I received this email from the folks at Oxfam. We all know that the easy transfer of guns to evil people causes much misery in the world, particularly in regions with out strong governments to protect them from warlords and criminals. Now, I am not a master at foreign policy analysis, but the Arms Trade Treaty, if held to that is, seems to have many benefits besides saving innocent lives. This seems like a no brainer for President Obama to sign to promote more stability in the worlds war-torn regions.
And unlike some Nervous Nellies, I am not worried about Obama coming to take my guns.
Last month, 154 nations voted to adopt the first-ever international Arms Trade Treaty to help control the flow of arms and ammunition across borders – saving lives, preventing armed conflicts and protecting human rights.
Right now, we need to turn the promise of the agreement into a reality – to fundamentally change how the global arms trade works, the Arms Trade Treaty needs signatures.
The Obama administration will decide very soon whether or not to sign. Make no mistake, this moment is critical. A signature from the United States is vital to ensuring a strong treaty. Continue reading →
The failure of the Senate to pass the measure that could result in legislation requiring background checks for certain firearm sales really disappointed me. I had clung to a thin hope that they would be moved by the activism of the parents and families of the Sandy Hook shooting victims.
I was so bummed out I couldn’t write or read anything newsworthy or political for a week. Depressed and disgusted, would describe the way I felt. And then I got Mad!! It also ticked off the folks at RepresentUs…read on, dear friends.
The US Senate just rejected a basic background check law for gun sales despite the fact that 90% of Americans support it.Even 74% of NRA members support it!1
Represent.Us has no official position on gun rights/gun control, but you’re damn right we have a position on whether America’s Congress follows the will of the American people. And they don’t. Our leaders are FAILING US, and by letting it happen, by letting them continue to steal our country, we’re failing America.
It’s time to WAKE UP. Stop writing emails to Congress. Stop yelling at your computer screen. Stop feeling hopeless. Continue reading →
Many Americans are frustrated with elected officials who do the bidding of the NRA rather than what is right for the majority of Americans. Our health and safety should not come second to NRA’s goal to sell guns as fast as they can. No more!
One man puts his feelings out there for all to hear, and gives voice to the opinion of quite a few of us.
If you feel the same as this hearty soul from the great state of Ohio, then share the living hell out of this video!
In the days following the President’s big speech outlining his intentions to do something to curb gun related murders, and after taking some time to think about who really wins and loses if any kind of changes in law really occurs, and then marveling at how crazy some folks get on both sides of gun control, I had a few questions plaguing me.
I decided to throw a few questions out there for consideration.
How many Senators and Congress persons are in the NRA’s pocket?
When will we get a full time ATF head, and in fact, a more robust ATF?
How the heck did we get to the point that it is standard practice to run all legislation past an industry’s lobbyists for approval and notes, prior to nomination?
Why is a right to own an object more precious and sacred than protecting American lives?
Is the NRA objection to Universal background checks more to prevent a slowing in the growth of gun sales, rather than a defense of the second amendment?
What can the voter do against the NRA’s indisputable sway over Congress and the Senate? Continue reading →
This is kind of tardy, but its still funny! After the president issued executive orders on gun rights, conservative pundits make a compelling case for Barack Obama being both a ruthless fascist and a communist dictator.
I love how they abandon all semblance of logical thinking. Creative conspiracy theory crafting should be listed on the “skills” part of these guys resumes.
Wow…..All I can say is crazy is as crazy does. And apparently crazy gets you a television show on FOX News! And we thought Ross Perot was dotty, bet many folks long for those simple times!
I’m ashamed to say that quite a bit of the information Jon discloses in the preceding video was news to me… I just don’t think about guns because I don’t own any. I don’t hunt, sport shoot, and even though I live in the big bag metro area, I haven’t yet wanted a gun for protection. However, I was very naive about the mess gun control laws really are in. But then, as I look back at the way the country has treated guns and the way we use them, it all comes clear.
I have noted quite a bit of upset and dismay on social media from our more “conservative” and gun-toting American friends after the President’s press conference. He outlined common sense reasonable plans of action to curb the tragic results of gun violence, particularly mass shootings of innocent citizens. After noting the day’s inter-web crazy talk quotient nearing epic proportions, I noticed that folks freaking out the most vociferously did not take the time to listen to what President Barack Obama actually said.
Now I know that is hard to believe, Americans getting aggravated at what the President said, without actually knowing what he stated. Continue reading →
A friend pointed me to an opinion piece Chuck Doswell published about the Second Amendment that questions its validity in modern American life, way back in 2004. He examines the language of the amendment itself, and that of its most ardent defenders. I found in very informative, and interesting.
I think you will find, Kids, some very compelling points regarding the use of the Second Amendment as a universally protected right to cache weapons for sport shooting, hunting, collecting, and of course “defense”.