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12 more dead in Washington.

How many more? Does it even matter? Words will be spoken, condolences will be sent, outrage will be stated -- I'm so outraged it's hard to even write this diary.

When will it stop? When will our President stand up and get angry that people are being slaughtered just because they are living and breathing, for no reason at all?

When will we stop allowing civilians to own military-grade weapons? Why are our so-called leaders so afraid of the gun lobby that not one of them will stand up and say the right thing?

The NRA must be destroyed. Piece by piece if necessary, but its position and its money are destroying the fabric of our society. The Second Amendment was never intended to turn this country into an armed camp.

Australians got outraged over a mass shooting in 1996 and banned virtually all guns from private ownership. That's what a civilized society does.

It seems to me, sadly, that we are no longer a civilized society.

What will it take to stop the slaughter? 100 dead? 500? 1,000?

Someone, please, stand up and lead us away from this madness.

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  •  Never, killing is in our DNA for > 400 years; (1+ / 0-)
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    88kathy

    America was never  civilized because of slavery & what it took to maintain. People want to go back to it.

    There is something wrong with Americans. Maybe if white people were slaves for 400 years they would get it.

    nosotros no somos estúpidos

    by a2nite on Mon Sep 16, 2013 at 04:00:19 PM PDT

  •  I just heard Tweety asking the stupidest.... (2+ / 0-)
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    ...rhetorical question: After referencing the most recent tragedies (Sandy Hook, Aurora, etc)  " Will this change things in this country as to who gets possession of firearms?"

    In a word, no.

    I'm sorry but people are too inured  to violence in this country. Until it happens to them, they don't care. If they really cared what happens to others, this would stop. Since only the poor and middle-class are affected, and there's money to made this won't stop.

    The NRA should be brought up on RICO statutes (so should the GOP, but that's another diary) and prosecuted for aiding and abetting murder. ALL of them.

    "Wealthy the Spirit which knows its own flight. Stealthy the Hunter who slays his own fright. Blessed is the Traveler who journeys the length of the Light."

    by CanisMaximus on Mon Sep 16, 2013 at 04:16:13 PM PDT

  •  From what I gather our shooter would have lost (1+ / 0-)
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    his ownership privilege under the laws I was proposing. He accidentally misfired a weapon while he was cleaning it and also shot out tires on a car.  Which proposals, I might add the RkBA felt the need to pounce on at every turn.

    1. Felony failure to secure a deadly weapon regardless of outcome, loss of privilege to own a gun for a period of years.

    2. Felony 'accidental' discharge of a deadly weapon regardless of outcome, loss of privilege to own a gun for a period of years.

    •  shot out tires because of (1+ / 0-)
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      an out of control temper tantrum.  according his family he suffered from out of control anger.  they claim it has something to do with him bing a 9/11 first responder.  that remains be seen.

      charming that someone suffering from serious anger issues has guns.

      "The real wealth of a nation consists of the contributions of its people and nature." -- Riane Eisler

      by noofsh on Mon Sep 16, 2013 at 07:27:28 PM PDT

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      •  Thing was (1+ / 0-)
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        Had he been tried for those crimes, he would not have been allowed to join the Navy or buy the shotgun.  But while he was arrested for shooting out tires, he was never charged because the police lost the paperwork.  In Texas, he was not arrested because the police could not find him on a follow up visit, he would not answer the door.

        Your ideas are already laws, they just are not enforced.

        Stupid question hour starts now and ends in five minutes.

        by DrillSgtK on Tue Sep 17, 2013 at 03:56:38 AM PDT

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        •  The accidental discharge while cleaning was a (0+ / 0-)

          Haw Haw Haw - that was close.

          My laws would make that as serious as the tires. Actually it probably should be more serious because the shooter admits there was no aim involved and the bullet could have gone anywhere.

          There were many missed opportunities, and lack of serious gun handling code.

          give the NRA the Royal Flush join Stop The NRA

          by 88kathy on Tue Sep 17, 2013 at 10:36:28 AM PDT

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  •  The problem has been with us a long time (0+ / 0-)

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/...

    It appears that rampage killings have happened for a long time.  What concerns me is that the number of incidents have slowly increased since the 70s.  Could it be related to rise of the conservative movement and their tendency to destroy social fabric in the name of profits.  

    I'm a 4 Freedoms Democrat.

    by DavidMS on Mon Sep 16, 2013 at 06:52:30 PM PDT

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