An Assault On Our Civility

By: Monday June 9, 2014 6:30 pm

For a while, it appeared the NRA leadership committed an act of sanity. But, a few hours later, the pills wore off.


Guns Are on the Minds of Folks in Kansas City

By: Saturday April 19, 2014 9:00 am

Guns have been much on the minds of folks in the greater Kansas City area for the last couple of weeks. We’ve been going through a two-month string of shootings on area highways, now apparently ended with an arrest last Thursday night, and last Sunday’s killings in the parking lots of a Jewish community center and a Jewish retirement home by an anti-Semitic white supremacist. Further west, there’s the standoff in Nevada over unpaid grazing fees between the Bureau of Land Management and a freeloading, gunwaving wacko and his gunwaving wacko friends in the various militia movements, cheered on by folks like Sean Hannity.

What will it take to end the stranglehold that the blind worship of guns has on our culture?

Bloomberg Plans To Spend $50 Million To Fight NRA

By: Wednesday April 16, 2014 12:05 pm

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has decided to take on the National Rifle Association in his first post-office political contest. Bloomberg is pledging to spend $50 million to build a cross-country gun control activist organization.

Late Night: Zimmerman, at Gun Show, Wonders Why World Is Mad at Him

By: Monday March 10, 2014 8:00 pm

Here is the thing, George, people know that it is not an aberration for a wanna be cop like you to patrol a neighborhood with a loaded gun and, upon seeing an African American kid whom you did not recognize, assume that kid was a threat, and then tail that kid with your itchy finger on the trigger of your loaded gun.

Delayed Deliveries Are Not a Crisis

By: Sunday January 5, 2014 6:40 pm

A short shopping season of less than 30 days between Thanksgiving and Christmas, combined with extraordinary numbers of deliveries and extreme weather problems caused thousands of packages not to be delivered by Christmas. For some media, this was the top story.

But that’s not a crisis.

Pennsylvanians Support Pigeon Shoot Ban

By: Sunday November 3, 2013 9:20 am

Three-fourths of all Pennsylvanians want to see an end to live pigeon shoots.

Here’s another figure from that independent survey. Eighty-three percent—that’s more than four of every five Pennsylvanians—say live pigeon shoots are an unnecessary form of animal cruelty.

The Three Great Premises of Idiot America Take Center Stage

By: Saturday September 28, 2013 11:30 am

These are good times for those who practice wingnuttery and those who observe them, as there is plenty of wingnuttery on display. Sadly, this exacts a cost, either in the idiotic policies and practices foisted upon society (see almost anything enacted at the urging of the NRA), or in the time and energy that must be wasted to beat back these idiocies (see Krugman, Paul “the Shrill One”). No, popcorn is not an option. It’s no surprise, then, that my thoughts have been turning to Charles Pierce.

Yours should too.

The Tiny Recall Elections in Colorado With Big Ripples

By: Wednesday September 11, 2013 11:15 am

The NRA chose to make an example out of these two Democrats for approving a new gun control measure. They carefully selected their targets, carried through on their threat to stage recalls, and made sure to pick the optimal time to succeed.

Addressing Seditious Rhetoric…

By: Sunday May 19, 2013 11:00 am

Several days ago, the new President of the National Rifle Association, not only called President Obama a “fake president” but went on to suggest that the Civil War was an example of an armed citizenry, and thusly, training all able bodied Americans in the use of a prodigious amount of military weaponry, each trainee will have developed the skill set to repulse ‘tyranny,’ of any sort. Subsequently, any disagreeing with James Porter is equivalent to ‘bordering’ on Treason.

A truly emblematic new leader

By: Friday May 3, 2013 1:30 am

I imagine, if we tried, we could easily have a half-dozen people sit around a table and when the question posed is, “If you could create the perfect stereotype for the new President of the NRA, what would he (because it’s gonna be a guy) be like?

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