Skip to comments.Gun control: It's not a political impossibility (WashCompost Masthead Editorial)
Posted on 01/10/2011 9:47:23 PM PST by goldstategop
As a candidate for president, Sen. Barack Obama nonetheless pledged to revive the assault-weapons ban. These weapons serve no conceivable lawful purpose. Mayors and police chiefs, whose constituencies pay the bloodiest price for traffic in such guns, have pleaded for sensible laws. In Mexico, where assault weapons purchased in the United States have been responsible for tens of thousands of murders, Mr. Obama's counterpart, Felipé Calderon, has lodged similar requests. But President Obama has taken only minor steps toward redeeming Candidate Obama's promise.
The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, a nonprofit organization that advocates for gun control, noted that in the recent midterm elections, 27 Democratic incumbents endorsed by the NRA lost reelection. By contrast, only two of the 101 Democratic representatives who co-sponsored a gun-control bill in the last Congress lost their seats. Support for sensible gun control need not spell the end of a career. If Mr. Obama would lead the way in making the argument, poll numbers on the issue also might begin to shift.
And the argument would be this: Sensible regulations could save lives. Maybe little can be done to prevent a deranged individual from doing harm to others. But there are steps that could limit the harm he can do.
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The ignorance is beyond profound.
Last I heard, gun control was a huge success in Chicago, too...
I can’t think of a single law that would have stopped this lunatic.
Gun control is like trying to solve drunk driving by making it harder for sober people to own cars.
The Washington Post is a “political impossibility.”
Just like I predicted—here comes the Brady bunch.
If laws could stop evil people there would be no need for any one to be armed. I’d like liberals to try reasoning with a sociopath. Like appeals to the law, conscience or morality will have an effect on those types of people.
I can. The state statutes that prohibit the government from incarcerating mentally ill people until they can be proved to be no danger to self or society...
The term for this is “blood dancing”. The anti-gunners do it every time.
Liberals have set dangerous people loose on society and they have the chutzpah to condemn us for the effects of their ill-conceived social experimentation. That really takes the prize for hitting below the belt!
The attack by the left on the 1st amendment is being beaten back. They just switch over to the 2nd amendment to try and save face. The real target is the constitution.
They’ve proven they could care less about the Constitution if it presents an impediment to controlling us. The past few days has unmasked them for all to see.
The only solution the left knows :
EVERY situation is used to try and expand the government, raise taxes and remove rights.
When a conservative dies our freedoms are expanded.
When a liberal dies they are reduced.
Criminal shooters would have far less victims if more average citizens owned & carried guns as they would quickly bring the assassin to a halt. I think the anti-gun folks actually know all this & are simply betraying themselves for the pro genocide advocates that they are because an un-armed population dovetails perfectly with their eugenicist / population control agenda. The anti-guners are really only against the average slave from having a gun to defend himself from the Loughners of the world. This is an undeniable fact.
If guns are responsible for violence, then we should let this shooter go and put the gun on trial.
It could be worse. The Giffords shooting could have happened when the Dems controlled both houses of Congress.
“These weapons serve no conceivable lawful purpose.”
I believe the Second Amendment is a law, and that these weapons can be used to fight tyrants with similar weapons.
You misspelled 'Meathead.'
Expect to see Josh Sugarmann and Tom Diaz of the Violence Policy Center come crawling out from under their rocks. I’m surprised they haven’t already appeared.
Fourteen million new gun sales in 2009 should be an obvious indicator of the nation’s mood regarding firearms. Ammunition sales were off the charts too. The Compost is clueless.
This is one of the clearest cause and effect cases of wrong-headed liberal policy. But they will never admit it and will fight tooth and nail to prevent reform.
>> Gun control: It’s not a political impossibility
How about some Self Control from the Left.
That's a great way of putting it.
Of course they’re for gun control...they probably have armed guards & metal detectors in their building. Who cares about the regular folk?
There will be a civil war if the left really tries to push this. I won’t be the one starting it.
o man...what a great point.
The real target is the opposition.
“In Mexico, where assault weapons purchased in the United States have been responsible for tens of thousands of murders”
—no, ill-informed, lying propagandist ComPost...the main weapons used to kill in Mexico are Mexican Army issue.
The lies and deceit of the MSM is a continual drumbeat of repeating a story enough times to make it fact.
Dummies believe that and they are Leftists with no idea of anything but Communist Utopian garbage.
. If they want to fight us on the second amendment, we should oblige them as we are actually positioned well for such a fight (thank you NRA). It will make taking the Senate that much easier for us. The gun Control issue has always been their Achilles heel.
You don’t have to be the Amazing Kreskin to see that coming.
Gun control is a losing issue, and although this circumstance is a little different from Columbine and Virginia Tech since a member of Congress was involved, I'd give anyone a hundred to one odds that this push for gun bans will end up like all the others.
They'll pass some additional legislation that will provide some extra protection for politicians at the federal level. That will be all.
I do feel like the right took the defensive too early on this. Now all of the right wing media personalities look guilty to the uneducated masses, without taking into account all of the names Pelosi, Reid, and their ilk have called their political opponents.
[In Mexico, where assault weapons purchased in the United States have been responsible for tens of thousands of murders,...]
Ain’t it amazing how that lie becomes a bonafide fact in this article? “Settled” by honest research, I’m sure.
Good point. The supreme and over arching law against murder surely did not stop our boy.
Except to repel invaders to our homeland.
(I hear that a LOT of that is taking place on our southern border.
But we needn't worry; for we have HOMELAND Security to protect us.)
I’d like to take their “Sensible Regulations” and shove it up where the good Lord split them...
Yes, I know...I am colorful to the last...
The lies from the fascists at the WP just keep coming.
I want to see the house cancel all subscriptions to the WP paid for by federal funds. This rag goes to federal bureaucrats. Killing the subscriptions will destroy the Marxist WP.
Last I heard, gun control was a huge success in Chicago, too...
Also a rousing success in DC's neighbor, Prince George's County in Maryland....nine murders since 1/1/2011.
It isn't ignorance, it's a cynical ideology at work. Promoted by the kind of people who'd send 25,000,000 of us to death camps if they could swing it.
WaPo/JournoList perp Ezra Klein was on Charlie Rose last night. The guy is meta-creepy. When he talks, his eyes are just dead -- dead-fish eyes. The cat looks like a sociopath, a Terminator without the Cyberdyne chassis and peripherals.
When he got on-camera with Rose, he opened his mouth, and a the lies flew out like a swarm of flies, like some old zombie movie .... Sarah this, Sarah that, Tea Party this and that and the other.
You know, that's the best idea I've heard all year. We talk about "defunding the Left" -- but I never thought of that one. Congrats! You win the week in Bermuda! .... no more callers, please, we have a winner!
—this, from the garbage wrap which admitted, upon its original passage, that the “assault weapons” ban was but a “symbolic” gesture-—
When the following incident happened why weren’t automobiles banned?
Car plows through market, killing 9
July 17, 2003
An 86-year-old man who drove his mid-size Buick through a crowded farmers’ market Wednesday told police he couldn’t stop and may have hit the accelerator instead of the brake, Santa Monica Police Chief James T. Butts Jr. said.
Nine people were killed, including a 3-year-old girl, authorities said. The more than 54 hurt include 14 people with critical injuries, they said. Two of those critically injured are under the age of 2.
Because it was a lone person with a problem.
I am BEGGING, Washington Post! If you have any influence over Obama, get him to declare martial law and confiscate all firearms! Then have Obama send the BATFU's and the FBI to collect them!
It would be the best thing for this Republic since the Founding.
Surely everybody knows I think any attempt to confiscate would backfire so severely as to bring down Obama’s presidency and the Left’s designs on America permanently.