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Retired Military Leaders Demand That Congress Act Now to Reduce Gun Violence
prnewswire.com ^ | February 26, 2013

Posted on 03/04/2013 8:28:07 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe

NEW YORK, Feb. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Mayors Against Illegal Guns today released a new ad featuring retired military leaders calling on Congress to take immediate action and pass sensible gun reforms that will help stop the epidemic of gun murders that claims the lives of 33 Americans every day. The ad can be viewed at www.DemandAPlan.org/Military. It is being released on the same day that a group of retired military leaders – including some of those featured in the ad – is meeting with Vice President Biden to discuss proposals for gun violence prevention like requiring background checks for all gun sales, removing assault weapons and high-capacity magazines from our communities and making gun trafficking a federal crime.

Featured in the ad are Rear Admiral (Ret) James A. Barnett Jr. , USN; Brigadier General (Ret) Stephen A. Cheney , USMC; Major General (Ret) Paul Eaton , USA; RADM Malcolm MacKinnon III, USN (Ret); Lieutenant General (Ret) Charles P. Otstott , USA; and Brigadier General (Ret) Stephen N. Xenakis , MD, USA.

"These men have stood in the line of fire in service to our country, and they speak with great knowledge of guns and the purpose of military-style weapons and ammunition," said Mayors Against Illegal Guns Co-Chair and New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg . "I want to thank them for continuing to protect American lives – even in retirement – by helping to lead the charge for more sensible gun laws that will make our country safer."

"These generals and admirals are warriors, defenders, heroes and gun owners. They have witnessed the devastating effects of assault weapons, and more than anyone, they know that these weapons have no place in our neighborhoods," said Mayors Against Illegal Guns Co-Chair and Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino . "We are grateful to have these heroes join Americans across the country in the battle for legislation that will save lives and protect our children."

The ad will air throughout the week on Washington, DC cable and broadcast television. Full script of the ad and biographies of participants follows:

RETIRED MILITARY LEADERS DEMAND A PLAN

OTSOTT:

I know.

I know what guns can do.

EATON:

Guns in the right hands protect us.

CHENEY:

Guns belong on battlefields.

BARNETT:

Guns belong in a place that's safe and secure.

XENAKIS:

Assault weapons are weapons of war.

MACKINNON:

Not for cowards to use...

BARNETT:

.... in movie theaters.

OTSOTT:

.... in classrooms.

EATON:

.... or on our streets.

CHENEY:

As a General,

MACKINNON:

As an Admiral,

BARNETT:

As a member of the Armed Forces,

EATON:

As a gun owner, I demand a plan.

MACKINNON:

Demand Action.

OTSOTT:

Enough.

CHENEY:

Enough.

EATON:

Enough.

Rear Admiral (Ret) James A. Barnett Jr. , USN James Arden "Jamie" Barnett, Jr. is a retired Rear Admiral in the Navy and Navy Reserve. He has commanded several commissioned and reserve units, including Mobile Inshore Undersea Warfare Unit 207, and he served on the ground in Saudi Arabia during DESERT SHIELD/DESERT STORM. In 2002, Jamie Barnett proposed the establishment of the Navy Center for Personal Development (now called the Center for Personal and Professional Development) and served as its first Commanding Officer. The Center was very involved in the Navy's effort at suicide awareness and prevention. Upon being promoted to Rear Admiral, he served in the Pentagon as the Director of Naval Education Training. His last assignment in the Navy was Deputy Commander of the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command in Little Creek, Virginia, which consisted of approximately 40,000 specially trained Sailors such as the Seabees, Explosive Ordinance Disposal personnel, Coastal Warfare and Riverine units. He retired in 2008, having served for 32 years.

Brigadier General (Ret) Stephen A. Cheney , USMC BGen Cheney is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and has more than 30 years experience as a Marine. His career included a wide variety of command and staff positions with the operating forces and the supporting establishment. His primary specialty was artillery, but he focused extensively on entry-level training, commanding at every echelon at both Marine Corps Recruit Depots, to include being the Commanding General at Parris Island. He also served tours as Deputy Executive Secretary to Defense Secretaries Cheney and Aspin; ground plans officer for Drug Enforcement Policy in the Pentagon; liaison to the Congressional Commission on Roles and Missions of the Armed Forces; and Inspector General of the Marine Corps.

Major General (Ret) Paul Eaton , USA Major General Paul D. Eaton served more than 30 years in the United States Army, including combat and post-combat assignments in Iraq, Bosnia and Somalia. As a major general he was assigned to Iraq from 2003 to 2004 as Commanding General of the Coalition Military Assistance Training Team (CMATT), where he designed, manned, trained and equipped the Iraqi armed forces for the Iraqi Ministry of Defense and the security forces for the Interior Ministry. Prior to that assignment, he commanded the Army's Infantry Center and was Chief of Infantry for the Army.

RADM Malcolm MacKinnon III, USN (Ret.) RADM MacKinnon retired from the Navy in July 1990. His last assignment was as the Chief Engineer of the Navy and the Vice Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command. While on active duty RADM MacKinnon served in destroyers and qualified in submarines. He then became an engineering specialist, an Engineering Duty Officer, involved in the design, construction and maintenance of naval ships and submarines. He is a qualified diver and has also specialized in other aspects of ocean engineering-- small submersibles, deep ocean search and recovery, and salvage. He led the conceptual and preliminary designs of current submarines, notably the SSN-688 Class and the Trident Class, in the late 1960s. He was also the project officer for the design and construction of the Sealab II habitat, a milestone project in saturated diving and underwater living. He participated in the search for and recovery of the H-bomb lost off of Palomares, Spain in 1966. In the mid-1970s he founded and was the first officer in charge of the Engineering Duty School, Mare Island, CA. He served in shipyards, naval and commercial, culminating in a six year tour as the Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Newport News, Virginia, building and repairing LOS ANGELES (SSN-688) Class Submarines and USS NIMITZ Class Aircraft Carriers.

Lieutenant General (Ret) Charles P. Otstott , USA LTG Charles P. Otstott, USA (Ret.) served as the Deputy Chairman of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Military Committee. While there, he was an active participant in many of the crucial decisions made at NATO during the dramatic collapse of the Soviet Union and the opening of the Eastern European states and the newly independent states of the former Soviet Union to western influence and ideas.

Prior to his two and one half years at NATO, LTG Otstott served as Division Commander of the 25th Infantry Division (Light) at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, from July 1988 to January 1990. He was responsible for training and operational employment of the division, which routinely deployed units for joint and combined exercises with allies in Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Thailand, and Australia. He also directed and supervised major improvements in facilities management and in excellence of service to the people of the Schofield Barracks community.

From 1986 to 1988, he was the Commanding General of the Combined Arms Combat Development Activity (CACDA) at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. He represented the user community in the determination and integration of requirements for weapons and equipment systems. Prior to 1986, LTG Otstott served as an Assistant Division Commander in the 1st Armored Division in Germany, as Executive to the Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) at SHAPE HQ, and as Chief of Staff of the 9th Infantry Division (HTLD) at Ft. Lewis after commanding a brigade in that division.

Brigadier General (Ret) Stephen N. Xenakis , MD, USA Dr. Xenakis served 28 years in the United States Army as a medical corps officer. He retired in 1998, at the rank of Brigadier General. He held a wide variety of assignments as a clinical psychiatrist, staff officer, and senior commander including Commanding General of the Southeast Army Regional Medical Command.

Contact: Mayor Bloomberg's Press Office (212) 788-2958 Mayor Menino's Press Office (617) 635-4461

SOURCE Mayors Against Illegal Guns


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1 posted on 03/04/2013 8:28:20 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe

But what do the people say?


2 posted on 03/04/2013 8:32:37 PM PST by Graybeard58 (_.. ._. .. _. _._ __ ___ ._. . ___ ..._ ._ ._.. _ .. _. .)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Yup. Shameful bunch of ring knockers. Gen. McChrystal also stated that we don’t “need” assault weapons on the streets of America. Au contraire. I say we “need” even more than there are now. These guys are unbelievable. Unfortunately I have known quite a few mil officers that lean wayyyyyy left. Absolutely disgraceful. I remember the oath I took in 1967 and it had no expiration date and I am responsible to uphold it till my time is up.

Molon labe MF’s.

P.S. Proud to see you took McCarthy’s handle.


3 posted on 03/04/2013 8:34:44 PM PST by rktman (BACKGROUND CHECKS? YOU FIRST MR. PRESIDENT!(not that we'd get the truth!))
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To: Tailgunner Joe

A military commission doesn’t prevent stupid.


4 posted on 03/04/2013 8:35:52 PM PST by RFEngineer
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To: Tailgunner Joe

To stop the vast majority of ‘gun violence’ you have to stop crime and criminals.

Do these folks want more jails? More prisons? Or fewer criminals. All work.

What does NOT work is taking guns away from law biding citizens.


5 posted on 03/04/2013 8:35:57 PM PST by GOPJ (DHS secured: 1.6 BILLION bullets - 2.700 tanks and 35,000 drones ...to use on American soil...)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
I haven't had the opportunity to research the service records of these General and Flag officers, but I suspect their combat experience is at or near nonexistent. The involvement of Bloomberg in this campaign sets off alarms in my mind.



Keep Faith with the Fallen of Benghazi! Let the Obama Regime, for once, tell the Truth!

Fiat Justitia, Ruat Coelum!

Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

6 posted on 03/04/2013 8:36:48 PM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: Graybeard58

HIMMLER

Germans who wish to use firearms should join the SS or the SA, ordinary citizens don’t need guns, as their having guns doesn’t serve the State.


7 posted on 03/04/2013 8:37:43 PM PST by SpaceBar
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To: Tailgunner Joe

I could probably line up 8 or 10 flag officers to endorse bringing back debtors prisons or taking away women’s sufferage. So what?


8 posted on 03/04/2013 8:37:43 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

My bus driver wears a uniform too. Do we have to listen to her ideas on guns as well? This crap makes me sick. Just because someone is a cop or in the military does not make them an expert on my constitutional rights.


9 posted on 03/04/2013 8:38:37 PM PST by ReaganÜberAlles
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Let’s see...nope...nope...this paragraph? Nope? This one? Nope Here? nope...There? nope....

Yep. Once again, absolutely nothing on mental illness. They even list a shrink and incredibly not one word on mental illness.

Just curious: Are these the same type of people who beat up on cars when a drunk driver kills someone?


10 posted on 03/04/2013 8:40:01 PM PST by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: Tailgunner Joe

All congress has to do to end mass gun violence is to outlaw antidepressants and similar drugs.

Every mass shooter has been on one of them.


11 posted on 03/04/2013 8:41:20 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Face it, the military in many in many important ways is a childish existence. In a way, it must be in order for them to function as a unit in combat. Rules must be strict and perfectly followed.

But it is also childish. We all have seen the military retiree who becomes the nusiance of the HOA, or the hall monitor of the neighborhood. They often deeply desire rigid structure and fear freedom.
The flip side is senior military leaders. They love exercising autocratic power, and miss weilding it.

These military leaders are traitors for trying to restrict freedom at home.


12 posted on 03/04/2013 8:44:38 PM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

Not “mental illness,” just mind altering drugs.

Without the drugs, no mental illness will ever produce a mass shooter.

The drugs are the entire problem.


13 posted on 03/04/2013 8:44:38 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Hey look, a bunch of left-wing flag officers took some time off from swapping wives to make a PSA. How nice for them.

FU, Bloomberg. F your goosestepping uniformed lackeys, too.


14 posted on 03/04/2013 8:45:04 PM PST by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard (Some men just want to watch the world burn.)
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To: Graybeard58

Judging by the way they are buying arms and ammo, they are issuing a pretty clear warning to our would-be overlords. But will they heed it in time? Note to the retired military “leaders”: Starting a second civil war is not a “plan” for reducing violence, and that’s the minefield you and your ilk are presently tap dancing across. The people have had enough of your power madness.


15 posted on 03/04/2013 8:51:51 PM PST by Trod Upon (The Second Amendment acknowledges our inherent right to revolt if tyrannized. It ain't about hunting)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

If you don’t agree with the Constitution, which you swore to defend, go find another damn country to live in!


16 posted on 03/04/2013 8:53:36 PM PST by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: Tailgunner Joe

I was under the impression that they swore an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Evidently they are siding with the Constitution’s enemies.


17 posted on 03/04/2013 8:54:18 PM PST by sport
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Heros. Come on, flag wavers. These are your men.


18 posted on 03/04/2013 8:55:26 PM PST by RedHeeler
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Useful idiots all.


19 posted on 03/04/2013 8:56:03 PM PST by Fledermaus (I'm done with the GOP. Let them wither and die. We need to start over.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

PS: I could imagine George S Patton slapping each and every one of these clowns across the face. They deserve ZERO respect.


20 posted on 03/04/2013 8:59:50 PM PST by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Enemies of the Republic, anti-constitutionalists, fascists every one.

The lines are being drawn, soon the tanks will roll, are you ready to be reeducated in a nice quite lace in the middle of the desert where it is nice and warm.


21 posted on 03/04/2013 9:04:07 PM PST by stockpirate (Sen. John Kerry belonged to the terrorist group VVAW.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Enemies of the Republic, anti-constitutionalists, fascists every one.

The lines are being drawn, soon the tanks will roll, are you ready to be reeducated in a nice quite place in the middle of the desert where it is nice and warm.


22 posted on 03/04/2013 9:04:25 PM PST by stockpirate (Sen. John Kerry belonged to the terrorist group VVAW.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
While the Praetorian Class emerges as its own entity,
with allegiance only to the members' peers,
the most senior of the Praetorians are eventually invited to join the Political Class.

Prior to that occurring, they are vetted for suitability,
after which they become “made men.”

Consider the long list of senior military officers and police chiefs that joined the ranks of the political elite.

http://lewrockwell.com/orig12/kofod2.1.1.html
23 posted on 03/04/2013 9:04:25 PM PST by 45semi (A police state is always preceded by a nanny state...)
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To: Travis McGee

You can add these Arnolds to your list.


24 posted on 03/04/2013 9:06:08 PM PST by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

“These men have stood in the line of fire in service to our country..........”

Well, they sure as hell won’t be standing in the line of fire when/should I find it necessary to defend my life and/or the lives of my loved ones.

If these retired military folks were not also defending the our Constitution Liberty and Freedoms, they were simply collecting paychecks.


25 posted on 03/04/2013 9:08:11 PM PST by Gator113 ( ~just keep livin~)
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To: stockpirate

Well, the question is, are they.


26 posted on 03/04/2013 9:09:55 PM PST by RedHeeler
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To: Tailgunner Joe
"Retired Military Leaders Demand That Congress Act Now to Reduce Gun Violence"

What are "useful idiots"?

I'll take "painfully obvious answers..." for 200 next Alex.

27 posted on 03/04/2013 9:11:56 PM PST by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: DesertRhino

Stop!

It’s five guys They searched far and wide for whom you’re basing this on. How about the newspaper page full of retired generals who endorsed the opposition to Obama (I forget his name)before election day?


28 posted on 03/04/2013 9:11:56 PM PST by stanne
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To: Graybeard58
But what do the people say?

These people don't give a damn what "people" say.

29 posted on 03/04/2013 9:12:56 PM PST by JaguarXKE (Welcome to the new America.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
I don't give a sh*t what a bunch of retired bureaucrats think about anything.
30 posted on 03/04/2013 9:14:19 PM PST by ozzymandus
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To: RFEngineer
"A military commission doesn’t prevent stupid."

"word..."

31 posted on 03/04/2013 9:15:04 PM PST by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: sport
"I was under the impression that they swore an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic."

My exact same thought...

32 posted on 03/04/2013 9:15:36 PM PST by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe; Timber Rattler; upchuck; SkyPilot; FlingWingFlyer; All

Would B. Hussein Obama pass a background check for use of a firearm?

Seems to me that since he admits to illegally “shooting clay pigeons all the time” that he should be forced to take the firearms background check before pursuing firearms legislation.

Lead by example, that is the RIGHT way to do things!


33 posted on 03/04/2013 9:15:50 PM PST by Graewoulf ((Traitor John Roberts' Commune Obama"care" violates Anti-Trust Laws, AND the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: Tailgunner Joe

I have never heard of any of these boot lickers....I don’t really give a rat’s behind what these yahoos think. They obviously are not defenders of the Constitution


34 posted on 03/04/2013 9:16:48 PM PST by Nifster
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To: Tailgunner Joe

A group of retired left leaning military leaders – is meeting to discuss proposals for gun violence prevention like requiring background checks for... everyone except Barack Obama!


35 posted on 03/04/2013 9:19:50 PM PST by B4Ranch (When democracy turns to tyranny, we still get to vote. We just won't use voting boxes to do it.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Let me salute all you guys... with my middle finger.


36 posted on 03/04/2013 9:21:49 PM PST by Jay Redhawk (Zombies are just intelligent, good looking democrats.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

WADA BUNCHA PUTZIZ!


37 posted on 03/04/2013 9:24:50 PM PST by Blue Collar Christian (One "bitter clinger" praying for revival. <BCC><)
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To: Gator113

That is the point, they will stand in the line of fire, by reinstated command and control.


38 posted on 03/04/2013 9:26:41 PM PST by RedHeeler
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Absolutely agree. And so do the folks in this 2 minute video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=0sujnvIV4g4


39 posted on 03/04/2013 9:31:06 PM PST by Dick Bachert ("Those who hammer their swords into plowshares will likely plow for those who do not." B.Franklin)
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To: RFEngineer
A military commission doesn’t prevent stupid.

My guess is these clowns were "perfumed princes" or wannabes. Everything, even the military, is political inside the Beltway. There are lists of flag officers available to shill for any cause willing to make sure their pensions are uninterrupted, and speaking fees come by quicker and fatter. Best of all, they can become "consultants" if they perform well.

Under the UCMJ, the could not even hint at a political opinion while on duty. The second they retire, some of them are ready to run their mouths for any leftist cause that promises them "significance" after their lack-luster careers.

40 posted on 03/04/2013 9:32:50 PM PST by 300winmag (Overkill Never Fails)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Mayors Against Illegal Guns today released a new ad featuring retired military leaders calling on Congress to take immediate action and pass sensible gun reforms that will help stop the epidemic of gun murders that claims the lives of 33 Americans every day.

Aside from the fact that there is no sensible law which will further restrict the RKBA and accomplish a reduction in violent crime, what is an epidemic of "gun murders"? Who is murdering those guns, anyway?

This s**t is beyond weapons-grade stupid.

41 posted on 03/04/2013 9:36:29 PM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

There may well be a segment of the population who won’t appreciate hearing that the military of the U.S. wishes to disarm the people. This ad could backfire.


42 posted on 03/04/2013 9:38:31 PM PST by William Tell
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To: Tailgunner Joe

I agree with Cheney, guns DO belong on battlefields. And the entire U.S. is becoming one of the biggest battlefields in history.


43 posted on 03/04/2013 9:43:44 PM PST by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Traitors. One and all!


44 posted on 03/04/2013 10:07:40 PM PST by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe; tet68

45 posted on 03/04/2013 10:33:36 PM PST by Yehuda
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To: Tailgunner Joe; Squantos
"These men have stood in the line of fire...These generals and admirals are warriors, defenders, heroes..."

LOL! SNAGs (sensitive New Age guys)! If they're so rich, why ain't they smart? :-D


46 posted on 03/04/2013 10:40:42 PM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Are any of these people even slightly interested in addressing the real problem...mental illness?

My thoughts are if someone is considered to be too mentally ill to have a firearm do we really need them walking around free to murder people using vehicles, rocks, hammers, etc.?


47 posted on 03/04/2013 10:48:57 PM PST by Tammy8 (~Secure the border and deport all illegals- do it now! ~ Support our Troops!~)
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To: Graybeard58
ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ
48 posted on 03/04/2013 11:58:37 PM PST by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Retired oath breakers...


49 posted on 03/05/2013 12:08:18 AM PST by Axenolith (Government blows, and that which governs least, blows least...)
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To: ConorMacNessa
I haven't had the opportunity to research the service records of these General and Flag officers, but I suspect their combat experience is at or near nonexistent. The involvement of Bloomberg in this campaign sets off alarms in my mind.

I looked over the bios (above), and yes, zero combat experience for any of them. In any event, that these retired officers would allow themselves to be used as props for a purely political propaganda campaign is a disgrace.

50 posted on 03/05/2013 12:19:03 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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