Saturday, July 21, 2012

NRA: Americans have the right to WMD

First, we send our prayers, concerns and deepest thoughts to all the victims and their families of this senseless and unprovoked attack in Aurora, Colorado.

 In the words of President Obama:

"As we do when confronted by moments of darkness and challenge, we must now come together as one American family," Obama said. "All of us must have the people of Aurora in our thoughts and prayers as they confront the loss of family, friends, and neighbours."

The American right to bear arms:

The Bush/Cheney justification for the Iraq War was that Saddam Hussein possessed Weapons of Mass Destruction. And with Saddam's track record of using WMD on his own people (American made and purchased WMD) and his alleged ties to known terrorist organizations something had to be done ASAP. 

Of course, in hindsight, we now are fully aware of how the intelligence was cherry picked, distorted and in some cases flat out fabricated. But the main thrust of the argument for war was: WMD in the wrong hands represents a dangerous threat that will not be tolerated and has to be stop at all cost.

So tell me: Why does the NRA, GOP, and right-wing conspiracy advocates insist that all Americans have the right to own, purchase and bear WMD?

Don't get it twisted, the human hunter in Colorado legally owned an arsenal so vast what else can we call it but WMD?

This American terrorist possessed:

Colorado shooting suspect James Holmes purchased 6,000 rounds of ammunition online, along with four guns at local stores.

Some versions of the AR-15 assault rifle that police said was one of three guns James Holmes carried into the movie theater massacre were outlawed for civilian sale under the federal assault weapons ban that expired in 2004. Since then, all versions have been legal for sale and possession in the U.S.

The AR-15, widely distributed by more than two dozen manufacturers in a range of calibers, is a semi-automatic rifle that fires shots individually, with each pull of the trigger. Aftermarket parts available at sporting goods stores include magazines big enough to hold 90 bullets. AP reports Holmes' gun was equipped with a high-capacity, drum-style magazine.
The suspect also had two .40-caliber Glock handguns and a 12-gauge Remington Model 870 pump shotgun. source
He wore:
Police said Holmes entered the sold-out movie theater dressed in black, wearing a ballistic helmet, a tactical ballistic vest, ballistic leggings, protectors over his throat and his groin, a gas mask and black tactical gloves.  source
To further demonstrate the legally owned WMD by this American terrorist: his apartment was elaborately booby-trapped in such a potentially dangerous level, five surrounding buildings had to be evacuated:
The one-bedroom apartment rented by the suspect in Friday's shooting rampage inside a suburban Denver movie theater appears to have been rigged with an array of sophisticated booby traps that one official described as "unique."
The law enforcement official said that video shot by robots shows at-least a dozen "victim-initiated devices" -- none of which appear to have been equipped with timers -- inside the apartment. "You normally don't see this situation," the official said. source
To me, it's not the external threat of WMD that represent the greatest threat to American lives: our greatest threat -- witness daily urban violence, random school massacres, work-related violence and public mass shootings -- are legally owned WMD:

In a piercingly familiar drama that has terrorized places such as Columbine, Virginia Tech and Fort Hood, innocent moviegoers — one victim was just a few months old — were shot as they sat, gunned down as they frantically tried to escape. Spent shell casings and the smell of gunpowder and some sort of gas arced through the air, according to witnesses. Bullets pierced walls in an adjoining theater source

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