Two events, each more than a century old, instruct us about how we should act in the face of what happened Friday in Newtown, Conn. On March 25, 1911, fire broke out in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in lower Manhattan. Because the owners had locked the doors and stairwells, in an effort to prevent theft and unauthorized work breaks, the garment workers were trapped in the fire; 146 of them, almost all young female immigrants, died. In the wake of the disaster, New York politicians–including future Gov. Al Smith and future Sen. Robert Wagner–“exploited the tragedy.” How? By helping push
Comments: I suppose the Left also wants the funerals of the children to be political pep rallies too. Disgusting.
Jeff is right. We should implement an assault weapons ban so that this will never happen again. Just like it did the last time we had one. And once that is done, we should expand the gun free zones. Say extend it to the ghetto and around crack houses. Thus, no more gun violence. And should never, ever in a thousand years do a dang thing about mentally ill nut jobs and trying to put them in places where they can´t hurt people. Isn’t the very definition of inanity doing the same thing over and over while expecting a different result? Well, looks like we have proof positive that liberals are insane.
The only way to truly get rid of most the gun problem is to go house to house, searching for all weapons and confiscating them. Some will never be found and criminals and the mentally disturbed will somehow find a way to inflict pain on society, with guns or other means. When one is in pain, or if mentally disturbed they will cause pain on others by any means. We must identify the disturbed and see to it that they are treated properly or put them away safely and humanely.
An extremely irresponsible man is lecturing us here.
I would prefer to see some legislation that restricts the First Amendment rights of Mr. Greenfield and his presstitute friends to lie with impunity. We have just been through an astonishing election cycle that was filled with spin, lies and corruption. most of which came from Greenfield and his ilk.
Anyone who thought that NØbama and the Demon-RATS didn´t have every intention of destroying the 2nd amendment and taking away guns from law abiding citizens as soon as the election results rolled in on November 6th, was truly living in a fantasy world.
This most recent mass murder is just a very convenient excuse to get started.
Our republic and our Constitution both died on 11-6-2012. This is just the continued rotting of the corpse that remains...
Wow! # 6 did you make that up? No sarcasm at all. I think that bit of Haiku is brilliantly stated. You can´t legislate away evil. The world is a dangerous place filled with evil people and no more evil people than those who would use the deaths of innocents to take away our liberty.
Since we´re taking a big cut from defense dept., let´s pass a law that says every elementary school must fire an assistant assistant principal in charge of diversity and condom distribution and hire one of the laid off soldiers to guard the school. Oh, and authorize them to use their full auto m-16´s....
THANK you Jeff Greenfield. You reminded me that we SHOULD politicize the root cause of most of our current problems, Democrats. Using YOUR methodology, I´ve cited the time Democrats murdered all those black orphans in NYC. No, really, it happened, it was beyond belief, but only one of many examples of what the Democrats will do for power. Too harsh? What has the war on poverty done to all of us? Forget the shambles their open back door to the world´s most desperate, criminal, illiterate, dependent, class has done to our demographics. Just read about the purposeful horror that the Democrats cheered on. - http://www.press.uchicago.edu/Misc/Chicago/317749.html
Greenfield, Schumer, Bloomberg, Durbin, Feinstein, Emanuel, Boxer ..... Why are these people constantly on the radical left side of politics?
Dennis Prager, a conservative Jew, sums it up this way: ´If you believe that leftist ideas and policies are good for America and for the world, then you are particularly pleased to know how deeply Jews — with their moral passion, intellectual energies and abilities, and financial clout — are involved with the Left. If, on the other hand, you believe that the Left is morally confused and largely a destructive force in America and the world, then the Jews´ disproportionate involvement on the Left is nothing less than a tragedy — for the world and especially for the Jews.´
Want to know the worst ever school massacre: May 18, 1927 - Former school board member Andrew Kehoe set off three bombs in Bath Township, Michigan killing 45 people and wounding 58. Kehoe killed himself and the superintendent by blowing up his own vehicle.
Didn´t need an assault rifle, did he? There was also a guy who attacked a school with insecticide and a flame thrower. Why don´t liberals get it that evil, crazy people are creative? Self-righteous, knee-jerk politicization of a crisis by taking away guns from innocent people (who want to protect themselves from evil, crazy people) is not the answer.
People that want to be destructive will find a way to accomplish their goal with whatever is at hand. Anyone seriously discussing this problem KNOWS there is no real solution. Lock up mentally ill people? We tried that and it was liberals that decided it was a violation of their rights. Now many of those are street people, unable to work or care for themselves and a threat to those around them. Can we identify WHICH of the Goth kids are dangerous? Nope. Can we fix them with treatment? Probably not. Will banning automatic weapons or even all guns stop them? No! If we were serious about trying to prevent deaths we would ban automobiles since 30,000 die in auto accidents every year, 5000 age 14 or under.
But we have seen that this country has degenerated so far that results no longer matter. Politicians have become very good at talking about the things they are doing as successful, even when they are the opposite, and the public is dopey enough to go along with them. The politicians are simply playing to the dopes who just reelected them.
#20, et al, the LPs (libtards/Progtards) don´t ´get it´ because they aren´t about security - Oh, I know they bleat that talking point constantly, about security, safety and ´for the children´, but they are actually all about power and control. They use any means to get power and control. The LPs (aka socialists/communists/fascists/ etc) can´t do what they want to do to us until we as a nation are disarmed. They will not stop trying to overthrow the constitution until the day they die. You can´t reason with them. You can´t trust them. You can only eradicate them. They are made up of foreign and domestic enemies of the constitution and this Republic. BTW, burying weapons in the ground to hide them misses the point of having them. Hide them until what? The founders were quite clear about what true citizens of the Republic must do to those who pursue tyranny and seek to destroy the constitution. Those of you who think hiding weapons is the answer, I´d suggest you educate yourself by researching the writings and statements made by the founders of our Republic. For the treasonous quislings who claim the citizenry can´t deal with a much smaller number of soldiers - the populace contains millions of veterans who still know how to shoot, execute small unit tactics, handle crew-served weapons platforms, execute strategic plans, and so forth. The quislings hope those hearing them can´t think and will give up hope.
What a maroon. Jeff cites two fine examples of disasters that provoked changes in the behavior of people who did wrong. Therefore, the logical conclusion to his Newtown disaster scenario would be to bring legislation and restriction against crazy people who want to kill others. Instead, he wants the equivalent of preventing nails from being pounded into wood by outlawing hammers.
I can live perfectly well without crazy people in my midst but don´t touch my weapons.
Adam Lanza had a Glock. Jared Loughner used a Glock. You know who sings about killing people with Glocks? Jay-Z - who is a big friend of our Dear Leader. Why don´t we start with getting Jay-Z to change his tune.
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. -- The victim of a vicious knockout attack in New Jersey is speaking out for the first time. He was cold-cocked, and hit not just with a fist, but with a glove with hard plastic knuckles. Two of the four attackers are still on the run. "All of a sudden, I was trying to watch my back and these two came around front and punches my face," the victim said. The 36-year-old restaurant worker does not want his name or face on television, and who could blame him? He still has headaches from a concussion and six
Sears stock plummeted Wednesday as news came out that Edward Lampert, its stubborn billionaire chairman and CEO, had to surrender majority control of the 120-year-old big box retailer when investors in Lampert’s hedge fund pulled money out. With no end in sight for Lampert’s quixotic turnaround efforts, it’s time to question whether there’s any way to save Sears as long as he remains in charge. (Snip) Lampert began at Sears with the ill-fated $12 billion merger with Kmart in 2005. Sales have declined for 27 straight quarters and the company’s stock is down over 70% from its high in 2007.
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For many Ann Arborites, Thanksgiving is a day devoted to giving thanks, spending time with family, eating turkey and watching the Detroit Lions. This year, retail giants want that to change. (Snip) The early openings change the game for retail giants looking to boost profits through aggressive holiday sales. It also means millions of retail employees in the U.S. are working on the holiday, and it poses the question to consumers: Is a bargain on a 70-inch television or an Apple iPad worth ditching Thanksgiving dinner? “You couldn’t pay me to stand in a line in the cold on Thanksgiving
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How do you get your arms around the catastrophe known as Obamacare? Is it even possible? At this point, I’m not sure it is. The list of individual disasters which threaten to ruin one-sixth of the U.S. economy and what has been, up until now, the best healthcare system in the world is exhaustive, and exhausting. The examples I will identify here barely scratch the surface. First but by no means foremost, we have the supposedly new and improved HealthCare.gov. Except it’s not, even the visible part. Stories still abound of people still failing to get in or to get through the enrollment
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The most curious thing of all about the November jobs report released on Friday was the huge drop in the unemployment rate — and the fact that the Labor Department chose not to disclose that the data going into that figure are under investigation for falsification. On Nov. 19, I broke the news in my column that the Census Bureau, which collects data that goes into the jobless rate on behalf of Labor, had caught one of its enumerators fabricating interviews in 2010. The culprit said back then (and to me during an interview) that he was told to do so by
7. On the U.S. war with Iraq: “If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America. They don’t care for human beings.” Via cbsnews.com 6. On Israel: “Israel should withdraw from all the areas which it won from the Arabs in 1967, and in particular Israel should withdraw completely from the Golan Heights, from south Lebanon and from the West Bank.” Via jweekly.com 5. On the U.S. war with Iraq: “All that (Mr. Bush) wants is Iraqi oil.” Via cbsnews.com 4. Mandela on Castro and the Cuban revolution: “From its earliest days, the Cuban Revolution has also been a