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17 Crosses for 17 Victims of Florida Massacre Dangled From Gun Show Billboard in Kentucky


17 Crosses for 17 Victims of Florida Massacre Dangled From Gun Show Billboard in Kentucky

Jon Queally, staff writer

Just days ahead of a national day of action planned in response to last month's mass shooting that left 17 people dead at a high school in Florida, gun control advocates in Kentucky overnight hung 17 crosses—each marked with the name of one of the victims—from a large billboard in Louisville advertising one of the nation's largest gun shows.

The billboard was advertising the "National Gun Day Gun Show," an enormous weapons expo that brags being "the size of three football fields," which has a home in Louisville.


it is all fine and dandy that people are protesting guns, however the core of U.s. voters have been so conditioned by corporate America that they think it is normal to own guns.
In more developed countries, guns are outlawed because average citizens have made the simple connection between guns and the murder rate. But in the U.S. people have misinterpreted the 2nd Amendment for centuries and use this ancient clause to reinforce their right to arm themselves. When we buy guns, we support the military industrial complex. We support right wing Republicans and Democrats who accept massive corporate donations so that we can reinforce militarism in America. You hear empty phrases like “Support the Troops” (What a silly statement!) or “That person is soft of defence”. The phrases should be amended to …"Support the Troops by bringing them home or “That person is soft on Peace”.
The second amendment was necessary because our forefathers needed guns to commit genocide against indigenous peoples and to maintain a slave State. There was also a fear that the British could return in light that the U.S. had no standing army and therefore without a State Militia, the U.S. could lose a second war with their contemporary rivals.
By the end of WW11, 99% of American households owned no guns and 99% of the guns out there at the time were old rifles from WW11 or before rotting in an attic somewhere. But by the 1960’s, apartheid began being disassembled across the U.S. African-Americans were allowed to use public bathrooms, shop in malls and ride buses where they had been denied these basic rights for a hundred years after the end of slavery. Corporate America saw a way to popularize gun ownership by claiming that white people would need guns to protect themselves once the angry and pissed off African-Americans got equal rights and would surely want to exact revenge against white people for the centuries of abuse and torture they inflicted among people of colour.
It was during this era, the dawn of the civil rights movement, that massive corporate sponsorship of the NRA began in earnest arming the white public. From little ole ladies to angry macho men, people began arming themselves on a unprecedented scale with the full support of the state but disguised in double talk like “protect yourself against the government” instead of "arm yourselves against the angry, freed African-Americans that will surely come to even up the score once they’re emancipated. Too many Americans bought this crap hook, line and sinker transforming the country into a massive armed camp over just a few decades. The result’s were ideal for corporate America where the average citizen was now living in fear, convinced that guns saved lives (as compared to snuffing them out), support for military adventurism and a deep dislike of the government thereby undermining any efforts at poverty reduction in exchange for increased military spending.
The public had proverbially ‘shot themselves in the foot’ as they gave up social development and community cohesion in exchange for ‘frontier justice’ and corporate allegiance (shop till you drop) while giving us a false sense of security as we embraced our newly purchased weapons. Hollywood, the media, the courts and our politicians would continue to denounce violence with more violence associating freedom with gun ownership rather than associating freedom with the absence of violence.
Now the U.S has more murders each year than most war torn nations. More people were killed by guns since the NRA’s resurgence in the 1960’s than all of America’s wars combined. Americans wouldn’t be taken care of by a government for the people with food, clothing, shelter and jobs, but rather by allowing us to possess weapons that we could turn on ourselves once we discover that the American dream doesn’t include us. Corporate America did their part by virtually awarding every new, African-American a criminal record on their 18th birthday thereby ensuring that they would never have guns but also ensure that every African-American was only a phone call away from permanent incarceration. And as African-Americans began to fill prisons across the country for minor offences like smoking pot, White people would turn to the statistics to justify the harsh sentences by saying things like “well they shouldn’t have broken the law” while their white counterparts committed the same crimes with the same frequency, but rarely ended up before a judge and usually with much less severe consequences.
Despite the injustice of the current system, the New Apartheid sits very well with contemporary America. As white people watch their wages drop, jobs disappear and financial insecurity take root, they can now blame everyone else for their despair (except corporate America of course!) and take their frustration out on the average Joe with their trusted AR-15 tucked away in the back of their closet at a moments notice.
Only when we can seriously discuss the disarming of America, can we begin a discussion of how to establish a functioning democracy free of corporate influence and a mandate dedicated to the improvement of all Americans. Only then can we start the dismantling of our obnoxious, dangerous and counter-productive military industrial complex and refocus all of our energies and resources to tools of mass construction instead of weapons of mass destruction.


Blaming guns exclusively distracts us from blaming those that use them for crimes and wars.

Guns don’t kill people. Conservatives with guns do.


There is little I disagree with in your rundown of current conditions. I frequently point out that predatory capitalism ‘externalizes’ life in all its forms and the dignity and interdependency of valances essential to life, that we have been calling “rights”. Corporate “profit margins” are precise correlates of the percentages of “externalities” that are clawed out of our shared reality. Both things and processes are clawed away or ‘disappeared’ by sleights of hand for which predators pay billions stolen from or shared social well being. Hoisted by their own petards, these practicioners have entered the ‘unrepentant’ stage of cannibalism - yet no right wing “Christian” will address it.

The irony is that the violence will eventually eat itself - reminiscent of another biblical admonition to not look back - lest, like Lot’s wife, turn into a pillar of salt. It is these days virtually counter-intuitive to see beauty, seek it, share it and nurture it. Yet, by all ancient wisdom, this is the prescription.

The ecological is inseparable from the social and in keeping with nurturing, I will be posting links to PROJECT DRAWDOWN Challenge April 4-25, 2018 as a proposal for regenerating creative power and leaving the mindless destruction from an economic and societal/political/corporate model that has so clearly failed as to warrant embrace any number of 100 researched actions as a seed for seeds seeding more seeds and life.


Billboard sure looked like a lot of fun …until the crosses were added.

Wonderful response which directs attention from the “fun” and onto guns and the violence they do and the NRA does everyday in the US.

Considering the many issues we citizens need to address every day, we really need to think about pushing for liberal organizations to unite together –

While the Democratic Party lies dormant in regard to political issues –

Leaving Bernie Sanders alone out there fighting for MEDICARE4ALL, for one …

WHY aren’t women’s organizations out there supporting the fight for national health care?

Women everywhere need National Health Care – so do their families – so do the children.

WHY isn’t NAACP out there supporting Sanders and the fight for MEDICARE4ALL?

AA’s need National Health Care.

which would open the gateway to all other issues.

And right after thoughts of MEDICARE4ALL … we know that gun violence is adding to the
needs for emergency care at our hospitals. NRA should be paying for those costs of care.
NRA and gun murders/woundings are certainly impacting pressure on our medical services.

The LEFT should know that everyone has to support everyone else –

and everyone else’s organization and issues.


MLK: " my country is the greatest purveyor of violence in the world."

From my perspective, there is the real problem. Until the U.S. fascists that have gotten away with the murders of untold millions of innocent children in foreign countries are held accountable and incarcerated for their war crimes; unfortunately, while gun control laws are commendable, I do not think much will change until we have the U.S. implement government gun control of the military’s violence.


Guess which one is the easiest


Perfect response and good questions and I think that several organizations are combining efforts.

which would open the gateway to all other issues” outstanding phrase except I would replace GOP with entire Congress.


Permitting and indeed fostering gun ownership of the citizens codifies usmilitary having 800 military bases on foreign soil.


If memory serves me correctly, some of fatalities were Jewish, so the crosses, while surely well intentioned, may be interpreted in less than a favorable light. Perhaps seventeen peace symbols would have been a more universally agreeable acknowledgement of the tragedy.



I’m not sure what you are talking about. I was just pointing out the fact that you cut-and-pasted this old piece of satire. You really should put quotes around that kind of stuff.


If anyone wants to see how to have some real fun with billboards and learn other forms of civil disobedience to stop the ghouls, read the book “The Monkey Wrench Gang,” and its companion manual: Ecodefense


Yes! And probably many more clandestine and covert bases that we do not know about.


True American patriots.


Mary –

Plus – I forgot to add what’s left of our unions –

All of the unions – including police departments – are watching towns drop their health care benefits!

Corporations/Employers are constantly reducing health care benefits which is a threat to all labor.



Thanks, David –

We need to work to bring back HEMP which will pretty much do everything
that can help put those damaging our forests out of business.


Actually after WW11, the NRA transformed from being pretty much just a organization that tried to provide shooting ranges for civilians, to becoming a huge lobbying group with massive donations from the military corporations. Americans had virtually no guns until the Civil War when both Union and Confederate troops were allowed to retain their guns after the war. This added over 3.5 million rifles to a society that only had around 100,000 guns at the outbreak of the Civil War. Those guns before the civil war were also primarily in the south where men needed them to keep slavery in place. After the Civil War, crime soared with the massive amounts of guns out there, but eventually the guns got old. My Grandfather still had a Civil War rifle in his closet from his Grandfather, the only gun they ever owned.
Guns were simply not that popular. Most guns after WW11 were vintage war rifles and at least half of them were broken and in disrepair. With my family in New York City in 1950, we numbered 800 members. No one owned a gun at the time. (https://www.economist.com/node/218080) Lots of historical evidence supports my assertion that gun ownership was rare before the 1960’s and the transformation of the NRA into a right-wing, corporate lackey who would normalize gin ownership for white people.
The result is that the U.S. has the highest murder rate on the planet. More people died last year in the U.S. from gunfire, than casualties in the Ukrainian Civil war. On average 30,000 Americans die each year from guns. By comparison Europe, roughly the same population as the U.S., has had less than 30,000 gun deaths in the last decade! But the NRA has brainwashed Americans so thoroughly, that even if 20,000,000 Americans blew their heads off each year, the NRA would request MORE guns out there to the delight of corporate America.
You may not like the history behind the U.S. obsession with guns, but the truth is this is a recently manufactured phenomena designed to distract us from a collective desire to have government that represent the 99%.


The NRA: Sponsoring Domestic Terrorism since 1975.


Guns don’t kill people.

People with guns, kill people.