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Dupuy: My evergreen column about the latest mass shooting

Posted: June 19, 2014 - 11:39am

My condolences go out to the families of the victims at fill-in-the-blank. I know the gun-manufacturing industrial complex has dubbed the wake of a tragedy as an inappropriate time to talk about their product. So lets just eulogize the lives of the people lost to a fill-in-the-blank with his/her/their arsenal of fill-in-the-blank. They were innocent victims who didn’t deserve this. We’re all shocked.

The twitterati are focused on the public figure who scheduled a tweet that came out when the story was breaking. It was so inappropriate! They’re appalled. There’s an apology.

I refute the fantasy about how all gun violence can be solved by more guns, that if there were just more armed guards or more civilians packing heat, there would never have been a shooting at fill-in-the-blank. It’s just not true. fill-in-the-blank was going to shoot up fill-in-the-blank regardless of a suspicion that someone else would have a gun. I bring up the armed guard at Columbine. I bring up the armed citizens confused about who was shooting in Tucson when Gabby Giffords was shot. I bring up the mass shootings at military bases.

Talking heads use this time of national mourning to pay brief lip service to mental health care, violent video games and movies. It’s brought up by those who want to believe that it just can’t be as simple as easy access to weapons making for easy access to victims. The video game/violent movie connection is dismissed as pseudoscience and a red herring.

Fox News chirps that the tragedy at fill-in-the-blank is a distraction from Benghazi and Hillary Clinton must be happy about it.

Paranoid militia wannabes will say fill-in-the-blank is an elaborate ruse so Obama can take their guns. They say this after every fatal shooting and yet they still have their guns. Eventually, the yarn goes, it’ll have to be true. Obama is just trying to trick legal gun owners into a false sense of security by not taking their guns after the first 74 school shootings in his tenure.

Weapon manufacturers in spite of the shock and horror at fill-in-the-blank say they believe in the Second Amendment as an absolute god-given right of every American. They ignore/deny/edit out the “well-regulated” part of the Amendment.

The latest bloody horrific shooting at fill-in-the-blank is tempered by gun fetishists proclaiming that crime is down. Violent crime is down, they say, it’s a hysteria on The Left that there’s an increase in violence in this country. “The numbers don’t lie!” Relax, crime is down. We’re safe. Guns make us safer. From guns. Buy more guns.

We have to go to the third world to make ourselves feel safe from death by a gun. In the developed world, the U.S. has the most guns and subsequently the most gun deaths. If more guns indeed made us safer, then we’d have the least gun deaths in the industrialized world. Japan has no guns and therefore very few (if any) gun deaths a year.

The problem, arms dealer’s lobbyists say, is illegal guns. It’s the guns they make that get into the wrong hands (which, because of an act of Congress, they’re in no way liable for). “Why are you always trying to take away legal guns?” They ask.

I counter with the fact this latest shooting at fill-in-the-blank was with a legal gun. This latest one and a ton of others go down with legal weapons because we have so few gun laws that save being a convicted felon it’s actually pretty hard to have a gun that’s illegal.

But after this mass shooting resulting in fill-in-the-blank deaths, it’s clear that we’re being held hostage by people with guns ... and by people who sell guns.

But this time it’s different. This time there’s a sea change. This time we’re outraged enough to do something!

(Tina Dupuy is a nationally syndicated op-ed columnist, investigative journalist, award-winning writer, stand-up comic, on-air commentator and wedge issue fan. Tina can be reached at tinadupuy@yahoo.com.)

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reader 06/19/14 - 04:37 pm
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Great work Tina

despite the paper misspelling your name

mikeng1994
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mikeng1994 06/19/14 - 07:13 pm
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What if I choose to fill in

What if I choose to fill in the blank with a bomb or a knife? The next mass murder could be done with anything.

Personally I think, Tina is nothing more than an attention starved, liberal writer with nothing more to do than keep the wounds open because she has nothing constructive to bring to the table. Not once did she offer a solution, which is typical for a liberal. If they can't win they change the subject, save for a couple here that I actually enjoy hearing their ideas.

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lachowsj 06/20/14 - 06:55 am
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It could, but it won't

"What if I choose to fill in the blank with a bomb or a knife? The next mass murder could be done with anything." It could, but it won't. It will be with guns again, most likely legally obtained. We'll talk again after that one happens, I'm sure. And after the next one and the next one and...

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conwaygerl 06/20/14 - 08:02 am
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next one could be guns or

Pressure cookers or Penske trucks or Airplanes into buildings.

Not a shot was fired in any of those tragedies.

Just like homophobia consumes some individuals, the gunphobia runs strong in this author.

And to refute the military base shootings, those didn't happen on the gun range, they were in areas where weapons are banned.

It would help to make a good commentary when your evidence supports your claims and not invalidate them

Just saying.

And to fill-in-the-blank, the crime is not based on the legality of the weapon, but the legality of the action. Most DUI fatalities are from legally obtained alcohol, should we ban the legal stuff? Why are we trying to get wet? If more guns equals more gun death...doesn't more alcohol mean more DUI death? Maybe we should sue Busch for every DUI death.

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lachowsj 06/20/14 - 09:21 am
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It could, but it won't

Meet me here after the next tragedy and we'll see who was right.

conwaygerl
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conwaygerl 06/20/14 - 09:44 am
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That's easy

You are always right, just ask yourself, and you'll know.

http://www.romans322.com/daily-death-rate-statistics.php

lachowsj
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lachowsj 06/20/14 - 12:52 pm
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Must be rough

Yeah, must be rough having the facts go against you all the time, having to divert the discussion to abortion and spontaneous combustion and such.

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DanCDaves 06/20/14 - 01:48 pm
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Scatterbrained/Bandwagon Activism

Out of curiosity, are you against the Redskins as a team name, too? If so, were you against it last year or anytime before it became a national 'concern'? You seem to be against or for everything that's part of the progressive/liberal platform.

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lachowsj 06/21/14 - 07:16 am
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Yeah, Dan

My opposition to the Redskins name hit me suddenly as I was sitting in the stands at a Kansas City Darkies game. Or maybe it was when Notre Dame scored that big touchdown and Pope Dominos Gogettem came out of the cathedral swinging his incense and doing the victory communion dance.

Funny, both you and mikeng1994 have now commented on this using the word "bandwagon". Did I miss that talking point on Fox & Friends?

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Elmer Fudd 06/21/14 - 01:34 pm
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lachowsj oh

you watch Fox and Friends too? Good taste,

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