NRA: Don't read this

Matt Westerhold
Dec 23, 2012

But most people cannot look away. They can only watch and grieve for those families, for those parents whose lives will never again be normal.

For now this tragedy is embedded in the American consciousness. For now. Perhaps the images of those beautiful children and courageous educators will stay embedded and we won't forget. And as a nation, maybe, just maybe, there will be forward movement that begins to address this persistent problem; this persistent debate.

The National Rifle Association weighed in on Friday, suggesting the solution to the epidemic of mass shootings should be addressed by placing armed guards at every school door. If it's a war you want, it's a war the NRA is willing to back.

The founding of the nation came from the end of a musket, and the fascination with weapons is natural and has grown. There is little need to regulate the very clear right of law-abiding citizens to own weapons. Yet there is still a need.

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Most people would agree that private individuals should not be allowed to develop their own arsenal of nuclear weapons. By way of the NRA's logic in it's support of semi-automatic weapons and 60-round magazine ammunition, that's a violation of the Second Amendment.

Comments

The Big Dog's back

I guess I will 4th grade it for you. You don't want new gun laws because you say the criminal won't follow them antways, just like you say don't tax the rich because they won't pay it anyways, just pass it down the food chain. What logic. Why do we even have any laws?

Randy_Marsh

Why not enforce the laws we have? I know its a novel idea and all, Just think about what you are asking for and will it actually work.

pjgrondin

We don't need new, stricter gun laws because all that does is make law abiding citizens 'criminals' simply for owning a larger clip or a certain type of gun. Does nothing to stop or slow down the person intent on killing. There are many you tube videos showing how quickly a six or ten round clip can be changed. Banning these clips is a 'feel good' law at best.

dontcare

Murderers ignor the homicide law too, should we do away with?

formeremployee

Ah yet another person that only saw the highlight clip the mainstream media showed. If he would've saw the whole clip he'd realize that the Wayne Lapierre NRA's VP said that placing armed guards at the schools was the only immediate way to protect our chilren. You can pass all the laws you want to, they take time to pass and to make a difference. You can stop the sale of all weapons right now, but what does that do about the millions of illegal and legal weapons that are already out there? Nothing. what's to stop some whacko nutjob from waiting in his truck outside the school and then mowing over a bunch of kids while they are waiting for their bus? Lets ban vehicles too.

The Big Dog's back

Is the NRA (Not Right for America) willing to finance this?

Dr. Information

Why should it be their responsibility. Should McDonalds be paying for all the heart and health related issues that plague this nation because of obesity. Lets just blame everyone else but the shooter.......the TRUE liberal way.

The Big Dog's back

This is about blaming the shooter and his easy access to weapons of mass murder.

Dr. Information

How did he have access? He couldn't buy a gun, his background check was denied. So what else do you want to do? Your wording is just so annoying. A semi auto rifle is not a weapon of mass murder. Should every car accident involving multiple deaths be labeled a weapon of mass murder?

The Big Dog's back

THEY WERE IN HIS HOUSE!

2cents

So it is mothers falt "but she is dead, four rounds to the head" so we have to blame something right?

Dr. Information

@Big.....They were not in his HOUSE. They were in his MOTHERS HOUSE, UNLOCKED. So blame the Mom don't blame the gun. The gun didn't kill these innocent kids. This wacked out kid did. Unless somewhere in your magical world guns can walk and kill people without a trigger being pulled by someone.

Kimo

When I hunted open water ducks from my sink box, I had to have a plug in my shotgun. The plug limited me to three shots. If I took the plug out and got caught by a crick, it was off to court.
At the time I was an NRA member.
About the same time it became clear the NRA was a "tool" for the gun manufacturers and I was just a pawn/vote for their mission. I canceled out. I never imagined at the time that we would be where we are today.

Contango

@ Kimo:

So your point is that you were an ignorant victim?

Contango

Again, it seems that we've forgotten the Chardon HS shooting from earlier this yr. The kid had few outward signs and used a .22 revolver.

http://www.cleveland.com/chardon...

buckeye15

And how many died? Big difference.

Dr. Information

So because there was only a few deaths.....its less important. Typical liberal mindset. Use the large tragedies to make your point but just pass on by the small ones. If there was only a kid or two killed in this event, I doubt all this talk would be happening. But because there were 26 killed, every left winger has to spout off about guns....which many do not own nor know a thing about. Spout off about control, when many know nothing about the current laws....and have the typical loud cry to ban ban ban ban ban. Ban everything until we cannot walk out of our homes for fear that a meteor could come down out of the sky and kill us.

Innocent kids are killed daily by car accidents. Where is the outcry for banning cars?

buckeye15

Moderators have removed this comment because it contained Personal attacks (including: name calling, presumption of guilt or guilt by association, insensitivity, or picking fights).

Dr. Information

VA Tech shooting. 32 dead. Killer used a .22 semi handgun and a 9mm semi Glock handgun.......so whats your point? Failed attempt by you again to make a good comparison.

Contango

buckeye15 writes:

"And how many died? Big difference."

So the families and friends of those three murdered children and the others who were wounded should merely be thankful that there weren't more casualties?

Dr. Information

That is exactly the liberal mindset. Because on shooting in the past only had 3 deaths, it wasn't that important. Try telling that to the families that lost someone innocent to a murder.

dontcare

try spewing your weapon fanatiscm to the family that lost someone to a murder

chasf

maybe we need to get rid of gun free zones seems to have worked in Oregon, but you don't hear about it
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B...

Whiskey Tango F...

What about the irresponsiblity of the mother who lived in denial of her sweet little boy? What about the weapon(s) that were not secured and ammunition that was readily available? If you want to start blaming lets start there. Every gun and every bullet we own needs to either be locked up, or loaded and carried. Even if the shooter has been to the range and knew how to shoot, had the weapons been secured this could not have happened.
Now for controlling mental illness. I feel that the BEGINING of the solution to our society is 25% firearms, 75% mental health regulation. Overall it is 100% the responsibilty of our once great nation to secure our guns and ammunition and address mental health of our friends and family members who are struggling to survive in our new crazy rollercoaster society.

DGMutley

Good post!

looking around

I liked an idea I heard last night for schools, all double door entrances with the inner doors being a bared gate that could be retracted at the beginning and end of school hours to eliminate the prison look but in place through out the school day. If the outer doors and security such as buzzers are breached the intruder finds themselves in a small vestibule blocked access by the barred door "gate" only school personnel could allow access beyond that point.

samiam

Easy for someone who has armed Secret Service protection for himself and his family to call for gun control. All I want is the same protection that Obama and his family are provided. My life is just as important as his.

The Big Dog's back

Really? So are you willing for your taxes to quadruple to cover this?

Randy_Marsh

Guess what Clinton said about this in 2000? It is fun to watch you people argue with yourself.

Rich Close

LOL!! An obama supporter whose worried about tax increases! A true Oxymoron.

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