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It’s not the guns, it’s the idiots

Published: Tue, January 1, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

It’s not the guns, it’s the idiots

In the aftermath of the trag- ic shootings in Newtown, Conn., we must stop and ask ourselves who was the clear and present danger here, the gun or the deranged idiot that picked those guns up?

Yes, I’m sure there will be an outcry for more stricter gun control and to get these weapons off the street, but is it the gun we need off the street, or the person who picks it up?

I think more effort should be put in identifying and tracking people who have no business having firearms than the gun itself.

Tighter gun control will only make it more profitable for illegal gun runners and black market sellers.

Jim Eidel, Poland

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World War II assault weap- ons were designed for use against the enemy. In the 1920s, the only civilians possessing them were police and mobsters. Out government, through the FBI, stopped that.

The Vietnam War in the 1960s brought development of the M14 and AR15. At the end of the ’60s, the public began purchasing assault weapons. To date, what we have is mass killings, not by mobsters but by drug wars and mentally impaired people. The bottom line is money being made by the manufacturers of these weapons.

If anyone wants to shoot this kind of weapon, I suggest they take an oath, put on a uniform and serve our country. Otherwise, leave assault weapons to the armed forces.

Paul R. Lawson, McDonald


1rickking123(320 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Or you could become a member of a mexican drug cartel and the u.s. government will give you a gun no questions asked.

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2dmacker(383 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Paul, as well intended as you may be your information is not accurate. It's true that military type assault weapons have been regulated by the Government and have required registration and a tax to possess since the National Firearms Act was past in 1935. These fully automatic assault weapons are strictly regulated and rarely used in crime since the days of Al Capone et al.
As to the semi-automatic modern sport rifles you and others are mistakenly calling "assault" rifles, these have never been used by our military. I speak with some experience having served in Vietnam.
I served to preserve the freedoms many before and after me have defended. You, veteran or not, have the freedom to choose which firearms you want to legally own as I have that same freedom. You and other like minded people who for what ever reason don't like these types of firearms have no right to deny those that do, their freedom to legally possess and enjoy them. Moving to deprive law abiding citizens of any freedom of choice is a very slippery slope. Previous bans of these firearms did not reduce gun crimes.
We need to look elsewhere to solve the problems of a society who doesn't value human life and a mental health service that is not working.
I'm saddened by the recent tragedies that took so many lives. However, that is a small number compared to the homicide rate nationwide all of which are committed by criminals not law abiding people.

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3dmacker(383 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

The NFA Act was actually passed in the summer of 1934 and has been adopted in every revision of the Federal Firearms Laws since.

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4redeye1(5112 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Paul You are a band wagon jumper. I like to shoot various guns. Especially the ones that I shot while in the Army. I'm a responsible shooter, Why aren't you questioning why we aren't re-opening mental hospitals for these idiots. Oh wait you are probably one those people that feel these people should be put in the mainstream no matter how retarded they are.

One other thing Why don't you ask them to ban subway trains too. After all thay killed two people just last month. The woman who pushed the guy didn't kill him, it was the subway train because it hit him. Right!

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5VINDYAK(1824 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Excellent post dmacker. I'm getting tired of gun ban foamers calling semi auto rifles "assault rifles" or "assault weapons". I bet these foamers can't even describe what constitutes the definition of an assault rifle because they don't know. They have attached the term to any rifle used in a crime and labeled them assault weapons.

When someone choses to kill or injure someone else by using their motor vehicle to run them over, you don't hear the vehicles being called an "assault vehicle" or people calling for the ban of the vehicle. Speaking of dangerous vehicles, how many people have driven thru stores or run over groups of people by hitting their gas pedal rather than their brakes? I hope you see my point here...it is not the tool or vehicle being used that is the danger...it is the person.

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6dmacker(383 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Vindyak, thank you for you kind words.The one thing common to all gun crime is the criminal, something the anti-gun folks refuse to acknowledge.
As it turns out new evidence shows that the rifle previously identified as used in the Sandy Hook shootings never left the shooters car.
I don't expect all of the anti-gun folk and media to apologize for jumping on the tragedy to push their call to ban what they erroneously call an assault rifle. This was a tragedy with many causes but none were an assault weapon or even a look alike.

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7dmacker(383 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

link to new evidence in Sandy Hook Shooting weapons.

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8AnotherAverageCitizen(1176 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

""The one thing common to all gun crime is the criminal, something the anti-gun folks refuse to acknowledge.""

UMMM. One other thing common to all gun crime is the GUN. I see you conviently left that part out.

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9Lifes2Short(3879 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

""It’s not the guns, it’s the idiots""

Love the headline. All that needs to be said.

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10Woody(469 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago


After you ban guns, then what? Sharpton already said they were going to come after knives.

You know who also confiscated firearms? Nazi Germany. Wonder how that turned out.

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11DwightK(1376 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

This is an excellent example of not allowing someone else to frame your argument. Very few people are calling for an outright ban on guns. Most people realize how impossible that would be. What people are asking for is a way to make it more difficult for mass killings to occur. I've seen several good ideas such as outlawing jumbo size magazines, the requirement that removing a magazine be more difficult to slow down the reloading process, fixing the mental health system and so on. Very few people want to outlaw guns entirely but many of us want to make them less likely to be mis-used by the mentally ill and criminals. There's nothing a sportsman can't do with a six round magazine that requires longer reload time that he can do with 30 round magazines. Every product can be made safer and guns are no exception.

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12andersonathan(682 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago


By AWR HAWKINS, Breitbart.com

According to the FBI annual crime statistics, the number of murders committed annually with hammers and clubs far outnumbers the number of murders committed with a rifle.

This is an interesting fact, particularly amid the Democrats' feverish push to ban many different rifles, ostensibly to keep us safe of course.

However, it appears the zeal of Sens. like Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) is misdirected. For in looking at the FBI numbers from 2005 to 2011, the number of murders by hammers and clubs consistently exceeds the number of murders committed with a rifle.

Think about it: In 2005, the number of murders committed with a rifle was 445, while the number of murders committed with hammers and clubs was 605. In 2006, the number of murders committed with a rifle was 438, while the number of murders committed with hammers and clubs was 618.
And so the list goes, with the actual numbers changing somewhat from year to year, yet the fact that more people are killed with blunt objects each year remains constant.

For example, in 2011, there was 323 murders committed with a rifle but 496 murders committed with hammers and clubs.

While the FBI makes is clear that some of the "murder by rifle" numbers could be adjusted up slightly, when you take into account murders with non-categorized types of guns, it does not change the fact that their annual reports consistently show more lives are taken each year with these blunt objects than are taken with Feinstein's dreaded rifle.

Another interesting fact: According to the FBI, nearly twice as many people are killed by hands and fists each year than are killed by murderers who use rifles

Read more: http://nation.foxnews.com/gun-rights/...

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13AnotherAverageCitizen(1176 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Its amazing when we hear UNLOADED guns fired a shot and hurt somebody.


Nobody EVER mentioned confiscating firearms. Where did you hear that? Not from me.

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14papa1(711 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

the nra does not represent the members. it represents the gun makers. make no mistake. many, many more gun owners do not belong to the nra than do. wayne lapierre is just a well paid shill for the gun makers, he couldn't care less about your gun rights. he has blood on his hands.

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15islandgrump(59 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

We live in a free society. We live this way because those before us fought and died for us. We have laws and punishment. If we break those laws, our legal system is such that no one is afraid of the punishment. Only good people are afraid of the consequences. Bad guys could care less. Humans are number one on the food chain. We are experts at killing. If we take away the guns, the next mass killing will be done with explosives. Or even our beloved automobile. But rest assured. As long as the bad people are out there. The good people are not safe. When the dangers of life and limb are gone. I will gladly surrender my weapon. Even if it is a pointed stick.

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