Friday, August 17, 2012

Good Guns, Bad Guns

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New World Notes News
Vol. 5, No. 33 -- August 17, 2012

This week in New World Notes, radio program #233, August 21, 2012

Good Guns, Bad Guns

In brief

Reflecting on the Aurora murders, we consider the false distinction gun-control advocates make between "bad guns" (such as "semiautomatic assault weapons") and "good guns" (such as Uncle Jake's old pump shotgun).

We also consider a spate of killings by police of unarmed citizens--some while in handcuffs. Massive killing of civilians overseas in our "War on Terror." And a President who claims the legal right to kill anyone he chooses--even US citizens--without charges or trial. And does.

How can we condemn the retail violence in Aurora while supporting the wholesale violence at the heart of US domestic and foreign policy?

Includes nice articles by Amy Davidson (from The New Yorker) and Robert C. Koehler (from Common Dreams). Plus commentary by me.

Above: President Obama asserts that the Constitution grants him the right to kill any American citizen he chooses, without a trial or even even explanation. And he has done so.
Below: James Holmes--accused of acting Presidential in a crowded movie theatre.

Notes, credits, & links

Music added: Fred Eaglesmith, "Time to Get a Gun"

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Series overview:
Political and social commentary in a variety of genres. Exploring the gap between what we want ... and what they're trying to make us settle for.

Above: Chavis Carter, late of Jonesboro, Arkansas. Accused of marijuana possession. Arrested by police, frisked twice, handcuffed behind his back, placed in the rear of a police cruiser. A bullet from a handgun then penetrated his head, and Carter died. Police claim that Carter committed suicide.
Below: US citizen Abdulrahman al-Awlaki. Born in Denver on September 13, 1995. On September 30, 2011, the US assassinated his father, US citizen Anwar al-Awlaki, with a drone strike, in Yemen. Two weeks later, on October 14, the US assassinated 16-year-old Abdulrahman and his Yemeni cousin, while they were dining, with another drone strike.

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