Guns and Obama

Let me state these two facts:

  • I am a Liberal Democrat and I do not oppose gun ownership.
  • I support the 2nd Amendment as I do all of our Constitution.

Ok, no argument there from me. 

We are far more at risk from our fellow citizens than from ISIS or any other terror organization.1 Your chances of being killed by a terror attack are about 1 in 20 million.  At the same time, 480,000 a year die from medical mistakes.  Your doctor will kill you long before ISIS does.

Mass killings by Americans using guns, often high power assault weapons that can pierce police vests, are on the rise and happen without warning anywhere.  American on American terror attacks are deadly and unpredictable.

What to do.  Congress's approach (GOP side of the aisle) is to ignore it and do nothing.  Guns, (actually the gun lobby) after all, are far more important to them then the hundreds killed each week. Don't touch the profits of munitions industry because they fund their campaigns.

Most gun owners don't even belong to the NRA. Many members of the NRA don't agree with that organization, forced to join in order to avail themselves of gun ranges across America who decline membership unless you join the NRA. There is a financial incentive to these ranges from the NRA to force mandatory membership of course.  It is always about money isn't it?

We all know that gun control as permitted under law won't stop all violent acts. A determined criminal will find a way to get a gun without regard to the law. Even Obama concedes that point.

No one on the left has suggested the Amendment be ignored or that the government should take legally owned guns away from anyone. Only the NRA shouts this because they know it boosts gun sales...more money!

All that Obama has suggested in his talks is to tighten the definition of who is a gun dealer to assure anyone who is actually selling firearms for profit must perform background checks.  This is not a violation of anything other then the sensibilities of a small minority of far-right gun packing protesters called the NRA...and of course the politicians they have in their pockets.

The so-called gun show loophole and the internet sales where no background check is required is a good place to start. This does not, repeat DOES NOT change anyone's right to legally buy or own a firearm. Those who buy guns legally have nothing new or more restrictive than what they have now.  It does effect people in business of selling for profit who must obtain a license. You need a license to drive your car..and a test which you don't even need to buy deadly weapons.

Mental health care is now available due to the Affordable Health Care Act (Obama care) . While the same GOP voices agree that this mental health care is important in the debate on gun violence, the same people also pledge to remove healthcare coverage (and mental health care with it) from millions of American. ( The new GOP motto: If you like your health care you cannot keep it )

  • Let's stop arguing over something that is actually pretty minor.
  • Let's agree people who should not have guns should not buy them.
  • Let's agree that a background check at a gun show does not prevent the legal purchase of a gun.
  • Let's agree that this expansion of checks will not stop every crime with a gun.  
  • But let's agree that doing nothing is not going to help at all.

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1. Terror in Perspective

 

 

 

Terror in Perspective

What are your odds of dying in a terror attack? About 1 in 20 million !

"In the United States, a survey of law enforcement officers published last year found sovereign citizens [Other Americans] were perceived as their greatest terrorism concern". Read More...

 

Let me preface this my stating that I believe we do have a duty to protect all Americans from attacks by radicals. We need to keep in mind, however, that the vast majority of killings in the US by radicals are totally unrelated to Islam and ISIS, they are by our own native radicals or mentally unstable.

Our politicians don't want to discuss this glaring fact because they cannot seem to agree on a stratagy to resolve this. Rather, they choose to point to rare attacks by radical Muslims and play the fear card for their political gain. They demand a stratagy from Obama on how to solve a serious problem we ourselves helped create. They don't ask for, or reject out of hand any stratagy to halt our own more deadly killing fields.

We also created the problem at home. This has led to almost daily mass shootings of Americans by other Americans. Politicians refuse to accept any responsibilty for our "home style" terror by and against our own people if far greater numbers than those perpetrated by outside forces.

A few facts are in order to put all of this in some perspective. Since we are being bombarded by dire warnings and daily scare tactics from right wing politics, I decided to see what our danger level really is.

First, the single largest threat of death we all face in America is at the hands of our most trused citizens, our medical professionals. Medical mistakes account for as many as 480,000 deaths a year.

Here are a few other statistics outlining what kills us, mostly by our own hand. (§)

  • Smoking 435,000 §

  • Obesity 111,909 §

  • Alcohol 85,000 §

  • Infectious disease 75,000

  • Toxins 55,000

  • Traffic Accidents 43,000 §

  • Colon Cancers 41,400 §

  • *Firearms 31,940 3.5/100K citizens §

  • 2012 alone, there were 8,855 total firearm-related homicides §

  • STDs 20,000 §

  • Drug Abuse 17,000 §

  • About 105 Americans each day commit suicide. §

  • All Terror attacks INCLUDING 9/11 3,380 vs 406,496 by gun violence in the same period

Here is a list of terrorist attacks attributed to radical Muslims for a total death toll of 38.

One young American killed almost that many just in Sandy Hook elementary school, mostly children. (n) = Deaths not including wounded.

  • Los Angeles International Airport on July 4th, 2002 (2)

  • Military recruiting center in Little Rock, Arkansas, on June 1st, 2009 (1)

  • August 5, 2009, in Fort Hood (13)

  • April 15, 2013, Boston Marathon (3)

  • July 16, 2015,Chattanooga, Tennessee (5)

  • San Bernardino (14)

Of course any death is one too many but when we are told on a daily basis how much danger. Americans face from radical Muslims, the fact is we have more to fear from each other and from our own life style choices than from ISIS or their kind.

Lets look at how our own citizens are killing us. (n) = number killed, does not include wounded.

  • Sandy Hook mostly children (27)

  • December 11, 2012 22-year-old Jacob Tyler Roberts (2)

  • September 27, 2012 36-year-old Andrew Engeldinger (5)

  • August 5, 2012 US Army veteran Wade Michael Page (6)

  • July 20, 2012 Aurora, CO, James Holmes (12)

  • May 29, 2012. Ian Stawicki (5)

  • April 6, 2012. Jake England, 19, and Alvin Watts (3)

  • April 2, 2012. 43-year-old One L. Goh (7)

  • February 27, 2012 Chardon High School, Thomas “TJ” Lane (3)

  • October 14, 2011 Scott Evans Dekraai (8)

  • September 6, 2011 Eduardo Sencion IHOP Carson City (5)

  • January 8, 2011, Jared Loughner (6)

  • August 3, 2010 Omar S. Thornton (9)

  • April 3, 2009 Jiverly Wong (13)

  • March 29, 2009 Robert Stewart (8)

  • February 14, 2008 Steven Kazmierczak, (6)

  • February 7, 2008 Charles Lee Thornton (6)

  • December 5, 2007 Robert Hawkins, (9)

  • April 16, 2007 Virginia Tech Seung-Hui Choi, (32)

  • February 12, 2007 Sulejman Talovic. (4)

  • December 29,1890, Wounded Knee, (half women and children) (146)

This is just a partial list going back a few years and omits a series of 2014-2015 mass killings in America. The death toll is staggering. The statistics cleary show our greatest risk of attack is from your own neighbors and friends, not from Muslims.

Number of American civilians who died worldwide in terrorist attacks as of May 19, 2014: 8 . Minimum number who died after being struck by lightning: 29

Does this rare threat justify all the political outcry? No, it plays into the hands of those who use terror. They very purpose is to create a panic in order to drive policies that prove useful to terror organizations. Their threat and real danger to us at home is very minimal but the real threat they pose is being amplified by our own politicians and media to the great joy of those who promote terror.

Sometimes we (and our politicians) are our own worst enemy, creating panic to further their own political agendas.

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We are making poverty illegal ?

Fort Lauderdale recently moved to make it illegal for homeless people to have possessions with them.

Other cities are making it illegal for a homeless person to sit on a sidewalk.

These are all public spaces and last I knew, being homeless did not nullify your status as a citizen or a member of the public.

Local law makers appear to ignore this simple fact knowing that the homeless are not a large voting block. The reason given in Ft. Lauderdale was the city’s “interest in aesthetics.”

Next, on the beaches, they need to ban Speedos on fat men, two piece bathing suits on fat women and ugly people in general.  Any thing to make life easier on the eyes of "beautiful people".

 

While you are at it this guy is not attractive enough to remain on the city web site.  Please remove his likeness it in the “interest in aesthetics.” ( and whatever you do don't allow any of the commission on the beach in a Speedo! )

 

To those cities:

 

If you don't want homeless, poor people find them some work and housing.

 

If you you are not able to do that then at least leave them alone.  After all, like it or not you represent them equally.

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