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Why Does John McCain Care
More About Deaths in Syria
Than Gun Deaths in America?

National Journal, by Ron Fournier

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Posted By:Toledo, 4/24/2014 10:15:39 AM

Please read these two statistics and notice your emotional reaction to them. Do they make you angry? Do they make you eager for government action? When you digest these roughly equivalent numbers, do they stir you equally? A Human Rights groups says more than 150,000 civilians, rebels, and members of the Syrian military have been killed in the nation´s three-year conflict. A U.S. gun-control group says more than 100,000 Americans are shot every year in murders, assaults, suicides, and suicide attempts and accidents. For Sen. John McCain, the hawkish Republican senator from Arizona, the first number makes him spitting

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Cor-vet, 4/24/2014 10:21:05 AM     (No. 9822943)

Probably because the 100,000 number is untrue!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: right-turn, 4/24/2014 10:26:10 AM     (No. 9822948)

Now add how many lives were saved by having a gun available or is this a murder? How about listing drugs as a suicide or does that not count. BTW what does tis have to do with gun control? Why does the murder rate go down when citizens are permitted arms?

For that matter what does Fournier know about it?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: mickturn, 4/24/2014 10:33:26 AM     (No. 9822958)

McPain is 1% of the man he once was. I can´t wait until he retires, vertically or horizontally.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: FormerNYer, 4/24/2014 10:39:59 AM     (No. 9822975)

Yeah, let´s get our gun control statistics from a gun control group - no bias there.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: MickinPhoenix, 4/24/2014 10:41:29 AM     (No. 9822978)

Sad to say but Senator McCain´s #1 priority is to place himself in front of the nearest TV camera.


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Reply 6 - Posted by: Mildred, 4/24/2014 10:45:03 AM     (No. 9822987)

John McCain is chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and is therefore focused on our defense meaning his responsibility is in the foreign arena. That is where he can make changes to protect the US. The Syria government is killing its own people in ghastly ways. What is happening in the US is individual thugs shooting each other. There is a big difference between the two and comparing them shows us how little Ron Fournier knows what he is writing. Each senator has a responsibility within in the senate and although I don´t think McCain is the best senator he is focusing on his job and is being asked to respond to questions about his job. He was then asked about gun control and he will vote on legislation that is brought before the senate but he needs to have his attention on the foreign affairs that affect the US.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: peebster, 4/24/2014 10:56:49 AM     (No. 9823004)

...while this article is obviously written to highlight a ´republican´s´ hypocrisy on guns, it must be said that McCain takes more money from defense contractors and weapons makers than any senator. May be one of the reasons for his hawkishness...just sayin´...

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Reply 8 - Posted by: eoddad, 4/24/2014 11:05:17 AM     (No. 9823023)

Ron you like McCain, are fools.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 4/24/2014 11:28:31 AM     (No. 9823070)

Anyone who questions the wisdom of total governmental control of every detail of our lives is just a hater and wants all the children to die of gunshot wounds.

We need travel control, housing control, income control, employment control.

Without this everything is ´out of control´.

Liberty is much too dangerous and very scary.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: AisA, 4/24/2014 11:36:11 AM     (No. 9823088)

Before I read the article I postulated that McCain is a blithering idiot.
After I read the article, I know McCain is an blithering idiot.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 4/24/2014 11:36:45 AM     (No. 9823092)

@#9: Control yourself!!

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Reply 12 - Posted by: DocH, 4/24/2014 12:35:21 PM     (No. 9823179)

CDC figures for 2010:

Number of deaths for leading causes of death
•Heart disease: 597,689
•Cancer: 574,743
•Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 138,080
•Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 129,476
•Accidents (unintentional injuries): 120,859
•Alzheimer´s disease: 83,494
•Diabetes: 69,071
•Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 50,476
•Influenza and Pneumonia: 50,097
•Intentional self-harm (suicide): 38,364

About 19,000 suicides are by firearm, about 11,000 murders are. Since total firearm deaths run about 32,000 (not 100,000) that means accidents run about 2,000.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: JustCause, 4/25/2014 2:12:05 AM     (No. 9823955)

First of all, the premise of the article is specious. McCain is not a valid reference to judge. He has proven himself to be a Republican in name only. He crosses the isle and is proud of it.

Then the question becomes, Why does a sitting Senator care more about deaths in Syria than gun deaths in America.

Again, a specious argument. Deaths in Syria vs. Gun Deaths in America. Apples and Oranges - both are round (deaths) but one is ALL and the other is Gun related.

Then we look at the numbers used - again provably inaccurate. Who would believe any statistic the Syrians, UN, AP or any agency or Gov´t with an agenda? The same can be said for using any statistics spouted by a US gun control group.

This reminds me of some people I know, but don´t associate with. They talk a lot, but say nothing.

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