Oregon Shooting: How Gun Rights Advocates Think

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editor-commen-deskThis is one of the more insightful essays from a non-conservative writer about conservative gun owners we’ve seen all year. A refreshing sight. It’s unfortunate that the irrational, anti-democratic, reactionary urge for massive government control by the increasingly radical anti-gun left–and the increasingly irritable impatience of the strident pro-gun right (of which I proudly belong) predictably leaves little room for any hope of mutual respect. Sophia Raday’s article is a step in the right direction, exposing and addressing the false accusation of heartlessness. For this alone, conservatives should be grateful.

Perhaps Raday unnecessarily mythologizes the protective instincts of conservative gun owners. And needlessly refers to Hollywood stereotypes about Good and Evil that trivialize the subject. But her main points are well-reasoned, and valid. I’d prefer the word ‘realist‘, than pessimist, myself. But these are minor disagreements. Maybe pessimist is the right word. To her credit, Sophia Raday’s effort hints at an under-explored potential for honest dialogue between opposing camps.

Parting question: does a person actually have to be married to a member of the opposing camp, in order to reach these conclusions, and this level of understanding? I hope not!

Sophia Raday writes:

“How can you, with a straight face, make the argument that more guns will make us safer?” President Barack Obama asked on Friday.

I can answer that question. I’m in the progressive camp, but I’m married to my political opposite, a Republican police officer and soldier. We’ve had eighteen years to compare notes on many political issues, and out of all those arguments, I have gained an understanding and a measure of respect for the conservative worldview.

When something as horrible as the shooting in Oregon happens, progressives want to pull some shred of meaning from it. So let’s do something already, we say, in increasingly exasperated and angry tones. Let’s learn. Let’s change things. But we might be more effective in getting something done about mass shootings if we actually understood the opposition. Researchers studying conflict and extremism believe you can get a lot further in negotiation with an adversary if you acknowledge what is sacred to them. And believe it or not, gun-rights advocates—at least by virtue of their politics—are not heartless.

[Read the full story here, at Politico.com]

It must be understood that gun-rights advocates, like many conservatives, tell a very different story about the world than we progressives do. In their narrative, the earth is an inherently dangerous, often hostile, and definitely competitive place. Unlike us, they do not take as given that deep down, all people are basically good. They believe there is evil in the world, that there will always be evil in the world and that evil must be consistently and stalwartly confronted. In their story, it’s up to every one of the good people to stand up against malice. Otherwise, evil gets the upper hand. So, when a mass shooting occurs, their view of American society as overly permissive, and therefore an insufficient bulwark against ever-threatening evil, is only confirmed.

Liberals scratch their heads at the NRA member’s passion for firearms. People like Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin—whose post-Sandy Hook letter refusing to enforce any additional gun regulations is now going viral—seem like callous monsters to us. We find it odd and twisted to be so attached, so passionate about an amalgamation of metal and explosives whose raison d’tre is destruction. What we don’t get is that for conservatives, and Second Amendment defenders especially, the supreme virtue is self-reliance. The unconscious story underlying much conservative thought is a tale of good versus evil. Think of movies such as the Dark Knight, or Braveheart, or Star Wars. The virtuous individual must draw on his own talent and courage to defeat evil within and without. Read the rest of this entry »


White House Stiffs Chris Mintz: Hero of Oregon Shooting Who Obama Won’t Mention

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Ericka Andersen writes:

“When 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed got in trouble for bringing a ‘homemade clock’ to school, he was invited to the White House within 24 hours. When African-American youth Michael Brown was killed, no less than three White House aides attended his funeral.”

“When a hero like Chris Mintz charges an armed killer at a school shooting, risking his own life to save others, Obama can’t see past his gun-control agenda to stop for a moment and thank him for his bravery.”

The president has been slow to honor the man who rushed the killer in Oregon….(read more)

Source: National Review Online


‘The President is Not Welcome Here’: Roseburg Residents Angry that Obama is Traveling to Visit the Victims of the UCC Shooting

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President Barack Obama will travel to Oregon this week to visit privately with families of the victims of last week’s shooting at a community college.

However the trip has angered locals in Roseburg who say Obama is ‘not welcome’ in the town because the visit will be nothing but a ‘grandstand for political purposes’.

Leading the chorus is David Jaques, the publisher of conservative newspaper the Roseburg Beacon.

‘I think that’s very inappropriate, and I think it’s disrespectful to the families,’ Jaques told Breitbart News.

Angry: David Jaques, the publisher of conservative newspaper the Roseburg Beacon, claims that Obama is only visiting the town as a 'grandstand for political purposes' in a news interview posted to YouTube 

Angry: David Jaques, the publisher of conservative newspaper the Roseburg Beacon, claims that Obama is only visiting the town as a ‘grandstand for political purposes’ in a news interview posted to YouTube 

Jaques believes Obama held a press conference straight after the shooting, in which nine people were killed, with another nine injures.

In Jaques’ opinion, the press conference was too soon.

‘We haven’t even identified bodies, we’ve still got incident command trying to contain the scene, and he’s holding a press conference 3,000 miles away from here, telling — almost implying that he could have single-handedly prevented this if the Congress would have listened to him.’

‘I think he admitted it himself.

Despite crime scene tape still being stretched around large areas of the school, the Umpqua Community College campus was open to staff and students Monday for the first time since the shooting Thursday

‘His visit here isn’t a re-election campaign stop, but it is a campaign stop for an agenda that he and his associates believe is important.

‘And that is to take away Americans right to own firearms.’

‘It shows not only a total disdain, a disregard for Constitution, but our very citizens, especially those of us right here in Douglas County. Read the rest of this entry »


Chris Harper Mercer, Terrorist? Umpqua Gunman Fan of the Irish Republican Army

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The Daily Beast reports:

…Mercer reportedly demanded to know victims’ religions before opening killing them, according to witnesses and authorities.

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A MySpace account belonging to Christopher Harper-Mercer is registered to Torrance, California. Harper-Mercer and his mother previously lived in Torrance before moving to an apartment in Winchester, Oregon, where neighbors tell The Daily Beast there is a heavy police presence currently.

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The MySpace page features a photo of Harper-Mercer holding a gun and smiling into the camera. The profile includes images of pro-Irish Republican Army propaganda….(read more)

Source: The Daily Beast


Dr. Krauthammer: Obama’s ‘100 Percent Knee Jerk Reaction’ Came ‘When Bodies Still Warm’ 

“I don’t doubt that the president’s statement was 100 percent sincere and 100 percent knee-jerk. He has no idea what the gun is, how it was obtained, who the person is, and what the person’s motive is.”

Krauthammer said on Thursday’s Special Report.

[See the VIDEO here, at National Review Online]

“What does he do if it turns out he was a terrorist? We don’t know whether it is or not and to make a pronouncement at this time when – I hate to say it, the bodies are still warm and the wound reasonable doubt now in surgery — I think is at least premature.”

Source: National Review Online


Resources: State and Local News Outlets to Follow for News on the Umpqua Community College Shooting in Roseburg, Oregon

Students at the scene of the UCC shooting. (MICHAEL SULLIVAN/The News-Review)

Students at the scene of the UCC shooting. (MICHAEL SULLIVAN/The News-Review)

Here’s a list of news outlets reporting from or near Roseburg, Oregon after the community college shooting at Umpqua Community College. 

The News-Review is the newspaper in Roseburg and has a timeline of the shooting. They’re also updating on Twitter and Facebook.

KPIC TV is a local station in Roseburg, Oregon. They’re updating on their site, as well as on Twitter and Facebook.

The Mainstream Online, the community college’s student newspaper, has updates and news on Facebook.

The Register-Guard in Eugene, Oregon has the story and updates on Twitterand Facebook.

KATU has a livestream with news, updates on Facebook and Twitter.

KVAL News in Eugene is following the story. The station is also on Facebook and Twitter with updates.

KGW-TV in Portland has live updates on its site and on Twitter and Facebook.

The Oregonian has live updates on its site as well as Twitter and Facebook.

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We’ll keep adding and updating as we find more….