Posts tagged ‘Guns’

June 1, 2011

Afternoon Links

by Vince

Read up:

  1. A list of the 50 best cover songs ever.
  2. Some info behind the sped-up re-authorization of the PATRIOT act.
  3. A drug war-style raid on a house that had some small connection to viewing a pornographic website a year ago.
  4. A Macbook thief gets pwned.
  5. Police officers in New Mexico can take guns away from drivers who pose no threat.
  6. A Mexican teacher has been honoured after video footage showed her calming pupils (via singing to them) as a gun battle raged outside her school.
May 2, 2011

Part 1: Christianity is Not Pro-Firearms

by Vince

Consider this the beginning of a series of blog posts dedicated to pointing out what Christianity is not about, not for, and not in in support of.

Let’s start with guns. Everyone has their opinion on gun regulations, the right to bear, and the impact they have on America. Mike Huckabee, a 2012 presidential hopeful and un-ordained “minister” issued some criticisms of Barack Obama as he was speaking at an NRA convention in Pittsburg, PA. The first line drew me in:

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee called himself a “gun-clinger and a God-clinger”.

Putting both of them in the same sentence and in that same framing nearly aligns the two as a duo.

Where Huck nearly ties in guns with his God is in this segment:

He spoke mostly about how he had come to Pittsburgh to “celebrate America and celebrate its values”—including God, family, and a Second Amendment meant to safeguard freedom, not just hunting and target-shooting.

But he suggested that the next election would determine the future of the country, by telling a story about a comment his daughter wrote in a guest book after his family visited a Holocaust memorial in Israel years ago.

“Why didn’t somebody do something?” Huckabee said she wrote.

“Today, you will not find a spunkier activist than my daughter, and I don’t worry about her but I sometimes worry about us,” Huckabee said, referring to conservatives who don’t mobilize fully in national elections and for other political causes. “We cannot afford to be a generation that leaves our children with a huge debt and a very erosion of our values.”

Not only is he elluding to what has been going on in America (most likely under Obama) as comporable to what the Nazi’s did, but he is using his daughters words to ask us why we aren’t arming ourselves and fighting back.

Huck is one of a few conservative Christian hopefuls in the presidential field for 2012. He, Michele Bachmann, and Rick Santorum intertwine their take of conservative with their view of America as a Christian nation (On a side note, I find it ironic that these three Christians are always so mad and vengence-filled).

This all reminds me of the Gospel of Matthew:

While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived. With him was a large crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests and the elders of the people. Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest him.” Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed him.

Jesus replied, “Do what you came for, friend.”Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him. With that, one of Jesus’ companions reached for his sword, drew it out and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear.

“Put your sword back in its place,” Jesus said to him, “for all who draw the sword will die by the sword. Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?”

In that hour Jesus said to the crowd, “Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me? Every day I sat in the temple courts teaching, and you did not arrest me. But this has all taken place that the writings of the prophets might be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples deserted him and fled. (Matthew 26:47-56, emphasis added).

Jesus did not advocate for pacifism to corrupt powers. On the contrary, his life symbolizes giving ones life so to address the corrupt powers of the day.

Again, it is ironic that these conservative theocons slyly advocate for toting guns and violently fighting against their government just as, gasp, Osama bin Laden did with the Pakistani government.

January 26, 2011

Know a Better Shoot Out Scene?

by Vince

I just finished watching this movie.

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January 12, 2011

Public Discourse and Mutual Target Usage

by Vince

It seems that almost everyone is commenting about our public discourse being out of control. Since the town halls formed during the summer of 2009 in response to health care reform talks, a lot of posters, bumper sticker slogans, and conversations have crossed the line into invective, vitriol, and cynicism. Since the shooting of Rep. Gabrille Giffords, the president of Fox News issued a note to his station to “tone it down” and turn to a more “civil public discourse”. What a “more civil public discourse” looks like coming from Fox News is unknown to me.

As for the gun targets used by Sarah Palin:

Similar targets (bow and arrow perhaps?) have also been used by Democrats:

The Right has been accused lately (by lately, I mean since 2008) of violent rhetoric. I do recall a lot of hurtful rhetoric thrown Bush II’s way.

In the end, one close friend of mine explained to me a lesson from which she learned it from another friend of ours. My postings on here over the last few months were at times strident. It reflected a hard few months for me. I have since then started to work through some of my own anger and invective but have also looked to change my format and approach. These friends of mine explained to me that I can reach more audiences and readers by speaking to people in love and less strident tones (how diverse a spectrum of readers does Michelle Malkin or Ann Coulter or Michael Moore attract?). An example of this is the writings of Dave True. In the end, I hope I can make a difference in this big national conversation table known as blogging.

January 12, 2011

Political Cartoon of the Day

by Vince

More on Jared Lee Loughner’s choice of weapon (Glock) and the state that has the lowest levels of gun control here.

H/T: Tony Auth

August 29, 2010

The Zen of Busting a Cap

by Vince

EVERYONE FOREVER NOW is an episodic motion-based media project. It is an examination of the collective wisdom and expression of human actions.

By William Hoffman & Daniel Mercadante

I don’t own a gun and never got into hunting so I never knew or understood the psychology behind busting a cap. I love these kind of Vimeo videos.

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August 22, 2010

Edible Guns

by Vince

Today and Tomorrow describes:

In 2009 they did a new edition of their Freeze! project but made the guns edible by using coke, licorice, cherry and food coloring.

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August 16, 2010

Tea Party Antics

by Vince

A recent Tea Party group converged in a remote section of Arizona Sunday to yell about immigration reform:

“We are going to force them to do it, because if they don’t, we will not stop screaming,” said former State Sen. Pam Gorman, one of 10 Republicans vying for an open congressional seat in north Phoenix. She carried a handgun in a holster slung over her shoulder.

This isn’t the first time aura’s of violence have been flaunted. $600 million, which will be ridiculed sooner than later as not enough, has been directed towards the US-Mexico border to fund 1,000 Border Agents, communications equipment, and unmanned aerial vehicles. At this moment, I don’t think a bigger or more fortified wall (see John McCain) is the answer: I see reforming the process for citizenship as a worthwhile endeavor. I will have to look up more on citizenship tests and blog about it.

July 14, 2010

The NRA, Healthcare, and Conservatives

by Vince

Jonathan Chait tries to set a second standard for conservatives to rail against. Does this all line up to you?

A huge portion of the conservative backlash against health care reform was premised on the notion that reform would force people who choose to lead healthy, responsible lives to subsidize bad decisions by fat, lazy slobs. In reality, our health or lack thereof lies mostly outside our own control. But here is a way that the Affordable Care Act really is forcing responsible people to subsidize the irresponsible decisions of others.

Of course, people who keep guns in their home are choosing to run the risk of incurring injury or death. (Gun owners are eleven times more likely to have a household member attempt suicide, and four times more likely to suffer an accidental homicide or shooting injury, as to successfully use the gun in self-defense.) But now those of us who choose not to run this risk have to pay to subsidize their risky lifestyle.

July 8, 2010

The “Guns-in-church” Bill

by Vince

Bobby Jindal, House Representative for Louisiana, signed the following:

House Bill 1272 by Rep. Henry Burns, R-Haughton, authorizes persons qualified to carry concealed weapons having passed the training and background checks to bring them to churches, mosques, synagogues or other houses of worship as part of a security force.

Burns’ original bill was killed by a Senate committee but he tacked its provisions onto a related bill that started out changing the period to have a concealed weapon permit from four years to five years at a cost of $25 a year.

Burns contended that religious institutions in crime-ridden or “declining neighborhoods” need the added protection to ward off thieves and muggers.

July 7, 2010

Religion and Criticisms of Elana Kagan

by Vince

Wendy Kaminer discusses the Tea Party and other Senator’s beefs with Kagan:

Kagan’s religious sensibilities were attacked more directly by the NRA: “She refused to acknowledge respect for the God-given right of self-defense,” NRA Executive Vice-President Wayne La Pierre and lobbyist Chris Cox stated, explaining the NRA’s opposition to her confirmation.  I’m sympathetic to assertions of individual Second Amendment rights, although unlike the NRA, I don’t consider those rights absolute. I consider them at least potentially limited, as are all other rights, by compelling, countervailing state interests.  And if Kagan is confirmed, she’ll be responsible for interpreting the Constitution, not the Bible.  Assuming God exists, and then interpreting His gifts are tasks not included in the Supreme Court’s job description – at least not yet.

July 6, 2010

Guns and Christian Theology

by Vince

An article here has me thinking about the Old Testament. Is the age of God telling the Israelites to kill the “bad people” over or any of the other providential occurrences related to killing someone because God told one to?

I am not one of those worry bees that thinks the government (mainly our President) is going to take away my guns. That is beyond outlandish and based on irrational fear, which is counter to how the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob seems to be.

I wanted to get to the bottom of the Scriptural connection and the article provided that for me:

The view that gun ownership is a Christian duty, rooted in the overlap between Reconstructionism and the survivalist/militia movement, has become common in both. In his “Bring Your Pieces to Church” Sunday event, Reconstructionist Joel McDurmon makes this point, suggesting that believers should organize target practice after church:

Christians should be aware that the use of force in preservation of life is a biblical doctrine (Ex. 22:2–3; Prov. 24:10–12; Est. 8–9; Neh. 4; cp. John 15:13–14). Likewise, those who possessed weapons in Scripture are often said to be well skilled in the use of them (Judg. 20:15–16; 1 Chron. 12:1–2, 21–22). We can only surmise that 1) God gave them talent in this regard, and that 2) they engaged in target practice regularly. Further, under biblical law, to be disarmed was to be enslaved and led to a disruption of the economic order due to government regulations and monopolies (1 Sam 13:19–22).