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A senseless tragedy has happened once again. Airport security scrutinizes travelers to embarrassment to protect them from terrorists. Yet a lone young American armed to the teeth can easily slip in to a theater and kill all those people who were taking a break from their hectic lives to enjoy some entertainment. It appears that since the NRA rules here in the USA there will be no stopping these homegrown terrorists from acting out their fantasies with weapons they've easily purchased legally. There are no words to describe the sadness caused by these weapons that are bought and sold so effortlessly by any psychopath with a craving to kill. When will it stop? It will never stop, as long as the NRA is in control. :-( Carolyn Ward

Eliot Spitzer gives the best description of this crime in my honest opinion:

“My View” from the July 20, 2012, edition of “Viewpoint with Eliot Spitzer.”

Eliot Spitzer:

The words of sympathy from our nation’s leaders in response to the horrific events in Colorado last night are welcome, and we all share the sentiments.

But I disagree with one word that both President Obama and former Gov. Romney used to describe the tragedy. The word is “shocking.”

The one thing this horror is NOT is shocking. After the litany of mass shootings we have had over the past years, we should by now be braced for this tragedy, not shocked by it.

No one should be shocked. Just as we should not have been shocked by the killing of seven at Oikos University in April; or the school shooting in Shardon, Ohio in February; or the Arizona shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and 18 others — killing six — in 2011; or the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007; or the Columbine shooting over 13 years ago.

Depending on which study you choose, there are 10,000 gun murders in the United States every year. According to USA Today, there are on average 20 mass shootings per year. And according to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, every day in America guns claim 84 lives and wound nearly 200.

Yet somehow, gun control in this country has become the third rail of politics.

Perhaps that’s partly because the public seems to care less and less. According to Gallup, in 1990 almost 80 percent of Americans said that laws covering the sales of firearms should be made more strict. By 2010, that number was only 44 percent.

In fact, starting in 2009, the majority of respondents said gun laws should either remain the same or be made less strict.

And I’m tired of hearing about the Second Amendment as a bar to useful measures — it isn’t. There is no right to buy submachine guns or silencers or uniquely hazardous bullets without background checks — or at all.

So let’s act, not just wring our hands. It is time to ban all military-style semi-automatic assault weapons; ban assault clips holding more than 10 rounds; and require that new guns have micro-stamping technology so bullets left at crime scenes can be traced. These are simple, moderate steps.

This tragedy is not shocking; it is a reminder. A stark reminder of our inability to do what so many other nations have done: put in place meaningful gun control.

That’s “My View.”

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  •  Tip Jar (5+ / 0-)

    A search for truth will find injustice!

    by thinkingblue on Fri Jul 20, 2012 at 06:40:21 PM PDT

  •  I agree with Spitzer's statement wholeheartedly. (1+ / 0-)
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    Another mass murder and what does the NRA say, nothing about curbing the ability to purchase guns, NOTHING.  I am so sick and tired of the NRA having complete and total domination on this subject.  The right to bear arms was never meant for having the ability to purchase hundreds of guns and this amendment was written about 300 years ago when life in this country was a wild west show.  Even then, if our forefathers had known how this amendment was now being used and distorted they would kick it out of the Constitution.  As I always say, why do you need an AK 47 to kill Bambi?  Therefore, I agree with Spitzer and I'm tired of all our politicans hiding under rocks on this subject.

    Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011)

    by Rosalie907 on Fri Jul 20, 2012 at 09:17:49 PM PDT

  •  Cannot think of any reason (0+ / 0-)

    for anyone to need a 100 round magazine.

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