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Safe, Legal, and Rare: Why Not Guns, Too?
American Thinker ^ | July 12, 2012 | Keith Riler

Posted on 07/12/2012 10:15:45 PM PDT by neverdem

President Obama has an idea that can bring the contentious gun control debate to an end, in a manner that should be satisfactory to all sides. His idea is "safe, legal, and rare" [1].

Applied here, it means that guns should be safe, legal, and rare ("SLR-guns"). Those of you expecting access to your Second Amendment rights, don't be too bothered by "rare." It is somewhat contradictory, but other "safe, legal, and rare" applications ("SLR-other") experience a near-doubling of their underlying volumes once legality is affirmed.

Before considering the particulars of SLR-guns, we should note our president's reasonable appreciation for already existing laws and rules:

I actually think - I mean, there are laws both federal, state and constitutional that are in place. And I think that this is an area where I think Bill Clinton had the right formulation a couple of decades ago, which is ... safe, legal, and rare.

There are a whole host of laws on the books that after a certain period, the interests shift such that you can have some restrictions ... and appropriately so. So there is in fact a set of rules in place ... people still argue about it and still deeply disagree about it. And that's part of our - that's part of our democratic way.

As the president has also sagely observed, we know that "each side will continue to make its case to the public with passion and conviction. But surely we can do so without reducing those with differing views to caricature."

Surely he is right, but we need not fret about the risk of caricature here because SLR-guns is an elegant off-the-shelf answer liberals already support. I expect that, once seriously pondered, it will also gain the favor of staunch Second Amendment-supporting conservatives. Herein, the...

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; Political Humor/Cartoons; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: abortion; banglist; fastandfurious; obama

1 posted on 07/12/2012 10:15:56 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

FUBO!

I don’t give a flip what Obozo thinks.

The Constitution clearly states that the right to bear arms shall not be infringed......


2 posted on 07/12/2012 10:33:37 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: neverdem

“But surely we can do so without reducing those with differing views to caricature.”

When POTUS is a walking, talking joke, caricature comes easily and unbidden.


3 posted on 07/12/2012 11:18:11 PM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is necessary to examine principles."...the public interest)
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To: neverdem

Guns need to be common if they are going to either deter criminal individuals or governments.


4 posted on 07/12/2012 11:25:29 PM PDT by Monorprise
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To: neverdem

Gun ownership should be a requirement for voting eligibility.


5 posted on 07/12/2012 11:34:17 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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6 posted on 07/12/2012 11:38:15 PM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: neverdem

Is this satire or is it written by a bombastic twat? I can’t tell!


7 posted on 07/12/2012 11:45:39 PM PDT by Casie
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To: Casie
Is this satire or is it written by a bombastic twat? I can’t tell!

There's not much that's funny about the Second Amendment, Fast and Furious and abortion, but Obama was criticized throughout the essay. I'll let you draw your own conclusions, but I did check off on Political Humor/Cartoons when I checked off on "topics" prior to posting the article.

8 posted on 07/13/2012 12:51:42 AM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: Casie; neverdem
"each side will continue to make its case to the public with passion and conviction. But surely we can do so without reducing those with differing views to caricature."
Reducing those with differing views to caricature is therefore inevitable.

9 posted on 07/13/2012 1:12:16 AM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (The idea around which “liberalism" coheres is that NOTHING actually matters except PR.)
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To: neverdem
"You may not have heard, but President Obama's Justice Department distributed thousands of guns to criminals. If we are to fulfill the president's "safe, legal, and rare" dream, this must stop. Finally, any further tightening of criminal laws and penalties will reduce the opportunity for the use of guns, making gun incidents even rarer."

Seriously?

"You may not have heard..."
I was busy living under a rock? Are there people that haven't heard about Fast and Furious and Holder being found in contempt?

"President Obama's Justice Department distributed thousands of guns to criminals."
Bad President!

"If we are to fulfill the president's "safe, legal, and rare" dream, this must stop."
Justice Department stop giving guns to Mexican criminals. There! Its simple. And what do you mean this must stop in order to fulfill Obama's dream? HE was the one running the guns in the first place. On Purpose.

"Finally, any further tightening of criminal laws and penalties will reduce the opportunity for the use of guns, making gun incidents even rarer."
What specific criminal laws and penalties are you even talking about here? What are you calling a "gun incident" and why will it become more rare? Are you really just using the word rare here because it is the last word in "Safe, Legal, and Rare" and somehow thats suppose to tie it all together? So confusing!

I still think it must be satire... The entire piece is one contrary, convoluted sentence after the other. Of course, it could be positively brilliant and I am just too daft to understand it correctly. But I doubt it.

10 posted on 07/13/2012 1:41:13 AM PDT by Casie
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To: Casie

Guns ARE safe when used properly and respectfully.
Guns ARE legal according to the Second Amendment and the USSC.
Guns ARE too rare; my gun safe still has empty spaces.

TC


11 posted on 07/13/2012 1:48:41 AM PDT by Pentagon Leatherneck
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To: Pentagon Leatherneck
"Guns ARE safe when used properly and respectfully.
Guns ARE legal according to the Second Amendment and the USSC.
Guns ARE too rare; my gun safe still has empty spaces."

Exactly! TC makes it very clear. And clearly we don't need any of this new S,L,R gun business. We are fine with our safety, legality and rarity" as is.

12 posted on 07/13/2012 1:56:33 AM PDT by Casie
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To: neverdem

I’ve explained to my leftist sister that am pro-choice on guns. If she doesn’t want one, she doesn’t have to get one but no one will get between me and my gun shop on the decision for me. It’s a personal matter and the government should not be involved.

And that’s not based on penumbras.


13 posted on 07/13/2012 1:59:41 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Legalize Freedom!!)
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To: Casie

It is obvious satire, look at the source.


14 posted on 07/13/2012 2:02:23 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Legalize Freedom!!)
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To: muir_redwoods
Cool, thanks Muir_Redwoods. The author really got himself worked into a pretzel writing this mess!

He says Obama has a new idea called SLR that will "bring the contentious gun control debate to an end, in a manner that should be satisfactory to all sides".

But "President Obama's Justice Department distributed thousands of guns to criminals."

But ignore that, now that "must stop" so we can "fulfill the president's "safe, legal, and rare" dream".

But ignore that, because "restrictions suggest that SLR-guns is already in place."

And "In fact, today's SLR-guns framework may even be overdone and excessive, potentially meriting an easing of its restrictions".

But then again, ignore that because "SLR-guns is the way forward."!

Such a mess! Thats why I am sure it has to be a joke. Heh!

15 posted on 07/13/2012 3:10:24 AM PDT by Casie
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To: Casie; neverdem
[casie] Is this satire or is it written by a bombastic twat? I can’t tell!

Think of the scene in Hannibal in which Anthony Hopkins gently but industriously slices very thin slices of Ray Liotta's brain off, sautees them briefly (not overdone! Gently, gently!), and feeds them to Liotta's character with a little chianti.

I think it was what Dr. Lecter called, in Silence of the Lambs, "having an old friend for dinner".

16 posted on 07/13/2012 5:05:33 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: Pentagon Leatherneck
Guns ARE too rare; my gun safe still has empty spaces.

And I think our National Guard armories should provide more storage space for people's crew-served and self-propelled pieces.

17 posted on 07/13/2012 5:08:34 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: lentulusgracchus

Aaaahhh! LOL Lentulusgracchus!


18 posted on 07/13/2012 6:37:00 AM PDT by Casie
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To: neverdem

How about making murder and mayhem RARE...by arming all sane American adults?


19 posted on 07/13/2012 7:11:13 AM PDT by goodnesswins (What has happened to America?)
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To: neverdem

SLR isn’t that what the Brits used to call the L1A1 inch pattern FN-FAL? If that’s the case fine the more FN-FAL’s out & about the better .


20 posted on 07/13/2012 3:40:57 PM PDT by Nebr FAL owner
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To: neverdem

Thanks for the ping!


21 posted on 07/13/2012 9:04:29 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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