Amy Davidson, The New Yorker online, yesterday (excerpt is last 2 paragraphs)
We have heard a good deal from the N.R.A. in the last couple of months about how a gun defends a home. Wayne LaPierre, the group’s executive vice-president and increasingly unhinged public face, has been out talking about how everyone needs a gun to be prepared for a coming time of financial crisis and natural disaster. South Africa and the United States are distinct countries with different gun cultures, but people are not so different. The array of objects within arm’s reach can turn a moment of rage to something worse in any country. A gun in the house makes it more likely that domestic violence will lead to murder. (The Times has a story this morning about how living with guns has also been connected to dying by suicide.) Oscar Pistorius’s gun did not keep Reeva Steenkamp safe. Living in a house with many guns did not keep Kasandra Perkins safe when Jovan Belcher, the father of her child, shot her and then himself.
There is much to admire in the confidence that made Pistorius believe that he could challenge world running federations, and make them let him run. There was a clarity there, and inspiration, and the right kind of pride. (This morning, someone reportedly took a Nike ad with the line “I am the bullet in the chamber” off of his Web site.) There will be plenty of talk, too, about what brings athletes to both the highest levels of sports and to a place of domestic tragedy—publicity, pressure, even the unsettling question of performance-enhancing drugs and their psychological effects. That discussion is worth having. But what matters even more is what can happen in any home, in any room, with a man and a woman and a gun.
Nine-year old Jamyla Bolden was murdered by a gunshot as she was doing homework on a couch in her mother's home on August 18th. The community responded by offering emotional support and sponsoring a fundraiser at a local restaurant. They also held marches protesting the death. During the marches pleas for any witnesses to the crime to come forward were made. A witness did come forth. A second witness stated that the accused admitted to the crime. An arrest was made.
Contrary to popular belief, the black community does care about crime in their neighborhoods. Support is offered to grieving families. Suspects are arrested if there is enough evidence. If convictions occur, people go to prison. Justice is served.
Three teams of forensic scientists have found that the Planned a Parenthood videos were manipulated. Even the so-called full length video was altered.
After Shirley Sherrod and ACORN, we should expect MSM to be more cautious in spreading the lies of those on the Religious Right. We should also expect more of ourselves. When the Right pushes this nonsense, we should note that they have lied before and that we need more proof.
Facts do not matter to the Right, so we can expect continued efforts to defund Planned Parenthood in state legislatures and Congress. Cruz may still want a government shutdown.