The means to act
EDITOR: These horrible massacres by means of firearms all have the same basic sequence of events: (1) motivation to commit the act; (2) the means to do it; and (3) the tragic result of many people dying. The National Rifle Association has focused on dealing with (1) as the only means to prevent (3), while denying that (2) has any role.
If this is correct, then, by analogy, a farmer motivated to plant and harvest 160 acres of wheat should be able to achieve this result whether or not he could use a tractor. But I think the magnitude of the result has a great deal to do with the means to accomplish it.
FRANK K. DAVID
FBI vs. Occupy
EDITOR: Documents obtained from the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security, even though heavily redacted by the agencies, reveal that the FBI started monitoring, spying on and disrupting Occupy in July 2011. When the FBI found out that a group with the ability to act on its threats planned to have snipers murder Occupy leaders, it ignored the matter.
Here's an excerpt from Dave Lindorff's "FBI Ignored Deadly Threat to Occupiers," in the Dec. 29 issue of Counter Punch: "Commenting on this peculiar lack of action (failing to protect Occupy leaders from credible threats of assassination) by the FBI and other national anti-terrorist organizations, Partnership for Civil Justice executive director Maya Verheyden-Hilliard says, &‘The documents we've obtained show that the FBI was acting as a private intelligence and protective agency for Wall Street and the banks against people who are engaged in First Amendment-protected free speech activities.' "
I'd like to see an article on this in The Press Democrat.