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Mark Small's Blog – May 2022 Archive (32)

We've defined & banned AR-15s before & the ban was effective

An individual does not have a right, under the 2nd Amendment, to possess any kind of weapon at any time for any purpose. That opinion’s not mine, but the Supreme Court’s as expressed by the late Justice Antonin Scalia. D.C., et. al. v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570, 626 (2008). 1/5

Assault-style weapons, banned by Federal law from 1994 to 2004, were defined. State laws also have defined what such a weapon is. A problem with the 1994 ban its loopholes. A 2019 study published in Journal of…

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Added by Mark Small on May 31, 2022 at 7:21am — 1 Comment

On the one hand are ppl who get their jollies from AR-15s & on the other hand millions live in fear

On the one hand: protect relatively recent “gun rights” of ppl who make inchoate claim liberty is promoted by private ownership of assault-style weapons (e.g., AR-15s) designed to kill a lot of ppl fast. On the other hand we have mass shootings, millions of kids are scared of school. 1/4

Ppl don’t have a right “to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose.” D.C., et. al. v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570, 626 (2008).There are parallels betw AR-15s…

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Added by Mark Small on May 30, 2022 at 7:51pm — No Comments

Media, even local radio, glorify a false &a toxic image of guns

Weapons designed for maximum carnage in minimum time should be limited to their intended use: warfare. Also of significance for a weapon like the AR-15 is number of rounds held in the clip. Reloading takes time. The more rounds in the clip, the less frequent are reloads. 1/5

There is no reason for an individual to have an assault rifle or a clip for it that holds more than 5 rounds. In D.C. v. Heller, the SCOTUS decision, Justice Scalia, writing for the Court, said we do not have a…

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Added by Mark Small on May 30, 2022 at 10:43am — No Comments

WIBC should change the show's title to "Chicken Guy"

Guns are special in America: good endings in movies & TV dramas (fiction); central to a (white person’s) telling of how the West was won (fiction); & is based on (a made-up) history of the 2nd Amendment). Local radio adds to the lies. Reality: 45,222 killed (2020)/54% suicides. 1/5

Gun narratives sell lies: guns deter/do not cause violence; guns brought America freedom. WIBC @guyrelford “Gun Guy” feeds gun culture. I criticized it. Mr Relford attacked me & invited me on…

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Added by Mark Small on May 29, 2022 at 8:34pm — No Comments

If you can't beat the argument slam the person making the argument

A former pres, speaking Friday to the NRA, repeated the lie that you need a good guy w/a gun to beat a bad guy w/a gun. Lying is what trump does, but after mass shootings in Buffalo & Uvalde, where police had guns, one concept needs to be addressed. “You have to fight fire w/fire.” 1/6

The phrase is a mantra to defenders of private ownership of assault rifles & magazines that hold more than 5 rounds. The fire in New Mexico was exacerbated by planned burns, that seek to burn…

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Added by Mark Small on May 29, 2022 at 6:55am — No Comments

Memorial Day: we've never been great

Memorial Day, as we were reminded us, commemorates the women & men who died in military service for this country. As we mourn we should be aware we can prevent more deaths of military personnel & veterans. First: fund programs for PTSD, housing, job training & 1/5

any other social net vets need. Second, we should cut the military budget in half. We are on a constant war-footing against the rest of the World. That engenders hatred. Fewer wars = fewer dead. The USA…

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Added by Mark Small on May 28, 2022 at 10:14pm — No Comments

"Gun Guy" responds, but not really

When someone pontificates about honoring veterans on Memorial Day weekend, I wonder what the person thinks. We shove military personnel into conflicts that have little to do with liberty & more to do w/corporate profit. Guy Relford, the gun guy, responded to my earlier blogs. 1/5

Military personnel enter environments laden w/toxins. Agent Orange, in Vietnam, exemplifies the problem. Burn piles distribute this crap into the air & we deny benefits to our people. Worse, we engage…

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Added by Mark Small on May 28, 2022 at 8:23pm — No Comments

Guns absent from the airwaves? Only because of the 500

Indianapolis’s WIBC carries a radio show, “Gun Guy,” hosted by a lawyer named Guy Relford, on Saturdays. Today’s lineup of shows was missing that auditory gem. WIBC had not lapsed into good taste in respect for the shooting victims in Uvalde but has Indy 500 programs. 1/4

Deluges of right wing misanthropy need to be offset. This week the NY Yankees & the Tampa Bay Rays replaced play-by-play texts of a game w/statistics related to gun violence. Garnered my respect, but won’t grab…

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Added by Mark Small on May 28, 2022 at 7:58am — No Comments

"God" is not a commodity held by a monopoly

“God” isn’t anyone’s property despite what the far right preaches. A minority seized control of the GOP & much of the USA. “God” is convenient for them to say “you can’t be moral if you’re not [they’re type of] Christian.” They shout & drown & bully others then grab tax $. 1/5

Sign says “No trespassing” outside an evangelical church. “God” didn’t license naming rights to that church or grant a monopoly to anyone to dictate to us what our gov’t is to be. People who say…

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Added by Mark Small on May 27, 2022 at 8:28pm — No Comments

Gun violence is simple - it involves "guns."

Mass shooters are inconsiderate of Indiana’s General Assembly & its recent “permitless carry” law, but GOP leaders won’t reconsider the new law. The Gov & the House Speaker say gun violence is a complex issue w/multiple factors. No. Gun violence involves guns. 1/

We can be more complex. Mass shootings involve assault-style weapons designed to kill as many people as fast as possible. HISTORY: Observers of the Russian-Japanese War of 1904-05 said there would be no more wars…

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Added by Mark Small on May 27, 2022 at 4:10pm — No Comments

Gun violence is simple - it involves "guns."

Mass shooters are inconsiderate of Indiana’s General Assembly & its recent “permitless carry” law, but GOP leaders won’t reconsider the new law. The Gov & the House Speaker say gun violence is a complex issue w/multiple factors. No. Gun violence involves guns. 1/

We can be more complex. Mass shootings involve assault-style weapons designed to kill as many people as fast as possible. HISTORY: Observers of the Russian-Japanese War of 1904-05 said there would be no more wars…

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Added by Mark Small on May 27, 2022 at 4:09pm — No Comments

Is Sen Todd Young (R-IN) a pal of the AR-15?

Sen Todd Young (R-IN) got $2.89 mil & a grade of A+ from the NRA. As proof that Sen Young earned that grade (& that $) NRA says Sen Young opposed bans on semi-automatic guns (such as AR-15s) & “green tip” (armor-piercing) ammo (that is 35% of AR-15 ammo sold). 1/4

Sen Young is not a friend of the AR-15 because one can’t be a friend of an inanimate object. We can say the slaughter at Uvalde might not have occurred if the 18-year-old killer faced barriers in purchase of the…

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Added by Mark Small on May 27, 2022 at 6:24am — No Comments

Sen Todd Young has blocked AR15 limits to get that NRA$ & A+ grade!

“Top 10" and “A+” are gauges of success. Usually, but not always. Sen.Todd Young (R-IN) is in the top 10 of members of Congress who receive $ from the NRA. Todd’s take was almost $3 mil & the A+ was the NRA’s grade for Sen Young as a whore on gun issues & earned that $. 1/4

NRA gave kudos as Sen Young opposed: 1) universal background checks; 2) ban on semi-auto firearms (e.g., AR-15s); 3) ban on “green tip” ammo (35% of AR-15 ammo market & that some call “armor-piercing”).…

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Added by Mark Small on May 26, 2022 at 7:52pm — No Comments

Has Todd Young earned his NRA pay by voting against studies of gun violence?

Sen Todd Young (R-IN), by 2019, got nearly $3 mil & A+ grade from the NRA. If guns are more likely to harm, than prevent harm to, gun owners, some people won’t own guns. CDC studies can help us know guns’ deterrent effects. CDC is blocked, by Congress, from those studies. 1/4

NRA pays for what it gets. Of course, as individuals we can take first steps against gun violence by not owning guns. The “good guy w/a gun” is what stops a “bad guy with a gun” has been, this week, show to…

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Added by Mark Small on May 26, 2022 at 5:38pm — No Comments

To Indiana Sen Todd Young: about that (nearly) $3 mil from the NRA...

To: Sen.Todd Young. Did you accept almost three million dollars ($2,897,582) from the NRA? That was the number in a 2019 report of the Brady Campaign. Did you return any of that money? Was that the total you received from the NRA since taking office in the Senate to 2019? 1/4

That’s about a million bucks a year. A Senator makes a Hundred Seventy-four Thousand Dollars ($174,000). What does a Senator do to earn money at a rate over five times the pay from the U.S. public? Have you…

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Added by Mark Small on May 25, 2022 at 8:28pm — No Comments

What rational gun control means.

Can you pass a background check to buy a gun? If not, you have more problems than your rights under the 2nd Amendment. Do you need to own an assault-style weapon w/magazines that hold more than 5 rounds? Assault weapons are designed to kill as many ppl as fast as possible. 1/4

Are you safer owning a firearm to protect your home? CDC/peer-review studies of gun violence haven’t been allowed in nearly 30 years. The NRA has successfully blocked these measures. The NRA doesn’t believe its…

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Added by Mark Small on May 25, 2022 at 6:40pm — No Comments

Another grade school mass shooting is obscene

Guns: How many kids are dead? Guns: Are we really more safe like NRA always said? Guns: Is your home any more secure? Guns: Are you sure your kid will come home from school alive? Guns: are 40K dead each year enough? Guns: they were banned in the Old West. 1/2

Mass shootings - plural - at grade schools are the USA. We need gun control. I’m Mark Small: pro-choice, pro environment, pro-civil rts & anti-gun GOP nominee (I won the primary) for Indiana House District 86. I approve of…

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Added by Mark Small on May 24, 2022 at 4:32pm — No Comments

My letter to GOP State GOP Hupfer re: how to address former presidents

May 23, 2022

To:

Kyle Hupfer

Indiana Republican Party

State Chair

Dear Mr. Hupfer:

This afternoon I received an email from you in regard to the “Spring Dinner Keynote Speaker” having hosted a guest at the 2022 Kentucky Derby. I would point out that by protocol the proper way to refer to a former president is reflected in The Louisville Courier Journal article to which your email was linked. There only is one President of the United States, and since January 20,…

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Added by Mark Small on May 23, 2022 at 5:39pm — No Comments

Civil war is not an answer to anything

Former POTUS posted statements that favor a civil war. No GOP voices raised yet to drown out his idiocy. Points about the Civil War, 1861-65. 1) States that tried to secede lost; 2) About 620K ppl died; 3) Keeping slavery was a reason given (by a minority), but also the main cause. 1/4

The GOP has crafted a machine to enforce the views of a minority (e.g., gun control & majority of us say leave Roe v Wade alone) through a stranglehold GOP has on gov’t. The GOP wants more: a…

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Added by Mark Small on May 23, 2022 at 11:55am — 1 Comment

Not content w/censorship in schools, they now sue book stores!

Freedoms of speech & press are essential to a country that claims to be the “Land of the Free.” In the minds of (some?) evangelicals, free speech takes a back seat to what? “God” might be in the drivers seat of their jalopy. In Virginia Beach it wasn’t enough that schools banned a book. 1/6



“Gender Queer” offends these people so much they sued Barnes & Noble to restrict its sales. The LGBT Life Center in Norfolk (careful how you pronounce that 2nd syllable!) Stated: “Growing… Continue

Added by Mark Small on May 22, 2022 at 6:12pm — No Comments

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