Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday compared restrictions on guns to auto safety regulations such as air bags, by saying neither the gun nor the auto industries wanted regulations to save lives. “Well they didn’t want to have air bags. Well, guess what? We have air bags. We’re saving lives,” Biden told reporters before a meeting with several stakeholders on the gun-control issue, as he plans to craft a set of proposals for President Barack Obama by Tuesday, Jan. 15. The proposals are expected to include a renewed ban on so-called assault weapons, and beefed-up background checks.
Comments: What a complete moron he is. He really needs a Guardian.
It is truly frightening that someone as embicillic as Joe Biden is considered worthy of promulgating proposals that deal with the rights of free men/women. That he is on the street is proof of a need to reexamine this nation´s mental health failures.
Did you even read the article? Biden is correct. The government should be able to get statistics on whether criminals got their guns legally or illegally and on what types of weapons are most often used in crimes. Questions like this are not taking guns out of the hands of law-abiding owners.
It is the refusal to engage in a dialogue on the issues that is most likely to cause gun owners to lose legitimate rights. I don´t want to see rights lost...but I hate it when I see gun owners refuse to even discuss options other than shouting, "No".
I´m listening to Mark Levin right now. He is pointing out how Government has killed millions and millions of people. They justify their actions by claiming they are "helping". Banning DDT has killed millions..there is no justification in banning DDT.. CAFE standards call for smaller, lighter cars and this has killed 46,000 people. Banning guns will lead to millions of deaths, if We the People allow it.
Most of the statistics #4 mentioned are already available to the government. Why don´t they just check Chicago´s figures? They know how many crimes are committed with illegal guns. That´s what over 20,000 gun laws were supposed to cure. How well has that worked out?
There are some good points made in the comments after this article.
I like the observation that cars now need airbags in part due to the CAFE standards imposed by the government. Also that the right to bear arms is not comparable to the right to have an airbag in your car. And as to the government compiling stats on guns used in crimes, who trusts them to do this after F&F?
The irrational gun control zealots ignore the lives saved by guns, appropriately called the, ´equalizers,´ in self-defense from predators. Pres. Reagan´s principle of, ´´Peace through Strength,´´ actually works, which is why Colt named his Single Action Army revolver, ´´The Peacemaker.´´ This principle applies to self-defense by individuals under attack by aggressors as well as countries under attack by barbarians.
The main reason for the rise in shootings in America is the growth of the underground economy and the gangs who are it´s enforcers. The main reason why there are school shootings is the phenominon of copy cat murders, which is fueled by all the attention that the press flaunts of such tragic events. The more our politicians make headlines on these murders, the more likely there will be copy cats.
FTA: Vice-President Biden asks, “How many weapons used are trafficked weapons? Are weapons used in gang warfare in our major cities -- are they legally purchased or are they purchased through straw men?"
You should answer your own questions re Operation Fast and Furious, Mr. Biden.
Vice-President Biden is the quintessential ´air-bag´ in this fight and why anyone would believe that they could have a serious meeting with him is mystifying, at best. It makes me sick that the Democrats/Progressives/Liberals are politically dancing on the graves of those precious departed children. Their faux concern is disgusting. Shame on all of them.
Lastly, Vice-President Biden and his family are protected by fully armed Secret Service contingents 24 hours a day, every day. That (along with his hippy-dippy mental state) should disqualify him (and all of his Administration, government, and media colleagues) from promoting his end goal of seizing the legal firearms of the American people. He´s a hypocrite - they all are - every last one of them.
What they are afraid to calculate is the number of lives saved by an armed citizenry. They suppress, with a willing media, any mention of an armed citizen, even an off-duty officer, interrupting a robbery, a kidnapping, or general mayhem. They know this defeats their argument so they suppress any good news about an armed citizen.
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