Somewhere in Florida.
In a speech at an NRA (National Rifle Association) event yesterday, one-time vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin (not Tina Fey) said with regard to America’s enemies:
“If I were in charge, they would know that waterboarding is how we baptise terrorists.”
A furious Barack Obama accused members of Congress of caving to the gun lobby on Wednesday after the best chance of reform in over a decade fell at the first hurdle.
Moderate Republicans and four Democrats bowed to pressure from the National Rifle Association and blocked a bipartisan Senate amendment that would have expanded background checks for gun purchases to gun shows and online sales.
Despite hopes that the national outrage which followed the Newtown school shooting would force Washington to act, a limited compromise amendment proposed by Republican Pat Toomey and Democrat Joe Manchin received 54 votes, short of the 60 votes needed.
As the measure fell, Patricia Maisch, a survivor of the mass shooting in Tucson, shouted “Shame on you” from the visitors gallery where she was sitting near bereaved Newtown families.
Indeed, the evidence suggests the very act of being armed changes one’s perception of others to a decidedly more paranoid one. Other studies have shown an element of racial priming too, where a black subject is more likely to be assumed to be carrying a weapon. Guns have a curious psychological effect beyond this: a 2006 study by Dr Jennifer Klinesmith and colleagues showed men exposed to firearms before an experiment had much higher testosterone levels and were three times more likely to engage in aggressive behaviour relative to the subjects not primed with a weapon.
Ireland’s double-barreled, Oxford University-based, physicist David Robert Grimes in today’s Guardian Science.
Where he’s currently getting flamed by National Rifle Association (NRA) supporters.
Help him NOW!
The USA’s NRA (National Rifle Association)’s new campaign ad calling President Obama an “elitist hypocrite” for having Secret Service protection for his children while kids around the country must fend for themselves.