Merry Christmas. I'm caught in the middle of getting my Earthlink status
changed to bulk (1,500 on
my list), unfortunately, during the Christmas holiday. Until they get back
to work I'm limited to 100 a day.
So, I'm sending this out, primarily to list-serves, but also to a couple of
dozen friends, new and old, who I
think will appreciate this timely, inclusive essay, reflective of my own
thoughts. I hope you'll pass it on.
I wish all the happiest of Christmases
Sent: Monday, December 24, 2012 9:45 PM
Celebrating the Prince of Peace in the Land of Guns
By Michael Moore, Open Mike Blog
24 December 12
After watching the deranged, delusional National Rifle Association press
conference on Friday, it was clear that the Mayan prophecy had come true.
Except the only world that was ending was the NRA's. Their bullying power to
set gun policy in this country is over. The nation is repulsed by the
massacre in Connecticut, and the signs are everywhere: a basketball coach at
a post-game press conference; the Republican Joe Scarborough; a pawn shop
owner in Florida; a gun buy-back program in New Jersey; a singing contest
show on TV, and the conservative gun-owning judge who sentenced Jared
So here's my little bit of holiday cheer for you:
These gun massacres aren't going to end any time soon.
I'm sorry to say this. But deep down we both know it's true. That doesn't
mean we shouldn't keep pushing forward - after all, the momentum is on our
side. I know all of us - including me - would love to see the president and
Congress enact stronger gun laws. We need a ban on automatic AND
semiautomatic weapons and magazine clips that hold more than 7 bullets. We
need better background checks and more mental health services. We need to
regulate the ammo, too.
But, friends, I would like to propose that while all of the above will
certainly reduce gun deaths (ask Mayor Bloomberg - it is virtually
impossible to buy a handgun in New York City and the result is the number of
murders per year has gone from 2,200 to under 400), it won't really bring
about an end to these mass slayings and it will not address the core problem
we have. Connecticut had one of the strongest gun laws in the country. That
did nothing to prevent the murders of 20 small children on December 14th.
In fact, let's be clear about Newtown: the killer had no criminal record so
he would never have shown up on a background check. All of the guns he used
were legally purchased. None fit the legal description of an "assault"
weapon. The killer seemed to have mental problems and his mother had him
seek help, but that was worthless. As for security measures, the Sandy Hook
school was locked down and buttoned up BEFORE the killer showed up that
morning. Drills had been held for just such an incident. A lot of good that