According to TPM, America´s favorite never-let-a-crisis-go-to-waste administration is preparing to ram through a number of restrictions to our Second Amendment civil rights as early as Jan 15. The idea behind this strategy is to strike while people´s heightened emotions are still scrambling common sense: The White House and gun control supporters are gearing up for a whirlwind month, with plans to pass reform legislation before outrage over the Sandy Hook massacre has a chance to fade. House Democrats are moving ahead with their own plans as well.
This was in Talking Points Memo, a leftist site. They´re blatantly admitting that they´re capitalizing on a tragedy. They´re twisting the facts. Their followers will applaud the tactic because they don´t care about the truth.
@#1: None of their proposals are enforceable without digging into people´s lives even more. And since nobody alive even knows how Adam Lanza got hold of his mother´s guns, it´s only a supposition that a gun safe would have stopped him.
#1, no way. Letting the camel´s nose into the tent means the whole camel soon follows. The 2nd amendment says ´keep´ too, in the activities that ´...shall not be infringed´. Over 20k gun laws and laws against murder didn´t stop that madman. He should have been put away - but that´s the nasty little gift from the LPs several decades ago that they don´t like to discuss - why he couldn´t be. The constitution isn´t stopping the LPs until it is backed up by armed force by the citizens. This is a long-term game by the LPS to disarms us. Please pay attention. As the founders said, (paraphrased) ´Jealously guard the tree of liberty and look with suspicion upon all who approach it´. Especially when they claim an encroachment is ´for the chilluns´ or ´for your own good´.
Obama-Biden continues to be "dead-wrong " about guns and recent mass murders. Example of facts...Mother who has guns and uses them...also knows she has a son with mental health issues that were getting worse and worse. The Mother delayed "intervention to both confine and treat her son...and also remove her guns from her home as a precaution". Time long since ran out...in fact in hind sight...the Mother used poor judgement. It was only the Mother who could prevent this massacre and she was the first person shot.
There have been some nice technological for gun owners lately. There are several small gun safes on the market that sit on your bedside table. Some are biometric...it reads your fingerprint and pops open. On others you hit a three letter code and it opens.
Not ideal perhaps but it keeps your pistol handy and secure and the kids and others can´t get to it.
#5, why should he have been "put away"? He had no police record, no evidence of any previous crime. There is no evidence he had ever been hospitalized for mental health reasons. An FBI investigator said there were no psychiatric meds in the house.
Are you going to have him "put away" because he may have had a diagnosis on the autism spectrum? The current rate for autism is 1 in 88 children - 1 in 59 males. This is the first time anyone on the autism spectrum has been implicated in a mass murder. How would you have picked him out to have him "put away"? He had brown hair, too...does that mean that we should put all the people with brown hair away?
Reality is that it needs to be more difficult for people who are mentally unstable, for whatever reason, to get hold of guns - especially the type that can quickly fire shot after shot. I keep hearing people say that a conniving criminal could figure out how to get around such systems, which may be true. But mentally unstable people generally are not conniving; they have one way of doing things in mind and, if you make that path harder to for them, they won´t dream up alternatives. You can´t lock up a sizable portion of the population on the off-chance that one of them might do something bad. At least, not in the America I know.
I hope it won´t happen, but people are in a panic. Have you been in a gun store lately? Many guns are back-ordered, ammo is swooped up as soon as it comes in. For some guns, the wait is months. It´s insane.
You are correct, #11, BUT - In order to make it difficult for the mentally challenged to gain access to firearms, you have to restrict the entire population, a proposition that is not acceptable to us for obvious reasons. There are plenty of other means and devices to kill on a mass scale if you are inclined but firearms are the only thing that stand between a tyrant and the people he would rule.
If there is an encroachment on the SA on the 15th I suppose we will be in a State of War with the Gubmint on the 16th. EVERYONE I have spoke with this week is ready.Most of us are tired of the threats. Let´s get this party started. It´s not the NRA they should be worried about. It´s the 150 million gun owners out here who are locked and loaded.
#11, a lot of mentally ill and unstable people are conniving. You don´t know much about mental illness, do you?
#1, while I understand a lot of people are very upset and disappointed in the Republican Party, I find it highly inappropriate and reprehensible to use the term "repugs" to describe anyone in the party. It is a term used by slimeball leftists who hang out in places like the Daily Koz and Democrat Underground. It would serve one well to carefully consider how people may view a person who uses such terminology on a site where most of the members are either Republicans or conservatives. By the way, the party is the people and the principles--NOT the elected politicians nor the unelected party bosses/workers. If there is a problem with the party, it is incumbent upon the people to clean it up.
I find it odd that we know so little about this shooting. I sensed an extraordinary amount of energy being expended by the cops on this investigation. Why? Could there be some major malfunction by the PD about this? I´m to understand that it took the cops 20 minutes to respond to the first 911 call. Seen other websites that transcribe the chronology and text of the PD commo, but it doesn´t appear the response time was nailed down.
Also, do we definitively know what weapon the shooter used?
What we do know, #2, is that Adam Lanza´s mother went on a two-night getaway immediately prior to his rampage, leaving him home alone. Then, when she returned, he shot her in the face in her bed. Who knows if a gun safe was even used. He had a couple of days to figure out how to get it open.
#9 and #19 - I agree. I know it may seem our phone calls to Congress are a waste of time but they are not! We need to burn up those switchboards! We can do it! Let the fighters we do have know they have our vigorous support.
Are they pushing this because they want us to react as we are reacting? Do they want armed conflict with us? Is this why Social Security, DHS etc have bought over a billion rounds of ammo? Is this why some small town police forces now have tanks? Is this Owebama´s excuse to fulfill Ayre´s dream of wiping out 25 million Americans and throwing the rest of us conservatives into those FEMA camps for re-education? Yes, it sounds like tinfoil hat stuff, but I´m beginning to wonder.
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