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  •  Are you serious about gun violence? There was a (3+ / 0-)
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    lot of concern about what the civil rights movement would do to the Democratic Party. In 1948 Hubert Humphrey introduced a platform position to the Democratic Convention and a number of Southern delegations walked out and formed a third party. Did that mean we should not have done civil rights least we endanger the party?

    You begin by persuasion. And debate. And it will get heated. And it will take a long time. We have faced crisis like this before many times in our country. But you must do the right thing. And take a chance. And prepare for a long process. The 27th amendment was introduced on 9/25/1789. It was ratified on 5/7/1992. Took over two hundred years to pass. Slavery did not end with the civil war. It took three amendments to end slavery. And more than 100 hundred years later we are still fighting for basic civil rights for people of color.

    We must first persuade the people that this is the right thing to do. No one is coming for anyone's guns unless the repeal is ratified. The ratification process is a part of the debate. This could take 75 years or more. But this is a fight worth fighting. As was civil rights. And women's rights. And LGBTQ rights. And the New Deal. All of which carried political risk.

    •  We're long past "persuasion", they've been (0+ / 0-)

      arming themselves for 4 yrs.  And while I agree the Civil Rights movement was effective, this isn't the 60's anymore.

      We talk gun confiscation and gun control and we will never be in power again.

      How about we actually focus on restoring our social safety nets?

      How about we actually focus on becoming a community again?

      How about we actually focus on policies that will help the most Americans?

      Free mental health services, a living wage, corporate responsibility???

      Those things will cut our violent outburst in half, easily.

      Make it unnecessary for anyone to believe they actually need a firearm?  

      Teach our children reasoned logic, teach them peace.

      -7.62; -5.95 The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.~Tesla

      by gerrilea on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 11:29:26 AM PST

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      •  If all we do is react to this outrage (0+ / 0-)

        then we'll never implement all the good ideas in the above post, because none of them would have made a difference to someone who was from a rich family.

        My point is that whatever we do, it has to be the result of working forward from our goals, not working backward from whatever the latest madman did.

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