NRA, Slavery, Cigarettes, Guns, Lincoln, Mad Men, Cloud Atlas & the Evil of the Assault Weapon Industry

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About David Henry Sterry

David Henry Sterry is the author of 13 books, with another five coming out in 2013.  He is also a performer, muckraker, educator, activist, and book doctor.  His anthology, Hos, Hookers, Call Girls and Rent Boys was featured on the front cover of the Sunday New York Times Book Review.  He is co-author of The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published, and co-founder of The Book Doctors, who have helped countless writers get published, His first memoir, Chicken, has been translated into 10 languages.  His newest book, the novella Confessions of a Sex Maniac, was a finalist for the Henry Miller Award.  He has been featured everywhere from National Public Radio to the London Times to Playboy, and he is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post.  He has appeared on, acted with, and presented at: Will Smith, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Stanford University, over 100 independent bookstores from the Strand in NYC to Books & Books in Miami to City Lights in SF to Powell's in Portland, Miami Book Festival, Michael Caine, 92nd St. Y, Smith College, Brooklyn Book Festival, Reed College and Zippy the Chimp.


  1. “The worst kind of evil has always been the smart kind.” So sadly true.

  2. Richard Aubrey says:

    Perhaps you could prepare for various contingencies. Remember Bill Clinton thought cops in schools was a good idea.
    And recall that assault weapons–not automatic weapons–are nowhere near the deadliest weapons in terms of total deaths. Illegally owned pistols are.
    A woman recently was hiding in her crawl space with her two kids when the intruder eventually found them. She shot six times, hitting him five times. She was out of bullets but he wasn’t down yet. Got away. Fortunately for her, there weren’t two of them.
    I suppose she and her children being dead is morally superior to her being armed.

  3. courage the cowardly dog says:

    “Thomas Jefferson, Declaration of Independence superstar: slave owner, who impregnated a woman that he legally owned like his owned his mule and his cow. Plantation owners were the strong and slaves with the meat they got fat on.”

    I think this is a slanderous statement. It is hyperbole of the most divisive kind. It does nothing to bring liiberal and conservative togther and it is in the opinion of some historical scholars wrong!!!

    Concering the popularly advanced assertion that Thomas Jefferson fathered children with a slave, the Thomas Jefferson Heritage Society (TJHS) Scholars Commission (2001), have argued against the Thomas Jefferson Foundation (TJF) report and reached different conclusions about the DNA tests. All but one of the 13 scholars expressed considerable skepticism about the charge, and some went so far as to express a conviction that it is almost certainly not true that Jefferson was the father of Eston or other Hemings’ children. The TJHS report suggested that Jefferson’s younger brother Randolph Jefferson could have been the father, and that Hemings may have had multiple partners.[30] Three of the Hemings children were given names from the Randolph family. Herbert Barger, the founder and current Director Emeritus of the TJHS and the husband of a Jefferson descendant, assisted Foster in the DNA study. In the Science article, Foster is reported to have agreed that the Nature report should have given credit to Barger, who was “fantastic” and “of immense help to me.”– Wikipedia

    Contrary to popular belief it is not conclusive that Thomas Jefferson had an initmate relationship with any of his slaves or that he fathered children with any of his slaves.

  4. courage the cowardly dog says:

    You should know something about human history. Slavery is without a doubt bad and it is good it no longer exists in most of the civilized world. In some remote places on earth it still exists and to some extent even in the civilized world it operates in pockets illegally, but since time immemorial one group has enslaved another group even before the Egyptians enslaved the Hebrews. In Ghana the Ashanti enslaved the Ewe and in fact the Ashanti were in close partnership with the Spanish during the height of the slave trade in capturing and delivering to the Spanish the “inventory” of slaves that ultimately were sold in the West Indies and then re sold at auction in the American south. Because of the need for manpower, before the invention of much modern planting and havesting technology, agriculteral societies relied on slavelabor to sustain their eonomies and in fact part of the reason for the Civl War was the belief in the south that the North sought to destroy the southern economy. Having grown up in the south in all the history lessons I took the Civil War was referred to as “The War of Northern Aggression” or the War for Cession. For all of human kind slavery is a shameful part of our history, not just white southerners. And quite frankly I am really tired of my southern hertiage being attacked because of its association with a practice that is common to cultures throughout the world. I feel no guilt.

  5. Berta Avila says:

    YES!! I feel that same rage and passion about the whole damn thing! I’m with you 100%. I just wish I didn’t feel so f*cking powerless about it. I’m tired of being “meat” too!

  6. Fact Checker says:

    Abraham Lincoln did not fight against slavery, he fought to reunify the union. He wrote in a letter to Horace Greeley in 1862 ” My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that.”

    • Nonetheless, he opposed slavery. He was expressing the concept that his duty as president was first and foremost to preserving the Union, despite the fact that as a private citizen he abhorred slavery.

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