Jason Alexander gets mad…

Salon is reprinting a long, angry tweet from comic Jason Alexander (best known as George on the old Seinfeld Show).

It probably won’t change many minds already in the thrall of gun manufacturers and their political lobbyists, but I should hope that politicians will realize that Alexander is far from alone in being fed up with the perverted interpretation of our constitution that twists itself in knots to suggest that private citizens should be able to keep weapons of war designed only for one thing: killing as many humans as possible as quickly as possible.

From Salon

Jason Alexander’s amazing gun rant

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With more guns than people and a health care system that puts crazies on the street, who needs terrorists?

Dark thoughts contemplating the cinema killings that happened early this morning in Aurora, Colorado.

A recent medical school dropout, a 24 year old white man named James Holmes, surrendered to police without further violence after killing 12 theater-goers and wounding as many as 50 in a bullets and gas-grenade attack on a crowded midnight showing of a new Batman movie.

Little is currently public about the shooter, but seasoned observers (make that an armchair ‘expert,’ me) strongly suspect that Holmes is himself the victim of the onset of schizophrenia, which likely first caused him to drop out of medical school and now, in response to what he may very likely describe as irresistible impulses or voices in his head, has acted out his illness, helped along by the nearly endless supply of firearms and ammunition to anyone with a few bucks to rub together.

If one state’s laws prevent such a person from legally acquiring guns in that state, there’s usually a nearby state with much more lax gun laws all too willing to help out. And then there are gun shows, where sales are often largely unregulated and often occur completely extra-legally.

We’ve tightened up our national security to the extent that it appears to be increasingly hard for foreign terrorists to strike within the US.

But we are still vulnerable to what has often been our own worse enemy as a nation: ourselves.

UPDATE

Think we don’t live in a violent society?

Among the Aurora shooting victims was aspiring newscaster, Jessica Ghawi (who used the professional name Jessica Redfield).

Only last month, Ghawi left a Toronto shopping mall only 3 minutes before a gunman opened fire there, killing two and wounding six.

Ghawi wrote about it in her blog:

“My receipt shows my purchase was made at 6:20 pm,” she wrote. “After that purchase I said I felt funny. It wasn’t the kind of funny you feel after spending money you know you shouldn’t have spent. It was almost a panicky feeling that left my chest feeling like something was missing. A feeling that was overwhelming enough to lead me to head outside in the rain to get fresh air instead of continuing back into the food court to go shopping at Sport Chek. The gunshots rung out at 6:23. Had I not gone outside, I would’ve been in the midst of gunfire.”

Dow Jones MarketWatch: Obama spending binge never happened

Strongly recommended…

Dow Jones’ MarketWatch investor news site is rolling with this analysis of government spending growth that clearly puts the lie to frequent claims that Obama is a ‘big spender’ and that his administration has presided over a huge growth in government spending.

In reality, Obama has increased government spending less than any president since Dwight Eisenhower, first elected in 1952.

Almost everyone believes that Obama has presided over a massive increase in federal spending, an “inferno” of spending that threatens our jobs, our businesses and our children’s future. Even Democrats seem to think it’s true.

But it didn’t happen. Although there was a big stimulus bill under Obama, federal spending is rising at the slowest pace since Dwight Eisenhower brought the Korean War to an end in the 1950s.

Dow Jones’ MarketWatch: Obama spending binge never happened