Anything-but-the-guns mentality has reared explanation that even Republicans find unnerving.
Conservative pundits and lawmakers alike have floated several different reasons behind the recent murder of 10 people by a teenage shooter at Santa Fe High School in Texas, from trench coats to the school’s excess of doors to ADHD medication. The array of diagnoses suggests a couple of things: one, that Republicans remain steadfastly unwilling to consider the merits of gun control, even as the number of mass shootings steadily climbs; and two, that as many Americans demand a more immediate response to gun violence from Washington, Republicans feel pressured to reach for new causes, however incongruous they may seem.
“It speaks to the utter corruption of the party intellectually and morally. To say that this is exclusively about the gun is as stupid as saying it has nothing to do with the gun,” Republican operative, Steve Schmidt, who has been consistently critical of his party’s response to gun violence said. “Our politics have eradicated the ability to have a rational discussion about most things. Most things, though, are not lethal things. This is a lethal thing.”
Spineless politicians, get out of bed with the NRA!
Second thoughts, gun rights supporters? What’s it going to take to get you to help stop the violence?
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IMPORTANT ART EXHIBITION “GUNS” OPENING SEPTEMBER 24, LOS ANGELES
The neon image shown below is artist Michael Flechtner’s “Elephant Gun..for those who are about to murder.”
Show Dates: September 24th to November 1st, 2016
Opening Reception September 24th, 7-10pm
The Loft at Liz’s fine art gallery (Los Angeles, CA) features an exhibition dedicated to the national dialogue on gun violence on Saturday, September 24th, 2016. The show, titled simply “GUNS”, features an astounding 23 artists’ works on the titular subject. Exhibition events will include a gun control panel by Women Against Gun Violence (WAGV.org) moderated by Dr. Anita Storm. Also featured will be “Gunworlds”, a performance by Maya Gurantz and Elizabeth Goodman. The gallery desires to recognize all sides of the gun control debate, making the show both well rounded and revealing. This exhibition is being jointly curated by art historian Betty Ann Brown, collector Dr. Anita Storm and gallerist Liz Gordon.
Featuring works by John Baldessari, Jodi Bonassi, David Buckingham, Clayton Campbell, Helen Chung, Joyce Dallal, Cheryl Dullabaun, Shepard Fairey, Michael Flechtner, Jane Goren, Mark Steven Greenfield, Alex Kritselis, Meg Madison, Ted Meyer, Sabine Pearlman, Osceola Refetoff, Miles Regis, Milo Reice, Ed Ruscha, Kathy Shorr, Anna Stump, Senon Williams and Kerri Sabine-Wolf.
Plus performance work by Maya Gurantz and Elizabeth Goodman
The topic of gun control has sparked the formation of organizations: Gays Against Guns, Women Against Gun Violence, Americans for Responsible Solutions, the Brady Campaign, and the list goes on. In a day and age where such organizational names are commonplace in the average American’s vocabulary, the debate over gun violence has reached its peak in both popular culture and politics. It has become a topic that many contemporary artists and political commentators alike have based their work on. This show belies the simplicity of the gun control question, and it’s only natural that this team of 23 renowned visual artists are featured to address the underlying complexities of this hot topic debate.
Opening just two months before an election that has the possibility to upset the American political balance, this show is especially opportune. The death rate from gun homicides in the US is equivalent to 27 people shot and killed every day of the year. The debate over gun control is extremely prevalent in all aspects of American life. Taking on gun control from an artistic perspective rather than a directly political one poses a unique potential to enlighten, build open dialogue and to educate. Because of the breadth of the work featured, varying points of view are showcased. The diversity of the artists both in who they are and the work they produce is key in developing an exhibition that analyzes and observes the diverse aspects of this most crucial and timely debate.
Exhibit Walkthrough with Betty Ann Brown
Wednesday October 5th (7-9pm)
Panel Discussion (w/ Women Against Gun Violence and Dr. Anita Storm)
Saturday October 15th (3-5pm)
Gunworlds (performance with Maya Gurantz and Elizabeth Goodman)
Friday October 28th (7-10pm)
A percentage of sales from the “GUNS” exhibition will go to Women Against Gun Violence, www.wagv.org.
For additional exhibit information or private preview opportunities please contact:
Randi Kreeft, Gallery Director
The Loft at Liz’s
453 S. La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 939-4403 ext. 5
The gun should have had blanks. Instead a 73-year-old retired librarian playacting as a victim in a “shoot/don’t shoot” exercise at a Florida police community event to show her support for the Men in Blue was shot and killed Tuesday night by an officer who mistakenly fired live ammunition instead of blank rounds, according to Punta Gorda, Fla., police. How could this have happened?
Another fatal gun accident leaves a father crying: The gun didn’t kill my son, I did!