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This weekend, people who love liberty and semiautomatic weapons, which are the same thing, actually, gathered in cities across U.S. America for a “Day Of Resistance,” organized on 2/23 to commemorate the heroic freedom-loving service of .223 caliber rounds fired by AR-15 semiautomatic rifles. These innocent bullets have recently had their love of freedom unfairly maligned, simply because a few hundred of them were propelled at high velocity — without their consent, although it should be noted that they performed according to their design specifications — through the flesh and bones of twenty small children and six of their teachers in December. Organizers of the event considered the choice of date “clever.”

Depending on location, the rallies were either a Huge Success or a Total Failure. Numbers are hard when a gun-related event doesn’t leave any corpses behind, so let’s say that overall turnout nationwide was somewhere between a few thousand and a million. Your Doktor Zoom attended the rally at the Idaho Statehouse in Boise, and can confirm that there were a few hundred people inside, the vast majority of them armed. No one was shot, not even the guy wearing a “Wonkette” sticker on his windbreaker, so that proves guns are not a problem and liberals are irrationally afraid of freedom.

– The pseudonymous Doktor Zoom, writing for the aggressively liberal and consistently entertaining blog Wonkette, regarding a contrived, somewhat insensitive, and utterly pointless gun-appreciation event held in Idaho on the 23rd.

For some grade-A political commentary, witticism, and satire, look no farther than Wonkette.

Thanks goes out to Grandpa Carl for dropping this atomic knowledge bomb on me, though I was once again unable to find specific attribution for who compiled this and set it up.

I’ve written before about my opinion regarding the current gun-control debate in general and the proposed assault-weapons ban specifically (which you can find here, and also here and here, and probably elsewhere on this blog). If you’re still unconvinced, I present a very scholarly essay on the assault-weapons aspect of the debate, as presented in a slide show for your visual learning pleasure.

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I have to say, this is getting harder and harder to refute.

This is probably the most informative article I’ve yet read on the Newtown shooting. It is brought to us by none other than the Wall Street Journal. I encourage everyone to read it, then read it again, and then forward it to people you know.

As anyone who reads this blog probably knows, I’m generally a left-leaning moderate (or at least that’s what I aspire to). I began, one week ago, on the left-leaning side of this issue. Though I’ve never been in favor of much harsher gun laws, the idea of more guns in that school seemed, at first blush, preposterous. But I’m having a hard time even holding the line on that. Though some of their rhetoric can be pretty batty (see Wayne Lapierre’s long-winded statement today at the world’s most bizarre press conference), and arming the teachers still sounds ridiculous, I’m having a harder and harder time getting past the logic of the argument for armed guards in schools (see Lapierre’s statement), and against supposed “gun-free zones” at which nothing is done to ensure guns are not present. One widely made suggestion coming from the pro-control side is to instate a ban on assault weapons, but the designation of “assault weapon” has to do with cosmetic differences between weapons and has no functional meaning. I’ve also always thought that stricter gun control to combat these shootings is kind of missing the point. A gun in and of itself is not good or evil (yes, the “guns don’t kill people” argument). The root issue here is violent tendencies, which stems from mental health. This article addresses all these things, and adds some enlightening statistics.

I’m posting the article here in its entirety, adding only bolding of some particularly salient statements. The article is titled “Guns, Mental Illness, and Newtown” and is written by David Kopel for WSJ Online. Once again, I encourage everyone to read it.

Has the rate of random mass shootings in the United States increased? Over the past 30 years, the answer is definitely yes. It is also true that the total U.S. homicide rate has fallen by over half since 1980, and the gun homicide rate has fallen along with it. Today, Americans are safer from violent crime, including gun homicide, than they have been at any time since the mid-1960s.

Mass shootings, defined as four or more fatalities, fluctuate from year to year, but over the past 30 years there has been no long-term increase or decrease. But “random” mass shootings, such as the horrific crimes last Friday in Newtown, Conn., have increased.

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