Burch: A moment of silence

Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 10:05pm
By Michael R. Burch

There was a moment of silence after Sandy Hook, then the National Rifle Association’s madness resumed.

A wise man once pointed out that if we don’t learn from the errors of the past, we are doomed to repeat them. Are Tennessee students and teachers now doomed to die because the NRA and its political lackeys refuse to learn from their egregious errors?

According to a U.N. report, the U.S. has by far the highest rate of gun-related deaths among the world’s 23 richest nations, averaging 20 times more such homicides than its peers. Tennessee probably has one of the highest gun-death rates in the developed world, since according to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, we ranked eighth among the states with 966 shooting deaths in 2009.

The center gave Tennessee gun laws an “F,” and that was before some of the even crazier legislation of recent years.

After the Sandy Hook massacre, the NRA went through a silent period during which it stopped sending out Tweets and made no public comments about the murders of 20 young children and six educators. Many of us hoped this silence indicated that the NRA was really thinking for a change, rather than just relentlessly pursuing its rigid ideology of “the more guns, the better.”

But when the NRA finally spoke, it was the same old funny farm looniness. There was no admission that flooding the nation with weapons, including assault weapons, is getting children and teachers killed. The solution, according to the NRA, is to put an armed policeman in every school.

But the Columbine and Aurora massacres illustrate why this is not really a “solution.”

When two heavily armed killers attacked Columbine, Neil Gardner, an armed sheriff’s deputy who had been policing the school for almost two years, was on duty. Gardner confronted the killers and exchanged shots with them, but he was outnumbered and they had the advantage of surprise and superior firepower. Gardner had a handgun. The killers had semi-automatic weapons, shotguns, and a variety of bombs. Gardner was also handicapped by not wanting to accidentally harm innocent children and teachers. The killers obviously had no such compunctions. So as soon as they were inside the building they had every advantage, including potentially a large number of hostages. If Gardner had gone into Rambo mode, entering the school in a hail of bullets, he might have been killed and more innocents along with him.

The Aurora killer wore full body armor: ballistic helmet, ballistic vest, ballistic leggings, throat protector, groin protector and tactical gloves. He carried an assault rifle with a 100-round magazine, a 12-gauge shotgun, two semiautomatic pistols and gas canisters. Could a single policeman armed with a handgun have overcome all those advantages?

The NRA wants us to believe that real life is like a cowboy movie, where one Lone Ranger can defeat any number of villains even though all the odds are stacked against him. Here’s what Wayne LaPierre said in the NRA’s first public statement after Sandy Hook: “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” He also claimed that confronting guns with guns is “the only line of positive defense that’s been tested and proven to work.” But that simply isn’t true. Other nations have demonstrated that there are better ways to reduce gun-related deaths.

Here are three quick examples: (1) Our closest “relative” among the nations is England, but we have more than 40 times as many gun-related deaths per capita as the United Kingdom. (2) Japan has ultra-strict gun control laws, and gun-related deaths there are very rare. (3) After a shooting spree stunned Australia in 1996, leaving 35 people dead in Port Arthur, the government quickly issued sweeping reforms of its gun laws. There hasn’t been a mass shooting since. Australia’s National Firearm Agreement, which resulted in hundreds of thousands of automatic and semi-automatic weapons being bought back, then destroyed, has undoubtedly saved many lives.

The fearmongering NRA is lying to the American public. The earth’s richest, most developed nations have proven that gun control can and does save lives. The stronger the gun control — as in England, Australia and Japan — the fewer the gun-related deaths.

The NRA wants to sell tons of guns and is willing to put profits above the lives of our children and teachers. It’s time to tell the NRA in no uncertain terms that we intend to put the lives of our children and teachers first.

Michael R. Burch is a Nashville-based editor and publisher of Holocaust poetry and other “things literary” at www.thehypertexts.com.

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172 Comments on this post:

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/28/12 at 10:08

If yogi doesn't like the answer he just calls the person or source a liar. Blithering idiot.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/28/12 at 10:09

Rahm Emmanuel is from Chicago you idiot.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/28/12 at 10:14

Damn, yogi - how ignorant are you??? Seriously.

By: dargent7 on 12/28/12 at 10:21

Another great idea:
THP will now not allow suspected drunk drivers to refuse a blood test.
Called "No Refusal" and starts tonight and runs thru New Year's Day.
Not in every county and the ones affected and the check points are listed.
How's that going to work?
Draw blood at the side of the road?
They need to obtain a search warrant but at 2:00am what judge is awake?
And the time it takes to get all the paperwork done the guy/ girl is sober.
Totally weird.

By: yogiman on 12/28/12 at 10:23

gdiafante,

You say Obama was born in the United States. Was you in the room with his mother when he was born? I didn't think so.

You're also on the "claim list" he is a natural born citizen with a British subject father and a teenage American mother, but Mitt Romney couldn't be a natural born citizen even though his father and mother were American citizens with your claims being because Mitt's father was born in Mexico. But Obama's father born in Kenya didn't make any difference, eh?

So since he refuses to show his birth certificate, what evidence are you using to prove he's an American Natural born citizen?

I'm still waiting for an explanation on your determinations where one is a natural born citizen with a foreign father but one isn't a natural born citizen with an American father.

How long must I wait?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/28/12 at 10:24

yogi, you don't care to address Rahm anymore? Changing the subject again?

By: Loner on 12/28/12 at 10:26

Rahm Emanuel's dad was an Israeli terrorist...Rahm volunteered for the Israeli Defense Forces during the first Gulf War...that's where his allegiance lies...like any Jew, Rahm automatically becomes a citizen of Israel once the Jew breaks the plane formed by Israel's borders...like scoring a touchdown in football...break the plane and score.

BTW, the new Senator from Hawaii, appointed not elected, is a Zionist Jew....and that Senate seat is one of the safest in the Congress...the young Senator, Brian Schat, is barely 40-years old; the young upsniff will be shilling for Israel for decades to come.

By: gdiafante on 12/28/12 at 10:28

Yogi, your inbred, retarded ass can't comprehend what's put in front of you time and time again so what makes you think this time would be any different?

By: Rasputin72 on 12/28/12 at 10:28

Blanketnazi......Yogi is very unsophisticated, you on the other hand may have had too many trips to the clap doctor.

What was once a promising young woman with lots of brain potential has wasted away.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/28/12 at 10:29

Exactly, g.

By: gdiafante on 12/28/12 at 10:32

What was once a promising young woman with lots of brain potential has wasted away.

But enough about you...

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/28/12 at 10:34

LOL. Apparently he has nothing of substance to add to the conversation.

By: Rasputin72 on 12/28/12 at 10:44

I notice that the core strength of the daily website regulars continue to be baiited. Into having dialogue with the Yogiman. I notice that you berate him as being every. kind of derogatory personna that your vocabularies can muster.

Why do "people" continue to have any dialogue with a person that you not only disagree with but have such utter personal disregard.

NEMO has suggested numerous times that you let the man debate with himself.

From my perspective he appears to be the mainstay of this almost incest driven website.

By: yogiman on 12/28/12 at 10:51

Sorry, B2,

I have more to do than sit in front on my computer like you.

Regarding Emanuel: You say "he is FROM Chicago". Was be born there? When did he move to Chicago? How long had he been living away from Chicago when he ran for office? If he was in a legal campaign, why did so many of Chicago's voters complain against him?

I guess I don't have your knowledge, B2.... Thank God!

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/28/12 at 10:53

Rahm was born and raised in Chicago, dumbass.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rahm_Emanuel

Are you really that incapable?

By: gdiafante on 12/28/12 at 10:57

Why do we address you, Raspy, another proven liar and imbecile? Perhaps we do because it's a challenge to present rational thinking to the irrational.

By: yogiman on 12/28/12 at 11:00

bfra,

I'm sorry, but for your current lack of information, may I remind you: This is an "open door" policy site. Everyone is welcome. If you agree, agree. If you don't, express your disagreements. You can either kiss a$$es together if you agree on the subject, or kick a$$es on your disagreements.

And if you don't like it either way, the door swing both ways: it opens and closes. You're entitled to it and have your personal choice.

By: Rasputin72 on 12/28/12 at 11:02

Gdiafante......You have dialogue with me because I am the only member of the upperclass that has given you the true gospel.

By the way you are not a member if the Simple Six but you qualify quite readily as a bitter twit.

By: yogiman on 12/28/12 at 11:05

B2,

As I've posted before; even with only half a brain left in my skull I would be glad to take an IQ test with you or any of your fellow posters on this site to see how brilliant or ignorant each of us are.

That's as long as they don't put any computer questions in the pot. I'll admit, you and most of your fellow posters are superior to me on this toy.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/28/12 at 11:06

yogi, your lack of knowledge has nothing to do with your lack of computer skills. You are ignorant and you behave like a jerk. All the computer skills in the world would not solve those issues.

By: gdiafante on 12/28/12 at 11:07

Raspy, old buddy old pal...you're a fraud. You've been exposed for what you are, which is why your posts are amusing rather than yogi's that are just plain idiotic.

Keep up the good work and remember, keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars...

lol@u

By: yogiman on 12/28/12 at 11:13

It's actually funny, gdiafante, none of you seem to remember what you posted before on Barry's legality. Hang in there, fella. It may re-enter your skull one day.

I'd sure like to know how he's in office legally with a Kenya father but Romney wouldn't be legally eligible with an American father.

I'm still waiting for the answer if one of you can come up with one. How about trying to remember your reason from before.

By: Loner on 12/28/12 at 11:13

We regulate automobile/truck/motorcycle operators; because motor vehicles can cause injury or death, although that is not their main purpose. Driving is an earned privilege, not a right....we all agree on that point.

Incredibly, we Americans consider gun ownership a right, not an earned privilege, even though the main purpose of a gun is to kill or maim. That's goofy.

There is no logic in this....illogical "rights" can and often do result in mayhem and carnage...this has to cease!

By: Loner on 12/28/12 at 11:14

Yogi...stick the gun in your mouth....end your misery with your own hand....thanks.

By: gdiafante on 12/28/12 at 11:16

Um...yogi, here's a question for you...how many times have I posted the information? How many times have I asked you to read the law?

I can only post it, I can't force you to read it. That's on you. And let's put it to the other posters as well...how many times has the information yogi seeks been posted?

I'll sit back and see what they say...

By: Mike Burch on 12/28/12 at 11:22

Everyone,

I think we can find a golden mean, with people being allowed to have guns at home for defense, but not having assault weapons in bars, parks, parking lots and schools.

No system will be perfect, but a more reasonable system would reduce deaths and make life safer for most people. We require car manufacturers to do things to make cars safer and we don't allow cars that exceed pollution limits to be sold in the US. If we can protect the air, we can protect our children and their teachers.

And 22 of the 23 richest nations are doing much better than the US. If other countries can preserve their personal liberties and have fewer gun deaths and mass murders, why not consider doing something that works better?

The NRA is wrong. Our gun-mad politicians are wrong. And their errors are killing students and teachers.

By: yogiman on 12/28/12 at 11:28

Loner,

I believe history will show you guns were 'invented' to replace spears, knives and bows and arrows to put food on the table and rebel against their enemies.

So I guess we don't have any enemies any more (at home or abroad) and we can buy our food in a store and should throw away our guns, eh.

You may still be a vigorously young old man today and able to defend yourself with your fists. I'm too damned old now and not able to fight like I used to be able to. And I'm not going to stand and let some young man beat the hell out of me.

Run? No, I've never run from anyone in my life and I'm not going to start now.

By: yogiman on 12/28/12 at 11:39

Frankly, gdiafante,

I don't remember receiving such a law from you or any of your "buddies" on this site showing where a man with a Kenyan father is legally eligible to be elected as our president but a man with an American father isn't; even though they both had American mothers.

So how about giving me that law one more time. I'll read it and give you my answer.

By: Captain Nemo on 12/28/12 at 11:41

By: yogiman on 12/28/12 at 8:50
With this site having so many anti-gun nuts, can one of you explain why so many children are being killed in Chicago each year? And Chicago in only one city, but it is a major city with such strict anti-gun regulations.

This clown counting matches his limited brain power. When does the number one count as many. There is only one on this site call for total ban of guns.

Go back to your closet…fool.

By: gdiafante on 12/28/12 at 11:42

Yogi, you're a liar. We've gone back and forth about the specific law many times. If you can't remember that, put yourself in a home.

By: Loner on 12/28/12 at 11:42

Do other countries have a constitutional right to bear arms?

Find out, here:

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/explainer/2010/12/have_gun_want_to_travel.html

The US joins these three bastions of human rights with a constitutional right to keep and bear arms....Mexico, Haiti and Guatemala also have the "right" enshrined in their respective Constitutions; but they also have gun laws restricting the right...but the gun laws are usually ignored; unless you are a foreigner with a gun....in that case, you are going to jail for decades for mere possession of a gun.

BTW, the Confederate Constitution also enshrined the right to keep and bear arms...of course, the right only applied to white folks.

The USA is in good company: Mexico, Haiti, Guatemala and the Confederate States of America....no wonder then, that we have a gun problem in this country....in an intellectual sense, we are a backwards, third-world country.

By: Captain Nemo on 12/28/12 at 11:46

By: bfra on 12/28/12 at 8:51
Raspy - You forgot a wannabe that isn't & never will be. Namely yourself!

bfra, this pigeon can’t see past it’s over inflated self-image. But I guess he has too, since only trolls adore him.

By: Captain Nemo on 12/28/12 at 11:52

By: budlight on 12/28/12 at 8:59
Evil comes in many forms. A woman trying to find a job went on what she thought was an interview; she was overpowered and raped. The guy posted on Craigslist.

Doodoo where are people on this board calling for a ban on guns and where has anyone on Cragslist killed 20 children. Get a life or get simple fact before posting stupid.

By: Captain Nemo on 12/28/12 at 11:53

Let me ask everyone a question, would you favor a tax increase in order to put guards in schools? Would you favor a tax increase to hire more police? Would you favor a tax increase to focus more recources on mental health?

gdia-

Yes I would!

By: Captain Nemo on 12/28/12 at 12:00

By: parnell3rd on 12/28/12 at 9:03
Mr. Burch, if you hate America so Much why don't you move to one of those contries you listed?

What we have here is typical reply from someone with a limited vocabulary. If you don’t love American then get out. This mini troll must trip over its lower lip a lot, because it lets it go flopping in the wind, with any control.

By: Captain Nemo on 12/28/12 at 12:01

By: bfra on 12/28/12 at 9:08
As bud, yogi, raspy & ilk are killing this board, can we ban them?

LOL

By: bfra on 12/28/12 at 12:03

yogi - I'm too damned old now and not able to fight like I used to be able to. And I'm not going to stand and let some young man beat the hell out of me.
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Bad situation, you OLD FOOL! You are the one threatening, daring & bragging about your guns & fist. If you can't put up, then SHUT UP!

By: Captain Nemo on 12/28/12 at 12:05

The old fool whips another one of his cliché in hopes it will be a knock-out.

By: bfra on 12/28/12 at 12:07

yogi - No, I've never run from anyone in my life and I'm not going to start now.
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Again the CRAZY OLD FOOL is nothing but a liar! Gdiafante has posted that information so many times you couldn't help but see it, since you sit on your computer 24/7. Maybe you got too busy playing with yourself.

By: Captain Nemo on 12/28/12 at 12:13

By: dargent7 on 12/28/12 at 9:41
I think P-3 has the worst posts. Very hostile and condenscending.

dargent has to be that way, because it is the smallest of thee 4 trolls.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/28/12 at 10:14
Damn, yogi - how ignorant are you??? Seriously.

It should not be a surprise to you Blanket that the old boy is spiraling in his on Brown Hole.

By: Captain Nemo on 12/28/12 at 12:14

By: yogiman on 12/28/12 at 10:23
gdiafante,

You say Obama was born in the United States. Was you in the room with his mother when he was born? I didn't think so.

Was you FOOL?

By: Captain Nemo on 12/28/12 at 12:17

By: Rasputin72 on 12/28/12 at 10:28
Blanketnazi......Yogi is very unsophisticated, you on the other hand may have had too many trips to the clap doctor.

By: yogiman on 12/28/12 at 9:29
I realize I'm not as brilliant as you think you are, B2, but I have a legitimate reason; how about you?

You have had plenty experience in that office old boy.

By: Captain Nemo on 12/28/12 at 12:20

By: Rasputin72 on 12/28/12 at 10:44
I notice that the core strength of the daily website regulars continue to be baiited (sic). Into having dialogue with the Yogiman. I notice that you berate him as being every. kind of derogatory personna that your vocabularies can muster.

Translation:

It’s me you should be spotlighting on, Not A Tired Old Man.

By: bfra on 12/28/12 at 12:20

Nemo - Raspy has "clap" on the brain today, he must have caught a bad case of it.

By: Captain Nemo on 12/28/12 at 12:21

By: gdiafante on 12/28/12 at 10:57
Why do we address you, Raspy, another proven liar and imbecile? Perhaps we do because it's a challenge to present rational thinking to the irrational.

Good point gdia.

By: bfra on 12/28/12 at 12:23

Notice Raspy dropped his Frence comment after it was noted he didn't even have it spelled right.:-)

By: Captain Nemo on 12/28/12 at 12:24

By: Rasputin72 on 12/28/12 at 11:02
Gdiafante......You have dialogue with me because I am the only member of the upperclass that has given you the true gospel.

By the way you are not a member if the Simple Six but you qualify quite readily as a bitter twit.

The Master Troll hurls bait at gdia in an attempt to get his attention. “Play with me and not the fool,” it pleads.

By: bfra on 12/28/12 at 12:28

s/h/b "French", unlike Raspy, I don't claim to be perfect.:-)

By: Captain Nemo on 12/28/12 at 12:33

By: yogiman on 12/28/12 at 11:28
Loner,

I believe history will show you guns were 'invented' to replace spears, knives and bows and arrows to put food on the table and rebel against their enemies

Padded Cells were invented for you yogi.

By: bfra on 12/28/12 at 12:07
yogi - No, I've never run from anyone in my life and I'm not going to start now.

This is true bfra. The old fool hides in his closet.

You are a liar and a coward, yogi.

By: Captain Nemo on 12/28/12 at 12:47

By: bfra on 12/28/12 at 12:20
Nemo - Raspy has "clap" on the brain today, he must have caught a bad case of it.

I would not doubt that, bfra. He has had in other places. LOL

By: bfra on 12/28/12 at 12:23
Notice Raspy dropped his Frence comment after it was noted he didn't even have it spelled right.:-)

Remember me telling you that once he found lying, he either hides or changes tactics. The only reason he is staying on this site, is because he thinks he is safe.

You should hear him try to speak French. Not only does he misspell, he wreck a beautiful language.