Tag Archives: NRA

On Toddlers, Terrorists, and Loaded Guns

Among the ways that Donald Trump is repaying the NRA for its support is reversing an Obama executive decision designed to keep guns out of the hands of mentally handicapped persons. Hilaire Belloc would have something to say about America’s casual acceptance of guns.

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Atwood’s Dystopias & the Gun Business

Margaret Atwood’s recent dystopian fictions capture how capitalism preys upon sex and fear. We don’t have to travel into the future as the gun industry is taking full advantage of our fears in the present.

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This Time Grendel Chose Umpqua

Every time there is another mass killing, this time at Umpqua Community College, I turn to “Beowulf.” Few works understand such violence as well as this medieval Anglo-Saxon epic.

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Pennywise Kills North Carolina Muslims

America’s periodic explosions of violence, most recently in the killing of North Carolina Muslim students, is perhaps best captured by the gothic horror of Stephen King, especially in his novel “It.”

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A Modest Proposal for Shooting Students

Reacting against a proposal to allow guns on Idaho campuses, an Idaho professor has come up with a modest proposal of his own.

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If Oz Became Modern Day America

This Scott Bates poem revisits the Land of Oz and finds that modern America has broken out.

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The Killer Always Comes Back

This Scott Bates poem explores the dark side of those Americans that are drawn to guns and gun violence.

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Wilmot Understands Our Gun Obsession

John Wilmot would understand the obsession of America’s gun extremists.

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Only Comic Satire Can Do NRA Justice

It takes a Joseph Heller or a Jonathan Swift to capture the craziness of the NRA.

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The NRA’s Modest Proposal

The NRA’s call for armed guards in every school sounds like Swift’s “Modest Proposal”–only the NRA is serious.

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In Praise of an Anti-Gun Western

The 1939 film “Destry Rides Again” takes a surprisingly strong stand against guns.

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