Saturday, January 26, 2013


Friday, January 25, 2013

If you can't win, cheat

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

"Your personal safety is our number one priority"

From the Frequently Asked Questions page of the Crossroads of the West Gun Shows:

Q: Can I bring a gun to the show to sell or trade? A: Yes, and many folks do. Please be sure the gun is unloaded before you enter the building, and take it to our gun check table at the show entry for verification. They will clear it and secure it with a nylon tie to disable the action. No loaded firearms and no loaded magazines are permitted in any Crossroads gun show. Your personal safety is our number one priority while you are at the show.
Q: Can I carry a loaded gun in the gun show? I have a Concealed Carry Permit. A: We respectfully request that you do not bring any loaded firearm into the gun show. Safety is our Number One Priority, and a safe environment in the show can only be maintained if there are no loaded guns in the show.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Sandy Relief - Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013

The NY Times has an excellent interactive map that shows who voted for and against the just-passed Sandy relief bill:

179 Republicans voted no.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Dear @NRA

Dear @NRA: if you don't want people to be blamed for "the acts of criminals and madmen," then it's your duty to help make sure that criminals and madmen don't have access to firearms in the first place.

Growing up, we've all been in situations when someone "spoiled it for the rest of us" - when an entire group is collectively punished for the acts of one or two kids who misbehave, or students who cheat on a test, or commit some other infraction.

That's the situation you're in right now. The murderous acts of criminals and madmen are "spoiling it for the rest of us" - the law-abiding gun owners, enthusiasts, and supporters of the Constitution and the Second Amendment. And you, the leaders of the NRA, are doing nothing about it, other than fight tooth and nail to lay the blame on everyone but yourselves and the policies you advocate.

Rights come with responsibilities, and your membership very clearly understands and agrees. These are some of the results from a June, 2012 survey conducted by a GOP pollster, Frank Luntz:

  • 87 percent of NRA members agree that support for Second Amendment rights goes hand-in-hand with keeping guns out of the hands of criminals.
  • 74 percent of NRA members and 87 percent of non-NRA gun owners support requiring criminal background checks of anyone purchasing a gun.
  • 79 percent of NRA members and 80 percent of non-NRA gun owners support requiring gun retailers to perform background checks on all employees – a measure recently endorsed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade association for the firearms industry.
  • 71 percent of NRA members support barring people on terror watch lists from buying guns.
  • 64 percent believe the law should require gun owners to alert police to lost and stolen guns.

Your members get it. Why don't you?

Your spokesman recently said that only a good guy with a gun can stop a bad guy with a gun. That's ludicrous: the only superheroes who can stop tragedies before they happen live in comic books. One less gun in the hands of a bad guy is worth immeasurably more than one more gun in the hands of the good guy.

And to the argument that guns don't kill people, please ask yourself: just how much harm can a bad guy cause, if he's armed with a feather instead of a Bushmaster?

Question of The Day

"Can we now start talking about unemployment?" - Paul Krugman, discussing "the mostly solved deficit problem."

Thursday, January 3, 2013

The Power of The Purse