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    Whistling Past the Gun Lobby.

    December 15, 2012, 4:40 pm8 Comments
    Whistling Past the Gun Lobby

    Almost five years ago Thomas Schaller published an important book titled Whistling Past Dixie, which basically argued that it was time for Democrats to stop running scared of the views of Southern whites — they weren’t going to get those votes anyway, and demographic change had proceeded to the point where they could win national elections without the South. Indeed, so it has come to pass: while Obama did win Virginia, he did it by appealing to the new Virginia of the DC suburbs, not the rural whites, and otherwise he had a totally non-Dixie victory.

    So Nate Cohn argues that this same logic applies to gun control: the voters who care passionately about their semi-automatic weapons are rural whites who ain’t gonna vote Democratic in any case — and the new Democratic coalition doesn’t need them. David Atkins takes it further, saying the awful truth: the pro-gun fanatics are basically the kind of people who think that Obama is a Kenyan socialist atheistic Islamist, and the urban hordes are coming for their property any day now. People, in other words, who already vote 100 percent Republican — and lose elections.

    As Cohn says, it’s not clear whether Democrats realize how things have changed. But maybe yesterday’s horror will provoke some fresh thought, and they’ll realize that this does not have to go on

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    It's a shame he didn't refer to the COTUS.

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    I kan see white redneck's with rifles standing in backs of processions of pickups speeding up gravel roads leading to ground zero to help save the usofa in its time of trouble.
    And from the other direktion horse riders wearing white bedsheets, stars and stripes all a flutter.
    Injuns sneaking sneaking up to a school, from the forest. On the other side, from the cornfield, niggers.
    The camera kums in for a closeup of the rednecks. And a closeup of the charging KKK.
    God, will they be in time.
    Brings tears to all GOP eyes.
    mac.

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    If I was called upon to declare upon Oath, whether the Militia have been
    most serviceable or hurtful upon the whole; I should subscribe to the latter.
    – George Washington, September 1776

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    By 1777 the Virginia militia’s duties consisted mostly of suppressing loyalists, preventing slave uprisings, and serving as a pool of potential recruits for the Continental Army.

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    By the summer of 1775, the Virginia Revolutionary government had established a threepart military establishment consisting of regular full-time soldiers, a militia composed of most free white males, and a smaller, elite militia group to be called “minutemen” who were to be given extra training and provided with hunting shirts and leggings.

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    The right to serve in the militia was often a pre-condition for the right to bear arms and to receive military training. But since militia also represented “the people in arms”, that right was the most visible expression of membership in, or exclusion from, “the nation.” The Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations extended that right to free African-Americans and had most recently re-confirmed it in the March 1762 Act, regulating the Militia. Connecticut, in 1754, had once again denied free black men that right as it had done throughout the colony’s history. In New Hampshire, “all persons whatsoever residing w’thin our saide province” were required to serve in the militia since 1679, but “Indians and Negroes” were excluded since 14 May 1718. Whoever did not serve in the militia did not constitute part of “the nation,” and when the New Hampshire Committee of Safety on 12 April 1776 required all males over the age of 21 to sign a declaration pledging allegiance to the “United American COLONIES,” it did not demand that commitment from “Lunaticks, Idiots and Negroes.” Yet if New Hampshire again excluded “Negroes, Indians and Mulattoes” in its Militia Law of 19 September 1776, the Massachusetts Committee of Safety reversed an earlier position dating to 1693 that barred African-Americans from the militia when it voted on 20 May 1775 that “all such as are Freemen” could join the army assembling near Boston but that “no Slaves be admitted … upon any consideration whatever.”

    Consequently, the forces outside Boston included dozens of black men from Rhode Island and Massachusetts in their ranks who had already fought valiantly at Lexington and Concord. Salem Poor, a free African-American from Andover had mustered with the minutemen at Concord and is believed to have shot British Lt.-Col. James Abercrombie in the Battle of Bunker Hill on 17 June 1775. Peter Salem, a free African-American from Framingham had also fought at Concord on 19 April. A week later, on 26 April, he enlisted in the Sixth Massachusetts Regiment and fought at Bunker Hill, where he is credited with the shot that killed British Major John Pitcairn. But since the Massachusetts resolve of 23 April 1775 had failed to include racial criteria in its call for “volunteers,” African-Americans such as Thomas Freeman from Saybrook and Cash Affrica from Litchfield in Connecticut or Jude Hall from Exeter in New Hampshire were also among the African-Americans who fought at Bunker Hill.

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    May 18, 1978: Austin, Texas John Daniel Christian, a 13-year-old and son of LBJ's former Press Secretary and prominent Texas political figure (George Christian), walked into his 8th grade English class at Murchison Junior High School (now Murchison Middle School) and shot to death his English teacher, Wilbur "Rod" Grayson, with Geoerge Christian's .22 gun, in front of approximately 30 classmates. John Christian was never prosecuted, allegedly, because he was a minor at the time but, most likely, because his father pulled strings to avoid prosecution. John Christian is now a practicing attorney in Austin, Texas, licensed by the Texas State Bar Association. [1]

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    Quote Originally Posted by cushioncrawler View Post
    May 18, 1978: Austin, Texas John Daniel Christian, a 13-year-old and son of LBJ's former Press Secretary and prominent Texas political figure (George Christian), walked into his 8th grade English class at Murchison Junior High School (now Murchison Middle School) and shot to death his English teacher, Wilbur "Rod" Grayson, with Geoerge Christian's .22 gun, in front of approximately 30 classmates. John Christian was never prosecuted, allegedly, because he was a minor at the time but, most likely, because his father pulled strings to avoid prosecution. John Christian is now a practicing attorney in Austin, Texas, licensed by the Texas State Bar Association. [1]
    Just another shocking example of America's two tier justice system.




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    Down here we had i think live footage of some sort of God ceremony for the 26 victims and i saw bits where obama mentioned God and others mentioned God, and there woz some or lots of praying to God.
    Sickening.
    Why dont they hav this sort of ceremony before a mass shooting rather than after.
    I know, hav a Mass every week for mass-shootings. A mass-Mass.
    mac.

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