CNN´s Candy Crowley on Sunday floated the typical media nonsense about how the National Rifle Association is ginning up fear to sell more guns in the wake of the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. Fortunately for State of the Union viewers, NRA President David Keene was on the set to correctly point out, "The two people who are selling so-called assault rifles are Senator Feinstein and President Obama not us" (video follows with transcript and commentary): CANDY CROWLEY, HOST: One of the big questions here has been
No, it isn´t perfectly logical...and you don´t have to be a liberal to see it differently. When they tried to have a conversation about how to prevent another Newtown, how to prevent another unstable individual from easily getting hold of weapons that could mow down a classroom full of first-graders...the NRA´s LaPierre went out, held a press conference (at which he took no questions) to declare that every school should be armed! Completely ignored the subject...how to keep the Adam Lanza´s of the world from getting into the position where they could do such heinous acts. Instead, went all-out with the cry, "More guns are the answer! More guns in more places!"
And the NRA has the gall to claim that they aren´t the ones promoting more guns???
#1: LaPierre is the head of an organization that supports the 2nd Amendment rights of American citizens. It is not a government organization, nor is it a mental health organization. He was right. An armed responder would have at least had a chance to stop the carnage early on and all those kids might still be alive.
Feinstein´s statement about her bill was that it would affect any guns that would be purchased after the date the bill passed. Tell me that isn´t an advertisement to "buy your guns now because it´ll be too late soon!" And tell me, when her biggest benefactors -- the California teacher´s union -- has invested in gun manufacturers, that that wasn´t an attempt to help them get a windfall before they bail on the stock -- which they just announced they plan to do (after the buying frenzy, of course).
It was up to Lanza´s mother to keep guns away from him. How many people even knew he existed?
Obama and Feinstein are driving the gun sales. We do not trust government to protect us or even to understand the problem. Put that together with distrust of Obama´s intention to transform our country into what he thinks it should be and the people begin to think about other countries, such as Russia, who disarmed their population rendering it helpless sheep for the shearing and deciding they wouldn´t let it happen here. The guns are just in case.
#1: How many ARMED guards protect the children where Obama´s girls attend - and have been guarding it, BEFORE Obama -
How many ARMED guards protect Obama and everyone else in that administration?
So, apparently having gun to protect them is ok for the ´ruling class´ but not ok for we peons?
Home invasions, where the perpetrator violently kicks down the door and attacks the homeowners in residence are on the rise in my area. I do not plan to go quietly. Perhaps you do. I´m glad you aren´t making the decisions for MY family.
You want to prevent the Adam Lanza´s of the world from getting guns? Easy, commit them to mental institutions. My rights shouldn´t suffer because this person´s mother was stupid. She had firearms in the home, accessible to a mentally ill person. It never ceases to amaze me the stupid things people do that result in someone being killed.
--as has been pointed out on the gun forums, the suggestion of armed guards in schools was proposed as legislation during the Clinton years and of course , wasn´t laughed at and otherwise denigrated because it came from an ´acceptable source´--
--and , had Wayne LaPierre got on his knees , begged forgiveness and agreed to go along with the Feinstein gun grab, the response from the left would have been ´that it didn´t go far enough´ and handguns and sniper rifles would have been the next ´target´---
Important public institutions, such as schools and political leaders should have the same level of protection. If Democrat politicians want schools disarmed, they should disarm and fire their own security.
We will never be able to keep weapons out of the hands of people who want to do harm. To think otherwise is to live in a fantasy. Meth amphetamines, heroin, cocaine, etc. are all "banned". Anyone can get them, anywhere in the world. We as a nation once banned alcoholic beverages. It did not work. In fact, every society in history has "banned" murder. It has not worked. Bans on anything will never work. If you are honest with yourself you already know that. All any ban has ever done is increase demand, spawn black markets and taken away the liberty of law-abiding people. Fact.
It´s completely lost on our repetitive, tiresome serial poster that it isn´t the NRA´s job to police the nutcases. If he has ideas, let´s hear them. Otherwise, get lost. It´s getting really old, and credibility is long gone.
#7: One of the possible motives Adam Lanza went berserk was that his mother was allegedly in the process of getting him committed. Retrospectively, we would say she should have done it earlier. I think it is not difficult to criticize the mother for doing a stupid thing like encouraging him to use guns when she knew of his impulsivity, but sometimes, being a parent blinds one to the evil nature of one´s offspring.
The problem continues to fester because society still doesn´t know how to responsibly deal with people with mental illness. Competing interests in protecting society from the mentally ill and ensuring the mentally ill are not mistreated. The solution will not soon be reached because the poisonous atmosphere, for which I mostly blame the progressives, between left and the right kills any good faith discussion.
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