The intolerable cost of America’s gun violence

By Robert Mann

When I saw the quote, I thought it was a parody from The Onion, the satirical online “news” organization, which features fake stories like, “U.S. Encouraging Cuba To Shift Toward Democratic System Of Corruption.”

Unfortunately, this story was real. The Guardian reported that Gov. Bobby Jindal, while speaking recently to the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting in Nashville, called the NRA the nation’s “most effective civil rights organization.”

A politician in full pander mode is an impressive sight – that is if one is impressed by the nonsense and mendacities common to Jindal’s speeches. On this day, Jindal was at his rhetorical best – if, by “best,” one means, “I will utter whatever claptrap the audience to which I am speaking craves.”

“The same liberal extremists that want to come take our guns are the same forces that want to take away our religious liberty,” Jindal told the adoring NRA crowd.

The NRA, of course, demands unreserved fealty to its perverse interpretation of the Second Amendment. It should rename it “The Amendment,” the only portion of the Bill of Rights it seems to respect. Well, except for the portion of the First Amendment that mentions “freedom of religion,” which Jindal and the NRA leadership apparently regard as the right to worship their firearms. When Jindal speaks about God and guns, he is redundant.

The irony of Louisiana’s governor preaching the Gospel of Gunpowder and Lead is appalling. According to a recent analysis of data obtained from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, no state has a higher gun violence rate than Louisiana. The Violence Policy Center examined that data (from 2013) and concluded “that states [like Louisiana] with weak gun violence prevention laws and higher rates of gun ownership have the highest overall gun death rates in the nation.”

Once again, Louisiana leads a list of shame. Busy pretending that he has transformed his state into a southern Utopia, Jindal has done nothing to address Louisiana’s gun violence epidemic. Instead, in Nashville, he attacked President Barack Obama and his allies, who he claims believe gun owners are “dumb rubes or dumber still because we cling bitterly to our guns and our religion.”

As a Christian and the owner of several firearms, I don’t regard church-going gun owners as rubes. Jindal, however, does. Despite what he and other fear mongers say, the policies most gun-control advocates support don’t involve taking away guns from any law-abiding citizen.

Continue reading on NOLA.com at this link.

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2 Responses to The intolerable cost of America’s gun violence

  1. Ab says:

    Let me start by saying that I am no longer a huge Bobby Jindal fan and I agree that he is being extremely partisan and bias on a lot of the things he says publicly. I also think it’s good to call people out on that type of behavior. So, I do the same. List of points that, in my opinion, makes this article partisan and bias.

    1. That whole segment about the research which was sited (and similar research) is crap! The research ignores key factors. For example, how many of those guns used in the gun violence were obtained through legal means. Last time I checked, we have little control over our borders and drugs are illegal, yet still rampant. Also, the stats about suicide. There is no way someone can say that the people who killed themselves with a gun would not have done so by other means had there been no access to that gun.

    2. Do you not feel it’s ironic and hypocritical that you blast the NRA for feeling it is overly burdensome to have a background check in order for the government to determine if they will allow you to excercise your second amendment right, but liberals are so adamantly opposed to voter id laws? Now, I’m sure the “stats” on voter fraud are far less than gun violence, and I’m sure I’ll hear, “votes don’t kill people.” But, as states earlier. That research is crap! There is no way to estimate voter fraud. With the small percentage if the eligible population which actually votes it would be quite easy to do so and not be detected. To the other point, votes can lead to the death of others too; be it through abortion, health care issues, drug laws, and even traffic laws. But to call the NRA “death lobby” is totally inaccurate. It’s just another example of how society ignores personal responsibility.

    So while I agree, Bobby Jindal is going all in on playing politics and being ULTRA conservative (which will cost him his political career), biased articles like this are equally unproductive and misleading.

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  2. Prup (aka Jim Benton) says:

    Bob, I left a strong recommend of this article, your blog, and the delightfully over-filled car of Louisianans in the ‘parade of great local blogs,’ on SOUTHERN BEALE — proud rider in the Tennessee car in the parade. I won’t comment on the details of the article — the only suitable comment is to someone else, telling them “Here’s a great article..”

    But I wish someone would put together an up-to-date listing of this type of blogs. Most of the ’50-state blogrolls’ are desperately out of date — some listed blogs haven’t been updated since 2010 — others just link to the KOS state columns and to the (admittedly very valuable) state organizational blogs like BLUE HAMPSHIRE, MICHIGAN LIBERAL, BLOG FOR ARIZONA and BLUE VIRGINIA. (Picked pretty much at random, though BfAZ and BLUE VA. are particularly good.)

    But for me, blogs are more of a personal thing, one or a few people’s individual, even cranky, voice somehow makes the message more powerful than the most well-designed ‘organizational’ blog. In the great days 0f 2006-2008 (people who recognize my name have heard this far too often) it was the independent bloggers, the pure amateurs with no thoughts of reaching for the pundit’s mantle, that were so important to our successes — we didn’t see a single blue Senate seat turn red in either one. It was a blogger who caught Allen’s ‘macaca moment’ that not merely kept him out of the Senate, but out of the top ring of Republican Presidential candidates in 2008. And how much of what we learned about Sarah Palin came first from MUDFLATS.

    Back then we believed in 50-state campaigns enough to want to find out, to care, and to help campaigns that were local to other states. (Then along came the DNC’s decision to ‘Raise Kaine” and we went back to our traditional focus on the ‘big name races. Then along came ‘real publishers’ offering bloggers real jobs — jobs that too often came with the honorary title of ‘pundit’ attached.)

    And we lost touch with too many of the state blogs, and too many of them gave up. But maybe we can start a list — again, looking at blogs that — even if the blogger is a professional journalist or teacher — stress the personal, give the feeling of a real person, without the ermine of punditry, talking about things around him or her. (I’m a good one to try for some of this since I have ‘too much time on my hands’ (when the Mets aren’t on — and 11-3 WOW) and no blog of my own since 2006.

    (And by now I know this would have been better as an email, but maybe it is still worth it as a comment.)

    So here’s a few starters — and I know I”ll have more later.
    LA: at least the quintet of SOMETHING LIKE THE TRUTH, DAILY KINGFISH, CENLAMAR, LOUISIANA VOICE, and SOMETHING LIKE THE SOUTH
    TENN: SOUTHERN BEALE (particularly on gun issues)
    NV: DESERT BEACON (imagine a cross between Krugman and Isaac Asimov on science. Long articles, but when you read them, you not only know what to think, but why you think it.)
    ME: THE TIPPING POINT (Great on LePage — who might be even scarier than Jindal. At least Piface doesn’t meet regularly with representatives of the Sovereign Citizen movement.)

    There are many others, and I’ll have a few more later today, but family (1 wife, 3 cats) responsibilities call me.

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