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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.

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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
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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)
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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.)
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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.)
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