Guns don’t kill people, homos do

Oregon state Rep. Dennis Richardson puts current events in their proper perspective in his latest constituent newsletter:

A Tragic Week in Review
This past week has been like no other. On Monday the world witnessed the tragedy at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. On Tuesday Oregon witnessed the passage of Domestic Benefits for same-sex couples (HB 2007) and Civil Rights based on sexual orientation.

Um… in case you’re wondering, Richardson is a Republican.


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    Donnageddon spews:

    Jesus turns the other cheek to Republicans.

    While I admire his example, I spit on the cheeks of republicans.

    And then I vote them out of office.

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    Donnageddon spews:

    Republicans = Racist, Homophobic, Troop hating, Democracy despising, deficit adoring, women not getting, short dicked, self fellating, one testicled, circus freaks fit only for state fair chicken head swallowing, and public amusement and scorn.

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    Liberal Dragon spews:

    Richardson and 90 percent of his Republican assholes are a pathetic bunch of fucks. I’m sure Richardson was the type of thug in high school who just loved beating up on “faggots” and then he’d spend time with his “buddies” in the locker room.

    Pathetic, absolutely pa-fucking-thetic.

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    headless lucy spews:

    Don’t kid yourself. That kid at VT could just have easily used a BIC lighter, a can of hairspray, and a hunting knife if the guns had not been available to him.

    Remember: “Guns don’t kill people! People with guns kill people!”

    Is that what I mean? You be the judge!

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    headless lucy spews:

    Or through the mail, by sending a check to:

    Freedom States Alliance
    P.O. Box 618363
    Chicago, IL 60661-8363

    The gun extremists claim that people who advocate for freedom from gun violence “take advantage” of the innumerable school shootings by appealing for money. But the gun lobby outspent advocates of people who want to stop the shooting by 30 to 1 in the last election cycle.

    They don’t want us to succeed in reining in the gun industry. After a tragedy and the mourning that comes with it, there is nothing wrong with resolving to work together towards a future in which we can all be free from gun violence. No matter what spin the gun extremists put on it, there is everything right with supporting groups in your state and your community that are working for a change.

    Please support us in doing just that with your financial donation:

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    David spews:

    Yeah, the fact that as an independent contractor, I could get health insurance through my partners company is a ‘tragedy’ like the Virginia Tech shootings. And you wonder why I think many Republicans are just assholes.

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    Libertarian spews:

    Do we want a country where the cops, the military and the secret squirrels are the only ones who have guns?

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    David spews:

    I’m a gay liberal Seattle Democrat, but I also have a concealed carry permit. I don’t want to be a victim of a violent gay bashing and have to wait and just take the beating hoping a cop will eventually (maybe) randomly walk by. Similarly, if I was on the Virginia Tech campus that day, and had my weapon with me, I would have at least had a ‘chance’ to protect myself, it not others. No guarantees in life, but it would be chance. How is that bad?

    I know there’s the idea that if law abiding folks like me have guns, there will just be random shoot outs in the street over every argument. But that’s the same logic that said we can’t end prohibition because everyone will become an alcoholic and no one will go to work. Good people are good people. Bad people are bad people. Laws don’t change these things. Laws control the actions of those who obey the law. No law controls the actions of those who would commit mass murder. They don’t care.

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    Libertarian spews:

    David @ 16,

    That’s one of the smartest and most articulate comments I’ve ever seen on this blog! Good work!

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    George W. Bush lost the WAR and GBS knows that conservatives politicians and their supporters are TROOP HATERS!! spews:

    This is so typical of conservative hate values. Everything they pitch has an element of hate at its core. Somehow, they just don’t get it.

    Which really used to piss me off. Any more, I’m glad they keep spewing their bullshit. Like all new scams they work at first, but eventually intelligent and honest people are not persuaded by the rhetoric. Especially when they see the conservatives truly have no plan to benefit America, just their own self interests.

    Why am I glad? I’m glad because people like Rudy Giuliani who plays the fear card like a terrorist would won’t garner the plurality necessary to win the presidency. It simply won’t happen. It would be as effective as raising the terrorist threat level to Orange or Red again.

    Rudy + Republicans having to defend 21 of the 33 seats in the Senate spells D-E-F-E-A-T for the conservative movement to the degree that even conservatives will concede they’re irrelevant in national politics.

    Even Joseph McCarthy had his day in the sun. So, too, did the Reaganites. And, just like McCarthyism passed into obscurity never to be embraced again, Conservatism will suffer the same ending.

    Good bye conservatives, you’re done.

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    ArtFart spews:

    At least one of the big three TV networks took a degree of umbrage over Limbaugh’s rant the other day that the shooter at Virginia Tech “must have been a lib’rul”.

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    Mr. Pope (at 9:49 AM):

    I would be happier about granting your premise that neither Mr. Giuliani nor President Bush were really conservatives if you were more willing to concede that folks like Rev Sharpton and Rep Jefferson aren’t really liberals.

    As it is, the folks on the right seem to define “liberal” as anyone that does anything they don’t like or approve of. Reference Mr. Limbaugh claiming that the Virginia Tech shooter was a “liberal” and Faux News labeling Rep Foley as a Democrat.

    I try to differentiate between “conservative”, (which includes honest people that believe in some traditional values that I may disagree with but can understand) and “neo-con” (a group with no identifiable integrity or values other than an intense desire to be in positions of power or influence).

    So, I can actually hope that some conservatives manage to wrest control of the Republican Party from the current fringe elements that seem to control it, both nationwide and here in our State.

    Yes, real, honest, thoughtful conservatives might be harder to beat in elections, but they won’t do nearly as much damage if they get in.

    I might suggest that as a Republican with at least some influence in the Washington Republicans, you start by tossing out your current leadership and finding someone that is actually conservative to run your party.

    Or not. While I might prefer to see true two-party government back here in Washington, I’m willing to settle for the current one party rule, so long as it’s my party in charge, and the neo-cons kept far away from anything that looks like positions of authority.

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    Truth_Teller spews:

    Just depends on whose ox is being gored, I suppose:

    Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) on Wednesday listed the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold a ban on “partial birth abortions” along with the killing of 32 people at Virginia Tech, in describing what she called a hard and emotional week.

    “I know this is a very hard and emotional week given everything that’s happened,” Boxer said at the opening of a speech on global warming in Washington, D.C. She then listed “continuing violence in Iraq … the accident that our good, dear friend Gov. Corzine is suffering from, the Virginia Tech tragedy … and today a Supreme Court decision that I believe endangers women’s health.”

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    Libertarian spews:

    …the shooter at Virginia Tech “must have been a lib’rul”.


    No, Rush, he was a nutcase.

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    Libertarian spews:

    John Barelli,

    I think I agree with Bernard Goldberg as to Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton: they’re both racial arsonists who delight in throwing gasoline on racial fires to garner attention to themselves.

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    headless lucy spews:

    RE 15: IT’S NOT AN EITHER/OR PROPOSITION. Your statement is analogous to saying that if formula race-cars are banned in ordinary traffic, then only racecar drivers will have cars.

    Conservatives have trouble with logical propositions in that they look at a conclusion first, and if they like it, assume the reasoning that got them there must be sound.

    Conservative reasoning is based on FEELINGS about conclusions — not logic.

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    headless lucy spews:

    Globalization and free trade are bunk. If you destroy markets for short term gain (outsourcing) you eventually ruin your own company.

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    Libertarian spews:

    So, lucy, would you rather have just cops, military and secret squirrels having guns in this country?

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    headless lucy spews:

    re 26: Conversely, when conservatives see a conclusion they do not like, they immediately assume that the reasoning that got them to that conclusion is wrong.

    Conservatives reason like four year olds.

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    “Um… in case you’re wondering, Richardson is a Republican.”

    So what does he think the deaths of 9 U.S. soldiers in Iraq last weekend was? A cause for celebration?

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @34 I think every liberal should have a gun. And carry it locked and loaded. For obvious reasons.

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    Libertarian spews:

    Hokie-smokie, Bullwinkle! I actually agree with Roger Rabbit! Liberals should carry guns, locked & loaded. We Libertarians have quietly been doing that for years!

    Good for you, Roger!

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    George W. Bush lost the WAR and GBS knows that conservatives politicians and their supporters are TROOP HATERS!! spews:

    Richard Pope @ 21 wrote:

    Rudy Giuliani is no conservative, and neither is George W. Bush.

    Uhhhhh, yeah, they are! They are the epitome of a conservative and they are the death knell of the political movement you call conservatism.


    So, how do you think the Republican Party will “reinvent” itself in the wake of the your disastrous 2008/2010 election results?

    Baaa haaa haaa haaa haaa!!

    Yeah, you own them and the problems they have wrought on your party!! That’s what you sow, that’s what you reap!

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    George W. Bush lost the WAR and GBS knows that conservatives politicians and their supporters are TROOP HATERS!! spews:


    Don’t make the mistake that Republcians have by fooling yourself. Liberals uphold the Constitution and we do in fact join the military, own guns, carry guns and will fight and die to protect those rights.

    You’re confusing the need to regulate the sale of lethal weapons to any Tom, Dick, and Mass Murderer with the right to keep and bear arms.

    Don’t but stupid, this is your chance to shine and convert others to your party. I know the cheap fear mongering point seemed to work for the Republicans, but remember it was also their ulitmate down fall. All talk, all lies, no results.

    Good luck with your recuritment campaign for the Libertarian Party.

    BTW, how hard have you worked in the month of April to bring new blood into your party?

    Did you work 3 days at it? 5 days? 25 days? Or did you just say “fuck it, I’ll just blog on HA and hope for the best.”?

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    Libertarian spews:

    I’d like it very much for others to take the Liberatarian view, GSB, especially when it comes to these foreign adventures we seem to stay mired in.

    No, I don’t actively work for the Libertarian Party: I’m just a supporter, with money and comments, nothing more. Also, I’m a working stiff, so I have struggle like everyone else. I can’t get on board with either the Reps or the Dems. Both have aspects about them that I do not like. They are collosal in their influence, however. We have a two-party system where any third party serves as a spoiler. Ross Perot’s candidacy hurt George the Elder, not Bill Clinton, in 1992, but it may be that a third party guy will upset the Democrats in a future election. Who knows?

    One thing I’ll advise the Dems to do is to NOT nominate Hillary: that move will insure a Republican in the White House in 2008. Of course, with a Republican prez and a Democratic House & Senate, the government may be divided. That’s not such a bad thing, from a third party viewpoint.

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    ArtFart spews:

    Lucy, I think you might have hit the nail on the head. The current crop of “conservatives” are the folks whose parents wouldn’t either ignore or chastise them for whining to try to get some toy or candy bar they saw in a TV commercial.

    In other words, contrary to all their rantings about “family values” and “Spock-raised children”, THEY’RE the ones whose parents indulged them and turned them into spoiled brats. Now they behave the same way as adults.

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    Tree Frog Farmer spews:

    I think Lucy is giving four-year-olds a bad name. I’ve known four-year-olds who reason better than republicons. . . .

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    dw spews:

    Interesting thread. Not a single enlightening link (msnbc -LMAO) and all ignorant name calling and accusation as is the trademark of the new and improved Liberal. AKA known as Socialist pig in our midsts.

    Donnagedden is a flaiming moron no matter how humorous or colorful he articulates his idiocy.

    If you doan hava head your where is your thinking comming from?

    Anyone that actually believes Bush or Giuiani are conservatives has no clue what conservative means and will go on form there to describe conservatism as a movement to, uh, …what, usurp the the culture and history of this great Constitutional republic? If you weren’t so dangerous to our individual families and well being you’d be laughable.

    Conservatism dead?

    We are one major terrorist attackon our soil away from winning that war overnight.

    We are all three meals away from barbarism, and three days without water away from insanity.

    We are all conservative when that artificail world preserved by law and hate collapses.

    Oops! I don’t like that conclusion so I’ll just assume that the documented history, powers of obversation and personal understandings that got me ther are toally flawed, or headless.

    I felt like some fun here but the truth is the only comment worth thinking about was from Mr. John Barelli.

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    dw spews:

    from the above link;
    Inspectors are now allowed to detain vegetable-protein imports from China because they may contain the chemical melamine. Melamine, used in the manufacture of plastics, was found in the wheat gluten and rice protein concentrate that has led to the recall of 5,300 pet food products.

    Melamine’s effects on humans, if ingested, is unclear. In fact, the chemical has not been found in earlier tests to be highly toxic, a fact that has scientists looking for second chemical agent that could be increasing its toxicity.

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    dw spews:

    from the above link;
    ZHANGQIU, China: As American food safety regulators head to China to investigate how a chemical made from coal found its way into pet food that killed dogs and cats in the United States, workers in this heavily polluted northern city openly admit that the substance is routinely added to animal feed as a fake protein.

    For years, producers of animal feed all over China have secretly supplemented their feed with the substance, called melamine, a cheap additive that looks like protein in tests, even though it does not provide any nutritional benefits, according to melamine scrap traders and agricultural workers here.

    In recent years, for instance, China’s food safety scandals have involved everything from fake baby milk formulas and soy sauce made from human hair to instances where cuttlefish were soaked in calligraphy ink to improve their color and eels were fed contraceptive pills to make them grow long and slim.