Automatic weapons and high-capacity clips: restore the ban and redefine “masculinity”

Police: Conn. gunman had hundreds of rounds of ammunition, enough to kill almost every student – NEWTOWN, Conn. – The gunman in the Connecticut shooting rampage was carrying an arsenal of hundreds of rounds of especially deadly ammunition — enough to kill just about every student in the school if given enough time, authorities said Sunday, raising the chilling possibility that the bloodbath could have been far worse. Adam Lanza shot himself in the head just as he heard police drawing near to the classroom where he was slaughtering helpless children, but he had more ammunition at the ready in the form of multiple, high-capacity clips each capable of holding 30 bullets. […] Police said they found hundreds of unused bullets at the school, which enrolled about 450 students in kindergarten through fourth grade. “There was a lot of ammo, a lot of clips,” said state police Lt. Paul Vance. “Certainly a lot of lives were potentially saved.” The chief medical examiner has said the ammunition was the type designed to break up inside a victim’s body and inflict the maximum amount of damage, tearing apart bone and tissue.

Let’s see if Rupert Murdoch puts his money where his mouth is.

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On Monday, “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough revealed that the Newtown shooting made him change his opinion on gun control entirely. More:

I knew that day that the ideologies of my past career were no longer relevant to the future that I want, that I demand for my children. Friday changed everything. It must change everything. We all must begin anew and demand that Washington’s old way of doing business is no longer acceptable. Entertainment moguls don’t have an absolute right to glorify murder while spreading mayhem in young minds across America. And our Bill of Rights does not guarantee gun manufacturers the absolute right to sell military-style, high-caliber, semi-automatic combat assault rifles with high-capacity magazines to whoever the hell they want.

It is time for Congress to put children before deadly dogmas. It’s time for politicians to start focusing more on protecting our schoolyards than putting together their next fundraiser. It’s time for Washington to stop trying to win endless wars overseas when we’re losing the war at home … For the sake of my four children and yours, I choose life and I choose change.

Scarborough, when still in Congress, was notably aligned with the NRA and previously espoused libertarian views on the issue. (via shortformblog)

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newsweek: “This is an ad for the gun Adam Lanza used to murder 20 children & 6 adults,”Jessica Valenti tweets. “We need to talk about American masculinity.”

If you think you need this gun to hunt a deer, you’re a terrible hunter.

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