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How the NRA Exploits Violent Movies to Sell Gun and More Guns


Society & Culture  (tags: guns, NRA, movie violence, climate of fear, society, gun violence, mass shootings, violent movies )

Betsy
- 467 days ago - tomdiazgunsandgangs.com
The National Rifle Association (NRA)-the public face of the American gun industry-scurries into a period of silence after a shocking mass shooting. Some imagine that the NRA was engaged in soul searching.....not true....



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Angelika R. (143)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 3:24 pm
" The truth is that the NRA and the gun industry it represents ruthlessly peddle what LaPierre called “the filthiest form of pornography” in his statement." Yes!
Hope some day one of their loyal gun enthusiasts runs amok and blows up their exhibitions! Let's all hope for some STRONG legislation real soon.
Thx Betsy.
 

Dalia H. (1272)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 4:36 pm
Very interesting article my Beloved Betsy.
Noted and Thank you so much for sharing with Us.
HAVE A VERY BLESSED EVENING AND WEEK AHEAD EVERYBODY!!!!!
Much Love, Light, Peace
B.D♥
 

Dalia H. (1272)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 4:37 pm
Sending a Green Star is a simple way to say "Thank you"
You cannot currently send a star to Betsy because you have done so within the last week.
Sending you my LOVE instead!!
 

Just Carole (341)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 4:46 pm

It's true.

As much as I support the 2nd Amendment (adopted in 1791), I am disgusted by the misuse of its original purpose.

No, I do NOT think that citizens should be precluded from owning defensive arms . . . BUT, as ratified by the States and authenticated by Thomas Jefferson, Secretary of State:

"A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."

Meant just THAT "well regulated."

I hardly believe that our founders foresaw the proliferation of "assault weapons" in the hands of citizens (as well as offensive, imperial armies . . . and certainly, the threat of nuclear armament).

But, their cautionary foresight is clear. They knew that unforseen circumstances could negate (or modify) their present knowledge, and had the wisdom to allow "amendments" to accommodate that.

When we blur the intent of the Constitition, Bill of Rights, and Amendments thereto, we sully the foundation and over-riding premise, of the very documents establishing the nation we vow to protect.



 

Nancy Black (296)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 4:58 pm
Noted, tweeted, shared, read. There is no doubt the NRA does what every spoiled indulgent child does, it tries to place the blame on someone or something else. They can talk until the cows come in, guns result in more deaths. They are right in the sense we don't need violent pornography or video games in our society, but the young man didn't kill 26 people by showing them pornography or playing violent video games with them. He killed the children and women with a gun. If he hadn't had a gun, he wouldn't have had the opportunity to kill so many unless he iwas going to bring in a bomb. By the way, bombs kill people also.
 

Just Carole (341)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 5:03 pm

The news that prohibition of guns is being considered has only promoted the sale of weapons (curious, eh?).

In sheepish response, assault weapons are being hoarded and are beoming in short supply. They will, most likely, be traded without being registered (as if anyone considering unlawful intent would register their weapon in the first place).

It's (WAY) past time that we use some well-considered thought and realize that deliberate decimation of our enemies -- versus peaceful resolution -- is only benefitting war-profiteers . . . and, otherwise, is NOT the answer.

"It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder."
--Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)

 

Jim Phillips (3206)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 5:11 pm
A rather lengthy article but worth reading into some of the historical backgrounds to the current state of
affairs in the movie industry. The last part of the article is below as quoted:

"The hypocrisy, one dares say duplicity, of the leadership of the National Rifle Association is beyond stunning."

"The NRA is an integral element in the ruthless machinery of the gun industry that is butchering Americans in their homes, churches, workplaces, movie theaters, schools, and even military bases. Joined at the hip to the gun industry, the NRA has been an active cheerleader in the gun industry’s cynical promotion of the exotic guns that Stephen Hunter described in an earlier persona."

"These killing machines are no longer exotic. Thanks in large part to the NRA, semiautomatic assault rifles, high-capacity semiautomatic pistols, and armor-piercing 50 caliber sniper rifles are common today in America. The consequences have shown up in the terror of small children about to die and the grief of mothers and fathers who must bury them."

"Wayne LaPierre’s facile words of sympathy fall hollow in this charnel house. His pitiful and transparently foolish attempt to blame movies, video games, society at large, the news media, and any politician who dares suggest even the most insipid form of gun control is obtuse and shameful. As this report shows, the NRA itself has recklessly promoted the infatuation of a few with violent movies and guns simply to sell guns…and more guns…all to the certain harm of the many."

"This must end. The fact is that neither movies nor video games, nor any other of the wondrous excuses the NRA can dream up are the cause of America’s gun violence epidemic."

"Guns are."

Ty, Betsy.
.
 

Betsy Bee (1354)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 5:43 pm
Thank you, Angelika, Dalia, and Carole for your comments. Your comments are appreciated.

Dalia thank you for your comment about a green star.

Angelika, your comment as a European concerned for the US is very, very valuable. Americans need to know what the rest of the world thinks. I am happy that you withhold judgement and see the various forces and their actions under the news from America. I know you see how the NRA and ALEC are scheming.

I absolutely concur with you, Carole. I uphold the First Ten Amendments. I do not want to see any of them under examination of the Robert's Supreme Court, which I consider an enemy of the people and the Constitution. (Five out of nine members were nominated by shrubberies...I mean Bushes.)

When I was in undergraduate college, I was in the Students for a Democratic Society. There in the dynamic cradle of the American New Left, I learned the value of the constitution and its adherence to the Magna Carta and English Common Law. Our Founding Fathers had just suffered through a revolution that killed 25 million people and they knew tyranny first hand. Each one of the first ten amendments were designed to make the government fear the people (keep the people from fearing the government) and insure to the people the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

When I was in college, there was a kinder gentler NRA. I want to make it clear that I was never a member of the NRA. Still, I was a poor college student and I sold to the NRA a novella for their monthly magazine about the need to stock silver bullets way ahead of Halloween's vampires and werewolves,etc. I even had a September chapter about the dangers of were moose in Vermont. (Who would have thought I would live in Vermont someday. The moose are big, over a ton in weight, but quite friendly.)

That NRA paid well and they had not become the sinister, manipulative force they are now. They are only going to grow worse. A severe economic downturn will help them spread fear and they are waiting and ready.

Advertisers manipulate us to make purchases. The NRA's influence which permeates every part of Hollywood could make us people we would not recognize. Remember how the Batman movie shooting in Colorado was tied to a movie many see as exceptionally violet.

I thank all three of you for making comments and opening the discussion. I hope your comments and the people who have noted this story will help this story get to the front page so more people are alerted to the evil the NRA is foisting upon our society though our entertainment industry..

I agree completely with the great poet, environmental and animal rights attorney, Edward Abbey. "You cannot study darkness by flooding it with light." This story represents just one (HUGE) way that the NRA is a darkness in America. Let's recognize the NRA influence for what it is = darkness.



 

Craig Pittman (44)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 5:44 pm
Thank you Betsy. One has to wonder how many more tragedies it will take before a sufficient number of voters become motivated to demand changes to the gun laws. How many innocent children and others need to die to offset the right to own guns? What will tip the equation? What has caused this paranoia in the U.S. that sets it aside from all other industrialized countries in terms of gun related deaths?
 

Just Carole (341)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 5:53 pm

So VERY well stated, Betsy.

(And, yes, we all have had our awakenings . . . and disappointments . . . and misjudgments.)

But, still, the learning is the most welcome part of the journey. And we are all, while still questioning, learning.

So glad to have such wonderful companions to share these, ever educating, moments with.

(I love this site, and the people who offer their insights.)

 

Betsy Bee (1354)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 5:55 pm
Thank you very much Nancy. "Guns and bombs kill people".

Thank you, Jim, for wading through that lengthy article and quoting that extremely valuable part of the article. Guns themselves, are indeed now the problem or at least a very big part of the problem.

People will still kill people without guns and bombs but it won't be so easily.

This reminds me of a song from the Irish revolution. "Will I ever live so long to see people not killing people."
 

Michael Carney (205)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 6:01 pm
Noted, with great interest...I sure don't have the answers to the problem of Guns, but I'm pretty sure more guns aren't the answer...
 

Billy B. (112)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 6:22 pm
"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State,
the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."
-Amendment II, Constitution of the United States.
 

Wolfgang W. (175)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 6:34 pm
A well regulated militia ??? ...
 

Just Carole (341)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 7:00 pm
Well, you must remember that these Amendments were drawn up before the then civilians (who joined forces to fight the oppression/using by their sovereign British controllers), became an organized profession (tool) of war-profiteers.

mi·li·tia (m-lsh)
n.
1. An army composed of ordinary citizens rather than professional soldiers.
2. A military force that is not part of a regular army and is subject to call for service in an emergency.
3. The whole body of physically fit civilians eligible by law for military service.
 

Just Carole (341)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 7:07 pm

I, indeed, have no quarrel with citizens being prepared to, when alerted to the necessity, protect their property, srongly-held beliefs of justice and independence, as well as their loved ones'.

In fact, I feel it is a civic duty, which is why I stand strongly behind the 2nd Amendment, as I feel it was intended, and should be interpretted.

 

Judy C. (106)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 7:41 pm
When the Constitution recognized the importance of a militia, single-shot rifles were advanced weapons. Technology has changed so radically that this rather quaint notion needs reevaluating. There were crossbows, and maybe even cannons, but weapons are infinitely more deadly today, culminating in such things as lasers, and even nuclear technology.

Most people lived far from one another, in a world where you couldn't call 911 if someone attacked you. Your family probably relied on meat from whatever animals you could kill. A gun was something people needed. Today, we have people walking around in densely populated, stressful cities toting guns. It's a recipe for disaster.

We need a national discourse on the realities of weapons in today's world. I'm not very knowledgeable about weapons, but this seems to be an important part of evaluating the Second Amendment in today's context.

The NRA has become an increasingly radical outfit. Their mission is pretty obvious--to make sure the cash keeps rolling in to the arms manufacturers and vendors. This is a business, after all. The article was good, and pretty chilling, considering the psychological power of films. Thanks, Betsy.

 

Craig Zimmerman (86)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 9:18 pm
I can't believe some of the nonsense I have been reading from pro-gun types. They act like their guns are more precious than the lives of children.
 

Craig Zimmerman (86)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 9:30 pm
At one time, many villages and cities did have citizen militias. That is no longer the case. We have a professional military and professional police forces.
 

Suzanne L. (152)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 10:16 pm
Good article Betsy. I think the original intention of the right to bear arms has been totally perverted. It was initially intended to defend an emerging state. Now it' llike internal warfare.
 

Shelly Peterson (213)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 10:59 pm
GREAT COMMENTARY BY ALL!! (well, almos!).............TRUTH!!!= YOUR ATTITUDE TOWARDS GUNS
 

Shelly Peterson (213)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 11:30 pm
augh! this is embarassing,, got cahlooheyed! while trying to post my comment..(sorry and let's try this again!)
..so above..and+Hollywood is Hollywood and yes we learn from what the artists share with us..and THEY SO CAN PUT REAL ISSUES ON THE TABLE!!!.....LIKE "BLOOD DIAMONDS". LEONARDO dI CAPRIO..now this new one about FRACKING!! ( I can't afford to go see..but if I could,....I WOULD SEND A FREE TICKET FOR YOU AND EVERYONE YOU KNOW!!!)...tHE GREATEST GIFT OF ART, is touching your heart and soul...and these movies do.....but to BLAME social unconscience, lack of a sound and sane parent,, because they are a crack head, with a gun, and all adults are such in the home!!!!!!!!!...the REAL TRUTH!!!HUNGRY, SCARED, EMBARASSED TO GO TO SCHOOL, ..so sit at home because CRAZY MOMMY and DADDY/NEWEST BOYFRIEND OF THE WEEK, made this "week" worse than last week...hungry!! adults won't buy food..but I CAN PLAY/ SEE THE NEWEST , MOST VIOLENT GAME ON THE T.V....because the "NEWEST MALE< that is in the bedroom, banging my MOM, that is what he gave me........NOT FOOD, NOT SAFETY, NOT CLEAN CLOTHES, NOT TAKING ME TO SCHOOL.....AND I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHERE MY SCHOOL BOOKS ARE ANYMORE...(just hide in ANYTHING!!, EVEN THIS VIDEO GAME)......
NEVER blame CRAP , FOR BEING CRAP!, when it comes to the "art", crappy or not.......................
THE BLAME REST ON THE HUMANE HEADS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...MOMMYS & DADDYS....THERE, NOT THERE=dysfunction= dysfunction!!!!!!!!!!add the guns in a home with a dysfunctional parent, especially when drugged induced....kaos=kaos, and the child is the most to suffer.................THIS IS THE BASE LINE OF THE PROBLEM.....AND, the guns, DUH!!!!!!!!!!!??????!!!!!!!!
I don't carry..use to date a Cop!, ...know how to use..and if ANYONE invades our neighborhood, yes I am one of the first people, that you would want to have a gun, because I will PROTECT YOU AND YOUR FAMILY & MINE, IF WE ARE UNDER ATTACK!!...............this is the USA. We must realise the truth about us and our neighborhoods and ourselves and our children....Drugs & guns are destroying us and our neighborhoods! ENOUGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!NO MORE!!!!!!!!!SAY NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

SuSanne P. (177)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 11:30 pm
Thank you Betsy*BEE* Brilliant Article and extremely excellent post in most.
 

Thubten Chokyi (830)
Monday January 7, 2013, 4:09 am
So glad to see this news item... thank you Betsy - you're awesome!
 

Ro H. (0)
Monday January 7, 2013, 5:50 am
duh
 

Gloria picchetti (279)
Monday January 7, 2013, 5:58 am
No matter what we need background checks and no automatic weapons. If you want to get really second amendment accurate then carry a musket when you are performing militia exercises.
 

Angelika R. (143)
Monday January 7, 2013, 6:15 am
As already in many comments on other threads, again I'll throw in here the link to OUR gun laws, for anyone interested. Gun politics in Germany Important parts:2.1 Firearms ownership license 2.2 Firearms carry permit 2.3 Small firearms carry permit

A number of criteria must be met before a firearms ownership license is issued:
age of majority (18 years) (§ 4 WaffG)
trustworthiness (§ 5 WaffG)
personal adequacy (§ 6 WaffG)
expert knowledge (§ 7 WaffG) and
necessity (§ 8 WaffG)
Self-defense is not a recognized ground for necessity, outside the narrow requirements of a carry permit.
 

Kenneth L. (321)
Monday January 7, 2013, 6:21 am
I would say it's not only the NRA that promotes violence in movies. Is there a single 'action' movie that doesn't have some big dude or dudette carrying some 'sexy' gun to blast all the bad guys with? And add Rambo types with mega guns and mayhem and killing and explosions? And made out like it's 'real life'? Nah, that couldn't possibly influence or have an effect on people. After all, it's what commercials and ads have been using and relying on to sell their products for a hundred years. Obviously doesn't affect people.
 

ellen m. (233)
Monday January 7, 2013, 6:59 am
How I wish this sanity echoed in these comments would make it's way to those responsible for enacting the laws..we have far to many angels wings they might be carried on..

On a personal note, I don't like violent movies and these video games they have out now scare the s*** out of me, the way children are conditioned in the act of killing and violence..
I remember when Mario Brothers was the in thing. I balked (but paid) the $60+ for my son's "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" when it came out in the 80's...a small price to pay and thankfully 25 years before all of this that is out now I have a kid I don't have to worry about.
Not that it solves the problem :-(
 

Just Carole (341)
Monday January 7, 2013, 7:25 am

Yes, Ellen . . .

I despise the current trend of video games that reward anonymous killing, without remorse, by bestowing the young participants, because of their skillful use of magical weapons to murder, with a game "won."

I, equally, have huge disdain for "slasher films," where there is constant screaming and disturbingly graphic violence -- further distracting the spectator and numbing their conscience. (It is much too similar to the use of drone attacks.)

I see this as an introduction to "Fascism 101," and resent inculcating the minds of our receptive youth with the images of "might equals right."

 

Angelika R. (143)
Monday January 7, 2013, 7:50 am
One more Petition:
Tell ALEC's corporate funders to stop sanctioning profit-driven gun violence
 

Jim Phillips (3206)
Monday January 7, 2013, 7:57 am
Petition above signed in Angelika Roll's box comment.

"I presume your company does not want to support dangerous gun access laws, nor have your products or services associated with gun violence and tragedies. I urge you to immediately stop funding ALEC and issue a public statement making it clear that your company does not support gun access laws."

.
 

Michael Kirkby (80)
Monday January 7, 2013, 8:04 am
Unfortunately the second amendment of the constitution has been sorely abused as has the intent of having a standing army. Each was for the defense of the nation and not for the establishment of hegemonic empires that profit only the wealthy.
The NRA has been hoodwinked by the munitions and arms manufacturers. No one outside law enforcement; the National Guard or the military needs an automatic weapon let alone a Barrett or a 50cal.
The media has oft been a tool to justify violence and war. I enjoy a good film as much as the next person but it is after all only a film. It's sort of like getting kicked in the head. In real life you don't get back up that quickly; and blood is very sticky and take a long time to eradicate its presence from your personage.
I fear that today's youth have become in part inured to the severity and damage being done to them through the media. Look at where fast food; sodas and all the other media hyped products have gotten us.
Then again isn't that what was declared at the Jekyll Island conference in 1908? Control the media and dumb down education were two points Mr. Rothschild emphatically declared.
 

Diane Lewis (0)
Monday January 7, 2013, 8:33 am
thanks for the TOM DIAZ article. he is definitely an expert and should be consulted for advice in this heart rending gun violence issue.
 

Mitchell D. (123)
Monday January 7, 2013, 8:33 am
Again, the NRA is a lobbying group, owing allegiance to no one but the industry that feeds it, whose will it follows. It is about fooling the gullible, and boy there are sooo many of them, into thinking that they are there for those "Real Americans," when the issue is simply increasing profits for the industry.
There was no soul searching, the NRA has no soul, there were, probably, strategy meetings, though.
 

Tierney G. (384)
Monday January 7, 2013, 1:34 pm
Thank you Betsy good to see you here and posting news! Great job and comments here. I am still trying to figure out what is in the water and air that is causing mass insanity of certain individuals which may or may not own guns. It is almost a hysteria or paranoia of sorts and no hollywood sure does not help, they feed into the frenzy for profits. Could it be all the capitolism destroying us? It is ALWAYS about money.
 

Joe R. (195)
Monday January 7, 2013, 5:16 pm
Great article! Thanks Betsy.
 

greenplanet e. (157)
Monday January 7, 2013, 6:13 pm
That is disgusting to exploit violent movies like that. Violent movies and video games seem to desensitize some people to violence.

I don't like the way the NRA promotes a kind of potential dystopia where everyone could potentially be anyone's enemy and therefore "everyone" needs a gun. A society where there is compassion, cooperation and kindness could instead be promoted. The NRA fosters fear and distrust so that the gun companies presumably make a profit.

Thanks for the article, Betsy.
 

greenplanet e. (157)
Monday January 7, 2013, 6:17 pm
The Second Amendment had a particular historical context and the people who wrote it could not have possibly anticipated the ever-more lethal weapons and guns of today. It definitely needs amending to fit the present situation. It's strange that the US seems so gun happy compared with other places. Many people in other places find such an acceptance of guns held by citizens to be really peculiar.
 

Cathy Aronson (59)
Monday January 7, 2013, 6:56 pm
Thank you Betsy for posting this. My feelings on the Second Amendment, which like many have stated was never intended for today's times, have left me wondering if people really feel that strongly about it, then perhaps we should enforce it as it was meant and let people buy all the muskets they want.
Thanks again Betsy and I will be sharing this!
 

Patrick Donovan (306)
Tuesday January 8, 2013, 7:57 am
Thank you Angelika for the petition line in your comment box above.
 

Betsy Bee (1354)
Tuesday January 8, 2013, 11:40 am
Thank you everyone for the comments and valuable insights.. I have learned so much from all of you.

Very special thanks to Angelika for the link to the ALEC gun related violence petition. RIGHT ON! I am proud that my Occupy, Occupy Phoenix, is leading the way in getting locally based corporations to drop their memberships in ALEC.

Angelika, thank you also for providing information on the German laws concerning firearm ownership.

Tierney, it is always about MONEY, you are so correct. Capitalism is the crisis.

Gloria P. and Cathy A. Your comments about the firearms available at the time the Second Amendment was framed are priceless. Special thanks.

Since my first job was at the Tall Ship museum in my home of Savannah, GA, here are some facts that show how accurate and at the same time amusing your comments are:

In 1791......

Muzzle loading black powder muskets weighed 9 to 14 pounds.

The melting and molding of soft lead for the projectiles and the grain count for the black powder had to be prepared ahead of time by the person intending to use the musket. An air bubble in the ball or excess grains of black powder could have fatal results for the shooter.

The musket was useless if the powder became damp or the inside of the barrel became pitted by the acid in the black powder.

Loading the weapon with bullet (just a soft lead ball) and black powder individually per shot by hand into the muzzle took about three minutes.

Barrels were not reinforced as they are today. After the firing chamber and adjacent third of the barrel became heated, there was always a danger of a "peel back" of the barrel which would take off the hands of the shooter.

So there wasn't a long line of people wanting to be Rambo.

I hope everyone who reads this story, signs Angelika's petition. This is the most effective way to attack ALEC, the NRA of 2013, and the corporations who profit from violence and death.

Personally, I am still reluctant to see any of the first ten amendments come under review while the Robert's Supreme Court is at the top of the US judicial branch.

Obama signed NDAA 2103 with an amendment that would negate the sixth amendment protection against indefinite detention.

The integrity of the first ten amendments is the US dam against governmental tyranny.

There are other ways to change the climate of violence in the US, such as the petition for which Angelika gave us a link.

If we want to change the second amendment, some fundamentalist group is going to want to change first amendment "freedom of religion" or ninth amendment "right to an abortion", etc. They are already trying make these changes.
 

greenplanet e. (157)
Tuesday January 8, 2013, 4:58 pm
The Second Amendment was apparently influenced by the English Bill of Rights (1689) when Catholics and Protestants were at odds in England and after King James II had tried to disarm the Protestants.

The English Bill of Rights included the proviso that arms must be as "allowed by law." This had been the case before and after the passage of the Bill. Before and after the English Bill of Rights, the government could always disarm any individual or class of individuals it considered dangerous to the peace of the realm.

I think laws need to change with the times to be applicable to those times.
 

Michela m. (3406)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 10:14 am
Noted!!
 

Susanne R. (248)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 10:26 pm
Yes, I agree that the NRA exploits violent movies to sell more guns! It was the movies that the tobacco industry exploited to glamorize smoking and which created generations of heavy smokers. In the early 1900's, smoking was typically limited to men. As women fought for more rights, they demanded the right to smoke, and the tobacco industry, ever eager to create more addicts to guarantee a steady flow of demand and the resulting profits, even created cigarettes designed specifically for women.

Kenneth brought up an excellent point when he mentioned the "sexiness" factor conjured up in people's minds when an attractive actor kills the bad guys. Will all the guns and ammunition put on display, with the largest and most powerful being the most revered, you have to wonder if it's not some sort of competition akin to the old "mine's bigger than yours" mentality.

Super article, Betsy, and some really great comments. Wayne LaPierre can come up with all the excuses he and his cronies can think of, but they're not fooling anyone. I realize that there are a lot of good and responsible people who belong to the NRA, but they're being represented by greedy liars like LaPierre and rage-filled lunatics like Alex Jones, so they might want to reconsider their association with that group. I don't think anyone wants a repeat of what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary, and we have to do anything and everything we can to to make it as difficult as possible for people who want to harm innocent people with guns to get that opportunity.

Interestingly enough, I heard on the news last night that many public safety agencies are having difficulty purchasing the bullets they need because the existing supplies have been bought up by the maniacs who thought their right to purchase assault weapons and ammunition would be taken away from them after the incident at Sandy Hook. If that's not a sign that something is terribly wrong with the system, I don't know what is.
 

mary f. (165)
Friday January 11, 2013, 12:44 am
thanks for airing this vital issue Betsy maybe they should only be allowed the weapons that existed when the ammendment was written that might slow things down
 

Caitlin M. (103)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 9:08 am
We really should stop attending movies and watching television shows that glorify violence. It's about time we understood that these images may not influence adults who are mature and sane, but that have an entire society built around the glorification of guns and violent behavior can't help but influence us all...and especially young people.

Thanks for giving this some air, Betsy.
 

Karen S. (106)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 4:12 pm
Thanks for this informative article Betsy. Clearly the NRA is out of control. I was floored and completely offended when LaPierre held his press conference after the shooting at Sandy Hook and suggested the solution to gun violence was more guns. I guess that's what he's paid his gross and excessive salary for.......to come up with outrageous solutions like that. I don't profess to have the answers but I would start by looking at regulation and eduation. I doubt that the right to bear arms is the source of the problem.
 
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