Blow back from horror can create assholes of the purest form, as this from yesterday:
Deputies were called to the AMC Norwalk 20 cineplex around 5 p.m. Sunday after moviegoers complained of a man who started yelling when the showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” didn’t start.
Witnesses say Tabor then shouted, “I should go off like in Colorado,” and, “Does anybody have a gun?”
(Illustration found here).
Batman and guns — on Sunday a guy in Maine was was arrested for speeding, but was loaded down with armaments and self-help literature (AK-47 assault weapon, four handguns, ammunition and clippings about the mass shooting in Colorado), and after watching ‘Dark Knight Rising‘ was in a hurry to kill his former boss: “I guess we’re taking everything at face value,” Donovan (Police Lt. Kevin Donovan) said. “It’s very scary.”
US peoples just love their guns to death.
Barry Ritholtz at The Big Picture dug up some quick data on guns and killing — it ain’t pretty.
The United States has the highest rate of gun related injuries (not deaths per capita) among developed countries.
In terms of their Firearm homicide rate (per 100,000 pop), only eight nations — Colombia, Guatemala, Paraguay, Zimbabwe, Mexico, Costa Rica, Belarus and Barbados — beat the United States, which registers 2.97 gun deaths per 100,000 population.
Most other developed nations run a fraction of our gun death rate per capita.
Switzerland (0.56), Canada (0.54), Germany (0.47), Finland (0.43), Ireland (0.32), Denmark (0.26), England (0.12), Australia, Japan, Korea?
WAY WAY BELOW US.
Singapore at 0.02 and Hong Kong at 0.01 barely even register.
Estimates of gun violence costs in the USA are as high as $100 billion per year.
Most of that cost is due to emergency medical care.
And the NRA?
Oh, joy! Another most-excellent offering:
The National Rifle Association and Arsenal, Inc. announced today the launch of a new commemorative Jubilee Series AK-74 Kalashnikov rifle developed by Arsenal, Inc.
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of these rifles will be donated to the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) and the Kalashnikov Foundation.
Of course, like a shitload of other things, nothing to tackle the gun problem will come out of the Colorado horror as most of the DC political punch is dwarfed by the power of the NRA — and the GOP has no sense of truth and fact in all walks of life, from the guns to the weather.
Lying is a permanent form off the right side of the brain.
Or just creative editing to create a dream-like state.
Howard Stern opened his mild-mannered floodgate yesterday on the sorry-assed political stance of politicians.
“The real story,” said Stern. “Is the President of the United States and Mitt Romney, the two guys running to be President in 2012, both of them are so f***ing p**sy-whipped by the NRA, the National Rifle Association.
They’re such f***ing cowards, the two of them, that neither one of them are willing to get up there and say we need a full ban on assault weapons…An assault weapon ain’t for hunting dude.
I mean, unless you’re taking out a whole forest…And I know Second Amendment freaks are always going to be like: ‘We have to be armed. We need a militia. What if the United States is taken over by China and we have to fight?’…What if there’s an alien invasion from outer space?…Aside from those rare instances in which space aliens are going to come down and attack us and take over and attach s**t to our spines and, you know, make us slaves—I mean what possible explanation would we need for assault weapons?
And both those guys, Republican and Democrat, are too afraid of the NRA.”
The answer to the problem is no problem — that’s the problem.