I really don’t have words to describe how horrified I am at the school shootings in Connecticut today:

As our colleagues report, 27 people, including 18 children, have been shot at an elementary school with more than 700 students in Newtown, a small town in southwestern Connecticut, about 65 miles from New York City, police officials said.

That’s 18 elementary school children all below the age of 10.  Beyond sickening.

Can we please finally have a new, rational conversation about sensible gun regulations in this country?

Incidentally, and apropos to the moment, Michigan is about to enact a law allowing concealed weapons in schools, churches and other places.

Carrying concealed weapons into schools, churches and stadiums is against the law in Michigan, but it might not be for much longer.

Lawmakers in both the House and Senate approved Senate Bill 59 to allow concealed weapons in several gun-free zones Thursday, as well as doing away with county boards currently overseeing concealed pistol licensing.

The usual rationale was offered up:

“If you have pistol free zones they are actually mass murderer empowerment zones,” said Steve Dulan, attorney for the Michigan Coalition of Responsible Gun Owners, who represents sportsman clubs throughout Michigan backing the bill. “If you actually look at the history, even over the past 10 years in the U.S., you find that maybe all but one mass shooting has occurred in a so-called gun free zone.”

Despite the absence of any credible study showing that people with lots of gun ever avert tragedies like the one in Connecticut today, States continue to pass these faith-based initiatives to placate their rabid Republican base.

How many more children need to die?

  1. Matmos says:

    I was thinking about the same thing. If we don’t choose to have a discussion about it, we’re choosing to accept the consequences. :(

    • Metavirus says:

      oh jeebus tapdancing christmas, is he fucking serious?? these self-righteous heartless godbotherers reeeeeeeeealy get under my skin with shit like that sometimes. “Sorry darling but your atheist heathen parents made Mrs. Farnsworthy stop leading the class in prayer every morning -- so your sister deserved to get shot in the head because god was correctly punishing her and all the other little 8-year-old apostates.”

  2. Matmos says:

    From a TPM reader in A Path to Change. Maybe.:

    Really, the ONLY justification for these assault rifles and large magazines (other then the malicious intent to kill a lot of people quickly), is if you truly believe the delusion that we have to be prepared to one day fight off the oppressing might of the US military and/or UN, “Turner Diaries”-style.

  3. Metavirus says:

    Sorry for any weird errors on the page. No idea what’s up with that.

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