Good Friday 28 December, 2012. Hoping you are having a full & filled holiday season. IDECLAIR MEDIA, THE IDECLAIR SHOW… is back today LIVE.
As we wrap the week, and the year… lets hear your REAL RAW RIGHT NOW… on standout moments of 2012.
With the brutal & deadly reality of gun violence in America, our nation is saturated with guns, clearly addicted to gratuitous violence, and flooded with massive profits from both … how does America deal with an issue totally out of control?
The historic immunization of gun manufacturers, and dealers was the NRA’s number one priority in 2005. Shouldn’t repealing that game changing, (blood soaked), super controversial law be the number one priority for America today?
How many of Americas children, men, women, students, elderly, churchgoers, restaurant visiting, movie goers, firefighters, police officers, teachers, bus riders, subway users, car drivers, mall shoppers, and more have to die because of what can only be described as insane gun policy?
Thank you Toure, & MSNBC!
“My reaction to the NRA’s shameful press conference”
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MUST READ & PLEASE PASS ON! Thank you NYTimes.com.
“Congress Passes New Legal Shield for Gun Industry”
“151 Victims of Mass Shootings in 2012: Here Are Their Stories”
“Bearing witness to the worst year of gun rampages in modern US history.”
By Mother Jones staff
“One Million Moms Lobby For Gun Control”
“They are about to see a tsunami of 84 million angry moms coming out at them. Please Visit: http://www.onemillionmomsforguncontrol.org. Follow on Twitter @1MMom4GunContro Like on FB: http://www.facebook.com/OneMillionMomsForGunControl
“Gun-control advocates reacted with incredulity at the statements by Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, at his Friday press conference. LaPierre called for armed guards in every school in the nation and blamed violent media, video games, films and music videos, not guns, for violence in society.
“It was absolutely outrageous,’ said Shannon Watts, who founded One Million Moms for Gun Control just five days ago. “They are about to see a tsunami of 84 million angry moms coming out at them. Angry moms like they have never seen before. We are going to do for gun control what Mothers Against Drunk Driving did for drunk drivers.”
The Zionsville, Ind. stay-at-home mother of five was so angry and frustrated after the Newtown shootings that she started a Facebook page and website. Her group now has 8,000 members and 50 chapters. “Every day we get a request for 20 new chapters,” she said.
Congress has been running scared of the NRA, “but the NRA only has 4 million members, she said. “Ask them in four weeks who they’re more scared of, the NRA or a mom? It’s going to be the mom.”
“We’re seeing ridiculous laws that are written to allow guns in our churches and our schools. It’s time for the 84 million mothers in American to say enough,” she said. She doesn’t want to ban guns. “We understand about the Second Amendment, but it was written in 1791, before AK47s.” America needs common sense, she said. “I can’t buy an unlimited amount of fertilizer or Sudafed, but I can buy unlimited ammunition. Really?”
The national debate on gun control has taken off since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, which killed 20 children and six adults. The NRA, usually a major voice in the discussion, was silent until Friday “out of respect for those grieving families, and until the facts are known,” LaPierre said at the beginning of the news conference. “While some have tried to exploit tragedy for political gain, we have remained respectfully silent.”
The NRA really doubled-down on its strategy of holding a hard line against any curbs on guns, said David Domke, a communication professor at the University of Washington in Seattle who studies political strategy and messaging. “I don’t think the NRA has faced this kind of a difficult moment really in the last 20 years.”
By his reading of the situation, the NRA knew it was going to have to pay a price but could decide whether to take a hit to its image or on policy. It chose to protect policy.
“They didn’t want to start the conversation at the midpoint,” he said. That will hurt them in the eyes of the public but also sends a message to the Tea Party wing of the Republican Party. “They’ve contributed to them, they’ve gotten out the vote for them” now they expect help battling gun control, he said.
Domke isn’t sure the strategy will work. He believes the heat on guns is only going to get stronger and the NRA is misreading popular sentiment, even among Republicans. “I think they’ll end up paying both the image and the policy price.”
As for LaPierre’s suggestion that schools need armed guards, “I don’t think I would send my child to a school that required an armed guard. There’s no way. I’m not sure how that’s different from prison,” said Jaquith, who lives in Charlottesville, Va., with his wife and one-year-old son.
Arming school guards failed at Columbine, said Josh Sugarmann, executive director of the Violence Policy Center, and native of Newtown, Conn. “The NRA plan, which cynically allows for the continued sale of the assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines marketed by its gun industry corporate donors, has already been tried, and it did not work.”
His group noted that there were two armed law enforcement agents present at Columbine High School during the assault by Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, which left 15 dead and 23 wounded. The guards “twice engaged and fired at Eric Harris in an effort to stop the shooting but were unsuccessful because they were outgunned by the assault weapons wielded by the two teens.”
The NRA’s response was typical, said Elliot Fineman, CEO of the National Gun Victims Action Council in Chicago. “They blamed the media, they blamed video games, they blamed movies, they blamed the president, they blamed everything other than mentioning any responsibility of the proliferation and easy access to guns.”
LaPierre’s position was that “we’re in a nuclear arms race and we have to arm ourselves better — and nothing about deterrents,” Fineman said. But being armed isn’t a guarantee of safety, he said. “Policemen carry guns and they get killed because of surprise or ambush.”
Of course we get to the politics of ‘Fiscal Cliff, Curb, Slope’… yet another, clear Republican Tea Party obstruction ongoing. Republicans have been a luke warm mess blocking, obstructing, asphyxiating, living intensely out of touch realities… and LOSING. When & if America goes off the ‘fiscal cliff’ … we know who is to blame. REPUBS!
“Harry Reid: John Boehner ‘Dictatorship’ Is Letting Time Run Out To Avert ‘Fiscal Cliff'”
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WATCH THIS: Thank you Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) & DailyKos.
“Reid rips House GOP for skipping town, hiking taxes”
Published on Dec 27, 2012
America lost tremendous talent in 2012: We remember.
“theGrio remembers black icons we lost in 2012”