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The following is from the website Dictionary.com:

par·a·noi·a [par-uh-noi-uh], noun
1. Psychiatry. a mental disorder characterized by systematized delusions and the projection of personal conflicts, which are ascribed to the supposed hostility of others, sometimes progressing to disturbances of consciousness and aggressive acts believed to be performed in self-defense or as a mission. 2.baseless or excessive suspicion of the motives of others. Also, par·a·noe·a [par-uh-nee-uh]. Origin:  1805–15;  < Neo-Latin  < Greek paránoia  madness. See para-, nous, -ia

Here’s something else that the editors  might have added to the above definition:

3. The characteristic of being so absurdly and maniacally obsessed with a single public policy issue that one deludes oneself into believing that every other policy matter pales in importance and, indeed, that advocacy surrounding all other matters is really part of a conspiracy to target one’s issue. 4. The belief that millions of good people should suffer in the shadows so that it can be assured that a few thousand souls can purchase and own mass killing machines without meaningful regulation.  See for example: The American gun lobby.

If you think this is an exaggeration, check out the following news item:

The national pro-gun advocacy group Gun Owners of America issued an alert last week Read More

Gun violenceSchool “lockdowns” in response to gun violence: It’s become almost a daily occurrence in the U.S. Indeed, school gun violence incidents have gotten so absurdly commonplace that many of us don’t even blink an eye as the latest red-letter alert crawls across our computer or TV screens. As I write this, two more such lockdowns are underway — at Yale University in Connecticut and here in North Carolina at Vance-Granville Community College.  Talk about evidence that this madness is an equal opportunity plague.

It’s gotten so bad that it probably won’t be long before we see a news story like the following:

NRA calls for universal lockdown to combat school shootings

In response to the 750th American school shooting in the last six months, the National Rifle Association announced today that it is calling for an immediate, national and permanent lockdown of all schools, businesses and places of worship in the country. Under the NRA proposal, only individuals carrying firearms will be allowed to enter or exit any of the specified facilities. The proposal would make an exception for children under 12 entering and exiting under the protection of an armed parent or guardian.

“We’re just plain tired of people saying the NRA doesn’t care Read More

Gun terrorAnother day, another tragic school shooting in Nevada. Another weekend, another toddler dead from an accidental shooting in Fayetteville.   

It’s become so common place that most of us can scarcely be bothered to read past the headlines.

Meanwhile, the troubled souls in the gun lobby would have us believe that: a) this kind of terror just comes with a “free” society and/or b) the solution is to spread still more guns in more places — even public playgrounds.

But, of course, this madness has simply got to stop at some point. If Americans can be asked to sacrifice trillions of dollars in treasure and goodly parts of their privacy to unconstitutional government spying in the name of the “war on terror,”  Read More

GunsOn a day in which yet another mass shooting is gripping the nation, a new report issued by Mayors Against Illegal Guns and other national nonprofits paints a sobering portrait of the impact of so-called “stand your ground ” laws of the kind that influenced the outcome of the George Zimmerman case and that is now the law in North Carolina.

This is from the release that accompanied the report:

The bipartisan Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition, in collaboration with the National Urban League and VoteVets, issued a new report today showing that many of the 22 states with “Stand Your Ground” laws have experienced a striking increase in the number of justifiable homicides committed by private citizens in the years following their enactment.  Read More

While much of this legislative session has been about cutting — unemployment benefits, entitlement to federal Medicaid benefits, access to the polls, women’s health rights — here’s one area where lawmakers are feeling expansive:  guns.

Gun purchases and requests for concealed carry permits are surging across the country, and here in North Carolina, an omnibus gun bill,  H937,  is lying in wait for final approval while tax and budget negotiations continue (unless it magically appears as an amendment elsewhere).  Among other things, the bill eliminates the permit requirement when buying a handgun from  private dealers — at gun shows, for example;  increases the areas in which concealed carry holders can bring a gun to include parks and other recreational venues and allows them to keep the guns locked in their cars on public school property; and makes records of who has guns permits no longer open to the public.

Just in time to remind us that a gun bill is still lurking out there, former congresswoman Gabby Giffords will be in Raleigh with her husband ex-astronaut Mark Kelly on Sunday to promote a common sense approach to gun safety that they and their organization, American for Responsible Solutions, advocate — one that a majority of Americans, including residents here, likewise support. Numbers from Public Policy Polling in mid-June show that 66 percent of state residents oppose a bill that would allow guns on all educational properties and that would eliminate the requirement for permits for handguns.

Details for their appearance, part of their seven-state “Rights and Responsibilities Tour,” have not yet been released.