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Tighter gun control will save children's lives
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Right after Newtown, President Obama proposed a bill to ban assault rifles, a moderate, simple and stunningly obvious beginning to better gun control. It died in Congress. Every overture toward remediating the gun problem in America has been met by the gun lobby’s well-financed resistance.

Last week, the morning after the State of the Union address, in which the president said he would resurrect the gun control initiative, a group of Democratic lawmakers, led by Reps. Alan Lowenthal and Mike Thompson of California and Elizabeth Esty of Connecticut (Newtown’s district) began a new push. They issued a resolution stating that gun violence is a public health issue and called for an expansion of enforceable background checks for all commercial gun sales, “improving the mental health system in the United States, and making gun trafficking a federal crime.”

Esty said she promised her constituents that she would fight on their behalf to reduce gun violence. But politics as usual portends business as usual in our impotent Congress. Four Senate Democrats face challenging contests in conservative states. It is unlikely, therefore, that there will be support for stricter gun control.

Even so, people who won’t take no for an answer press on. Groups like Americans for Responsible Solutions, launched by former Rep. Gabby Giffords and her husband, Capt. Mark Kelly, continue to fight for tighter laws. The group paid for television ads before and after Obama’s address, accusing Congress of bowing to the demands of the gun lobby. According to the Huffington Post, groups run by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Giffords and other gun-control advocates intend to spend more than $25 million in 2014, most of it in the states. Their strategy is to pressure state legislatures and pursue ballot initiatives for stricter gun laws, as well as to defend or attack politicians in this fall’s campaigns based on their gun votes, the officials said.

It’s easy to feel discouraged when faced with the resistance by the NRA after the appalling Newtown tragedy. How many deaths does it take?


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Good for You. Unfortunately, there is so much hate in America, that too many people refuse to have open minds and look at the issue. They just cannot bring themselves to agree with the President or other politicians. They would rather listen to the spin from Fox News types & NRA.

Thursday, February 6, 2014 | Report this

Except that it won't.

Restrictions on peaceable citizens cannot, by definition, make anyone "safer"; not adults, and not children. There are already restrictions on criminal behavior. They don't seem to work.

And Businessman, jealously protecting our rights and freedom isn't "hate". It is the grease on the axles of liberty.

Thursday, February 6, 2014 | Report this

Mental health is the avenue to gun confiscation.. Please DEFINE who you would disarm with your

Universal Background checks..

Media and politicians push gun control in a dangerous and Dishonest manner..


American Psychiatric Asso - Half of Americans are mentally ill..


So where would you people begin your confiscation....anxiety, depression, parents of children with ADHD

The list would be endless..

Friday, February 7, 2014 | Report this

2nd amendment is so we can protect ourselves My opinion is that Most trouble with gun killings are from those on drugs or mentally insane. It is not the gun that kills. It's the person behind that gun. Our leaders need to keep the offenders behind bars and not let back out. We need less drugs on the streets Background checks won't work unless its kept from those mentally disabled and on medications or in a household.

Friday, February 7, 2014 | Report this

“Every day in America, some 30 people are murdered and some160 are wounded by gunfire…”

According to research by award winning criminologists at Florida State University 5,479 citizens use firearms for self-defense against crime daily, and according to a Police Foundation/ National Institute of Justice study firearms are used for self-defense against crime 12,876 times a day. Placing additional restrictions on our right to keep and bear arms will only turn those survivors of crime into victims. Of course, citizen disarmament zealots, their organizations, and their media allies see that as collateral damage to their idealism.


Suter E. "Guns in the Medical Literature - A Failure of Peer

Review." Journal of the Medical Association of Georgia. March 1994; 83: 133-48.


It should be noted that citizens use firearms tens of thousands of times a day for other lawful purposes like recreational, sport, and competitive shooting. Shooting is an NCAA and Olympic sport as well as in 4H, ROTC/JROTC, Boy Scouts, etc. Then there is hunting and collecting. With all of this taken into account is obvious that the safe and lawful use of firearms far outnumber the unsafe and illegal use of firearms.

Moreover, our right to Keep and BEAR arms have been increasingly restored over last several years and more citizens are now free to carry firearms in more places since the year 1900. Yet, homicides, including homicides with firearms, as well as all other violent crime have been decreasing since 2006. Moreover, after a dramatic increase in firearms sales and ownership after the last Presidential election including an increase in first time firearms purchases and an increase in firearms carry permits, citizen disarmament zealots and organizations predicted that there would be a corresponding increase in homicides and other violent crime. However, the U.S. homicide rate decreased from 5.0 per 100,000 in 2009 to 4.8 per 100,000 in 2010, and 4.7 per 100,000 in 2011.

In addition, two recent studies found that firearms homicides have dropped 49% since 1993.





We don’t need any additional restrictions on our Constitutional right to keep and bear arms.

“The group paid for television ads before and after Obama’s address, accusing Congress of bowing to the demands of the gun lobby.”

No, Congress is bowing to their electorate. A recent Gallup poll shows that the majority of those surveyed are satisfied with current firearms laws.

“If Congress is intransigent and the president can’t get a law passed, then isn’t it up to us to demand the banning of assault rifles…”

Another inconvenient fact is that in 2011, Aks, ARs, Uzis and all other semi-auto “Assault Weapons” as well as all other rifles accounted for 323 murders nationwide even with those so called “High capacity magazines.” That is less than three percent of all homicides and comes to less than one homicide a day. Not only does that mean that no one in you state will be murdered by an “Assault Weapon” or any other rifle this month but likely not next month, or even the month after that.

By contrast, over five times the number of murders, 1,649, were with knives or cutting instruments, over two and a quarter the numbers of murders, 728, were with hands, fists, feet, etc, and more murders, 496, were committed using blunt objects like clubs, hammers, baseball bats, etc. A person is far more likely to be murdered with a weapon other than a weapon other than a firearm than one of those so called “Assault Weapons” or any other rifle.


Additionally, a study funded by the Department of Justice concluded, “Should it be renewed, the ban’s effects on gun violence are likely to be small at best and perhaps too small for reliable measurement. AWs were rarely used in gun crimes even before the ban.”


Of course, citizen disarmament zealots and organizations ignore these inconvenient facts because they are trying to frighten the public into banning all civilian firearms one class of weapon at a time.

“We must do what we can do. Write to our own senators and representatives.”

I did! I sent my representatives a letter, followed that up with an e-mails and phone calls urging them to vote against and further restrictions on our right to keep and bear arms, and they did.


Friday, February 7, 2014 | Report this

"Tighter gun control will save children's lives". Absolute ridiculous statement. More laws will never equate with fewer armed criminals. It is exhausting to read so much false rhetoric in the news with little or no rebuttal.

Sunday, February 9, 2014 | Report this
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