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Gun Violence Victims Deserve “Do Something” Congress (Dems lost because they abandoned gun control)
Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence ^ | November 4th, 2010 | Paul Helmke

Posted on 11/04/2010 3:48:33 PM PDT by atomic_dog

An angry electorate… More divided than during the Bush years… Marked by nasty ads and commentary, over-the-top rhetoric, and even violence.

These are just some of the ways that political observers have described American voters and the 2010 mid-term elections.

Without a doubt, many election contests were bitterly fought and divisive. Now comes the hard work of legislating and governing.

It won’t be easy for either side, but if there is one thing the new Congress and President Obama ought to agree on, it’s that gun violence victims deserve their support, their leadership, and their determination. And that should be easy.

America runs away with the disturbing distinction of having the highest rate of gun deaths among high-income countries. We lose more than 30,000 men, women, and children each year because of gun deaths – and that’s in addition to the 80,000 or so non-fatal gun injuries inflicted each year.

The majority of American voters (regardless of party) support common sense legislation that saves lives and helps keep us safe.

A number of Tuesday’s winning U.S. Senate candidates from both parties have supported common-sense restrictions to help keep dangerous guns from dangerous people. They include, on the GOP side, Senator-Elect Mark Kirk in Illinois and Senator-Elect Dan Coats in Indiana. On the Democratic side are Senators Barbara Boxer in California, Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand in New York, Ron Wyden in Oregon, Barbara Mikulski in Maryland, Michael Bennet in Colorado and Daniel Inouye in Hawaii. Democrats Richard Blumenthal in Connecticut and Chris Coons in Delaware are strong sensible gun law allies who were elected to the Senate as well.

While the number-crunching and analysis for the mid-terms will go on for weeks and maybe months, it already seems clear that the Democrats incurred huge losses in the House largely because they abandoned their base, which overwhelmingly backs stricter gun laws.

More than half the Democrats who were swept out of office in Tuesday’s House contests cozied up to the National Rifle Association for an endorsement. Nearly 60 percent of the Democratic incumbents who lost had received an “A” rating from the NRA.

Meanwhile, 98 percent of Democrats running for re-election who co-sponsored our immediate legislative priority — closing the loophole that allows private sellers to sell guns without Brady criminal background checks — appear to have retained their seats.

Newly-elected Democrats will be strong advocates for our agenda. For example, Brady-endorsed U.S. House candidate David Cicilline, who made promoting sensible gun laws one of the defining aspects of his tenure as mayor of Providence, R.I. and was one of the first to join the Mayors Against Illegal Guns campaign, won in Rhode Island’s 1st District.

Cedric Richmond, who as a state legislator fought to restrict access to assault weapons, flipped the seat from Republican to Democrat in Louisiana’s 2nd District. Colleen Hanabusa received our endorsement and flipped another seat to the Democrats in Hawaii’s 1st District.

There is much to do. As voters cast ballots Tuesday, a trial was underway in California for defendants who plotted to kill a prosecutor with a high-powered rifle. “Thirty rounds, a high-powered rifle, better off than a handgun. Unloading that whole (rifle) clip on him would have been overkill. Yes, it would have,” testified Pablo Cruz, who had been in on the scheme to murder Ventura County Senior Deputy District Attorney Marc Leventhal.

On the other side of the country, Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood mourned the death of a mother of four who was gunned down in a hail of bullets by an AK-47-wielding man who burst into a convenience store, shooting, and also wounding, the owner. Another Boston mother who witnessed the bloody aftermath described it as “awful,” adding, “But a lot of people kind of looked at it as another episode of Law and Order.”

In other words, too many Americans are numb and feeling somewhat hopeless. They have lost faith in our political leaders’ ability to combat gun violence because they don’t see enough of them making a serious effort.

In the 111th Congress, the Democratic leadership was frequently paralyzed by the perceived need to protect the NRA stalwarts in their caucus. But now we see that appeasing the gun lobby did Congressional Democrats little good and was a grave disservice to gun violence victims, whose numbers mount every hour of every day.

We now have lost two more years in the fight to stop the plague of gun violence. For the good of the country, the 112th Congress and elected officials from both parties need to push vigorously for laws that will help turn the tide in favor of a safer America and far fewer innocent people being gunned down while trying to live their lives.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Political Humor/Cartoons; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: banglist; bradybunch; delusional; helmke
I've seen a lot of analysis of this election and this one is, well, unique. Funny as well in a multi-dimension time warp kind of way.
1 posted on 11/04/2010 3:48:37 PM PDT by atomic_dog
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To: atomic_dog

We are going to be seeing a lot of these fund-raising letters from all sides in this deadlocked Congress.


2 posted on 11/04/2010 3:51:48 PM PDT by SES1066 (Thank you for your vote in November, now let us get to work!)
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To: atomic_dog

Its the price we pay for freedom.


3 posted on 11/04/2010 3:53:10 PM PDT by rahbert
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To: atomic_dog
Oh poppycock. Everybody knows the democRats lost because they didn't buy me a Lamborghini!
4 posted on 11/04/2010 3:53:27 PM PDT by Falcon4.0
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To: atomic_dog

I own a weapon so my chances of becoming a gun violence victim are lessened .


5 posted on 11/04/2010 3:54:36 PM PDT by Renegade
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To: atomic_dog

Ya right, and if the Dems had come out ahead in this election then it would be a mandate from the people to increase gun control. Brady idiots, please just shut up and go away. You make me tired.


6 posted on 11/04/2010 3:55:41 PM PDT by trailboss800
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To: atomic_dog
The majority of American voters (regardless of party) support common sense legislation that saves lives and helps keep us safe.

I do too. Lock up all the violent punk gangbangers that commit 97% of gun crimes and leave the rest of us peace loving gun owners alone.

7 posted on 11/04/2010 3:56:22 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (Had God not driven man from the Garden of Eden the Sierra Club surely would have.)
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To: atomic_dog

And a goodly fraction of that bogus “30,000” were “good shoots” — scum that “just needed killin”...


8 posted on 11/04/2010 3:56:51 PM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: atomic_dog

“highest rate of gun deaths”

Who is killing all these guns? We need a law!


9 posted on 11/04/2010 3:57:24 PM PDT by dynachrome ("Our forefathers didn't bury their guns. They buried those that tried to take them.")
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To: atomic_dog

Take the guns from cops so they can’t shoot any more of those vicious Labs.


10 posted on 11/04/2010 3:57:33 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: atomic_dog

That was a funny article. The Democrats don’t have enough problems with the majority of the electorate. They really needed to add the gun control issue to totally disappear from the midwest and the south!


11 posted on 11/04/2010 4:03:50 PM PDT by winner3000
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To: atomic_dog

My Ex father in law, a dimwit fool from way back, used to argue with me that the government needed to “do something” about guns. I would question him and ask if he really thought outlawing guns from people like me would reduce crime and he would say, “No, but we have to DO SOMETHING”. He would totally agree that gun control didn’t stop crime or even reduce it but it was “doing something”. You can’t reason with liberals they don’t have brains.


12 posted on 11/04/2010 4:08:03 PM PDT by calex59
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To: Inyo-Mono

Gun control was a creation of the Democrats, wasn’t it? I believe it was. Something about keeping guns out of the hands of newly freed black slaves. Slavery! Now there’s something I know we can thank the Dems for. In this day and age they want to take over of sixth of the economy and be our doctor. Wow. Just like the Russian Communists did in 1920. Create a health care system where none had existed before and then determine who gets ‘’sick’’ and who gets ‘’well’’. Besides having an enormous data base on everyone. Man! The Democrats are always there at the great moments of history aren’t they?


13 posted on 11/04/2010 4:08:25 PM PDT by jmacusa (Two wrongs don't make a right. But they can make it interesting.)
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To: Inyo-Mono

...and SECURE THE F**KING BORDER so at least the hispanic gang-bangers can’t come here. And lock up and throw away the key for the indiginous bangers and others who commit crimes with firearms.

And leave the rest of us the hell alone.


14 posted on 11/04/2010 4:10:49 PM PDT by Dick Bachert
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To: atomic_dog

In states and locales in the U.S. where it is less difficult to obtain a license for a hand gun, which is also the states and localities where more hand guns are sold and owned, the rates of violent crime are lower than those states and locales that attempt to be the most restrictive on hand gun ownership.

That’s not politics or political opinion, just the facts.

But it tells you that the problem is not in the physical production of guns, its in the social production of violent thugs.

Fools like Mayor Bloomberg need to be told to get the tree out of their own eye; solve their city’s social problems and quit blaming legal gun ownership. A gun never decides to shoot anyone and the term “illegal to own” never stopped a criminal.


15 posted on 11/04/2010 4:11:35 PM PDT by Wuli
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To: jmacusa
Gun control was a creation of the Democrats, wasn’t it? I believe it was. Something about keeping guns out of the hands of newly freed black slaves.

Yes, that's how gun control started.

16 posted on 11/04/2010 4:12:06 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (Had God not driven man from the Garden of Eden the Sierra Club surely would have.)
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To: atomic_dog

If you really want to help gun victims from further harm sponsor a bill that will subsidize their training in the use of a firearm, then give them a choice of 9mm or .45 cal and give them 100 rounds per year


17 posted on 11/04/2010 4:13:02 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: atomic_dog

More guns have been sold and CCWs issued in the last ten years than anytime since gun control began; I would love for the dems to try pushing gun control. This issue alone would seal their fate for another decade!


18 posted on 11/04/2010 4:17:33 PM PDT by Engineer_Soldier
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To: atomic_dog
The majority of American voters (regardless of party) support common sense legislation that saves lives and helps keep us safe.

Yeah! Like CCW reciprocity laws that mimic driver's license laws. Or better yet, nationwide "Vermont/Alaska/Arizona Carry" (CCW with NO LICENSE).

19 posted on 11/04/2010 4:19:22 PM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: atomic_dog

I guess they missed the NRA endorsement list...


20 posted on 11/04/2010 4:19:26 PM PDT by Steamburg (The contents of your wallet is the only language Politicians understand.)
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To: atomic_dog

Did ANY candidate who won run on a platform loudly pushing for MORE gun control?


21 posted on 11/04/2010 4:19:59 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: Falcon4.0

I would have settled for a pony.


22 posted on 11/04/2010 4:21:05 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: atomic_dog

Gun Violence Victims Deserve “Do Something” Congress (Dems lost because they abandoned gun control)


No Paul, the Dems lost because their policies run counter to the Constitution, like yours. And because they suck, like you. And we are just fed up.


23 posted on 11/04/2010 4:33:30 PM PDT by Free in Texas (Let them eat bacon!)
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To: atomic_dog
Nearly 60 percent of the Democratic incumbents who lost had received an “A” rating from the NRA. ...Meanwhile, 98 percent of Democrats running for re-election who co-sponsored our immediate legislative priority — closing the loophole that allows private sellers to sell guns without Brady criminal background checks — appear to have retained their seats.

What a shock. Democrats who lost seem to have been disproportionately from more conservative districts.

Therefore, obviously, had they offended their constituents even more by favoring gun control they would have won.

24 posted on 11/04/2010 4:33:46 PM PDT by Sherman Logan (You shall know the truth, and it shall piss you off mightily)
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To: atomic_dog

LOL! I agree! This is the perfect time for the remaining Rats in Congress to launch a major anti-gun jihad!

Moving more to the more reflective side of things, if a major anti-gun organization gave a presser in the forest and no one showed up, would there be any sound?


25 posted on 11/04/2010 4:36:50 PM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Made from The Right Stuff!)
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To: atomic_dog
The Brady Campaign.......
26 posted on 11/04/2010 4:39:23 PM PDT by Red in Blue PA (Planning on using 911? Google "Brittany Zimmerman")
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To: dynachrome

Sounds like panic time at the Brady’s VPC.

Why do I carry concealed? Because carrying a cop is too heavy.


27 posted on 11/04/2010 4:41:06 PM PDT by MasterGunner01 (To err is human; to forgive is not our policy. -- SEAL Team SIX)
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To: atomic_dog
Preach it, Paul. If you yak loud enough, it might make a few people forget that you're soooo... 1999.


28 posted on 11/04/2010 4:43:18 PM PDT by Jeff Winston
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To: atomic_dog
.... If only.....

.... if only Democrats pushed gun control....

.....then we'd finally have....

....TAKEN THE SENATE TOO!!!

Morons.

29 posted on 11/04/2010 4:45:55 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Karl Rove: The Republican Jimmy Carter.)
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To: atomic_dog
The majority of American voters (regardless of party) support common sense legislation that saves lives and helps keep us safe.

Exactly, we have the Constitution. If it were followed it would save lives from being wasted with bureaucracy and would keep us safe from government tyranny.

30 posted on 11/04/2010 5:01:29 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: atomic_dog

Dems, please, Please, PLEASE follow this hags advice and push for gun control! Then I’m sure you’ll clean up in ‘12!


31 posted on 11/04/2010 5:02:42 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: atomic_dog
America runs away with the disturbing distinction of having the highest rate of gun deaths among high-income countries. We lose more than 30,000 men, women, and children each year because of gun deaths – and that’s in addition to the 80,000 or so non-fatal gun injuries inflicted each year.

Well if you calculate out the black and hispanic elements in the statistics America is down right peaceful
32 posted on 11/04/2010 5:16:10 PM PDT by uncbob
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To: atomic_dog

In addition I saw that over 60% of the victims were criminals with records of 5 or more arrests


33 posted on 11/04/2010 5:18:29 PM PDT by uncbob
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To: atomic_dog

Har har. Any movie set in the 70’s should have a cameo of this guy blathering. It would set the tone as definitively as Afro hairstyles, platform shoes, and mirror balls.


34 posted on 11/04/2010 5:48:19 PM PDT by ccmay (Too much Law; not enough Order)
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To: atomic_dog

I think I lost IQ points just reading this.


35 posted on 11/04/2010 5:58:30 PM PDT by School of Rational Thought (Job needed. Anything! Philly area.)
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To: atomic_dog
It won’t be easy for either side, but if there is one thing the new Congress and President Obama ought to agree on, it’s that gun violence victims (like Fifty-seven-year-old Gregory Thompson of New Castle) deserve their support, their leadership, and their determination.
36 posted on 11/04/2010 9:56:02 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce - Karl Marx)
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To: atomic_dog
America runs away with the disturbing distinction of having the highest rate of gun deaths among high-income countries.

I love how they define their samples. Our rate is especially high among countries whose name begins with "A" and have seven letters. OMG, we DO need gun control!

37 posted on 11/04/2010 10:24:28 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: harpseal; TexasCowboy; nunya bidness; AAABEST; Travis McGee; Squantos; wku man; SLB; ...
Click the Gadsden flag for pro-gun resources!
38 posted on 11/05/2010 6:59:12 AM PDT by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: Vendome
and teach gun safety in all elementary schools. if the schools want money from the federal gov’t they should be required to have gun safety programs
39 posted on 11/05/2010 7:05:58 AM PDT by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: atomic_dog

They certainly do!

How ‘bout a National “Comprehensive” Open Carry Anywhere / Concealed Carry Must Issue / Castle Doctrine / Stand Your Ground / Make Crime Dangerous For Criminals Act that overrides all the state and local victim disarmament and criminal protection ordinances?

Repealing the 1968 Gun Control act would be nice, too.


40 posted on 11/05/2010 7:11:25 AM PDT by Little Ray (The Gods of the Copybook Heading, with terror and slaughter return!)
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To: paul51

Why not?

I was shooting around 8 or 9 and so has everyone in my family.

No one ever made a mistake and we all have strict rules for carrying and cleaning.

Walking - Safety on, gun down, hand on butt stock behind trigger guard.

Cleaning - all ammunition in another room, clear magazines and clear gun. Check and recheck.

No one ever got shot.... yet.


41 posted on 11/05/2010 7:13:44 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: atomic_dog
"...common sense legislation..."

Sorry, that dog don't hunt anymore.

There is nothing "common" between anti-gun and pro-gun, conservative vs. liberal, etc.

Pound sand you douchebags. Why don't you get your stinkin' panties in a wad about the 30k+ Americans killed per year by illegals?

You know what? FU Brady campaign! I'm going to the gun shop today to buy some more boxes of ammo. Our Scout Troop is having a shotgun shoot tomorrow, we have thousands of shells for the boys to blast through. WooHoo! In your face and stuff your "common sense" bull crap.

42 posted on 11/05/2010 7:18:58 AM PDT by SZonian (July 27, 2010. Life begins anew.)
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To: atomic_dog
I wonder what universe Helmke lives in. He regurgitates the usual anti-gun phrases like
support common sense legislation that saves lives and helps keep us safe
that no one even in the Democrat controlled tyranny of the last two years could generate enough support to further restrict our rights. "Common sense" apparently being the code phrase for total and complete prohibition of ownership by anyone except police and, grudgingly, the military.
43 posted on 11/05/2010 7:59:01 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your most dangerous enemy is your own government,)
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To: atomic_dog

The only common-sense legislation I support regarding owning arms are the Second and Fifth Amendments. No other laws needed at the federal level. They’re unconstitutional anyway, but good luck telling that to elected Democrats in federal office.


44 posted on 11/05/2010 10:21:12 AM PDT by wastedyears (The only good unemployment statistic in America is the number of unemployed Dem officials.)
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To: from occupied ga
wonder what universe Helmke lives in.

He's a former Indiana Mayor used to being well protected by his taxpayer-financed cop bodyguards.

45 posted on 11/05/2010 11:36:57 AM PDT by archy (I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous!)
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To: archy

I see. Kind of like the late and unlamented waste of skin, Mainturd Jackasson, former mayor of Atlanta and virulent anti-gun activist. His city budget had $490,000 annually for his personal protection detail. That’s nearly half a million bucks looted from the taxpayers of Atlanta to do nothing but pay the salaries of his personal lazy a$$ praetorion guard.


46 posted on 11/05/2010 11:50:55 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your most dangerous enemy is your own government,)
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To: from occupied ga
I see. Kind of like the late and unlamented waste of skin, Mainturd Jackasson, former mayor of Atlanta and virulent anti-gun activist. His city budget had $490,000 annually for his personal protection detail. That’s nearly half a million bucks looted from the taxpayers of Atlanta to do nothing but pay the salaries of his personal lazy a$$ praetorion guard.

Pretty much. Aside from the deaths of unarmed victims during Helmke's term as mayor of Ft Wayne, see this.

47 posted on 11/05/2010 12:00:02 PM PDT by archy (I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous!)
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To: Lazamataz

YUP.


48 posted on 11/05/2010 10:23:54 PM PDT by Blue Collar Christian (A "tea bagger"? Say it to my face. ><BCC>)
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To: atomic_dog

Looks like the Brady bunch has joined that kooky Kansas Church...

OS


49 posted on 11/06/2010 4:42:34 AM PDT by Old Student
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