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  •  stricter gun laws (10+ / 0-)

    what's up with that.

    proof positive how a small vocal minority can shift the landscape.

    you basically have a bunch of fucking right wing gun nuts in the NRA who have convinced people that getting shot to death and mass killings are the price of freedom.

    more proof that most people lack critical thinking skills.

    big badda boom : GRB 090423

    by squarewheel on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 09:14:28 PM PST

    •  Apparently we haven't had quite enough (4+ / 0-)
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      Nailbanger, jan4insight, a2nite, JeffW

      mass shootings since 1992.

      We apparently need a few more to change minds.

      No wonder that Mark Kelly is so pissed off:

      We have a political class that is afraid to do something as simple as have a meaningful debate about our gun laws and how they are being enforced. We have representatives who look at gun violence,
not as a problem to solve, but as the white elephant in the room to ignore. As a nation we have repeatedly passed up the opportunity to address this issue. After Columbine; after Virginia Tech; after Tucson and after Aurora we have done nothing.

      In this state we have elected officials so feckless in their leadership that they would say, as in the case of Governor Jan Brewer, “I don’t think it has anything to do with the size of the magazine or the caliber of the gun.” She went on and said, “Even if the shooter’s weapon had held fewer bullets, he’d have another gun, maybe. He could have three guns in his pocket” – she said this just one week after a high capacity magazine allowed you to kill six and wound 19 others, before being wrestled to the ground while attempting to reload. Or a state legislature that thought it appropriate to busy itself naming an official Arizona state gun just weeks after this tragedy occurred, instead of doing the work it was elected to do: encourage economic growth, help our returning veterans and fix our education system.

      © grover

      So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

      by grover on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 10:40:31 PM PST

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    •  Critical thinking (0+ / 0-)

      It would take a lot of careful thinking to come up with a gun control law that would make an actual difference and still have only tolerable side effects.

      Any healthy and decent person will and should react from the gut to the last massacre, and the next one, but legislating from the gut usually backfires.

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