happened today, we feel weird about it — but still. It’s relevant.
At least twenty-seven people including twenty little kids were massacred today at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, according to the most recent reports. As of now, it’s the second-deadliest shooting in U.S. history. How could such a thing happen? Easily: Because we refuse to talk about gun control in this country. Actually, fuck the term “gun control”; we refuse to talk about how to preventfucking massacres from happening over and over again thanks to how fucking simple it is for practically anyone to get their hands on some nifty automated mass murdering weapons. Fuck everyone who says today isn’t the time to politicize gun violence. Most of all, fuck the NRA and all of its political cronies. This is your fault.
Fuck you, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, for saying that “today is not that day” to discuss gun control. The only acceptable explanation for that statement is that you got cut off from saying, “because yesterday was.” Off the top of my head: this year’s Dark Night Risesshooting massacre in Aurora might have been an excellent time to bring up the topic! But, no, we had an election to take care of, and neither candidate wanted to tackle the 2nd Amendment some Americans hold so near and dear; Obama discussed gun control a total of 3 times on the campaign trail. 3 times.
We could’ve talked about it, oh, anytime in the past 13 years since Columbine, because there have been at least 31 school shootings in the U.S. since then. It’s a waste of our time to keep listing all of the times we could’ve talked about it; it’s easier just to say the time was then, the time is tomorrow, and the time is now.
Hey, White House: we know you’re trying to be respectful, but respect doesn’t mean shit to the dozens of families who just lost their little kids and loved ones. Respect them by starting the conversation right now. Start it tonight.
While we’re talking politics: Fuck you, all of the politicians who received money from the NRA last election cycle. Check them out here! Memorize their names and remember that they’re a massive part of the problem.
Fuck you, people who say, “guns don’t kill people, people kill people.” Sorry, assholes, this isn’t the time for semantics. Guns are the tools that enable people who kill people to kill lots and lots of people with ease. And they’re fucking efficient. According to Mother Jones, which has done excellent research on this topic, there’s a clear relationship between the rise in civilian firearms and the rise in mass shootings; they counted two per year on average since 1982, and 24 of the 61 cases they looked at occurred after 2006. This year alone there have been six mass shootings with 110 people injured and killed, a record number. In 1995 there were about 200 million guns in the hands of average Joes and Joannes. Today, there are around 300 million. That’s a 50 percent jump. If you don’t think that guns have anything to do with the rise in mass shootings, you’re a fucking idiot.
Fuck you, people who say, “if only the good guys had guns.” Mother Jones, again bringing the awesome rationality and crucial data, analyzed 61 recent U.S. mass shootings and found that the killing wasn’t stopped by a civilian with a gun in any of those cases. It’s delusional to think that guns can help stop massacres like the one that happened today. Of course, people do think that;yesterday, the Michigan State Senate passed a law allowing concealed weapons in schools and daycares. No no no no no. Let’s stop pretending the “if everyone had a gun, everyone could protect themselves!” argument is worth considering. It’s obvious it doesn’t work, and it’s demonstrably dangerous to suggest otherwise. As in, hundreds of people are dying because we can’t have a real talk about guns.
Why can’t we? Because of the National Rifle Association. FUCK THE NRA. They’ve been having a successful and lucrative year, as this recent Bloomberg Businessweek piece points out; Republican-controlled legislatures in at least four states are considering allowing employees to bring guns to work, Florida will soon be the first state to have issued 1 million permits allowing people to conceal their firearms, and an Illinois law barring citizens from packing heat outside their home or business was struck down by a federal appeals court.
Since Obama got elected, “firearm manufacturers and their vocal ally, the National Rifle Association, have enjoyed an extraordinary boom, based heavily on fear marketing,”Businessweek reports:
The industry pitch: Obama plans to restrict, if not confiscate, your guns. This has sent hundreds of thousands of people to their Main Street gun shop or firearm website, propelled by the notion that they better buy while they can. The twist is that while Obama occasionally murmurs about gun control, he has done nothing to make it more difficult to lawfully acquire or carry firearms. The president and his advisers fear a political backlash (and, on substance, may worry that tinkering with gun laws will not actually affect crime rates in a substantial way).
The upshot: Gun sellers and promoters of gun rights are pushing further and further in an environment of seemingly endless possibilities for their side of the perennial debate over the wisdom and significance of packing heat.
In the past four years, in 37 states, the NRA and their political BFFs have pushed through a whopping 99 laws making guns a cinch to buy, carry in public, and hide from the government.
When shooting massacres like today’s happen, the NRA basically just waits around until emotions aren’t so raw before its spokespeople start rambling on about self-defense. Then, the NRA waits around some more until Americans move onto some other outrage. They know Obama won’t do shit because they and their friends wield so much political power.
By the way, this was the NRA’s last tweet, earlier today: “10 Days of NRA Giveaways – Enter today for a chance to win an auto emergency tool!”
Fuck you, NRA. You guys are fucking murderers.
Today, we don’t need prayers. We don’t need thoughts. We need action. We need to politicize this, and we need to politicize this now. Fuck everyone who isn’t ready to talk about gun control. You’re the reason 27 people (and counting) died today. Don’t forget it.