Barack Obama´s emotional response to the Newton shootings was measured, heartfelt, and exceptionally moving. When seen through a political prism, however, it contained one a single highly charged line: "We´re going to have to come together to take meaningful action to prevent further tragedies like this, regardless of the politics." This has thrown America, once again, into a frenetic debate about the right to bear arms. However fervently Obama might wish for political concord--and even though, in the words of former Democratic congressman Bob Edgar, “nothing is more powerful than a classroom of kindergarten kids getting killed by assault weapons”
Comments: Jake WS has put together a sane, logical column explaining why strict gun control is not the answer to gun violence in the US. While he admits to a personal belief that US gun laws should be tightened he logically explains why they are not. Good man. Doesn´t let his beliefs overpower the reality of our cultural, political and philosophical stance.
Get TF out of here. Obama is the last one qualified to comment on this problem. He goes out there 24X7 telling his base to be ANGRY that somebody screwed them, took success from them, gets re-elected. OK, this is just a vehicle to get low information voters voting for Progressive Dems. But when the 1% of mentally ill, mentally challenged don´t understand the nuance of voting versus the nuance of shooting, it remains the Progressive/Dem responsibility for stirring up this massive rage.
The Dems are the Party of Destruction, in their own design and in ways they didn´t even intend.
These shootings (ever more common) are blood on their hands.
Let us look at the killers background. Is he an anti-gun advocate? How much influence did his mother have on his beliefs? The writer of the article comes close to developing a valid reason a wacko will kill children. We no longer can take the mentally ill off the streets. I blame the libs for these killings more than anyone else. What has happened to this country that these types of events are more and more common place. This never happened when I was growing up.
People who want to cause mayhem will find a way to do it. The worst school killing in this country was caused by three home-made bombs. What´s creating these mayhem-makers? That´s the question. Answer: Divorce courts, Nurse-Ratched women bosses, the illiterate, uncaring masses of day-care(?really)losers, the 40year-long successful emasculation of American men, frustrated multi-tasking (can´t be done)mothers that nobody´s happy when they see her drive up. That´s what causes boys to go mad and destroy anything they can find.
Hollywood liberals don´t have a problem making the films that promote violence. Game makers don´t have a problem with games that do nothing but kill. Does anyone know if this guy was into these video games? That could have something to do with what happened. These same liberals are the ones who want gun rights taken away.Morgan Freeman gave his take on it and I know he has been in films that promote violence.
Yo..yo... AR15s have been available to the public since about 1965. What is different now??? That is the real question!! Why are people willing to use them to kill unarmed citizens?? We need more mental health answers.
Yo..yo.. Cho blasted the Va Tech kids and what did the Virginia authorities do?? Why they enacted more gun control laws. AND Virginia is still 48th in the country for spending on mental health. 48th...got that?? The Virginia and US authorities don´ t give a crap about sick people!! Just put them in jail. IT´ CHEAPER!!
Laws preventing institutionalization of mental defectives (not a politically correct term, but accurate) of various types causes the country to periodically have to deal with killings. Sometimes two or three, sometimes more.
There is an inverse relationship to murders and ease of firearms access. More guns = Less crime. Absolutely proven fact, and the hoplophobes have been frantically faking data to try to prove otherwise.
Millions legally and safely carry guns daily in the US, guns are NOT the problem. Evil and insane people are the problem. Brits are prohibited form handgun ownership, their handgun murder rate is higher than the US at times.
Humanity will never eliminate evil and insane, the only possible improvement is by identification, court proceedings and removal from society. Prisons and asylums.
We need to take meaningful action about mental illness, particularly as it affects children, preteens and young adults. We had a chance in November to take meaningful action against all this quasi-emotional grandstanding, but the majority chose this blow-hard instead.
This isn´t just mental illness. This is young kids with limited guidance, self responsibility and too much time on their hands. Put these kids to work in long, hard, physically draining jobs. Teach them to take responsibility for their actions, give them opportunities to succeed based on their own hard work and to fail based on their laziness. Don´t just think they have a disease, give them a pill or lock them in a room.
I have mentioned this before but the way the Israelis deal with situations like this is almost every able adult over there carries a firearm. In a typical Israeli school the principal, the teachers, even the janitor all carry firearms. Their buildings are very secure also. If this bozo tried to break into an Israeli school he would have been shot dead on the spot, no questions asked. That is how you keep a school secure, with am armed staff. Whether it is a determined terrorist, or a determined crazy man, they can be stopped before they are allowed to do their dirty work.
One more time - We don´t trust the government to be the only ones with weapons. That´s the Founders´ argument for the right to bear arms - the untrustworthiness of governments. Obama for example loves cramdowns and is in the middle of one now, slow-walking Boehner off a cliff. Wants to bring a gun to a knife fight. Wants to punish his enemies. Thinks IDs at voter stations are voter suppression. Actually these sentiments are perfectly normal for the kind of personality type that seeks the presidency. We don´t want those people armed when we are not. This is a sentiment from the late 17th century and remains true today.
Yes the Connecticut shootings were a terrible thing to happen...In a country of over 300 million people maybe ten flip their balance and do major tragic things. We have over 100 million guns in the country and when some are used in a wrongful manner the media, the left, the anti gun crowd, go nuts...they DEMAND the destruction of guns as if that will stop the senseless killings. How blantantly stupid they are. The state of Illinois and it´s main city of Chicago are adamantly ANTI gun and have been for years...check this for yourself, this year so far Chicago has had nearly 700 shootings...in a state and city that does not permit guns...it has been a week since a federal judge declared that carrying concealed is to be legal there. I doubt seriously that that long road to carry has yet been opened. The point is that 700 souls have been shot in an anti gun city...Connecticut lost 25 but Chicago 700...that´s 28 times more than Connecticut...where´s the outrage by the President, by the Congress, by the cops...just the grieving families...but no action. Do you think that banning guns will stop crime? It´s a MENTAL situation and we have hundreds of thousands of loonies running loose. A MENTAL thing and now we have three STATES that permit the open use of drugs that ALTER our thinking and the users behavior. Do we really think that things will get better? How foolish and stupid the whole issue is. Who is addressing the MENTAL problems? At least I want to be able to protect MYSELF from all the LEGAL nuts on the loose, a cop is too heavy to carry around.
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