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Please watch ‘Bowling for Columbine’ with me tomorrow night

By Michael Moore, filmmaker

Friends, I am hosting a nationwide series of house parties this Saturday night where tens of thousands of people will gather together in living rooms to watch ‘Bowling for Columbine’ and then hold a live “town hall” to discuss what the 310 million of us who aren’t members of the NRA are going to do about our continual gun tragedies.

Please, please join me and be part of this! With Senator Harry Reid this week announcing he’s too afraid to bring the assault weapons bill up for a vote – “because we’ll lose!” – you can see how now more than ever that if we the people, on a mass, grassroots level, don’t get it together, the status quo will remain the same and we can just sit back and wait for next week’s gun massacre.

So, I don’t know what you’re doing Saturday night, but I’m asking you to please spend it with me. I need you to email or text or call a few friends, family members, neighbors or co-workers and invite them over to you home to be part of the virtual nationwide gathering – first to watch my movie, and then to participate live, online, with me and a panel I’ve put together to discuss a plan of ACTION. And, as Saturday is only two days away, I need you to make those calls and send those texts TODAY.

Thanks to the good people at Netflix, you’ll be able to watch ‘Bowling for Columbine’ for free this Saturday! Last night we got a call from them and they told us they will stream the movie for free starting tomorrow so everyone can watch it. If you’re already on Netflix, then you’re all set.If you’re not, they’ll give you a free one-month trial subscription so you can stream the movie into your home on Saturday.

There are many other ways to get the movie too, just click here.

This nationwide movie night/town hall is being put on by a number of groups including Moveon, USAction, Progressive Democrats of America, RootsAction and the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. This is going to be a big night, so please be part of it. Our plan is to watch the movie at 7:00 PM ET. You can watch it then or you can watch it earlier or later, depending on when’s best to have people over to your house. The only thing that’s at a fixed time is the live online Q &A/discussion with me. That will happen at approximately 9:00 PM ET. It will also be available later on my website in case you can’t join us until 10:00 or 11:00 PM.

Friends, this is the moment to make this happen. The gun lobby is on the ropes but they are confident of victory because there is no comparable group as big and as well-funded on our own side to fight them. What we do have is the majority of Americans who have spoken loud and clear since Newtown that we want, at the bare minimum, some sensible laws passed to bring this gun violence down.

The time is now. Call your friends today and invite them over on Saturday night. We can do this if we all start to act.

See you Saturday!

Governor Deval Patrick …

By Rosalie Tirella

… should follow the great advice of Boston Mayor Tom Menino: Appoint a GUN-CONTROL ADVOCATE AS INTERIM SENATOR to replace John Kerry, soon to be US Secretary of State. President Obama is gonna need all the help he can muster to get Congress to pass his sensible gun control legislation.

The NRA has promised The Fight of the Century when it comes to even the most common sense gun control, like universal background checks, banning weapons of war, limiting the amount of ammo in a round.

The massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School only took 10 minutes to carry out! Ten minutes to slaughter 20 children and six adults. Ten minutes! Because of the type of gun Lanza, the murderer, used. It only took a few pulls of the gun trigger and hundreds of bullets ripped into the flesh of babies. Gangland bloodbath. That’s what America experienced at Newtown, Conn.

News reports stated there were at least three bullets in each dead child. Maybe if the murderer had a less lethal weapon, a weapon that forced him to stop after 10 bullets, stop to reload, some adult could have jumped him, tried to stop the carnage. One adult did throw herself in front of the gunman to protect the little kids. A totally selfless act of love.

THIS WILL ALL HAPPEN AGAIN, AT ANOTHER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL if we don’t enact sensible gun control laws.

Listen to Tom Menino, Governor Patrick: Appoint a gun control advocate

NRA promises “fight of the century”

From The Guardian: – R. T.

NRA promises ‘fight of the century’ over President Obama’s bold gun control plan

By Ewen MacAskill and Ed Pilkington, The Guardian

Students participate in a prayer service for victims of the Newtown, Connecticut, mass shooting at St. Rose of Lima School in Miami on Friday, December 21.

Students at the St. Rose of Lima School in Miami participate in a prayer service for the victims of the Newtown, Conn., massacre. CNN

President Obama pledges to use ‘full weight’ of his office to get sweeping reforms aimed at curbing gun violence.Link to video: Obama unveils significant new gun control reforms

Barack Obama mounted the biggest challenge in two decades to America’s deeply ingrained gun culture on Wednesday, announcing a sweeping set of proposals to ban automatic weapons, limit magazines to 10 bullets, introduce universal background checks for all firearms buyers and increase scrutiny of mental health patients.

At a carefully stage-managed White House press conference a month after the Sandy Hook school massacre, Obama said the US had waited too long to tackle gun violence and it was time to act.

Flanked by a group of schoolchildren, Obama said: “This is our first task as a society: keeping our children safe. This is how we will be judged, and their voices should compel us to change.”

Obama said his reforms are intended to reduce not just these killing sprees but the everyday gun violence suffered across the US. In the month since Newtown, 900 Americans had been killed by guns, he said.

“In the days ahead, I intend to use whatever weight this office holds to make them a reality,” he said.

The National Rifle Association immediately vowed all-out opposition to his proposals, warning it was preparing for “the fight of the century”…

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Meetthenra.org – all you need to know about the REAL N. R. A.

Former firearms instructor for the American Pistol Institute.

After serving in the military in World War II and the Korean War, Cooper founded the American Pistol Institute (API), which offered classes for both civilians and law enforcement personnel. Cooper is considered to be a pioneer in the use of handguns. His two-handed firing technique, which was developed at a time when handguns were typically fired with one hand, is now the standard for shooters. Cooper was a prolific author during his lifetime, publishing books on firearms technique, big game hunting, as well as a politicized gun rights newsletter. The term “hoplophobia” (fear of guns) was coined by Cooper in 1962, and continues to be used by pro-gun activists. In 2001, Cooper received a lifetime appointment to the National Rifle Association’s Executive Council. He passed away in 2006 and his memorial ceremony was held the next year at the National Rifle Association Whittington Center in New Mexico. A 2011 retrospective of Cooper published in the National Rifle Association’s American Rifleman magazine declared, “No one has ever done so much for so many as John Dean Cooper.” Shooting Illustrated, another NRA publication, eulogized Cooper as “an American patriot” and “a scholar.”

Controversial Actions and Statements

Controversial Actions and Statements:

Jeff Cooper (Former Board Member)

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Jeff Cooper (Former Board Member)

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Jeff Cooper (Former Board Member)


Jeff Cooper (Former Board Member)


Jeff Cooper (Former Board Member)

In Vol. 13, No. 7 of Jeff Cooper’s Commentaries published in July 2005, Cooper wrote, “For those who are thinking of equipping your own private army, the Socom 16 appears to be the best thing now available.” The “Socom 16” is a nickname Cooper gave to an automatic rifle produced by Springfield Armory.


Jeff Cooper (Former Board Member)


Jeff Cooper (Former Board Member)

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Jeff Cooper (Former Board Member)

In Vol. 13, No. 7 of Jeff Cooper’s Commentaries published in July 2005, Cooper made reference to the war in Iraq, describing it as “this Holy War.” Referring to the religious traditions of Muslims, Cooper said that Americans should “resort to pig−like pollution of these murderers and their survivors” because “tradition has it that the Ay−rab is horrified by anything swine−like.”

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Jeff Cooper (Former Board Member)

In Vol. 12, No. 12 of Jeff Cooper’s Commentaries published in November 2004, Cooper wrote about the recent presidential election won by President George W. Bush, stating, “And [close] it was, but not so much as the left−leaning media would have us expect. The important thing is that we did win, and now we have the chance to do something about this evil religious conflict that threatens to engulf the world … We may give thanks as Thanksgiving approaches in the realization that most Americans prefer to face up to a violent challenge rather than to cut and run. Hurray for our side!” Cooper added, “At school long ago I was told of one of the early church fathers, Telemachus by name, who taught that one of the delights of the blessed in heaven would be looking over the ramparts and relishing the torments of the damned below. This struck us as a bit rough for a true Christian, but after our recent election I can see how it might apply to our current domestic scene.” Cooper then turned to the topic of the war in Iraq, stating, “We continue to reflect upon the need to identify our objective in this Holy War. We certainly have the ability to destroy our enemies; but first, of course, we must be able to point out who they are. The fanatics cannot be intimidated, since tactical suicide is in their minds the pathway to paradise. Therefore they must be personally destroyed. The policy was set forth at the notorious Siege of Beziers. ‘Omnes moritatem. Deus suos cognoscet.'” Cooper is referring to a quote attributed to the Abbot of Citeaux Arnaud Amalric during the Siege of Béziers: “Kill them all, God will know His own.” Finally, Cooper shared an observation from a Marine, “Consider the following: ‘And I know you don’t have much use for female Marines (neither do I, but let’s keep that quiet) but there is one out here who is pulling more than her weight and is doing things no one else could do. She is an educated Syrian−born Lance Corporal, an absolutely delightful and fascinating person. Because of her particular abilities, she can go with units on a variety of missions and help calm a situation by speaking to the women and children, which is something no male Marine can do effectively. She has also done yeoman’s work as a translator for the interrogators. All of that is even more impressive when you hear what career she walked away from to enlist in the Marine Corps: she was a practicing physician. I wouldn’t have believed it unless I saw it myself.’”

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Jeff Cooper (Former Board Member)

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“Let’s get M.A.D.D. about Guns” and other articles about the massacre of the first graders at Newtown

State police led children from the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., after a shooting was reported there. Go to related article »

From The New York Times. – R. T.:

Joe Nocera

Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times – Joe Nocera

Let’s Get M.A.D.D. About Guns

Published: December 18, 2012

On May 3, 1980, a 13-year-old girl named Cari Lightner was killed by a drunken driver. A terrible alcoholic, the man had three prior drunken driving convictions. He had just come from a bar, on the back end of a three-day binge.

Within weeks, Cari’s mom, Candy Lightner, co-founded M.A.D.D., or Mothers Against Drunk Driving. All over the country, mothers fed up with the unwillingness of politicians to do anything about drunken driving flocked to the organization. Within a few years, M.A.D.D. had persuaded President Ronald Reagan to support a national drinking age of 21, and it had pushed through state laws toughening the penalties for driving while intoxicated. Perhaps most important, M.A.D.D. turned a dangerous behavior that had long been socially acceptable into a taboo.

I was out of town on Friday, when the Newtown, Conn., massacre took place and could only connect to my loved ones by phone. My fiancée wept uncontrollably: “I can’t imagine what it would be like to drop Mackie off at school, and never see him again,” she said, referring to our 2-year-old son. My grown daughter also cried.

Listening to them – and seeing how powerfully affected the country has been by this horrible slaughter of children and their teachers – I couldn’t help thinking about M.A.D.D. Its success came about because its founders tapped into a wellspring of anger that had been quietly building – just like the current anger over the recent spate of mass killings. But it also came about because mothers could give a human face to the consequences of political inaction: their own children. How do you trump that?

Sadly, thanks to the elementary school shootings on Friday, children are now inexorably linked with the kind of mass killing that has become far too common. On Sunday, at the vigil in Newtown, President Obama explicitly cast the country’s lax gun laws as a failure to protect children. I have no doubt his remarks were heartfelt, but they were also politically shrewd. Rarely has the National Rifle Association been so silent. …

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To read other stories about this PREVENTABLE  American tragedy, please click on the several links below. LET’S BAN ASSAULT WEAPONS – NATIONALLY. Let’s – on federal level – institute BACKGROUND CHECKS on EVERYONE who buys guns at gun shows/through private dealers. LET’S DO THIS TODAY! – R. Tirella :






PHOTO:  Mourners gather for a candlelight vigil at Ram's Pasture to remember shooting victims, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012 in Newtown, Conn.