A professor at a taxpayer-supported state university has called for the murder of the president of the NRA. Apparently the carnage in Newtown, Connecticut was not enough slaughter to satisfy the blood lust of Erik Loomis, PhD, assistant professor of history at the University of Rhode Island. Oliver Darcy of Campus Reform reports:
A professor of history turned to Twitter over the weekend to call for the death of National Rifle Association (NRA) CEO Wayne LaPierre, branding the gun rights group he heads as a terrorist organization.
“[I] want Wayne LaPierre’s head on a stick,” Erik Loomis, a professor at the University of Rhode Island (URI),tweeted.
It “looks like the National Rifle Association has murdered some more children,” he added.”
Can [we] define NRA membership as dues contributing to a terrorist organization?” he asked in a separate tweet.
Loomis’ comments come on the heels of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, which left 20 young children and six faculty members dead.
The professor contended Democratic lawmakers should exploit the tragedy to force more restrictive gun control measures into law.
“You are goddamn right we should politicize this tragedy,” Loomis tweeted. “[F]uck the NRA.”
“Dear Republicans, do you know the definition of family values?” he continued. “It’s not having our kids FUCKING SHOT AT SCHOOL! Fuck the NRA.”
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The gunman who slaughtered 20 children and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school may have snapped because his mother was planning to commit him to a psychiatric facility, according to a lifelong resident of the area who was familiar with the killer’s family and several of the victims’ families.
Adam Lanza, 20, targeted Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown after killing his mother early Friday because he believed she loved the school “more than she loved him,” said Joshua Flashman, 25, who grew up not far from where the shooting took place. Flashman, a U.S. Marine, is the son of a pastor at an area church where many of the victims’ families worship.
“From what I’ve been told, Adam was aware of her petitioning the court for conservatorship and (her) plans to have him committed,” Flashman told FoxNews.com. “Adam was apparently very upset about this. He thought she just wanted to send him away. From what I understand, he was really, really angry. I think this could have been it, what set him off.”
A senior law enforcement official involved in the investigation confirmed that Lanza’s anger at his mother over plans for “his future mental health treatment” is being looked at as a possible motive for the deadly shooting.
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As lawmakers across the U.S. debate the possibility of new gun control laws in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting, weapon sales in parts of the country appear to be on the rise.
Friday’s massacre at a Connecticut elementary school that left 26 people dead — including 20 children within the ages of six and seven — has sparked a national conversation about imposing stricter legislation on the nearly $32 billion firearms industry.
The ensuing debate has had a few noticeable side effects. Anecdotal evidence suggests that gun enthusiasts are moving quickly to purchase new weapons, spurred on by the prospect of tougher laws. Simultaneously, and for similar reasons, the shares of several gun manufacturers have plunged.
A spike in gun sales across the country started with President Barack Obama’s reelection. Observers note that may be associated with the traditionally contentious relationship the Democratic Party has with the gun rights lobby.
Some Second Amendment advocates fear the Connecticut tragedy will provide more impetus to efforts to restrict gun ownership.
In places like Colorado, Texas, Ohio, and Oregon, local reports have noted a surge in gun purchases occurring immediately after the Sandy Hook tragedy.
The Sandy shooting has “created a national shortage” of firearms and ammo, one Texas gun shop owner told CNBC, who asked not to be identified for fear of a backlash. “All of our suppliers are almost sold out of items across the board.”
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Tim Scott has been appointed to fill the South Carolina Senate seat being vacated by the retiring Jim DeMint and immediately the racebaiters jumped in with both feet to attack him. One of the early hatemongers was Amos Brown, a host on a religious radio station in Indianapolis, Indiana. Brown used his Twitter account to claim that African American Tim Scott isn’t really a black man.
Tim Scott is, of course, a Republican just like Governor Haley who will appoint him to the vacant seat. All one need be is a black man in the GOP and the hatemongers come out in force with their racist name calling and radio host Amos Brown rose early to the rote attack.
On his Twitter account (@Amoswtlcindy), Brown wrote, “Gee, courtesy of S Carolina GOP, the nation gets Tim Scott an ultra-rightwing, Tea Party devotee US Senator who’s Black only in skin color.”
Mr. Amos Brown calls himself a man of God and works for AM 1310, “The Light,” a religious station that caters to the African American community in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Brown has a grandiose description of himself on his Twitter account: “Radio Host, Media Mgr, Columnist, Servant/Leader, Demographer, Chronicler of Indy’s communities, Grandfather, Institutional Memory.”
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Nullification is yet again picking up steam in Dixie.
Pursuing an archaic legal theory that punctuated pre-Civil War disputes between the federal government and states, South Carolina state Rep. Bill Chumley last week pre-filed a bill for the upcoming legislative session that would criminalize implementation of President Barack Obama’s 2010 healthcare reform law.
If his bill becomes law, any state official caught enforcing the healthcare law would be guilty of a misdemeanor and “must be fined not more than one thousand dollars or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.”
Federal officials caught enforcing the law, however, would be given stiffer punishment under the proposal.
Any federal employee or contractor enforcing the law “is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, must be fined not more than five thousand dollars, or imprisoned not more than five years, or both,” the bill proposes.
“I think we’re within our rights to do this,” Chumley explained to U.S. News. “It’s an obligation, I swore an oath to uphold the Constitution and protect the people.”
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In the wake of the brutal shooting spree at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, that left 28 — including 20 innocent children dead — Americans are searching high and low to make sense of what is indeed, a senseless tragedy. Of course pundits and lawmakers alike have, just as they do following most mass-shootings, politicized the event in an effort to call for stricter gun laws. In fact, California Democrat Dianne Feinstein announced Sunday her intention to introduce an assault weapons ban bill on the first day of the new Congress in 2013.
“I’m going to introduce in the Senate, and the same bill will be introduced in the House — a bill to ban assault weapons,” Feinstein told her fellow panelists on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
The veteran lawmaker and liberal stalwart had previously called on the ban to be renewed following this year’s other mass shooting at an Aurora, Colorado movie theater. Needless to say, last week’s brutality has only reinforced her stance.
While debates on gun restrictions and laws are sure to abound, one writer for the Jewish Press made an interesting point: Rather than favor an outright ban on guns and greater restrictions of Americans’ Second Amendment rights, author Shalom Bear suggested that the U.S. simply look to Israel and its gun laws as a model to emulate.
Bear noted that Jewish people have an obligation to fight calls for all out gun-bans as Israelis who live under constant existential threat rely on guns for their very survival each and every day. He also noted that “giving up the means and the right to defend ourselves is the worst mistake we could make.”
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Liza Long, a Boise, Idaho-based mother, is catching both praise and heat for an emotional blog post she penned in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. The title of the entry, “I Am Adam Lanza’s Mother,” quickly cues anyone with a pulse into the fact that the contents of the piece are controversial, emotionally-drive and heavy.
First, Long is not Lanza’s mother — instead, she’s addressing the similarities her own son shares with the shooter, and the difficulties of dealing with his behavior and getting help.
While some have pointed to Long’s statements in the piece as brave and much-needed, others accused her of exploiting a tragedy, while sharing too much information about her son. The main thrust of the mother’s contentious article is to highlight the need for increased attention on mental health. To make this point, Long uses the recent shooting and personal experience coping with her son’s mental illness.
Here she is speaking about the story with CNN:
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