Photo of the day

Love this essay/gallery about when celebrity photography was cool:

In 1976, my good friend Michelle Meyer worked the guest list for,In 1976, my good friend Michelle Meyer worked the guest list for The Roxy and called me with a tip-off that Ringo was on the guest list for the Bob Marley And The Wailers showcase that evening. Ringo did show up and he brought some friends, John Lennon and Yoko. I was pumped up for days on this encounter!In 1976, my good friend Michelle Meyer worked the guest list for The Roxy and called me with a tip-off that Ringo was on the guest list for the Bob Marley and the Wailers showcase that evening. Ringo did show up and he brought some friends, John Lennon and Yoko. (Brad Elterman)

Is more gun control hopeless

Last night I listened to a 60 minutes report on the failures of our mental health system. It was presented two years after the Newtown massacre.  We’ve obviously got a long way to go with how we handle mental health, you’d like to think we could at least make progress on some common-sense gun laws that would do more to keep guns out of the wrong hands.  But, so much for that.  And even worse, public opinion is moving in the wrong direction.  Wonkblog on the latest Pew survey data:

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What’s most striking in Pew’s new data is that views have shifted more in favor of gun rights since then among nearly every demographic group, including women, blacks, city-dwellers, parents, college graduates, millennials and independents. The two groups that haven’t budged? Hispanics and liberal Democrats.

These numbers may capture the short memory of many Americans. But the long-term trend is undeniably grim for gun-control advocates, who seem to be losing ground even among their strongest traditional sympathizers.

Seriously– what we don’t need is more protection for gun rights in this country.  They are plenty well-protected as it is.  What we need is more laws to keep guns (and the wrong guns) out of the wrong hands.  Which we can actually do without a major impact on law-abiding citizens who want to own guns.  But as long as the NRA and friends feel it’s every American’s god-given right to own an AK-47 and buy it from whomever they want, this is a losing battle.

I am really curious as to what’s driving this change– I haven’t seen any explanations offered.  Other than saying that the “gun rights” crowd has been damn effective at winning the politics on this.

What the Pew survey does not query, though, is specific gun laws, which are often broadly popular regardless of the vague “gun rights” vs “gun control” questions.  If there has been strong movement there as well, that is a serious indicator that any meaningful gun legislation (already quite unlikely) is becoming ever less likely.  But that’s okay, in the meantime, thousands of Americans will needlessly die from guns in the name of the 2nd Amendment.

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