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February Site Update For The Political Bandit And A Statement On Gun Control


For those who have been looking for articles from Mitch Gurney, he is alive and well, although like millions of us in the United States has been trying to deal with the severity of this year’s flu season as well as other epidemics that have plagued our nation this winter. Our family has also been hard-hit and it has been extremely hard to write and help with other family members while I caught some of it myself. In small-town Georgia where I live, my Sister was hospitalized and I noted that the hall-ways and all of the emergency room capacity of our small town hospital was being stretched to its limit – and there’s hardly a family around that hasn’t had one of the three main culprits in this year’s multiple illnesses. The good news is that here in Georgia it appears to be subsiding somewhat but is by no means gone, although, for our family I hope on a daily basis that it will soon run its course.

Very soon I expect to offer-up a real treat to the readership; most of us are aware of the Philadelphia Experiment either by the book(s) or the movie, both of which was a fascinating story. Guess what? I’ve had the pleasure of receiving a copy of “HOAX, The Philadelphia Experiment Unraveled,” authored by P.J. Dowers and available from “TheBookPatch.com” that exposes The Philadelphia Experiment for what it really was – and as I find time to finish this book and can report upon its content, I am already sure that we will be able to submit a commentary and review of this enlightening book that reveals the depth of a government coverup is finally unraveled by the P.J. Dowers’ publication of Hoax.

Finally, some thoughts on Gun Control:

As we begin this new year we are assailed with reports of mounting gun violence against schools, children and families that often have multiple fatalities from deranged individuals that target innocent people in a trend that none of us understand or even begin to comprehend. I do know that some of these stories are sensationalized by the MSM as well as some of the alternative news sites for political reason, and I find this extremely regrettable; when violence of this type is sensationalized I believe it can lead to further violence by individuals that are seeking their ten minutes of fame at the expense of our children and families. I also question whether this sensationalistic coverage of these stories by the MSM is being accomplished to ramrod Gun Control Laws through our legislature using the philosophy of Rule by Fear, not Law. As an example, RAW Story reported:

 

Florida father with assault weapon forces wife to watch as he kills two sons

Ex-Navy sniper, another military vet killed at Texas gun range

From Mother Jones, we have a recap of mass murders in America that are listed below:

A Guide to Mass Shootings in America

There have been at least 62 in the last 30 years—and most of the killers got their guns legally.

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Updated: Sat Dec. 15, 2012 11:45 AM PST
It is perhaps too easy to forget how many times this has happened. The horrific mass murder at a movie theater in Colorado on July 20, another at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin on August 5, another at a manufacturer in Minneapolis on September 27—and then the unthinkable nightmare at a Connecticut elementary school on December 14—are the latest in an epidemic of such gun violence over the last three decades. Since 1982, there have been at least 62 mass shootings* across the country, with the killings unfolding in 30 states from Massachusetts to Hawaii. Twenty-five of these mass shootings have occurred since 2006, and seven of them took place in 2012. We’ve mapped them below, including details on the shooters’ identities, the types of weapons they used, and the number of victims they injured and killed. FULL ARTICLE HERE

The above article from Mother Jones does not include the most recent shootings, however, if you watch the news you have probably been inundated with several of these horrendous events. I’m an Independent with centrist leanings and I do not cater to either party, however, usually lean Democratic or as Mitch Gurney has written about in two articles, often choose what I consider to be the Lesser of Two Evils that our two-party system allows us to vote for. I wrote my own commentary in regard Gun Control titled “Open Letter To President Barack Obama And The United States Congress – Part Two.” When RAW Story reported on the recent Florida father (Sic) killing his two sons and making his wife watch, I submitted a long comment on that story, and then noted that RAW had also covered President Obama’s recent comments in: “Obama urges ‘concrete steps’ to prevent gun violence.”  This is the comment I made in regard Obama’s plea for Concrete Steps to Reduce Gun Violence:

I wholly agree that we do not need assault rifles and high capacity clips for the weapons that we have in our homes to hunt and defend ourselves – and to own and use them within the parameters of the law is a constitutional right and one that helps to make those think twice that wish to bring this nation to it’s knees with an ideology that embraces Corporatism (fascism) and authoritarian rule to our nation. We ARE the most well armed population in the world, and up to now, those who legally possess guns have generally been “good citizens” in regard upholding the law and rules of engagement.

What we are not doing is asking the right questions, and if Obama wants to get this violence stopped, he needs to seek out answers as to “why” these horrendous multiple murders have escalated while single victim homicides by gun are diminishing. We know that our water supply in most of our major cities is tainted by pharmaceuticals that include anti-depressants, female hormones and other by-products of the pharmaceutical industry. We know that the government has been engaged in massive cloud seeding with dry-ice and other chemicals that have yet to be deemed “safe” for the environment or safe for humans to breathe-in – yet it continues as we witness one of the worst droughts in U.S. history. We know that several of the perpetrators of some of these crimes were taking anti-depressants, and every-time someone states this fact, they are either ignored, attacked by those whom are so frightened they only want instantaneous gun control, or in the case of a Georgia Gun Manufacturer, murdered a couple of days after he released information that several of these mass-murderers were indeed on anti-depressants; and then, a few days later, another gun manufacturer was murdered.

What you see above is fact and not speculation. We as a nation need answers, as we also need to take away the ability of someone to fire thirty rounds in just a few seconds into a school room or a theater until we understand why these crimes are happening on an increasing frequency. I know that I will take heat from the right and the left for my views, however, please look at it this way. When a Doctor treats a disease, he does not simply treat the symptoms, he treats the disease itself. The same applies to the gun violence that we are witnessing today. If we only treat the symptoms, we will only reduce the number of causalities, not solve the problem. This is a bipartisan issue and to treat it otherwise is an affront to all of us on either side of the aisle.

Some of you may ask why I am so adamant on this issue of cause and effect; it pains me to admit it, but my twin 31 year-old twins are being held in Florida on 1st Degree murder charges; did they do it? Only the court and a jury can answer that question – but I’d like to know “why” this violence is escalating as it hurts the families on both sides to a degree that is beyond comprehension. And no, there was no gun in the alleged crime, so if someone wants to commit a murder, they damn sure don’t have to use a gun. For the sake of all of us, let’s join together and seek out the reason for this increased violence from otherwise non-violent people and work as a nation, not as political parties, to solve this growing problem that is happening all over the United States. You or your own family could wind-up on either side of violence, and believe me, I never thought in a million years it could happen to my family – but it did, and it can and does happen when no one expects it. LINK

I have re-posted that comment here because I believe it is a perfectly logical point that is not being taken seriously in the Gun Control Debate. We need to address the cause of these mass murders as well as make it harder for the mentally unbalanced to fire thirty rounds into a school or theater within just a few seconds. To ignore one facet of this problem while addressing the other is wrong and will not solve the issue of rising mass murders in the United States. All the current rhetoric will do is reduce the casualties, and that won’t last long. The criminals will still possess their assault rifles and high-capacity ammo clips even if they are legislated out of existence, and an individual who has set his mind on mass murder will likely accomplish their goal by obtaining what they want illegally or in the alternative, use bomb-making or arson to fulfill their objective(s). We need to address all aspects of this sickness that is spreading through our nation and do it right the first time rather than find ourselves with more oppressive legislation like we did when the Patriot Act was enacted when everyone was terrified terrorists would strike us again, and now that the threat has been partially alleviated, we are still saddled with a Patriot Act that still takes away far too many of our Civil Liberties.

NOTE: Here’s some information on the unconstitutional Patriot Act:

The Patriot Act is one of the most powerful pieces of legislation in modern times. The Patriot Act affects both domestic citizens and foreign visitors from abroad. The fact that is most people don’t understand the law is a testament to the complexity of the legislation.The Patriot Act itself is a physically daunting document at 342 pages. Within the many pages of the Patriot Act, 350 subject areas are covered. If that were not difficult enough, these subject areas involve 40 different federal agencies, (Collins, 2002). The Patriot Act consists of 156 separate sections under ten titles (Kollar, 2004). If all this sounds overly complex….. http://www.apfn.net/Messageboa…

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  • http://thepoliticalbandit.com/ William Cormier

    Listed below are two Comments sent into me by a friend that were sent to her from her friend in Canby, Oregon. They may be from a Portland newspaper, however, on that matter we are not sure but believe they are worth posting on this site:

    First Letter:

    The Feb. 3 Doonesbury comic expressed my thoughts far more precisely than I could have written.

    To quote:

    “What are we like as a people?…Nine years ago we were attacked. 3,000 people died. In response, we started two long bloody wars and built a vast homeland security apparatus – all at a cost of trillions…During those same nine years, 270,000 Americans were killed by gunfire at home. Our response? We weakened our gun laws.”

    I grew up in eastern Oregon and learned to use a gun for hunting game or for killing predators. A real sportsman/woman does not use a semi-automatic weapon. (my note: that last sentence sort of socks it to the NRA. PN) I do not believe the majority of Americans, nor Oregonians believe, we need semi-automatic weapons, a gun on every corner, or on every person walking down the street, and certainly not in our schools. Our children are far too precious to grow up in that kind of gun culture.

    Roberta Hunter Parsons-Wachholz
    Northwest Portland

    Second Letter:

    It’s so patently obvious that gun owners, gun dealers and gun manufacturers will do whatever they can to prevent any renewal of the assault weapons ban or any kind of legislation that might infringe on their precious right to own a firearm. The NRA’s recommendation that school teachers be armed is insulting to anyone with a modicum of intelligence. The Feb. 3 Doonesbury comic strip summed up the entire issue and the absurdity of the NRA’s position by pointing out that in the nine years since 9/11, when we were attacked and 3,000 people were killed, “we started two long bloody wars and built a vast homeland security apparatus – all at a cost of trillions…During those same nine years, 270,000 Americans were killed by gunfire at home.”

    So how did we respond to those needless deaths? “We weakened our gun laws.” The last panel in the Doonesbury strip showed an alien saying, “Fail. Cannot comprehend.”

    I’m not an alien, but I can’t comprehend it either.

    Matthew Lubic
    Talent (OR ?)

    Editors Note: When I read both letters, I was struck by three important items:

    1. Our response to the 911 Murders that was a case of overkill that also reduced our Civil Liberties to an extent that it impinges on the very fabric of our democracy. When you look at it in this manner, it would seem that it was the terrorists that won, not the people of the United States. Point number one is all in bold and is my emphasis, not that of the letter’s author.

    2. I also grew-up around my Uncle Frank, an avid sportsman, and I too became the same. I do not need a semi-automatic weapon to hunt, although on a long-barrel .22 caliber rifle I find a semi-automatic quite effective for squirrel hunting. I don’t mind semi-automatic deer rifles either, or an automatic shotgun for Duck hunting, however fail to see the need for large capacity clips, and if a hunter needs more than seven shots (a reasonable limit the amount of rounds a clip can contain, that individual may need to return to the firing range and learn to become a crack-shot rather than firing so many rounds that he/she endangers other hunters who may be out in the wild.

    3. I do believe that American’s should not be stripped of their rights to own a firearm, however, neither do I believe that we need high-capacity clips for the purpose of hunting or self-defense. High capacity clips are for the military and war – none of which apply to the average American.

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