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Let’s Discuss the Ladies?

Boom: The National Rifle Association is pleased to tell us that only Donald Trump will defend our 2nd Amendment rights…which isn’t true. Now it’s running a $6.5 million ad buy telling ladies to strap on the holsters to ‘fight back.’ [Salon]  This may not only be a function of current politics – the NRA has a problem, “not enough people are buying guns.”

Gun ownership graph What we do have is an increase in the number of people who own multiple guns:

“Americans own an estimated 265m guns, more than one gun for every American adult, according to the most definitive portrait of US gun ownership in two decades. But the new survey estimates that 133m of these guns are concentrated in the hands of just 3% of American adults – a group of super-owners who have amassed an average of 17 guns each.” [Guardian]

Little wonder the manufacturers want to sell more to the ladies?  Unless, of course the ladies have  seen the actual numbers:

“If we examine data from within the United States, the odds aren’t any better for gun owners. The most recent study examining the relationship between firearms and homicide rates on a state level, published last April, found a significant positive relationship between gun ownership and overall homicide levels. Using data from 1981–2010 and the best firearm ownership proxy to date, the study found that for every 1 percent increase in gun ownership, there was a 1.1 percent increase in the firearm homicide rate and a 0.7 percent increase in the total homicide rate.” [Slate]

The Good Woman with a Gun is simply a variation on the old Good Guy with a  Gun, and neither is true.

Bust: What we could do is to have a national discussion of domestic violence and begin by taking rape, domestic violence, and assaults on women more seriously.   Jeff Van Gundy had some words for the NBA which are well worth highlighting.

Huh? There’s an anti-Question 1 ad in Nevada, showing the various law enforcement people against the proposition which would close the gun show loophole in the Silver State.  We ought to assume that these law enforcement professionals are tasked with the enforcement of NRS 203: 360 which forbids the sale of firearms to felons, fugitives, addicts, those adjudicated mentally ill, and those guilty of domestic violence.  Now the question becomes WHY would any law enforcement officer NOT want to find out if some felon, fugitive, addict, mentally ill, or domestic abuser was trying to purchase firearms at the local gun show?

Duh?  That little exchange in the Vice Presidential Debate last night about “punishing women who have abortions merits a comment or two.

Governor Pence has some antediluvian thoughts on mothers, womanhood, and the value thereof, see this piece in Alternet.   See also: Cosmopolitan;

“Though there is little doubt how extreme Pence’s anti-abortion stance is, he made it explicitly clear on the campaign trail. “I’m pro-life and I don’t apologize for it,” he said during a town hall in July. Of a Trump/Pence administration, he said, “We’ll see Roe v. Wade consigned to the ash heap of history where it belongs.”

Then there was the not-so-small matter of Pence cutting funding for Planned Parenthood in Indiana, thus cutting HIV testing for Scott County, Indiana.

“In 2011, Planned Parenthood ran five rural clinics in Indiana. They tested for HIV and offered prevention, intervention and counseling for better health. The one in Scott County performed no abortions.

Mothers-to-be in Scott County must drive 50 miles to visit a gynecologist or an obstetrician. That’s not an isolated insight. Of Indiana’s 92 counties, Scott County has ranked 92nd in unhealthiness for five straight years.” [ChiTrib]

Health professional saw what was coming when the funding was cut. They begged for help from the state. None was forthcoming. Better an AIDS epidemic in a rural area than funding which might tangentially touch abortion services?

Mr. Trump is a classic misogynist, Governor Pence is downright dangerous.

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Nevada Roundup

Cattle RoundupThere’s some good writing and commentary going on around the Nevada blogosphere; here’s some of it:

Nevada Progressive reports the NRA is planning a closed door seminar for members of the Nevada Legislature.  Here’s the obvious question – If the gun manufacturer’s lobby isn’t trying to play sneaky with its legislative agenda, then why the closed doors?  Because it’s “invitation only?”  Ralston Reports: The National Rifle Association is hosting an “elected officials-only classroom and range tutorial” this month to educate lawmakers on the “purpose and practical use of semi-automatic firearms and the differences between semi-automatic and automatic function.”  Let’s guess — the gun manufacturer’s lobby is out to demonstrate to the faithful that (1) “guns are just guns” and it’s just entirely too tricky to ban assault style weapons because of the definitional technicalities; or (2) “lots of guns are semi-automatic,” and we’d not want to revert to the days of the revolver?  And, what might the purpose be for the “automatic function?”

This, after Media Day at the Boulder Pistol and Rifle Range, Boulder City, NV yesterday, which by the NRA count garnered some 1,275 members of the media, to gape at the “… rifles, pistols, targets, holsters, ammunition, all-terrain vehicles, optics, and more, Media Day has a little bit of everything.”  Except perhaps, an acknowledgement that NYC Police Commissioner Ray Kelly may be on to something when he says that 85% of all the children killed by gun violence on this planet reside in the United States.

The Damned Pundit aka Gleaner adds a specific bit of information concerning the next session of the Assembled Wisdom:

“A freshly elected Republican Assemblywoman from Las Vegas by the name of Michele Fiore is leading the charge to not only let hungover 13th-graders take a semi-automatic 9MM pistol with a 17-round clip to History 101 at your local community college. Fiore also wants to arm K-12 teachers and administrators.”

Vegas Jessie adds a well informed, and cogent rant on the firearms question and the participants therein.  The Sin City Siren speaks of another gathering — those celebrating the Roe v. Wade decision on January 22nd.  Then, click over to “People who live in glass states shouldn’t heckle Mississippi,” for information regarding the accessibility of legal, safe, abortion medical procedures by state.

Speaking of the nation paying its bills — we might want to question some of the charges Congress has authorized in the past — like the $1 trillion (yes, trillion with a T) which has been paid to fraudulent defense contractors.  The Nevada Rural Democratic Caucus posts Senator Bernie Sanders’ comments in full.

And, who we aren’t paying?  That would be public employees — for the factually challenged who believe that public employment is a bountiful brunch at the public trough, NSEF reminds us:

“The average state employee makes about $49,000 a year while the average Nevadan, about $50,000. Further, a fifth of all state employees make less than $25,000. State employees are paid up to 30 percent less than local government employees who have collective bargaining rights.  State employees are not getting rich working for the state.”

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Windsock Mitt: What Choice? Multiple Choice?

Multiple Choice Mitt is back today, with a position on abortion which lasted all of about an hour. The following is a collection of quotations from various sources going back to 1994 on Governor Romney’s many versions of his story:

“I believe that abortion should be safe and legal in this country; I have since the time that my mom took that position when she ran in 1970 as a U.S. Senate candidate.” His comments, made during a candidate debate, are unequivocal: “I believe that since Roe v. Wade has been the law for 20 years, that we should sustain and support it.”  1994

“I will preserve and protect a woman’s right to choose, and am devoted and dedicated to honoring my word in that regard.” He assured voters, “I will not change any provisions of Massachusetts’ pro-choice laws.” 2002

“And every action I’ve taken as governor of Massachusetts has been pro-life. This is a very difficult decision. We’re involved in the lives of two people: a mom and an unborn child. And yet I’ve come down on the side of saying I’m in favor of life.”  2007

“”My position has been clear throughout this campaign,” Romney said. “I’m in favor of abortion being legal in the case of rape and incest, and the health and life of the mother.” August 27, 2012

Those things I think are consistent with my pro-life position. And I hope to appoint justices for the Supreme Court that will follow the law and the constitution. And it would be my preference that they reverse Roe V. Wade and therefore they return to the people and their elected representatives the decisions with regards to this important issue. September 9, 2012

“Mitt Romney today said no abortion legislation is part of his agenda, but he would prohibit federally-funded international nonprofits from providing abortions in other countries. “There’s no legislation with regards to abortion that I’m familiar with that would become part of my agenda,” the GOP presidential candidate told The Des Moines Register’s editorial board during a meeting today before his campaign rally at a Van Meter farm.” Oct.9 2012

Anrea Saul, spokesperson on Romney’s abortion comment to DMR: Rom “wld of course support legislation aimed at providing greater protections for life.” Oct. 9, 2012

For a timeline of Governor Romney’s various positions click here. (with video)

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