Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Gun control: It's not a political impossibility (WashCompost Masthead Editorial)
Washington Post ^ | 01/10/2011 | Washington Post 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.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; Philosophy; Politics/Elections; US: Arizona; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: 2ndamendment; arizona; banglist; bradybunch; countysheriffdupnik; dc; dupnik; giffords; guncontrol; heller; liberalism; reichstagfire; rkba; washingtonpost
The logic is if the rest of us are disarmed, the bad guys can't kill. It sounds good except in the WashCompost's own bailiwick, DC, the murder rate is the nation's highest, thanks to the government forbidding its citizens from defending themselves with guns. Good thing they didn't bring it up since they know there is no rational (or sensible political) argument for gun control. None whatsoever.
1 posted on 01/10/2011 9:47:27 PM PST by goldstategop
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: goldstategop

The ignorance is beyond profound.


2 posted on 01/10/2011 9:49:20 PM PST by pissant ((Bachmann 2012 - Freepmail to get on/off PING list))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: goldstategop
The logic is if the rest of us are disarmed, the bad guys can't kill. It sounds good except in the WashCompost's own bailiwick, DC, the murder rate is the nation's highest, thanks to the government forbidding its citizens from defending themselves with guns.

Last I heard, gun control was a huge success in Chicago, too...

3 posted on 01/10/2011 9:52:00 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: goldstategop

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.


4 posted on 01/10/2011 9:53:38 PM PST by umgud
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: goldstategop

The Washington Post is a “political impossibility.”


5 posted on 01/10/2011 9:55:42 PM PST by April Lexington (Study the Constitution so you know what they are taking away!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: goldstategop

Just like I predicted—here comes the Brady bunch.


6 posted on 01/10/2011 9:56:05 PM PST by pankot
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: umgud

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.


7 posted on 01/10/2011 9:56:22 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: umgud
I can’t think of a single law that would have stopped this lunatic.

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...

8 posted on 01/10/2011 9:57:48 PM PST by April Lexington (Study the Constitution so you know what they are taking away!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: goldstategop

The term for this is “blood dancing”. The anti-gunners do it every time.


9 posted on 01/10/2011 9:58:40 PM PST by Billthedrill
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: April Lexington

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!


10 posted on 01/10/2011 10:02:21 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: goldstategop

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.


11 posted on 01/10/2011 10:06:47 PM PST by screaminsunshine (Surfers Rule)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: screaminsunshine

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.


12 posted on 01/10/2011 10:09:07 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: goldstategop

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.


13 posted on 01/10/2011 10:09:33 PM PST by NoLibZone (Homosexuals oppose diversity.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: goldstategop
BINGO! The Liberals created this driftless, traditionless society where anything and everything goes. That kid is the perfect example of a person with no base. No culture. No tradition. He was seeking that base in kooky rituals, gothic junk and counter-culture goofyness. The perfect Liberal life. Untethered to anything from the past. The Cultural Revolution could not have been nastier...
14 posted on 01/10/2011 10:12:43 PM PST by April Lexington (Study the Constitution so you know what they are taking away!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: goldstategop

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.


15 posted on 01/10/2011 10:13:10 PM PST by Republic_of_Secession.
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: goldstategop

If guns are responsible for violence, then we should let this shooter go and put the gun on trial.


16 posted on 01/10/2011 10:14:53 PM PST by Tzimisce (It's just another day in Obamaland.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: goldstategop

It could be worse. The Giffords shooting could have happened when the Dems controlled both houses of Congress.


17 posted on 01/10/2011 10:18:58 PM PST by TheThinker (Communists: taking over the world one kooky doomsday scenario at a time.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: goldstategop

“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.


18 posted on 01/10/2011 10:40:02 PM PST by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: goldstategop
(WashCompost Masthead Editorial)

You misspelled 'Meathead.'

19 posted on 01/10/2011 10:53:56 PM PST by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/28/08 and why?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: goldstategop

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.


20 posted on 01/10/2011 11:00:51 PM PST by primeval patriot
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: goldstategop
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!

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.

21 posted on 01/10/2011 11:03:58 PM PST by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/28/08 and why?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: goldstategop

>> Gun control: It’s not a political impossibility

How about some Self Control from the Left.


22 posted on 01/10/2011 11:08:20 PM PST by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your Change.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: umgud
Gun control is like trying to solve drunk driving by making it harder for sober people to own cars.

That's a great way of putting it.

23 posted on 01/10/2011 11:09:16 PM PST by AAABEST (Et lux in tenebris lucet: et tenebrae eam non comprehenderunt)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: goldstategop

Of course they’re for gun control...they probably have armed guards & metal detectors in their building. Who cares about the regular folk?


24 posted on 01/10/2011 11:14:45 PM PST by BookmanTheJanitor
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: goldstategop

There will be a civil war if the left really tries to push this. I won’t be the one starting it.


25 posted on 01/10/2011 11:35:53 PM PST by vpintheak (Democrats: Robbing humans of their dignity 1 law at a time)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: TheThinker

o man...what a great point.


26 posted on 01/10/2011 11:53:21 PM PST by Outlaw Woman
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: screaminsunshine

The real target is the opposition.


27 posted on 01/11/2011 12:37:37 AM PST by RC one (What!!!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: goldstategop

“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.


28 posted on 01/11/2011 12:42:14 AM PST by wac3rd (Somewhere in Hell, Ted Kennedy snickers....)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: goldstategop
Gun control: It's not a political impossibility

. 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.

29 posted on 01/11/2011 12:46:49 AM PST by RC one (What!!!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: pankot

You don’t have to be the Amazing Kreskin to see that coming.


30 posted on 01/11/2011 1:33:22 AM PST by jospehm20
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: goldstategop
I say let them try. It can only help us.

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.

31 posted on 01/11/2011 2:16:20 AM PST by GunRunner (10 Years of Freeping...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: goldstategop

[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.


32 posted on 01/11/2011 2:36:13 AM PST by Blue Collar Christian (Be instrumental in the REVIVAL that will heal our land. ><BCC>)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: umgud
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.

Good point. The supreme and over arching law against murder surely did not stop our boy.

33 posted on 01/11/2011 4:14:47 AM PST by Lion Den Dan
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: goldstategop
These weapons serve no conceivable lawful purpose.

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.)

34 posted on 01/11/2011 4:48:31 AM PST by Elsie ( Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: goldstategop

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...


35 posted on 01/11/2011 5:46:15 AM PST by stevie_d_64 (I'm jus' sayin')
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: goldstategop

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.


36 posted on 01/11/2011 6:19:38 AM PST by sergeantdave
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: okie01
The logic is if the rest of us are disarmed, the bad guys can't kill. It sounds good except in the WashCompost's own bailiwick, DC, the murder rate is the nation's highest, thanks to the government forbidding its citizens from defending themselves with guns.

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.

37 posted on 01/11/2011 8:00:52 AM PST by NRA1995 ("In [Mexican] border, we are asking, who are you?" President Calderon of Mexico)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: pissant
The ignorance is beyond profound.

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.

38 posted on 01/11/2011 8:49:50 AM PST by lentulusgracchus (Concealed carry is a pro-life position.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: sergeantdave
I want to see the house cancel all subscriptions to the WP paid for by federal funds.

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!

39 posted on 01/11/2011 8:52:28 AM PST by lentulusgracchus (Concealed carry is a pro-life position.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 36 | View Replies]

To: goldstategop

—this, from the garbage wrap which admitted, upon its original passage, that the “assault weapons” ban was but a “symbolic” gesture-—


40 posted on 01/11/2011 9:42:27 AM PST by rellimpank (--don't believe anything the media or government says about firearms or explosives--)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: goldstategop; All

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.
http://articles.cnn.com/2003-07-16/us/farmers.market.crash_1_russell-weller-accident-pedestrians?_s=PM:US
Because it was a lone person with a problem.


41 posted on 01/11/2011 9:54:19 AM PST by GOYAKLA (Flush Congress in 2010 & 2012)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: goldstategop
Gun control: It's not a politicial impossibility

DO IT!
DO IT!
DO IT!
DO IT!
DO IT!
DO IT!
DO IT!

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!

DO IT!
DO IT!
DO IT!
DO IT!
DO IT!
DO IT!
DO IT!
DO IT!

It would be the best thing for this Republic since the Founding.

42 posted on 01/11/2011 9:59:37 AM PST by backwoods-engineer (The future? Imagine Cass Sunstein's boot stamping on Lincoln's beard, forever.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: backwoods-engineer

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.


43 posted on 01/11/2011 10:04:11 AM PST by backwoods-engineer (The future? Imagine Cass Sunstein's boot stamping on Lincoln's beard, forever.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 42 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson