Bullets on The Ballot

A State of Siege?

If there is any state that should know the reality of gun violence, it is Colorado. The Columbine shooting may have been an event that led to the Million Mom March. The recent Aurora theater shooting was one of the series of shootings that culminated with Newtown. So it was a bit of a surprise to see that two State Senators who were part of Colorado's efforts to toughen its gun laws were recalled by a co-ordinated campaign lead by the NRA.



What Was The Aim?

Insurgents need to demonstrate their force. In Iraq and Afghanistan, they use IEDs and suicide bombers to show their power. America's insurrectionists, at least in Colorado, at least use the political process.

The recall seemed to have to no real purpose; even with the two Senators being recalled, Democrats still have a majority and there are no plans to repeal the law itself. The goal may have been similar to that of an assassination.

That was to send a message to legislators in other states. Efforts to pass restrictions on firearms at the federal level were stymied by procedure and the role of the money that the NRA, etc puts into campaigns. A state-by-state approach may be a better approach. The same week as the recall succeeded; California passed tough new restrictions and an effort in Missouri to nullify federal laws was blocked. What happened in Colorado may be seen as a warning to legislators in other states to not mess with the NRA. Much like a mobster or Taliban Warlord.


Bridging The Gap

On the September 13 edition of All Things Considered, E.J Dionne spoke of an "enthusiasm gap" on the side of those who wish to see America's firearms laws more like the rest of the Industrialized World. To me, incidents like Colorado show not an enthusiasm gap" but an organizational gap.

Groups like CeaseFire, the Coalition to Stop Violence and the Violence Policy Center need to stop going from one mass shooting to another. We see this all the time, a mass shooting sparks a renewed call for restrictions, but in a few months fades. Perhaps what needs to be done is to take a look at the daily toll that guns take in America. The efforts of US Gun Violence to do just that may be an approach to take. If not, we'll be sitting and waiting for the next massacre.

Comments 34 comments

TXSasquatch 3 years ago

Good stuff, James--spot on!


CalebSparks 3 years ago

It's nice to see an occasional "angry liberal rant." Thanks for that. But calling the Americans who recalled these senators "insurrectionists" reveals to everyone how little you know of the meaning of words.


TXSasquatch 3 years ago

. . . or perhaps he understands the meaning of one particular word: "metaphor."


CalebSparks 3 years ago

If he did use it as a metaphor then it is still incorrect. Citizens of these united States exercising their right to vote out politicians with whom they disagree are not even remotely similar to "insurrectionists."


TXSasquatch 3 years ago

That's a matter of opinion. I think it's a valid metaphor.


CalebSparks 3 years ago

Sir, with all your years of LAW enforcement and teaching experience, I should think you would know the difference between the democratic voting process and "insurrection."


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TeaPartyCrasher 3 years ago from Camp Hill, PA Author

Caleb:

Read a few of my other hubs on the subject, or just click on the embedded links


TXSasquatch 3 years ago

Well, CalebSparks, I do know the difference, but I also understand the use of metaphor. Perhaps you should bone up on figures of speech.

TeaPartyCrasher, this is really good, and I have skimmed a couple of your other Hubs--also very good. I fully intend to give your Hubs a thorough read when I can.


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TeaPartyCrasher 3 years ago from Camp Hill, PA Author

TX:

Actually the term comes from the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence:

http://csgv.org/issues/guns-democracy-freedo/


TXSasquatch 3 years ago

Good deal, thanks. Which reminds me:

Q: How many NRA members does it take to screw in a light bulb?

A: MORE GUNS!!!


CalebSparks 3 years ago

Thanks for giving us a glimpse of your maturity level, TX.


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TeaPartyCrasher 3 years ago from Camp Hill, PA Author

Caleb:

Seems that is what the NRA's solution is to everything though. . .


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TeaPartyCrasher 3 years ago from Camp Hill, PA Author

Jack:

The idiocy of your comment was beyond even the standards of an insurrectionist like yourself.

I spared you the humiliation. . .


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Jack Burton 3 years ago from The Midwest

Time for a tpc translation...

"insurrectionist = people I don't like"

That's it... pure and simple.

But it's nice to know that he engages in censorship.


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TeaPartyCrasher 3 years ago from Camp Hill, PA Author

Jack:

I was merely trying to spare you the humiliation that LMC, etc would have provided.

As for the term "Insurrectionist", I cannot claim that, that comes from the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence: http://csgv.org/issues/guns-democracy-freedo/


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Jack Burton 3 years ago from The Midwest

But you use it. Same as a flat earther uses the term "flat earth." Neither one of you have a clue.


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TeaPartyCrasher 3 years ago from Camp Hill, PA Author

Because the rhetoric from the NRA and it's members often fit the term.


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Jack Burton 3 years ago from The Midwest

Sure they do. I've got your cup of warm tea and a nice soft pillow with the corners tucked in just for your so you can rest now.


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Cagsil 3 years ago from USA or America

LOL! LOL! LOL! Thank you for the laughter. I needed a good laugh today, as the day started out on a bad footing.


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TeaPartyCrasher 3 years ago from Camp Hill, PA Author

Jack:

Did you read that site; I can find other examples of "Insurgent" rhetoric.


jack burton 3 years ago

and they accuse those who guns of being "paranoid" :-)


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TeaPartyCrasher 3 years ago from Camp Hill, PA Author

Jack:

One side fears a goverment grab, the other fears the next Newtown, etc.

Which is more plausible?


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Jack Burton 3 years ago from The Midwest

i don't know anyone who "fears" a government grab.


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TeaPartyCrasher 3 years ago from Camp Hill, PA Author

Jack:

Not paying attention to your fellow insurgents?


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Jack Burton 3 years ago from The Midwest

certainly not paying attention to your hysteria.


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TeaPartyCrasher 3 years ago from Camp Hill, PA Author

What hysteria, that seems to be what the insurrecionists and insurgents (and the gun manufacturers who profit from them) are relying on :P


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Jack Burton 3 years ago from The Midwest

Yeah, we noticed that in the last two week alone at least five counties in the midwest and four complete states down south were overrun and taken over by insurrectionists and insurgents. I believe the plan is to rename the states Freedomland, Paradise, No Liberals Wanted, and At Last. No word on the counties just yet.

Next up on the list, New York by the end of October. After that is Massechetues if we can find anyone to spell it for us.


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TeaPartyCrasher 3 years ago from Camp Hill, PA Author

Stick to places like Alabama, North Dakota (but beware of natives http://onepeoplesproject.com/index.php?option=com_... Jack.

Places like New York and Massachusetts are too smart to fall for the insurgent rhetoric of the NRA, etc.


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Jack Burton 3 years ago from The Midwest

Silly boy... he thinks insurrectionists such as we are going to be "persuading" the sheep of New Your and Massachsetts.

The one question that people such as tpc can never answer is "what are you going to do when they come for you?"


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TeaPartyCrasher 3 years ago from Camp Hill, PA Author

Jack:

You are at least smart enough to know who WON'T fall for your FPS fantasies.

I would suggest you re-read "The Insanity of Insurrection" (Or did I re-title it, "Why Mess With The US".


Mark 3 years ago

Well dipshit, Colorado's BS gun laws have managed to get two state reps recalled and for companies to leave the state.


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TeaPartyCrasher 3 years ago from Camp Hill, PA Author

Mark:

Did you not see what this piece was about.

Another great example of the intelligence of the insurrectionists. . .


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Jack Burton 3 years ago from The Midwest

Eliminationist Rhetoric: New Republic Wants Obama to Send in Tanks Against GOP

http://pjmedia.com/eddriscoll/2013/10/01/eliminati...


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TeaPartyCrasher 3 years ago from Camp Hill, PA Author

Not surprised you'd try and use something like that.

Now, back to your bunker!

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