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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

The Las Vegas massacre has already surpassed the carnage at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Fl. as the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. At least 58 people have been killed and more than 500 treated for injuries, their blood still drying on the Vegas strip outside the Mandalay Bay Casino. The nation is reeling for the second time in as many years, but not its gun manufacturers. As of Monday morning, stocks for American Outdoor Brands (previously Smith & Wesson) and Sturm, Ruger & Co. were up 7 and 6 percent respectively.

These numbers will come as little surprise to lobbyists and industry insiders. Data indicate that gun sales spike in the wake of mass shootings, as consumers stock up in anticipation of government reforms limiting access to the kinds of weapons used in massacres like the one at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College two years ago.

The irony is that substantive gun reform has never materialized, even after 20 children at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut were executed in 2012. Earlier this year, Trump actually signed a bill into law overturning an Obama-era regulation making it harder for people with mental illnesses to purchase a firearm. On Monday, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT), one of the Senate’s most passionate gun control advocates, admonished his colleagues in Congress to “get off [their] asses and do something.”

The gun market has plummeted since Trump assumed office, as fears of restrictive legislation have all but dissolved. According to Marketwatch, the price of American Outdoor has dropped 46 percent since January, while another weapons manufacturer, Vista Outdoor, is down 40 percent.

Don Turner, head of the NRA’s Nevada affiliate, has preemptively dismissed calls for gun reform, claiming, “When someone has that kind of mentality, it doesn’t matter what kind of laws you have.” The NRA’s champions in Congress, meanwhile, are on the brink of passing legislation that would loosen restrictions on silencers, making mass shootings that much easier to carry out.

Jacob Sugarman is a managing editor at AlterNet.


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    We have a nation so abnormal in its expectations that it is willing to hold in higher esteem an abstract concept stretched beyond its original intent—The 2nd Amendment—than the lives of its children; a nation of misfits who have an abnormal fascination with gun ownership and an irrational expectation that guns are a source of security and a necessity.
    No nation suffers an aberration of a fondness for guns to the same degree as America. Too much idolizing of the sagas of barbarism in the Wild West, as immortalized in countless cowboy TV programs, has irreparably twisted the minds of so many that it may be impossible to correct this distortion of reality. Too many reruns of crime dramas and Ron Reagan and John Wayne BS B-grade appearances on the screen have inflicted further scars on the minds of so many.

    The loss of lives of children hardly registers anymore in the minds of the NRA and its servant—the GOP. Aside from the bestial attitude of an Iranian regime willing to send children onto the battlefield in a hopeless battle with explosive vests strapped on, to be cannon fodder against the late Saddam Husein’s Iraqi forces in the 70’s, do we find anything comparable in modern times to America’s disregard for the lives of its children. Content to see them—as Bill O’Reilley recently stated—as “the price for Freedom”. How utterly despicable is such a view of a nation’s own children and youth.

    And to add to this morbid tale, there are now reports of the sperm count of many men in America dropping faster than anytime in the past, as a result of our life style and harmful agents in the environment. It’s as though the GOP has a macabre plan to annihilate the race of Americans by exposing its offspring to the constant danger posed by an overwhelming surfeit of guns, while the GOP deregulates everything in order to sterilize its men—to transform America into a nation of Eunuchs. Hard to make America great Again when the next generation will become impotent men with little sperm, or genetically-compromised sperm resulting in increased birth defects.

  3. A rush of endorphins must go through the arteries and veins each time a massacre occurs. Like an expectation of shopping after having extra money, purchasers of guns seem to be waiting expectantly for the next mass shooting in order to satisfy the urge to buy guns. The NRA is happy, gun manufacturers profit from death and maiming,, and the GOP is smug and content knowing that the god called “The 2nd Amendment” is being offered fresh sacrifices.

    What more could any society populated by so many heathens wish for.

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