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…we’re gonna have to outlaw hands, too. Or maybe soccer.
Although no one has yet given me a satisfactory explanation of how ANY of the proposed legislation, including expanded background checks, would have prevented the tragedy in Sandy Hook, it looks like most of America, once again, has decided that passing more laws in response to tragedy, without consideration of unintended consequences, in a pussy attempt to feel “safer”, is the way to go.
We wouldn’t want to expand care for the mentally ill, or maybe make life easier for ex-cons coming out of prison when it’s so much easier to become even more authoritarian, after all. That’d be too “liberal”, or “Christian”, or something.
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The worst school massacre in history didn’t involve firearms.
The second worst school massacre in US history didn’t involve so-called “assault weapons” (where “assault” weapon is analogous to saying “painting racing stripes on a high performance sports car makes it a death machine”). That asshole had 2 pistols.
Existing CT law at the time of the Sandy Hook School shootings already banned
high performance sports cars with racing stripes painted on them assault weapons, so the weapons Lanza used would be legal under any future “assault weapons” (a term applied to cosmetic features of guns) ban. I want to say something about how much I loathe the people who would stand on dead bodies, like George Bush did with that megaphone on the rubble and bodies of the dead on 9/11, to further a pre-determined political position (e.g. if you wanted to ban assault weapons the day BEFORE the Sandy Hook Massacre, and are now using the deaths of those children to further your political agenda of banning so-called “assault weapons”, you disgust me), but that’s non-productive so I won’t. But using dead children as a political “wedge issue” really IS disgusting.
When will liberals get serious and address the issue of why gun violence has increased so dramatically IN RECENT HISTORY?
Semi-automatics have been around since the turn of the 20th century, 1905, or so. With the proper license you can still buy a full auto in the US (although I’m not aware of any mass killings using one, recently).
Clearly something has changed, and clearly the change is;
A) Recent (say, in the past 20 or 30 years, but that date range is open to interpretation, but NOT open to interpretation back to the turn of the 20th century), and
B) NOT RELATED TO GUN OWNERSHIP!
How’s about we fund some studies, by well-qualified research groups, competing for funding in a competitive granting process, into what’s changed? Isn’t that a “progressive” way to do things?
When will we demand that the media stop glorifying these mass killers?
When will we call them the cowards that they are, thus reducing their belief that the “winner” of the “video game” is the one who kills the most?
To this day, I can’t tell you the name of the man who killed John Lennon. This is by intent. I, personally, have relegated him to the dustbin of history.
We need to look into the abandonment of parental responsibility in favor of over-medicating children who are “different”.
I’m throwing out ideas, and may have more of my own, but I’m open to suggestion.
The one thing that’s clear is, all this talk about guns isn’t productive. Banning guns, when there are already mnillions in circulation, won’t help. Banning high-cap mags, when there are already 100s of millions in circulation, doesn’t help.
Getting all those guns and magazines out of private hands is a pipe dream that doesn’t help. There’s no way a so-called “assault weapons” ban will pass the House, and even if a high-cap magazine ban passes, there are so many out there that it won’t make a difference.
This whole discussion is a waste of time.
I probably shouldn’t even hit “post”.
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[People will say] “this has already been reported. Actually, it hasn’t been reported. I know because I reported it the first time.” – Tucker Carlson
The right wing is so crazy now they can’t even hear themselves speak.
Uni-warning, the link is to the great Orange satan.
Obama’s not a be-all, end all, perfect liberal candidate (depending on your definition of “liberal”).
Yes, I understand that “you” are “tired of voting for the lesser evil”.
But voting for the lesser evil is your choice. You don’t control the world.
rMoney/rAyn will put the final nail in the coffin of the middle class.
Can YOU afford to risk being ideologically “pure”, in this election?
This week in crazy? We have Darrell Issa endorsing a completely nutso theory that Fast and Furious was all a plot to rally people around gun control (painfully, tragically, disproven: any party eager to find an excuse to push gun control would have used the attempted murder of Gabrielle Giffords). And then Jon Kyl today raised impeachment as a remedy to Barack Obama’s new plans for enforcing immigration policy.
It really is worth emphasizing that this kind of thing did not happen on a regular basis when George W. Bush was president. The ideas were out there — fringe cranks on the left regularly trotted out bizarre theories about September 11 and shadowy Saudi influence, or whatever. But it stopped there, and it stopped there because responsible Democratic leaders refused to sanction it. The key story that shows the difference? Conspiracy-spouting former Member of the House Cynthia McKinney was basically bounced from the Democratic Party, and she was only a back-bencher to begin with.
By contrast, Issa is a committee chair; Kyl is the Republican Whip in the Senate. You can be sure that there will be no pressure to remove them from these positions for embracing the crazy; quite the contrary.
“Both parties do it” and “there’s no difference between the parties” makes you look stupid. The GOP is just plain fuckin’ nuts. ALL of them.
Details are still sketchy, but the attack is imminent.
taking a stand on the side of pure evil. “Hail Satan!”
Let’s hope the Republican Party is bought and paid for by the rich, because the other explanation for its obsession with raising taxes at the bottom is far more disturbing
“There is no difference between the two parties” is a bullshit argument. There are shitty Democrats, and I’d join anyone with a plan to replace them with liberal Democrats (but no one has one), but ONLY Democrats have a progressive wing. Let’s make it larger, when and where we can. But we need to recognize that electing a liberal Democrat in OK is somewhat less likely than winning the next lottery. Don’t just “live to fight another day”, but learn from your defeats and learn WHERE to fight.
Hand control of the Federal Government off to the Republicans in the next election, and you’re enabling Satan, in the form of the Koch brothers and their ilk, to take control of the world.
Combat stupidity. Teach life-long Republican voters that “this isn’t the party your dad voted for.” Point out that “trickle down” had been the policy for decades, and it’s NEVER worked. Do what you have to do, but friends don’t let friends vote Republican, or let them stay home and let Republicans win by default.
I mean, seriously, the baggers don’t even believe their own friggin’ book;
41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
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