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  •  Having a conversation? (8+ / 0-)

    I think that what a lot of people are feeling today is that now, in the wake of this tragedy, now while are hearts are open and the heartbreak is deeply felt, that now is the time to start having the conversation.  Yes, in some districts and states it will take courage, and will carry some risk to the prospects of re-election; but what so many are asking today is - if not now, when?  When would be a better time than now, while the hurt is still so deeply felt, while the tears still stream down our cheeks?  Now while our hearts are open and our compassion for these families pours forth.  What so many are pointing to today is that the problem is getting worse over time, that continuing to go down this same road of doing nothing does not appear to be very promising for the future of our children.  There are deep systemic problems in our culture that are not going away, that closing our eyes to will not cure, that are becoming more insidious and destructive.  At some point we will have to have this conversation.  We cannot continue to put it off forever.

    Love one another

    by davehouck on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 08:12:39 PM PST

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    •  yes! (1+ / 0-)
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      If we impose some kind of "waiting period" after every murder-by-gun before raising the issue, then it will never get raised because there are stupid, senseless murders every day at the hands of people who use weapons that shouldn't exist, let alone be for sale in the corner store.

      •  I'm ok with having a waiting period (0+ / 0-)

        After every murder by gun where we don't talk about gun control, as long as no guns are sold during that same period. Just keep the status quo as it was just before the murder, not fewer guns, not more guns, that's fair, right?

        Republicans believe you need an ID to vote but you can donate millions to any candidate completely anonymously. (h/t jbou)

        by Calouste on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 11:00:27 PM PST

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