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.

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2cents

Intersting read, homocides are down since 1980?

http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/content...

mikeylikesit

102 comments, same day. mr.westerhold is still the man!

luvblues2

Emil kicked his butt. He actually interviewed local law enforcement.

The Big Dog's back

Other “anything but guns” excuses offered by the NRA: movies, music videos, video games, President Obama, hurricanes, the media, gun-free zones, and celebrities.

Swamp Fox

biggest threat to America, doggie on a golf cart....

ski

Guns have been a part of this country since it was founded. What has changed is that our courts have not understood that separation of church and state in the constitution did not mean that we should eliminate God from schools by forbidding school prayer and that all forms of indecency and violence should be allowed to be shown on TV and in video games. We no longer have a moral code of conduct as a country, so our children do whatever they want, regardless of consequences.

The Big Dog's back

Prayer has not been eliminated anywhere. You are free to pray to anyone anywhere. You are not allowed to force your prayers on me or anyone else.

Dr. Information

Not so fast slick. A football team in Georgia caught hell for having locker room prayer before their games. It wasn't mandatory, it was a bunch of church going kids that believed in prayer before playing. One kid complains and the board of education, much like many of you liberal posters, has a knee jerk reaction and bans any type of free will, unorganized prayer on school grounds. Thank God the parents and kids stood strong and fought this and won.

vicariouslyAlive

... god.. media... video games... you can find violence in these things from their very beginnings... in the 10 commandments god was a child killer... killed the first born of every house in egypt... and yet we're supposed to turn to him in this time of need? that like hugging your rapist... Shakespeare is taught in every school in the country. his plays had murder, suicide, drugs, homosexual activity (since only men of the time were allowed to act and he had sex scenes in his plays quite often) and yet, no one is blaming Shakespeare and his multi-century span of violent acts? and last but not least, before anyone should have the right to comments on what guns should or should not be allowed in the country they should first educate themselves a bit.. assault rifles are already banned for most of the united states. they are a class 3 weapon and require a class 3 permit if it's allowed at all. the rifle used in the CT shooting was a sporting class rifle... no different from what most, if not all, hunters have in their homes... "but oh the magazine capacity!" you cry. i'll have you know that im a hobby shooter with margional experience and i can change out a magazine in less than a second. which means 10 rounds out, click click, refilled... literally that fast... it's actually more of a pain in the neck for the larger capacity magazines because they are more prone to failure... longer spring and inconsistent spring tension... plus they're heavier than sin and make it hard to transition accurately from target to target, (paper ones that is) so really having a high capacity magazine is a draw back... i know from experience.

lets not forget that if you run the actual numbers of people in the states that are murdered by rifles against most other causes of deaths, you'll find that you're actually more likely to die by choking on your dinner than to be murdered by a rifle... by a factor of 10! you're also actually 10 times more likely to die in the work place if it's safety regulations are monitored by OHSA... rifle homicides account for 400 fatalities a year as a rough average... most years it's lower than that... 4600 people died in the work place according to the OSHA website due to safety violations... so you people really need to get a grip on what you're talking about and what you actually deem dangerous... death by knife outweighs death by rifles... better hide the flatware!

p.s. chew 30 times before swallowing... you wouldn't want to hurt the anti gun cause now would you?

Informer

I agree that many people are misinformed. You can lead a horse to water, but you cant make them drink. People choose not to educate themselves about guns. Then we have a nation of people saying " oh that gun looks scary, lets ban it" without even understanding how it operates. What a shame....I completely agree with your comments.

The Big Dog's back

So if they are for "sport", leave them locked up at the shooting range.

gilamonster

Big dog, answer a question. You are driving down the road and some idiot runs a red light and nearly kills you. He had his license suspended so his girlfriend let him drive her Honda Civic. Said Civic had falsified plates and no insurance; in your mind it would be the cars fault? I mean after all, the car put gas in itself, started itself up, and broke numerous laws before slamming into you. The obvious solution would be to ban vehicles? Bad car, bad car…

And by the way, how many people are victims of violent crime in the UK gun or no gun? I would feel much safer after the Samurai sword ban, at one point the UK was going to ban any non-domestic knifes. I see you didn’t want to dispute that many everyday “objects” such as vehicles, bicycles, pools and unfit parents kill children at an alarming rate. Though I am not pro-life so to speak, you liberals have no problem aborting about 1.4 million babies a year; after all its your right to conveniently kill your own baby.

The Big Dog's back

What a lame comparison.

rjk1915

Let's see whether i've got this right. The NRA position is: the problem is too many guns. the answer is, "More guns."

Contango

More like guns in the hands of good people.

Why do many banks have armed guards? Is a bank more important than a school?

The Big Dog's back

1,081 bank robberies last year. Yeah, that stopped them.

goofus

The bank robbers are just redistributing the wealth, Brutus they are the left's heroes

The Big Dog's back

Where do criminals get their guns? Oh yeah, they steal them from the "good people". So much for that theory.

Randy_Marsh

The ATF?

2cents

Lmao :)

vicariouslyAlive

not entirely true. our own government is said to hand out guns to other nations to antagonize things... what is it to think they don't do the same thing to itself? back in the 80's we gave binladen a ton of guns because back then her was the good guy, and it's quite apparent now that people change.

nmost guns that are illegally owned come from people buying them in bulkfrom gun shows and then reselling them illegally... which i don't agree with, because it gives the the people doing things the proper way a black eye... this is what at this very moment manufacturers like hipoint are being sued... and this all started before the CT shooting... so some this was being done to stem the flow of illegal gun use before this happened...

i guess you guys must have missed that article.

The Big Dog's back

The nra condones this 2nd hand selling. Why? Because they are lobbyists for the gun manufacturers. They don't care who has what, just sell more guns.

Randy_Marsh

2nd hand selling does nothing for gun manufacturers, Hurts them mostly because people aren't buying new weapons.

The Big Dog's back

Wrong again rand. Those people selling their old guns do what? Of course, by new guns.

Randy_Marsh

Actually, Most second hand guns sold are old hunting weapons that they no longer make and are better than anything they make today, Collectables if thats what you want to call them. You really do not know anything about the gun markets do you? Most guns shows now days are nothing but dealers anyways which make you wait the 7 days and register them before taking them home.

4shizzle

No Randy_Marsh you missed Big Dog's point.

People sell old guns , buy NEW guns , gun manufacturers make money on the guns they made, then gun manufacturers make more guns to sell and make more money.

Randy_Marsh

Most that I know personally will not sell their weapons, Anyone that knows anything about weapons knows if you find a good one you keep it. The gun manufacturers are selling hand over fist because of kneejerk reactionarys that want to ban them and the gun owners know there is always a over reach so they stock up. The best thing to happen to gun sales is a democrat in the white house.

Contango

"Connecticut has an assault weapons ban, modeled on the 1994 law. The Connecticut law also has a specific definition for 'assault weapon'

The law, for example, did nothing to halt the sale of a certain brand of Bushmaster semiautomatic rifle.":

http://www.washingtonpost.com/na...

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