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  •  The research gag is astounding (9+ / 0-)

    I am amazed by the audacity of folks blocking research

    making it illegal for a doctor to conduct preventive screening by asking families about guns in the home
    On a side note, my dad was a pediatrician and he had hand gun for a while - he bought it after we a had riot in my hometown. He sold the gun a few years later because 1) he didn't have it in him to ever use it and 2) it wasn't safe. If he were alive today I don't think I would tell him about my sister and I sneaking into the shoebox in his closet and checking it out as he would feel terribly guilty that he put us at such risk. The bullets were downstairs in his den so I don't really know what his plan was - whatever, at the end of the day he recognized that the risks (with 4 children at home) outweighed any sense of security he thought he might get. I would love to hear what he would say today about our gun problem - hell in a handbasket comes to mind.

    I'm pretty tired of being told what I care about.

    by hulibow on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 05:06:41 AM PST

    •  I had someone who recently admitted to (5+ / 0-)

      thoughts of suicide to me.  About the third thing I asked was how many pistols he had, and if it might not be a good idea to let someone outside the household hold them for him for a while.  (Third, because I was fleshing out how far those thoughts had gone.)

    •  Republicans gag info to preserve and amplify (2+ / 0-)
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      DSPS owl, hulibow

      their propaganda talking points.

      They somehow banned gun violence research - and act that I can't imagine could be labled anything but evil.

      Same people banned any funding for research to explore positive contributions of the cannabis plant. Ronnie himself implemented that ban on knowledge.

      So the GOP gets to lie and lie and lie for DECADES and manipulate public opinion via propaganda and a dearth of contrary research.

      Enter the Intertubes and a free exchange of real knowledge and the mythology of marijuana is completely blown. We have a situation now with 58+% ready for legalization yet the government still being very aggressive with marijuana enforcement WHILE they are giving lip service to gun control but weaseling out on it behind the scenes.

      These issues are intertwined, if for no other reason than they are both step-children of the GOP.

      Guns kill people - have as many as you want, don't try to limit or structure access or its tyranny.

      Marijuana doesn't kill people - don't even touch it or we will ruin your life as totally as possible. That IS tyranny but the GOP approaches it like they are saving the world.

      The stupidity in this arrangement is breathtaking.

      Politicians are resisting the changes Americans are demanding in BOTH ISSUES.

      Americans are ready to move forward.

      The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

      by xxdr zombiexx on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 05:41:14 AM PST

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