Police have arrested a 19-year-old Skagit County man who threatened on Facebook to "shoot up every school within a 100-mile radius" if his gun rights were taken away after the Connecticut school massacre.
No, I don't support banning cigarette advertising to kids.Well, OK then. You've certainly won that argument.
And this one. Good going! We're all so proud that you have it worked out in your mind that mass murder is a fair price to pay for your fantasy.
While there certainly is a powerful element of diseased masculinity here (otherwise they wouldn't be advertising to it), I think the bigger social issue is what I call Brave Heroic Bullshit.
Most gun owners today lie awake at night, sweating and shivering, as they fantasize about "taking him out" -- maybe taking a bullet in the arm, but struggling on, rolling out of the way of another shot, and then bravely plugging the bad guy, against the odds, and watching as he tumbles backwards off the rooftop, arms outstretched, his own gun slowly turning in the lights of the news helicopters. Then afterwards, a grateful President will come visit them in the hospital and thank them on behalf of the lives of the precious little children they saved.
Needless to say, in the real world, these jackasses are the first to go down. Even real cops with years of weapons training can't discharge them safely and accurately in crowds of people, and often die trying. Remember the guy who shot up that Sikh temple in Wisconsin? He shot the first responding officer fifteen times.
You think you're protecting your kids, but you are endangering your entire community when you do so.
Since you seem to have trouble with that, maybe you should sit this one out and let the adults talk.
You might want to read my previous posts on tangents.
That was your example.
I was pointing out the cognitive dissonance involved in claiming that first-person shooters are acceptable and that extremely violent movies are acceptable and then referencing "culturally entrenched pathologies" when the subject is guns or the advertising that Dan referenced.
99% of the guns owned and the gun owners will never be involved in any gun violence.
The House Republican caucus is dominated by ultraconservatives whose members reside in safe districts, and whose only chance of defeat is at the hands of a potential conservative primary challenge.