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Mon Jan 14, 2013, 09:10 AM

The Pentagon as a Global NRA (Tom Dispatch)


The Pentagon as a Global NRA
For Washington, There Is No Arms Control Abroad
By Tom Engelhardt

Given these last weeks, who doesnít know what an AR-15 is? Who hasnít seen the mind-boggling stats on the way assault rifles have flooded this country, or tabulations of accumulating Newtown-style mass killings, or noted that there are barely more gas stations nationwide than federally licensed firearms dealers, or heard the renewed debates over the Second Amendment, or been struck by the rapid shifts in public opinion on gun control, or checked out the disputes over how effective an assault-rifle ban was the last time around? Who doesnít know about the NRAís suggestion to weaponize schools, or about the price poor neighborhoods may be paying in gun deaths for the present expansive interpretation of the Second Amendment? Who hasnít seen the legions of stories about how, in the wake of the Newtown slaughter, sales of guns, especially AR-15 assault rifles, have soared, ammunition sales have surged, background checks for future gun purchases have risen sharply, and gun shows have been besieged with customers?

If you havenít stumbled across figures on gun violence in America or on suicide-by-gun, youíve been hiding under a rock. If you havenít heard about Chicagoís soaring and Washington D.C.'s plunging gun-death stats (and that both towns have relatively strict gun laws), where have you been?


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