Oh snap… (As the kids say.)

Iraq vet: Newtown changed my mind on gun control

From The Pragmatic Progressive:

“A hunter and former Marine reconsiders his Second Amendment stance after Sandy Hook and realizes that an armed populace is no match for a modern military.

Personally, the problem I’ve always had with the “Second Amendment is a defense against tyranny” argument is, who gets to define “tyranny”? The Tea Party crowd says Obamacare is tyrannical, even though it was adopted by a duly elected Congress, approved by a duly elected president and upheld by the Supreme Court. The same goes for income taxes, environmental regulations and speed limits. There are some people who think any state short of anarchy constitutes “tyranny.” The federal executive power is subject to legislative and judicial checks, however imperfect, and is ultimately answerable to the electorate. One group of self-styled “patriots” with guns is answerable only to another group with more guns, or bigger guns. — DH Stone”

Well said.

The other thing I’ve never quite understood:

if you’re actually planning on overthrowing the U.S. government by force, then you are, by definition, a “rebel” not a “patriot. You are a “traitor.” You are guilty of “treason.” Why, at this point, would laws matter? — gun control laws or any other? It’s sort of absurd if you think about it. And as the gun lovers like to say, “Criminals will ALWAYS get guns” — well, guess what, Mister Ex-Patriot Patrick Henry Wanna-Be Guy: YOU’RE the criminal now. So don’t worry about it. : )

Man Protests Sandy Hook Shooting By Cutting Up His NRA Card (VIDEO)

Since the brutal and tragic shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school, the nation has been in a state of turmoil. There are some, including the NRA and some gun lovers, who blame everything but guns and see the tragedy as a reason to bring more guns into the world. Others, including somelifelong NRA supporters, have said ‘enough is enough.’

Would you know atheist discrimination if you saw it?

Discrimination against nonbelievers in America is so overt and widespread that most of us are completely desensitized to it.

If these preachers and politicians directly attacked Hindus, Jews, or Muslims the way they attack atheists-humanists, they would be quickly called out for their hateful prejudice. So why should their anti-secular venom be tolerated?

Let’s be clear about something: Huckabee, Dobson, Gingrich and company, with very little ambiguity, are claiming that those who live without God-belief are directly or indirectly responsible for violence and moral decline. This is discriminatory, contrary to the pluralistic values of modern society, and provably false.…

‘Stand your ground’ cited in shooting of whiny Little Caesars Pizza customer

See, none of this would have been a problem if everyone just carried guns because then a 3rd patron could have shot the 2nd patron for pulling a gun on the 1st patron and then the cashier could have shot the 3rd guy. All without more than 1 or 2 bystanders caught in the crossfire. Problem solved! I don’t get why liberals can’t see this!