Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Guns Cost Billions of Dollars Socially, Guns To Everyone in Montana and N.H. May Secede continues to follow the nightmarish decent into gun rule hell, and the insane Republican attempts to portray everyone as a possible threat. Remember, Barack Obama hung out with terrorists. At a time when these barbaric conservative right wingers are whining about a taxpayer stimulus and Democratic overspending to restore our society, they’re blowing millions of dollars a day on gun injuries. Tens of Billions a year. But guns are fun…

The University of Chicago Crime Lab has issued a new report, “Gun Violence Among School-Age Youth in Chicago." [1] The Chicago Tribune, March 3, 20009, reports:

“The social costs of gun violence in Chicago total about $2.5 billion each year, according to a report released Tuesday by an academic group formed to research effective ways to reduce violent crime … used interviews, focus groups, police data and social research to characterize factors underlying Chicago's escalating murder rate. Expanding upon previous research that every crime-related gunshot wound causes around $1 million in social costs, the report's four authors calculated the annual cost of gun violence at $2.5 billion, or $2,500 per Chicago household.” $2.5 billion dollars just for Chicago. Imagine how much gun violence is costing our entire country.

But gun crazy conservative Republican whack jobs aren’t stopping this madness, to the contrary, they are going to give everyone a gun. Go to hell Uncle Sam….

Montana legislators want to opt out of federal firearms regulations. [1] The Associated Press reports:

Under a proposed law before the Legislature, firearms, weapons components and ammunition made in Montana and kept in Montana would be exempt from federal regulation, potentially releasing some Montanans from national gun registration and licensing laws. The legislation could also free gun purchasers in the state from background checks. The bill, [2] HB 246, titled the "Montana Firearms Freedom Act", would also allow for the manufacturing, sale, and use of silencers. It passed the House last week with a solid vote of 64-36. All the Republicans voted in favor of the bill, as did 14 Democrats.

Every year in Montana over a thousand people are denied a firearm purchase thanks to a NICS background check. So now the legislators want to say to these people - that's okay, we aren't doing those background checks anymore, go get your Made in Montana gun. Montana has a firearm death rate that is above the national average and they want to make it easier to get a gun? Under Federal regulations if you've been convicted of a felony or subject to a restraining order you can't own a gun. Montana legislators don't care that they are giving felons ungoverned access to firearms?

The sponsor of the bill says the issue is not about firearms but rather this is an issue of state rights. Montana pro-gunner Gary Marbut adds: “The primary purpose is to set up a legal challenge, but also to say we have a lot of really good people in Montana who do the right thing.”

Shouldn't Montana legislators be working to keep guns away from dangerous people, not making it easier for them to get guns?

But Montana is not the only state heading over the cliff. [3] Over in New Hampshire:

The New Hampshire state legislature took an unbelievably bold step by introducing a resolution to declare certain actions by the federal government to be completely totally void and warning that certain future acts will be viewed as a “breach of peace” with the states themselves that risks “nullifying the Constitution.” And what would trigger New Hampshire's secession from the United States?According to [4] HCR 6: Further infringements on the right to keep and bear arms
including prohibitions of type or quantity of arms or ammunition. So, if Congress passes an Assault Weapons Ban, all powers previously delegated to the United States of America by the Constitution for the United States shall revert to the several States individually. Any future government of the United States of America shall require ratification of three quarters of the States seeking to form a government of the United States of America and shall not be binding upon any State not seeking to form such a government.

On a slightly lower level of insanity, [5] in Tennessee

Sen. Doug Jackson, D-Dickson, has filed legislation that would ban the sale of “microstamped” firearms and ammunition, calling them an infringement on the Second Amendment right to bear arms. Called the “Second Amendment Protection Act,” the bill would outlaw sale of firearms and ammunition that are laser engraved, or microstamped, to identify the buyer of the firearm or ammunition after it has been shot.

Microstamping uses lasers to make microscopic engravings on the firing pin of a gun. Microstamping will greatly aid law enforcement in investigating homicides and other gun crimes. California has already adopted this technology.

"Microstamping would lead to the establishment of a registry or database of gun-owners who are guilty of nothing more than owning a gun," the senator noted. “A firearm registry is a preamble to gun confiscation."

The right wing, Republican fringe party and ditto heads are clustering under rocks all over the country in what appears to be a not so veiled attempt to promote social instability and revolt.

Who needs a job when you got your guns?

1 comment:

  1. Are you a complete idiot? These are not secession bills but simply restate what is already law per the state constitutions and the agreement with the federal constitution.

    You'll be happy to know that 216 Democraps violated their oath of office in NH and voted against HCR 6.

    They will be removed in the next election although I think they should have been violently removed THAT DAY.

    Screw you all who love totalitarianism, high taxes, and total control -- you are fascists.