I know that the NRA is like some big scary bogeyman to lots of people that is totally evil and devoid of any humanity whatsoever, but if the phrasing you gave their claims is accurate, then I have to agree with 2 of the three claims.
First, armed security guards at school. I know it makes it look scary and militaristic, but these people are [ideally] trained professionals set in the schools for the sake of "guarding" "security". I went to Leuzinger high school which was pretty much, for lack of a better word, "totally ghetto" and they had lots of security guards (male and female). They didn't feel like some dark, evil presence on campus though, and even the kids who got in trouble all the time seemed to get along with them. Sure, that was high school, but maybe an armed presence at elementary schools would teach kids the right attitude to have toward police: if you're not doin' anything wrong, then they don't have to be scary. Basically, I'm saying that security guards, even armed ones, can be beneficial to both the safety of the school and to the growing worldview of the students.
Second, guns don't just get up and discharge themselves into crowds. They have to be picked up, loaded, aimed, and the trigger has to be pulled. That old cliche about "guns don't kill people, people kill people" ia a true one, so having better background and phychological tests for people trying to get permits to own a gun seems much more effective.
The thing about video games, I don't really agree with. I know lots of gamers who play violent games (I myself am a huge survival horror fan) that aren't violent people. I haven't done a lot of study on the issue though...
I don't personally own a gun, but I know people who do that aren't criminals, who don't think that life is expendable, and who aren't the cold-blooded monsters that gun-owners are made out to be lately.
But anyway, here's a PBS article about how most criminals get their guns: [link] Most of them are bought illegally.
They don't care about facts. As long as it's something they can puke out in a soundbyte it's good to go. Because they already know the majority of gullible, fat, lazy Americans are not going to do any research.
I have been thinking about this topic for while and I came to a conclusion. The NRA is so rabid in the defence of their right to own a gun is because guns make you feel powerful and power is a very addictive drug. Pick up a hand gun and tell me you do not feel powerful.Just like a junkie tries everything to get more drugs or tries to justify its use of the drugs, the NRA is justifying its right. There is no diplomatic way around this. The fight is going to be a hard one but gun control has to be made stricter.
I am not sure if this has been mentioned in this huge thread, but the Obama Administation's gun control committee (re: VP Biden) has urged video game developers to stop putting violence in their games.
Not to mention that Senator Boxer, D-CA, has suggested to Biden that the government should go with arming our public schools. Sorry bro, but it ain't just them rightwing hicks espousing these ideas.
Because it's YOUR argument, YOUR claim, that YOU'RE making which YOU'RE obligated to post the source of. Telling someone to "just go look it up" is the first sign that you're just making this up and have nothing to back it up.
Is it forum policy now to provide citations for everything we say? If so, please provide the source.
If you do not know about what the President's council has been conducting on gun policy, then you should better inform yourself. This information is provided on mainstrean news outlets and is not hiding on some obscure blog.
It doesn't matter if it is one Dem or many, you now have it in bipartisan form.
You do realize the conflict you now have with your original post and thread title regarding video games, right? You lambasted the NRA for making a public statement but fail to acknowledge that your precious Dear Leader and Company are actually attempting to influence the video game industry, right?
why does liberal hollywood glorify gun violence and all other manner of horrific violence in every one of the shitty movies it produces aimed at teens?????> Liberals talk gun control but they promote gun violence with billions of dollars spent on incredibly violent movies...what gives? Producing tons of women degrading porn isn't good enough for the liberals????
Im gonna make a movie called I'LL Cut off Your Balls. Hopefully I can get Rachel Maddow to star in it Sean Hannity will be the bad guy and Ann Coulter his bad guy chick I think Hollywood will jump on this if I promise to make it as graphically violent as possible
when they talk bullets and poison gas could shoot out of t heir mouths...computers effects could do that easy The big selling point would be when Ann Coulter is forced to eat Hannitys severed nuts and she asks Maddow for some taco bell sauce first