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Gun Company Stocks Nosedive After Its Lobbyists Prevail in Washington

Without the gun industry whipping them into a frenzy by telling them Obama’s going to take their guns away, people are less interested in buying more guns.

Gosh, whodda thunk?

Alliant’s (ATK, Fortune 500) stock price dropped 1.5% Thursday, after seeing its shares surge 38% over the last year. Ammunition maker Olin Corp. (OLN) fell 1.2%, after climbing more than 13% over the last year. Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. (SWHC) managed a 1.7% gain Thursday, while Sturm, Ruger (RGR) slipped 1.5%.

The stock price for Cabela’s (CAB), a retailer dependent on gun sales, dropped nearly 5%…

Brian Rafn, a gun industry analyst and director of research at Morgan Dempsey Capital Management, said gun companies are going to have to figure out how to remain profitable now that the “visceral political craziness is removed from the equation.”

Don’t worry, the NRA and Gun Owners of America will come up with new lies tomorrow, and the people they’re counting on to believe them will dump more money on guns and ammo.

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Senate Goes Rogue: Votes to Continue Gun Show and Internet Loophole

The next time there’s a mass shooting and they’re asked what they did to prevent it, they’re going to have to say nothing.

Erica Lafferty, the daughter of the principal of Sandy Hook Elementary, who was shot and killed along with 20 first-graders and five teachers during five minutes in December of 2012. Lafferty was reacting to news that the Senate failed to pass a bill to close a loophole exempting gun shows and online gun sales from background checks. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) joined three other Democrats and all but four Republicans in voting against the measure, which polls show that 90 percent of Americans favor.

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Rick Warren Forgives Whoever Sold His Son the Gun He Used to Kill Himself. But Should He?

Matthew Warren

That was quick. Saddleback Church pastor Rick Warren wasted no time in forgiving the person who sold online an unregistered handgun with the serial number filed off to his son, who used it to kill himself.

On the Thursday following 27-year-old Matthew Warren’s death on Friday, his father tweeted:

Someone on the internet sold Matthew an unregistered gun.I pray he seeks God’s forgiveness. I forgive him. #MATTHEW 6:15

The passage cited reads, from the New International version of the bible, “But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”

Warren is no doubt using the quick logic that if his son hadn’t gotten that gun he would have gotten another, because someone who is bent on suicide will find a way. But he should slow down and, painful as the truth is, examine that idea.

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Al Qaeda Leader: America’s Lax Background Checks on Gun Sales Provide a ‘Golden Opportunity’ for a Mumbai-Style Terror Attack in the U.S. – ‘So What Are You Waiting for?’

Two years ago, American-born Al Qaeda spokesman Adam Gadahn released this video in which he informed his operatives in the United States that because of a loophole in America’s gun laws they could avoid background checks by buying assault weapons at gun shows. Gadahn’s implication was that it would be easy to assemble the arsenal required to launch an attack in the United States similar to the 2008 terror campaign in Mumbai, in which 12 simultaneous bombing and gun attacks across the city left 164 people dead and at least 300 people wounded.

Transcript:

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Enumerati

Florida Eclipses Other States’ Paranoia Game

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Number of concealed weapons permits Florida has handed out, as of Dec. 12, 2012, making it the number one gun-toting state — by far. The nearest contenders are Georgia, with 600,000 permits, Texas with 524,000, and Indiana with 420,000. Gun lobbyist Marion Hammer says the NRA and others will pressure the Florida legislature this session to pass “open carry” laws that will officially convert the state to the wild west by allowing the paranoid to walk around brandishing guns.

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Colbert On Why We Don’t Know Gun Death Numbers

Colbert highlights an overlooked but significant — possibly THE most significant — change in the public’s attitude toward guns going forward. When Pres. Obama signed an executive order freeing the Centers for Disease Control to count gun deaths and injuries for the first time in 17 years, he made it possible for us to know the impact of the continuing escalation of gun violence in America. This is information the NRA and Gun Owners of America need to keep hidden, because if we realized the extent of the problem, we might do sensible things about it.

h/t to Beach Peanuts for the Colbert video.

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Good Thing It’s So Easy for Responsible Gun Owners to Avoid Unintended Shootings

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Number of shootings during Gun Appreciation Day, all by “responsible gun owners.” The highest toll was at a gun show in North Carolina, where three people were shot when a man removed his 12-gauge shotgun from its case. In Ohio, a man was shot by a 9-mm semi-automatic handgun held by his business partner, and another in Indiana shot himself as he loaded his .45-caliber semi-automatic. There were no shootings reported that day from music, food, or cultural festivals, reinforcing the notion that the very presence of guns makes people less safe.

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The Answer to Too Many Guns is Always More Guns

NRA: “The only way to reduce the kinds of casualties seen at gun shows across the country today is more guns” #GunAppreciationDay

— @TheDailyEdge, a humor site, tweeting about the rash of negligent accidental shootings by “responsible gun owners” as they bought and sold guns on a day dreamed up by the gun lobby and rightwing extremists.

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White “Nationalists” Try to Hide Behind Gun Appreciation Day

Petition smoking gun?

A couple of days ago, BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) tweeted this:

Is this the most racist White House petition ever created? https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/stop-white-genocide-halt-massive-third-world-immigration-and-forced-assimilation-white-countries/WVyzm59F

And here’s the petition:

WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO:
STOP WHITE GENOCIDE: Halt MASSIVE third world immigration and FORCED assimilation in White countries!
Africa for Africans, Asia for Asians, White countries for EVERYBODY?

These gun folks’ greatest wish seems to be that someday a (black) criminal will walk through their doors and give them the golden opportunity to kill a human being with no legal consequences

White countries are being flooded with third world non-whites, and Whites are required by law to integrate with them so as to “assimilate,” i.e. intermarry and be blended out of existence.

That’s genocide by United Nations Convention, Article II, part c:

“Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part.”

We petition the President to end White Genocide in the United States, and to call for the end of White Genocide in Europe, Britain, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

Supporting White Genocide is not anti-racist. It’s anti-white!
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Signers: Please look for our three petitions each month that oppose White Genocide!

Let’s grow!

Thankfully, the petition had only 388 signatures when I first viewed it, and has only gained about 10 more in the days since.

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What’s the Plan?