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Baton Rouge's local paper, the Advocate, reports fatal shootings daily.  But today is especially bad.  How bad?  Screen shot of today's news below the orange squiggly.

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The tragic death of this toddler little Travin Varise (even though he was only here for two years, I realized that we should know his name) is the second fatal accidental shooting in Baton Rouge in three days.  The victim in the other one was 18 years old.

Those were accidents.  Now check out the left column for the criminal gun violence: a 19-year-old found shot to death in his Baton Rouge driveway, and a hostage situation/fatal shooting just across the Mississippi River in West Baton Rouge Parish (and a fatal shooting in Lafayette which is a couple hours from here).  And then at the very bottom, it tells you how nothing is likely to be done legislatively, thanks to the fact that LA citizens last month (10 days before Newtown) overwhelmingly passed a constitutional amendment that raises the legal standard that must be met for any gun restrictions to be deemed constitutional, a measure to which Gov. Bobby Jindal gave his full-throated support.  The legislators give some lip service to “mental health,” which seems meaningless in light of the drastic cuts to mental health services we’ve seen here.  

I live in one of Baton Rouge’s affluent neighborhoods and occasionally hear gunfire at night.  But gun legislation is anathema here.  The more violent it gets the more people want guns, especially after Newtown.  They seem to believe that if only enough law-abiding citizens were sufficiently armed, the “bad guys” would…unilaterally disarm?  Just go away?  Kill each other off?  

How is this self-reinforcing cycle of violence ever to be broken in a society where gun worship begins at an early age; where even a horrifying front page like today’s is just another typical day in Baton Rouge, and just a reason to get another gun?

And as I was getting ready to post this, I looked at the Advocate's home page again, just in time to see the yellow "Breaking News" banner about a shooting at a Houston college campus.  It might as well have read, "Just in case the dead toddler didn't get your attention."

UPDATE:  But once the shooting has been done, we certainly throw the book at them.  A seventeen-year-old who shot and injured two other kids at the mall about a year ago, will go to prison for 20 years after accepting a plea deal.  I wonder if he wishes it would have been harder for him to get that gun; harder for him to do something stupid for which he will now waste his first two decades of adult life.

Originally posted to beabea on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 01:07 PM PST.

Also republished by Shut Down the NRA.

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  •  Tip Jar (11+ / 0-)

    "...no man can be sure that he may not be to-morrow the victim of a spirit of injustice, by which he may be a gainer to-day." Hamilton, Federalist 78

    by beabea on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 01:07:09 PM PST

  •  that is really grim (5+ / 0-)


    Louisiana is one of those gun-death hot spots... keep safe from the gun nuts!

    "Kossacks are held to a higher standard. Like Hebrew National hot dogs." - blueaardvark

    by louisev on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 01:16:42 PM PST

  •  If only more people were armed (4+ / 0-)

    That way, more people would be dead, and then there would be less gun crime, right?

    For Fucks sake.

  •  But Sean Payton has been reinstated by the NFL (3+ / 0-)
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    Let's keep things in perspective. I am actually surprised that wasn't the headline.

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 01:44:56 PM PST

  •  Gun Advocates hilarious answer (3+ / 0-)
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      Over on another site, a gun advocate clarified their increase in gun buying.   If we would just quit talking about gun violence and related deaths - they would quit being afraid of President Obama and the big bad FED.

        Ah, not quite so fast pea-brain.  No one is going to take your guns away....well that's not exactly what I said, but if they believe that "if we just quit talking" and posting these acts of gun violence will result in less "fear" in their hearts and gun buying habits  - I promised them that I do have a bridge for sale.

    •  People driven by irrational fears and (2+ / 0-)
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      who do not think logically, seem like the ones most interested in heavily arming themselves.

      What could possibly go wrong?

      "...no man can be sure that he may not be to-morrow the victim of a spirit of injustice, by which he may be a gainer to-day." Hamilton, Federalist 78

      by beabea on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 02:35:56 PM PST

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  •  This and all the other gun crazy states are why (2+ / 0-)
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    even basic uniform Federal Laws are an absolute neccessity. Universal background checks for both dealer's & private sales, mandatory registration to negate strawman purchases, mandatory reporting laws for lost or stolen guns and basic regulations regarding how firearms must be stored safely at home.

    There is absolutely no violation of anyone's 2nd amendment rights with these types of laws. And people who try to use the 4th amendment to argue against mandatory registration that's nothing but a strawman argument. Vehicles must be registered every time they change ownership, computer software is licensed and must be registered, if you want to drive, you must have a driver's license and update it with any changes, if you want to vote, you have to guess what? Register!!

    What kind of country are we, that we have a faction in this nation that is hell bent on refusing to do anything to reduce the devastating carnage that is created due to gun violence, whether accidental, intentional or by suicide every year?

    "An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity" Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr..

    by mindara on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 03:46:41 PM PST

    •  I am originally from Switzerland, (2+ / 0-)
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      which has the second highest rate of gun ownership after the US, but with very little gun violence.  I think there are a number of reasons for that, such as greater social mobility and lower rate of poverty, and education system whose quality does not depend on how wealthy (or poor) your neighborhood is.  But our strict gun laws are certainly a big part of it; we do a lot of things that you mention (except for private gun sales, which are forbidden).

      So living in Louisiana now, there are certainly days when I feel as if I have been dropped off here from another planet, and the rampant gun violence and reflexive opposition to any gun regulation whatsoever is a big part of the reason why.

      "...no man can be sure that he may not be to-morrow the victim of a spirit of injustice, by which he may be a gainer to-day." Hamilton, Federalist 78

      by beabea on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 04:40:33 PM PST

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      •  It's insane and it just keeps getting worse every (1+ / 0-)
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        year...but Sandy Hook did bring about a sea change in the majority of Americans. (It's shameful that it took the massacre of 20 1st graders in their own school, but...) Gun regulations will be strenthened and enforced, it won't be easy but eventually once people realize no one is going to be "grabbing guns" from law abiding citizens and death rates from gun violence start going down, people will chill out a little more. But, unfortunately there is an element of our society who actually believe this tyrannical gov't crap, they always have and they're the ones who will continue to create problems. Fortunately for us, they tend to live in very sparsely populated states.

        "An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity" Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr..

        by mindara on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 05:16:48 PM PST

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