Skip to comments.TUCSON SHOOTINGS: Gun control and the Wild West (Feline nickname alert)
Posted on 01/18/2011 1:18:39 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
The massacre in Arizona should make every forward-thinking person in America angry. And this anger should give thoughtful people the backbone to tell the NRA that the Wild West show that they sponsor is over.
The NRA and its disciples believe that they deserve to own guns at all costs. The costs are very high; people are literally killing us, their fellow Americans, because of their gun obsession.
The massacres that happen on a fairly regular basis in our schools, work places, and now at a public gathering of an elected official are almost all committed by a person who is a legal gun owner or by someone who steals or borrows a gun from a relative who is a legal gun owner. That is the problem with guns: no one knows when a legal gun owner is going to go nuts.
Why does anybody in America need a gun that can shoot and blow away dozens of people in only 30 seconds?
We live in a country where entertainer-public figure Sarah Palin shoots animals for fun to show what a tough woman she is and to prove she is one of the guys. Palin had a map on her web site that had crosshairs on the districts of Representative Gifford and 19 other members of Congress. Palin now says the crosshairs were meant to be taken as crosshairs from a surveying instrument.
The people who promote guns at all costs (right-wing radio and television talk-show hosts) seem to be scared that our government will turn on us. If the government turns on us, it's all over anyhow, for crying out loud. The government has tanks, jets, and flame throwers.
I would like to live in a country that isn't the Wild West anymore - where nobody carried a gun. I would rather be in a crowd where if somebody had a baseball bat or a knife and went nuts they could only get one or two people before they are tackled.
It is time to pass intelligent, sane gun-control laws.
Good grief, how old is the person that wrote this drivel?
There’s no use to even try to educate these imbeciles——at least until they are confronted face to face by a bad guy with with a gun.
Like free speech hasn't killed anyone? MLK, Malcolm X to name just a few.
AFAIK, few if any of these perps have had CC license, but does anybody know whether this claim is accurate? Certainly Loughner purchased his 9mm legally.
“I would rather be in a crowd where if somebody had a baseball bat or a knife and went nuts they could only get one or two people before they are tackled.”
Rwanda comes to mind. Or Mexico. Take your pick...
It's The Bill of Rights, not the bill of needs.
The NRA and its disciples believe that they deserve to own guns at all costs
Actually we American Citizens believe in the U.S. Constitution which is what tells us we have the right to bear arms..
As to sane gun , we have what about 6000 plus guns laws between the Feds and the States? So you think what? We need how mnay more . ANOTHER 20, 40 500?
“And this anger should give thoughtful people the backbone to tell the NRA that the Wild West show that they sponsor is over. “
Uhh, actually, we didn’t sponsor the show.
It was some fellers named Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Franklin, I believe. The script they wrote is called the Bill of Rights - its somewhere in something called the
U. S. Constitution.
I would rather be in a crowd where if somebody had a baseball bat or a knife and went nuts they could only get one or two people before they are tackled.
Hard to believe that someone this stupid can be published in a newspaper. What a fool........
written by an 11-year old who got all their information from the unbiased people at MSNBC and DailyKos.
Loughner was able to get his gun legally because the local Sheriff never took his mental illness seriously enough to write up a report.
Yes, he did. And thereby hangs the tale. He had an arrest record, and was mentally very shaky. I don't know of anyone who feels he should have been able to get hold of a weapon, not even the staunches pro-gun, lifetime NRA member.
The writer should come on back when he or she figures out a way to keep weapons out of the hands of Jared Loughner without infringing on the right of millions of other citizens who keep and bear arms.
Walk-in rampages are one kind of crime. Yeah, maybe these crimes would go down if people couldn’t buy guns. However, these are not the only time murders with guns happen. There are plenty of other times people find themselves with a badguy or several badguys and going gun to gun would be a lot more advantagouse then trying to knife fight with them.
Would a mere arrest record be enough to stop a purchase, or is a felony conviction required?
Right. My nephew and I were talking about this just last night. He insists — and I agree, that a determined attacker with a blade in a crowd could probably kill five or six people before anyone even realized something bad was happening. The available weaponry changes the tactics but not necessarily the results.
I don’t think so. I think a knife attacker would get the beat down pretty early.
Our culture has changed drastically since 9/11.
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