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Cynthia Tucker: Sensible gun owners must speak out
The Pekin Daily Times ^ | February 12, 2013 | Cynthia Tucker

Posted on 02/13/2013 3:15:39 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Bob Barker, the retired game-show host, has no idea why he ended up on the National Rifle Association’s enemies list. I know exactly why the NRA cited me.

I’ve spent years pushing for sensible gun-safety laws, including universal background checks, a ban on assault-type weapons and a waiting period before firearms purchases. I wasn’t surprised to learn that my name was among those on a surprisingly long and eclectic list of corporations, Hollywood celebrities, medical groups and even sports teams that the NRA has declared “anti-gun.”

By contrast, the 89-year-old Barker keeps a handgun on his bedside table and has never demanded more stringent gun laws, he told Time magazine. He has, however, protested a live pigeon-shoot in Pennsylvania and doesn’t think civilians need assault weapons or high-capacity magazines.

Of course, if you know anything about the NRA, you know that’s enough. Its extremism is dangerous, absurd and viciously dogmatic — dismissing anyone who doesn’t think civilians should own their own shoulder-fired rocket launchers as an “enemy.” It is a radical organization of paranoid conspiracy theorists who believe they might have to fight off their government with their assault rifles. Think of that goofy 1984 movie, “Red Dawn,” wherein a group of high school kids fights off a Soviet invasion, and you’ll get some idea of its mindset.

It’s easy enough to mock the NRA; its representatives are parodies in motion. But a look across the political and civic landscape suggests that much of the gun lobby’s extremism has invaded the broader culture, creating a deeply polarized view of firearms use that relies on stock stereotypes, not reality.

Take the silly kerfuffle that followed President Obama’s recent disclosure that he enjoys skeet-shooting at Camp David...

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TOPICS: Heated Discussion
KEYWORDS: awb; banglist; guncontrol; nra; obama; secondamendment
By "sensible" she of course means willing to forego your rights under the 2nd Amendment. Wonder if she considers her 1st Amendment or say, 13th Amendment as disposable?
1 posted on 02/13/2013 3:15:46 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Cynthia Tucker and “sensible” do not belong together


2 posted on 02/13/2013 3:20:22 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Leftists like this woman never seem to mention that “The Gun Lobby” organizations merely stand in place of the hundred million plus Americans those organizations speak for.


3 posted on 02/13/2013 3:21:01 PM PST by Trod Upon (Civilian disarmament is the precursor to democide.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’d label her as an enemy of America, not just the NRA.


4 posted on 02/13/2013 3:26:05 PM PST by GenXteacher (You have chosen dishonor to avoid war; you shall have war also.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

She already has her gun. And probably a man or three to back her up. It’s those other people she wants to keep guns away from. Typical liberal female. It was a huge mistake to let liberal females to have any political say in society.


5 posted on 02/13/2013 3:37:10 PM PST by Clock King
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To: GeronL

I dearly miss her unintentional funny editorials at Atlanta Urinal Constapation and her always enlightened commenters. I know read Bookman for chuckles. She is know lecturing at University of Georgia.


6 posted on 02/13/2013 3:37:24 PM PST by guyfromjrz (fresh breath, it speaks for itself.)
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To: GeronL

I dearly miss her unintentional funny editorials at Atlanta Urinal Constapation and her always enlightened commenters. I know read Bookman for chuckles. She is know lecturing at University of Georgia.


7 posted on 02/13/2013 3:37:35 PM PST by guyfromjrz (fresh breath, it speaks for itself.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
as soon as you see the word sensible, you can stop reading right there...
8 posted on 02/13/2013 3:46:42 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Chode

Given her inability to write anything “sensible” she should be stripped of her 1st Amendment rights.Bioooootch!


9 posted on 02/13/2013 3:52:24 PM PST by VRWCarea51
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To: VRWCarea51
pretty much...
10 posted on 02/13/2013 3:59:31 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: GeronL

Hey Cynthia, we are speaking out. Hear us roar.


11 posted on 02/13/2013 4:03:40 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

We have Cyn, now piss off.


12 posted on 02/13/2013 4:11:18 PM PST by Amberdawn
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I agree that we need sensible gun laws.

Take the average number of urban ferals involved in a flashmob (or beat whitey night at the Iowa State Fair), multiply that by the average number of bullets it takes to stop a rampaging thug and you have reached a sensible number of bullets for a magazine.

Now examine the fire rate necessary to stop said group of ferals before they harm you and a sensible law would not prohibit fully automatic weapons.


13 posted on 02/13/2013 4:11:18 PM PST by RightOnTheBorder
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Both want me thrown in jail for owning the best home defense weapon.
Those wishing to make me vulnerable to assault side with my enemies.


14 posted on 02/13/2013 4:17:13 PM PST by ctdonath2 (3% of the population perpetrates >50% of homicides...but gun control advocates blame metal boxes.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Cynthia Tucker-IQ -5.

She’s the piece of offal that suggested we fly over Iraq and drop cans of Spam for all the civilians during the start of the war.

No wonder our universities are in such sad shape if they invite the likes of HER to “lecture” on anything!


15 posted on 02/13/2013 4:19:54 PM PST by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I believe the NICS system is a violation of our rights. Wonder what she thinks of me...


16 posted on 02/13/2013 4:29:33 PM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: GeronL

Cynthia Tucker and intelligence do not belong together.


17 posted on 02/13/2013 4:48:48 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (There is no requirement to show need in order to exercise your rights.)
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To: GeronL

I remember Tucker from another column that made no sense.

Glad to see that she is consistent.

Old “Pekin” saying: “Never let reality effect your thinkin’.”


18 posted on 02/13/2013 5:13:42 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I think SENSIBLE GUN OWNERS are speaking out, Cynthia, it’s just that you don’t like what they’re saying.


19 posted on 02/13/2013 5:17:38 PM PST by BobL
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
By "sensible" she of course means willing to forego your rights under the 2nd Amendment. Wonder if she considers her 1st Amendment or say, 13th Amendment as disposable?

Cynthia just wants you to give up a little bit of your freedom, not all of it. Sort of like African Americans were forced to after Plessy v. Ferguson.

It's like this: You no more NEED a semi-automatic rifle with a 30 round magazine than Rosa Parks NEEDED to ride on the front of that bus.

What you really need is for your rights to be respected.

20 posted on 02/13/2013 5:27:39 PM PST by InABunkerUnderSF (Because 2 terms with Jerry Brown as Governor was all I could take.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; All

Here is a sensible gun law:

Make it a crime for anyone who cannot legally purchase a gun from writing laws regarding guns.

Bobby Rush, rep (D), from IL, is putting forth gun legislation, yet HE COULD NOT WALK INTO A GUN STORE TO LEGALLY BUY A GUN.

That is BS and needs to change!


21 posted on 02/13/2013 5:32:04 PM PST by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: BobL
Sensible to them means that we do things as they think we need to. Yep what they think we need is the only sensible thing to do. What they think we need is the only actions that are sensible.
The problem is that our constitution grants us rights and they are never subject to what some AH thinks we need. Not one of my constitutional rights are predicated on needs tests of any kind. So take what you think I need and put it where the sun doesn’t shine while I lay full claim to my constitutional rights under the second amendment. If you have any problem understanding this position let me know and I'll use simpler words.
22 posted on 02/13/2013 5:34:40 PM PST by oldenuff2no
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m so sick of crap like ...

“Of course, if you know anything about the NRA, you know that’s enough. Its extremism is dangerous, absurd and viciously dogmatic — dismissing anyone who doesn’t think civilians should own their own shoulder-fired rocket launchers as an “enemy.””

The utterer’s of phraseology like that must be labeled as they are, treasonous bags of shit...


23 posted on 02/13/2013 5:35:36 PM PST by Axenolith (Government blows, and that which governs least, blows least...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
From the article: "... shoulder-fired rocket launchers ..."

It's my technical opinion that a shoulder fired rocket launcher is probably easier to fabricate than most firearms.

I worked with a guy once whose previous job had been with a defense contractor.

As a prank one day, he designed a device which could travel along a wire strung up along the ceiling of our workplace. The device was equipped with a solenoid operated basket which carried a ping-pong ball. He would point a flashlight at the moving device and turn the beam on. A photo-cell would then trigger the solenoid and release the ping-pong ball on an unsuspecting co-worker.

Outlawing arms will keep the ignorant from buying them legally but those with some technical expertise will be able to make them when needed.

I hope we don't need to find out just how many normal capacity magazines can be turned out on 3-d printers. I'm even tempted, here in the People's Republik of Kalifornia, to give a try to making perfectly legal ten-round magazines just to convince myself of how easy it would be to make normal capacity magazines in a pinch.

24 posted on 02/13/2013 8:19:06 PM PST by William Tell
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To: oldenuff2no

“Sensible to them means that we do things as they think we need to.”

Another example of how they’ve stolen the language from us, George Orwell style. The take an adjective that is subjective in nature, and give it a defined meaning. In this case “sensible”. My point is that sensible can’t be defined, yet, we know exactly what it means if said by a Democrat. They now own that word.

Likewise, my favorite has always been “affordable housing”. I live in “affordable housing” as I can pay the mortgage. Bill Gates lives in “affordable housing” since he has the means to pay for it. Yet, we all know what is meant when we hear the term “affordable housing”. In fact, one can argue that the only people that DON’T live in affordable housing are the ones actually in those houses...as they’re likely getting government assistance.


25 posted on 02/14/2013 3:42:51 AM PST by BobL
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
She's a stupid wretch. She doesn't even know what "extremism" is. I think all the laws going back to the NFA of '34 should be repealed....

(But wait!, there's MORE!)

If you can afford (and can safely store the ammo for) a tank, an artillery piece, whatever, and haven't been convicted of a crime nor been court-ordered to treatment for drugs, booze, or psychiatric reasons, you should be able to own that, too.

There's your "extremist", Ms. Tucker, not the NRA.

26 posted on 02/14/2013 3:50:57 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: Smokin' Joe
If you can afford (and can safely store the ammo for) a tank, an artillery piece, whatever, and haven't been convicted of a crime nor been court-ordered to treatment for drugs, booze, or psychiatric reasons, you should be able to own that, too.

I think I saw you make this same statement a few weeks ago (if not, my apologies to you and the FRiend who deserves the credit) and have begun using this same logical arguement for the limits of RKBA. As I've become more aware of our history, I realize that this weaponry is consistent with what private citizens owned at the time of the revolution. Today should be no different.

27 posted on 02/14/2013 6:37:01 PM PST by GizmosAndGadgets (How Free Are You In America Today?)
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To: GizmosAndGadgets
It may have been me, but I think there are a couple of others who have spoken out as well. (my apologies to them, I can't recall who).
28 posted on 02/14/2013 6:50:06 PM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: andyk
I believe the NICS system is a violation of our rights.

The only paperwork you should have to fill out is the order form and the check.

I remember my dad buying guns that way before the GCA of '68.

29 posted on 02/14/2013 7:03:23 PM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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