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  •  NOBODY any more. (11+ / 0-)

    Well, politicians, but they don't really count or contribute to the society we are trying to protect.

    No real people are intimidated by those capitalist thugs.

    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 Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 05:14:32 AM PST

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    •  The pols aren't intimated, but they're pre-suaded. (6+ / 0-)

      In other words, many have already reached their own peace with gun issues and will vote accordingly when the chips are down. The Red State Senators (of whom there are now a majority!) will proudly defend the Second Amendment. Many others will try to slip, slide and duck.

      Given the polls - and our renewed ability to draw attention to what they've said and done in the past - they probably will not want to have to vote if they can avoid it. But that will be tough, so let's anticipate the excuses ...

      -  All the issues bundled together. Too big a bill.
      -  Pick the elements of "gun control" apart. This won't be effective, that one will be too cumbersome, etc.
      -  Background checks and reporting mental illness. Too invasive of privacy and workable.
      -  Limits on gun shows and private dealing. Forecloses commerce in those categories of transactions, only. That's a two-fer of Constitutional provisions at issue!
      - Etc.

      It will be up to us to (1) build the fires, (2) keep our Senators' feet to them, (3) personalize the vote: show them victims of gun violence they would, in effect, be voting against.

      2014 IS COMING. Build up the Senate. Win back the House : 17 seats. Plus!

      by TRPChicago on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 06:29:00 AM PST

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