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  •  what do you consider a (3+ / 0-)
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    hooper, jan4insight, sethtriggs

    ''Courageous Stand", and what would that accomplish, other than making you feel good?

    •  Banning all handguns from personal use. (2+ / 0-)
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      North Madison, zinger99

      That would be a great start. It's not something he can do by himself, but it's certainly something he can advocate like hell for.

      "Growing up is for those who don't have the guts not to. Grow wise, grow loving, grow compassionate, but why grow up?" - Fiddlegirl

      by progressivist on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 12:44:33 PM PST

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      •  that sounds insane (1+ / 0-)
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        sethtriggs

        when you think about the recent legislation being passed in several states regarding gun laws. I'm kind of glad the President has disappointed you.

        •  Insanity appears reflective of our society. (0+ / 0-)

          This was exactly the kind of event (in 1996 or 1999) that led to the banning of handguns in the UK.

          What does that say about our culture when the very idea of doing so is off the table already?

          "Growing up is for those who don't have the guts not to. Grow wise, grow loving, grow compassionate, but why grow up?" - Fiddlegirl

          by progressivist on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 03:57:08 PM PST

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      •  While that will never happen, could the nation (6+ / 0-)

        live with a law like the one in NJ where in order to purchase a handgun, one must get a permit to buy one issued by the Chief of Police in the town where you live on on the form, you need to have two references from people in the community that know you.  After a background check by the NJSP, the permit is issued to you by your local PD that gives you 90 days to make that purchase.  

        Could the nation live with a law like that?  Probably not.

        And it feels like I'm livin'in the wasteland of the free ~ Iris DeMent, 1996

        by MrJersey on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 01:07:02 PM PST

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    •  Great question. (2+ / 0-)
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      zinger99, eps62

      I do expect some action after this.  But I'd much rather have victories than courageous stands.

      For today, just let's let the families mourn and the facts get clear.

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