- America is living under the gun. America has lost its mind.
- Part 1: 2nd Amendment fanatics are just this desperate: How wing-nuts with guns are trying to hijack the Constitution
- Part 2: Gun Logic
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Part 1: 2nd Amendment fanatics are just this desperate: How wing-nuts with guns are trying to hijack the Constitution
In the same Oregon community that recently suffered a mass shooting, extremists are wailing about the 2nd amendment
Heather Digby Parton, Salon
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Thursday, Nov 5, 2015 | Just a couple of months ago, we witnessed yet another horrific mass shooting, this time in Roseburg, Oregon. A young man with a penchant for guns and a lot of problems went into a community college classroom and started shooting people. We all looked on in shock, as we always do. Gun control leaders and others spoke out, as they always do, and political leaders took to the airwaves to say that this time, finally, this country had reached the limits of its patience. This time, surely, everything would have to change. And inevitably, the very next thought for most people watching was: “If they couldn’t do anything about this after Newtown, what makes anyone think they’ll do something now?”
But something did happen this time, something we hadn’t seen before. In the close knit community of Roseburg, the local gun proliferation advocates stepped up immediately to defend their right to bear arms, even as nine dead bodies, riddled with gunshots, lay in the morgue. When the president came to comfort the families, this is what greeted him.
Heather Digby Parton, also known as "Digby," is a contributing writer to Salon. She was the winner of the 2014 Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism.
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Part 2: Gun Logic
There is reason for hope that progressives can change the conversation, and the politics of our nation.
Ruth Conniff, the Progressive
October 17, 2015 | I just got off a radio show with a rightwing blogger who was explaining why a Republican plan to allow concealed carry on college campuses might make sense.
This kind of gun nonsense boggles the mind. Have we learned nothing from the tragedies in Aurora, Sandy Hook, and now Umpqua Community College in Oregon? Here in Madison, Wisconsin, university employees and the campus police strongly oppose state lawmakers' push to let students at frat parties, campus bars, and in the classroom carry concealed guns. I don’t like the idea of sending my kids off to a school bristling with guns. A lot of other parents agree.
Ruth Conniff, Editor-in-Chief, the Progressive
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