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Sunday, 25 February 2018

Gun Control: Big US Firms Cut Ties to NRA as Anti-Assault Weapon Movement Grows

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On Friday, major car rental agency Hertz tweeted that it’d stop providing discounts on cars to members of the notorious National Rifle Association (NRA), following last week’s massacre at a Florida high school. This week, USA-based rental car firms National Car Rental, Enterprise, and Alamo also announced that they’d cut ties with the NRA, a lobbying group that consistently funds legal challenges to common-sense gun control measures in the USA. These companies are part of a rapidly-growing list of corporations and investment entities that discontinued business relationships with the NRA following the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida last week that killed 17 people (mostly teenaged students) and wounded 14 others. According to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) statistics cited by the New York Times, the USA sees over 33,000 people each year… many of them children… shot and killed by high-powered military-grade assault rifles and handguns,.

On Thursday, the First National Bank of Omaha (the largest privately-held bank in the USA) announced that it’s severing ties with the increasingly-rightwing NRA by not issuing NRA-branded VISA credit cards. A recent Bloomberg analysis revealed that many big investors divested gun company holdings while others push NRA members within the industry to adopt intelligent gun control laws in the USA. Bloomberg also reported that an increasing number of pension funds and municipalities demand that stock portfolios eliminate companies that manufacture or sell firearms. According to Gizmodo, one of America’s largest security software companies, Symantec, also ended a business partnership with the NRA. Symantec (maker of Norton antivirus software) acquired LifeLock, an identity theft protection company, in 2017 and the branch likewise ended discounts for NRA members.

24 February 2018

Sputnik International

https://sputniknews.com/us/201802241061965178-big-US-firms-cut-ties-to-NRA-anti-assault-weapon-movement-grows/

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Saturday, 12 October 2013

12 October 2013. A View from the East… Fan Jianping. Gun Control USA. 2008

00 Fan Jianping. Gun Control in the USA. 2008

Gun Control USA

Fan Jianping

2008

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This cartoon may be five years old, but it’s lost none of its relevance. A society armed to the teeth isn’t a civil society… it’s a lawless bed of anarchy. That’s what the Republican Party wants… lawless and unbridled anarchy (they call it “Libertarianism” to hide its true evil nature)… so that its rich paymasters can fuck you any which way they please without any consequence whatsoever. That’s why they shut down the government

BMD

Saturday, 9 March 2013

9 March 2013. You Can’t Make Up Shit Like This… Gun Nutter Governor in South Dakota Signs Bill Authorising Armed Guards in Schools… WHAT A MAROON!

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On Friday, CNN reported that South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard signed a controversial bill that allows school boards in the mostly-rural state to let school employees, hired security personnel, or volunteers carry guns in schools. Under the new law, which comes into effect on 1 July, school boards will be able to establish school sentinel programmes “to secure or enhance the deterrence of physical threat and defence of the school, its students, its staff, and members of the public on the school premises against violent attack”. All “sentinels” will have to pass a weapons training course similar to the one designed for South Dakota law enforcement officers.

The move came in the wake of a brutal shooting at a school in Connecticut in December last year that left 20 young children and 6 adult staff dead. It also reflects a deep divide between tough gun control advocates, including US President Barack Obama, and gun rights supporters backed by the powerful the National Rifle Association. Recently, Obama called for a ban on military-style assault weapons, a limit on the number of rounds in individual magazine clips, and a comprehensive background check and database for all gun buyers in the nation.

The Second Amendment of the US Constitution guarantees American citizens the “right to bear arms”. However, the historical and societal interpretation of those words is at the heart of the impassioned debate about guns in the USA today. Gun control advocates argue the Founding Fathers who drafted the Constitution and other documents didn’t necessarily mean that all citizens have the right to bear any kind of arms and have access to any amount of ammunition at any time and in any context. Gun rights supporters say the president’s proposals are unconstitutional and a violation of citizens’ rights.

8 March 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/world/20130309/179904006/South-Dakota-Arms-Teachers-Against-Violent-Attacks.html

Editor’s Note:

Let’s take a look at the text of the Second Amendment:

A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

Hmm… the “right” to bear arms is linked indissolubly with “a well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state”. That means that arms-bearing and militia membership go hand-in-hand. One could argue, using “strict constructivist” guidelines, that the only people who have an untrammelled right to bear arms are those who are members of a recognised federal or state military reserve unit (such IS the modern incarnation of a “militia”, after all). There is no “right” to have guns because one “wants to own them”… nor is there a right to own guns to “oppose a tyrannical government”. The only right granted by the US Constitution is that since guns are necessary to an efficient militia for the common defence, citizens shall have the right to own them. The wording of the Amendment does NOT confer an unrestricted or unrestrained right to own weapons… that is crucial to the intent of the Founders… do note that the clause concerning a militia comes first, implying that it trumps the later (subordinate) clause. This could mean that the government could ban handgun ownership, as handguns are militarily useless.

Strict construction requires a judge to apply the text only as it is. Look at the Second Amendment… it makes explicit mention of a “militia”, and that such a militia is “necessary” for the defence of the state. Therefore, strict construction, which is beloved of the Troglodyte Right, requires judges to strike down permissive gun ownership laws. In short, all pro-gun nutter judges are actually “activist jurists”, reading meaning into the Amendment that isn’t there. In fact, since there are well-regulated and legally-established military reserve units, with appropriate stored weapons and munitions, strict construction would lead one to the inescapable conclusion that the government could (and, indeed, MUST) ban most private-ownership of weapons (with the possible exception of registered hunters), as the already-provided-for military reserve is the modern “well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state”. There’s no way around it. The wording of the Amendment is clear; it isn’t at all vague or incoherent. The maintenance of an organised militia force and arms-bearing by citizens go hand-in-hand. The NRA and Governor Daugaard are chock fulla shit. They’ve invented a “right” that the Founders never intended to confer.

Isn’t it funny when the Righties bite their own arse? They can’t get around it without using the methods and arguments of “activists”. Reflect on this… they’re so stupid and dense that they can’t see the obvious truth in the Second Amendment. Do you really want such sorts in charge of the country? I don’t… and I’m not alone…

BMD 

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