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Bump Stock History


Exhibit One:

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
-George Santayana

 Las Vegas: Oct. 1, 2017 (58 dead, 489 wounded)

Pulse Night Club: June 12, 2016 (49 dead, 58 wounded)

Virginia Tech University: April 16, 2007 (32 dead, 17 wounded)

Sandy Hook Elementary School: Dec. 14, 2012 (26 dead, 2 wounded)

Killeen, Texas: Oct. 16, 1991 (23 dead, 27 wounded)

San Ysidro, Calif.: July 18, 1984 (21 dead, 19 wounded)

University of Texas-Austin: Aug. 1, 1966 (15 dead, 31 wounded)

San Bernardino, Calif.: Dec. 2, 2015 (14 dead, 22 wounded)

Edmond, Okla.: Aug. 20, 1986 (14 dead, 6 wounded)
     Note: The above is the Classic “Going Postal”

Fort Hood: Nov. 5, 2009 (13 dead, 30 wounded)

 Exhibit Two:

Zach Beauchamp writes:

“The average likelihood of an American being killed in a terrorist attack in which an immigrant participated in any given year is one in 3.6 million — even including the 9/11 deaths. The average American is more likely to die from their own clothing or a toddler with a gun than an immigrant terrorist. But we’re not banning guns and T-shirts from coming into the country.

Seemingly no one expects white men to apologize on behalf of all other white men, even though 63 percent of mass shootings since 1982 have been committed by their demographic. While Muslim identity is often tied to terrorism suspicion, whiteness swiftly disconnects individuals like Paddock from other white Americans from any responsibility to disavow, condemn or apologize on behalf of “one of their own.”

Exhibit Three:

“I’ve been a gun-control activist for 20 years. Every time I speak out on the need for stricter gun laws, I get a new profusion of threats. There’s always plenty of the garden-variety “your dad would be ashamed of you” sexist nonsense, along with the much more menacing threats to my family and personal safety.

Last year, I performed at the Concert Across America to End Gun Violence with Jackson Browne, Eddie Vedder, Marc Cohn and the Harlem Gospel Choir, and we got death threats. People wanted to kill us because we wanted to end gun violence. That’s where we are: America, 2017.

”For the past few decades, the National Rifle Association has increasingly nurtured an alliance with country music artists and their fans. You can see it in “N.R.A. Country,” which promotes the artists who support the philosophical, and perhaps economic, thrall of the N.R.A., with the pernicious tag line “Celebrate the Lifestyle.”

That wholesome public relations veneer masks something deeply sinister and profoundly destructive. There is no other way to say this: The N.R.A. funds domestic terrorism.

A shadow government exists in the world of gun sales, and the people who write gun regulations are the very people who profit from gun sales. The N.R.A. would like to keep it that way…

I encourage more artists in country and American roots music to end your silence. It is no longer enough to separate yourself quietly. The laws the N.R.A. would pass are a threat to you, your fans, and to the concerts and festivals we enjoy.

The stakes are too high to not disavow collusion with the N.R.A. Pull apart the threads of patriotism and lax gun laws that it has so subtly and maliciously intertwined. They are not the same…”

-Roseanne Cash

Exhibit Four:

On past Friday morning, [Oct 6th] at 12:39 a.m., security footage from the Asheville Regional Airport in North Carolina showed a man walking through the front doors wearing black clothing and a black cap, while carrying a bag. He dropped the bag and walked out.

Reported and picked up by the bomb squad it was found to be an improvised explosive device full of sharp nails and bullets. Whoever built it designed the bomb to cause horrific bodily harm. Before disarming it, authorities discovered that the alarm attached to it was scheduled to go off at 6:00 a.m. that morning just as a fresh round of travelers was scheduled to arrive at the airport.

The man who planted it, it turns out, openly admitted to authorities that he was “preparing to fight a war on U.S. soil” and that this bomb was but one part of that war.

A Muslim attacker’s mugshot would become a meme across the conservative media. Mainstream American outlets would be covering the heroic bravery of those who thwarted the terrorist plot. . . .

In this case, though? Crickets. We hear nothing at all — almost exclusively because the man who planted this improvised explosive device, just like ones that have been used to murder and maim people all over the world, was white. His guilt starts and stops with him. His actions aren’t an indictment of his whole faith, political outlook, and race. White people aren’t suddenly labeled terrorists or seen as a threat to American safety in the way that would almost certainly happen had it been anybody other than a white man.

-Shaun King at the Intercept

Exhibit Five:

With the recent tragedy in Las Vegas, six of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history have now occurred in the past 10 years.

Being killed with a gun here: Is about as likely as

dying of ____ in the U.S. Deaths per mil.

El Salvador Heart attack 446.3

Mexico Pancreatic cancer 121.7

United States Car accident* 31.2

Chile Motorcycle accident 14.3

Israel Building fire 7.5

Canada Alcohol poisoning 5.6

Ireland Drowning in a lake, river or ocean 4.8

Netherlands Accidental gas poisoning 2.3

Germany Contact with a thrown or falling object 2.1

France Hypothermia 2.0

Austria Drowning in a swimming pool 1.9

Australia Falling from a building or structure 1.7

China Plane crash 1.6

Spain Exposure to excessive natural heat 1.6

New Zealand Falling from a ladder 1.5

Poland Bicycle-car crash 1.1

England Contact with agricultural machinery 0.9

Norway Accidental hanging or strangulation 0.9

Iceland Electrocution 0.6

Scotland Cataclysmic storms 0.5

South Korea Being crushed or pinched between objects 0.4

Japan Lightning strike 0.1

Note: Rates are averages of data available from 2007 to 2012;

*car accidents includes car occupants only; not van, truck, motorcycle or bus accidents

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Small Arms Survey

At the Exit:

There seems to be some complaint about United States Armed Forces liberating 6 million people from abject Slavery in the Americas. (Please note the recent Hanther column on the absolute abasement of slavery). Even if this liberation was somewhat inadvertent, morally it ranks right up there with our liberation of Europe and Asia in WWII. It has also been noted that the cost of this liberation in lives was very high, almost twice as many military deaths than World War Two, and that does not count horrendous civilian deaths, but it was a sacrifice our ancestors were willing, to begin with even eager, to make. We cannot undo the what or why our ancestors chose to do, but we can celebrate the result, as we do with our costly and disruptive revolution. Imagine being French and trying to defend “the Terror.”

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way - in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.”

-Charles Dickens



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