Mass murders and massacres; 2nd graders dismembered by high-velocity rounds from military style weapons; kids shooting themselves, their parents, and each other; 300 million guns everywhere!
Stop whining! Get used to it!
(Fire all of the guns at once and explode into space!)
November 11, 2015 at 1:54 p.m.
The second amendment needs to be repealed; failing that, it needs to be amended to make explicit the notion that the right to bear arms exists only within the context of a well-regulated militia.
This would allow states and local municipalities to regulate the purchase, sale, ownership, and use of guns within their jurisdictions, including, perhaps, as the Earps did in Dodge, the checking of guns at the city limits. The least we can do is require responsible gun ownership; it would be better than the free-for-all we have now.
Of course, standing in the way of sanity are the 2A crazies and the industry-funded gun lobbiests, blabbering ridiculous fictions, including the cock-a-mamy notion that European Jews could have defended themselves against Nazi genocide, accomplishing with hunting rifles what the heavily armed militaries in Poland and France could not.
(Try, if you dare, discussing this with gun-fetishists; their response is a completely reactionary plan -- throw those who kill with guns into prison for life, as if that matters to suicidal mass murderers!)
October 28, 2015 at 12:12 a.m.
"I am for a new gun control bill. Life in prison with no parole for those who kill with a gun."
Says soviets, offering nothing but life in prison to deter such acts as three-year-olds shooting others to death with guns.
October 21, 2015 at 5:22 p.m.
That suicidal or homicidal maniacs don't care about background checks is exactly why they are necessary. -- because WE care about them!
Background checks are NOT Supposed to be voluntary!
October 15, 2015 at 11:06 a.m.
Ok, soviets, here's one for you:
In December, 2012, in Newtown, Conn., an armed 20-year-old man entered an elementary school and used a semi-automatic rifle to slay 20 first-graders and six adult staff members before killing himself. It was the deadliest mass murder at a school in U.S. History.
Exactly how would the threat of life in prison have deterred that murderer?
Matter of fact, what difference would the threat of the death penalty have made, given that the shooter knew he planned to die by his own hand after wreaking horror on the victims?
You won't answer these questions so I'll answer them for you: none. The threat of penalties mean nothing to psycho killers. Nothing.
October 12, 2015 at 8:17 p.m.
Currently, guns rank among the top 5 killers of Americans ages 1-64.
We have a lot to learn about the causes of gun violence and which policies work best against it.
However, funding for basic gun research and data collection remains minuscule, basically because gun interests have successfully lobbied for limitations on government research and funding.
They don't care that 33,000 people a year die!
They don't care! They don't want answers! They simply want to protect their profits!
They are merchants of death, in every sense of the word.
October 12, 2015 at 7:47 p.m.
How does the threat of life in prison deter someone who plans to die at the end of a killing spree?
It is too easy for people like that to get guns.
If it takes a repeal or revision of the 2nd Amendment, so be it.
October 12, 2015 at 4:19 p.m.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again: We've made it too easy for these sick-o's ( who have nothing to live for) to act out their blaze-of-glory fantasies.
No one can deny that we have handed to them, (through complacency, weak-will, timidity, laziness, inertia, or whatever) on a silver platter, the means to immortalize themselves.
And, partly, I blame the gun-ammo manufacturers, who have a vested, monetary interest in protecting their consumer base; they have twisted specific 18th century societal safeguards into individual rights with no corresponding responsibilities, convincing us, all the while, that there is NOTHING we can do about these man-made laws!
But we are at fault as well, because we have allowed ourselves to be hornswoggled, conned by snake-oil salesmen, led by the phony, highly paid actor-front-man masquerading as Moses.
Charleton Heston not-with-standing, the 2nd Amendment was made by men, not handed to Moses on a mountaintop; it can be changed by men.
It can be changed if we have the courage to do the right thing.
Otherwise, we'll just have to learn to live in a society where 3 times as many infants as police officers in the line of duty are killed by guns.
We'll just have to learn to live with what is sick and unacceptable, and accept it.
Because Moses said so.
October 12, 2015 at 11:49 a.m.
Back to your bogus, dreamed-up fantasy that only 100 of the 33,000 gun deaths are mass murders.
Do you, soviets, even understand the concept of what we call "numbers?"
In the wake of the Oregon mass murder, a frightening fact (not a fantasy, not a "probably," but a fact) showed up on TV news and on the front pages of major newspapers across the country.
294 mass shootings (defined as that in which at least 4 people are shot) in the first 274 days of 2015.
That's an average of better than 1 mass shooting a day!
More than 1 mass shooting a day!
Come on people! This is an insane situation!
Any chance we can stop, or, at least, curtail the insanity?
The questions are (1) How much unfettered access to firearms are the gun-lovers willing to give up, and (2) How much danger and vulnerability are all of us willing to live with?
October 12, 2015 at 11:27 a.m.
The only loons are those who fantasize that mass killers can be deterred by threats of prison!
Come back to Earth, will ya?
There have been more mass shootings in America in 2015 than there have been days in 2015!
That's an average of better than 1 mass shooting per day!
Will you get a grip? This is an insane situation! And we allow it to continue!
Grow the heck up!
Nobody wants to confiscate your legally licensed shootin' arns!
October 10, 2015 at 8:33 p.m.