1. "The only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," claims the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre.
    If you missed his speech, here’s a rundown of what happened, and how people are reacting. 

    (Source: theweek.com)

     

  2. Ke$ha’s “Die Young” pulled from radio stations across the country: Pop star Ke$ha’s unfortunately titled new single “Die Young” has taken a big hit in the wake of the shooting. TMZ reports that the song reached 167 million listeners on Friday, but had dropped all the way to 148 million listeners by Monday — a decline rivaled only by the Dixie Chicks’ disappearance from country radio after they criticized President Bush at a concert in 2003.

    10 ways the entertainment industry is being sensitive to the Connecticut massacre

     


  3. Nowhere else in the world are so many weapons in circulation as in the US. In no other country are citizens as well armed. The U.S. Constitution guarantees every American the right to move about in public as though he or she is John Wayne in person. One can see it as a national tradition. But this martial approach to liberty is also a relic of the past and one that is out of step with the times.
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    Germany’s Stuttgarter Zeitung.

    If you’re wondering what the rest of the world has to say about the Newtown massacre, or our lax gun laws, here’s a list of what newspapers across the world are saying.

     

  4. Adam Lanza, third from right: That the suspected Newton, Conn., shooter turned out to be male almost goes without saying. Of the 62 mass shootings since 1982, only one was perpetrated by a woman.

    Why are there so few female mass murderers?

     

  5. You’re probably familiar with the Topeka-based Westboro Baptist Church, a fringe religious group of anti-gay, anti-Semitic, anti-kindness-in-general people infamous for picketing at the funerals of fallen soldiers, protesting charitable organizations, showing up with hateful signs after national tragedies, and for being generally terrible, terrible people.

    This weekend the WBC’s spokesperson announced their plans to picket at the Sandy Hook Elementary School.

    When six members of Westboro showed up at the University of Chicago to protest the school’s employment of Barack Obama, more than 100 students organized various counterprotests, which ran through the duration of WBC’s “visit.” Student events included a simultaneous picket featuring signs warning of America’s doom-by-figs, flyers deploring fig-eaters and speakers who told of God’s vengeance upon fig-loving nations (all sourced from a reference to evil figs in the book of Jeremiah). 

    10 nonviolent ways to thwart a Westboro Baptist Church protest

    (Source: theweek.com)

     


  6. American politicians need to get off their butts. So far, most, including the president, have abdicated a moral responsibility to talk frankly about guns and rights, ironically, they say, because the issue is “complicated.” Goddamn right it’s complicated. That’s why we ought to talk about. Democrats still adhere to the fear that if they mention common-sense gun rules, their party will lose the backing forever of gun owners and those who see gun ownership as a stand-in for checking government power. For the most part, though, that coalition isn’t the Democratic Party’s coalition, and it becomes less so with every election.

    The gun rights lobby could lead the charge here, but they won’t, because they’re afraid they’d lose the chance to demagogue politicians who rise up against them. The NRA’s opponents are as central to the NRA’s successes as anything else.

    So: Ball’s in your court, Mr. President.

    — Marc Ambinder: How to prevent more mass killings
     

  7. Nancy Lanza’s friends say she was a gun enthusiast, who kept a small armory — two traditional hunting rifles, two handguns, and the semiautomatic rifle — for protection in case an economic meltdown resulted in chaos. She often took her sons to shooting ranges, to make sure they knew how to handle guns, too.

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