Will our anger be buried alongside Newtown’s dead?

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A flag flies at half mast on a dark, wintry night in Newtown, Conn. This week, the townspeople will bury their dead, including the bodies of 20 young first-graders murdered by an assailant who broke into their school. Coffin manufacturers have donated the 20 small caskets that will be needed in the burials. (AP)

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The Bushmaster .223, the weapon used by Adam Lanza to kill 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Each victim had been shot three to 11 times, according to the coroner's report. Lanza is reported to have brought multiple 30-round magazines to the school, and at the time of his death at his own hand still possessed hundreds of rounds of ammunition.


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Robbie Parker, the father of six-year-old Emilie, has had to explain her death to her two siblings, ages 3 and 4. "They seem to get the fact that they have somebody they're going to miss very much," he said.

An excerpt from President Barack Obama’s message to Newtown and the nation, delivered at a prayer vigil Sunday night (entire text available here):

“Someone once described the joy and anxiety of parenthood as the equivalent of having your heart outside of your body all the time, walking around. With their very first cry, this most precious, vital part of ourselves — our child — is suddenly exposed to the world, to possible mishap or malice. And every parent knows there is nothing we will not do to shield our children from harm.

And yet, we also know that with that child’s very first step, and each step after that, they are separating from us; that we won’t — that we can’t always be there for them. They’ll suffer sickness and setbacks and broken hearts and disappointments. And we learn that our most important job is to give them what they need to become self-reliant and capable and resilient, ready to face the world without fear.

And we know we can’t do this by ourselves. It comes as a shock at a certain point where you realize, no matter how much you love these kids, you can’t do it by yourself. That this job of keeping our children safe, and teaching them well, is something we can only do together, with the help of friends and neighbors, the help of a community, and the help of a nation. And in that way, we come to realize that we bear a responsibility for every child because we’re counting on everybody else to help look after ours; that we’re all parents; that they’re all our children.

This is our first task — caring for our children. It’s our first job. If we don’t get that right, we don’t get anything right. That’s how, as a society, we will be judged.

And by that measure, can we truly say, as a nation, that we are meeting our obligations? Can we honestly say that we’re doing enough to keep our children — all of them — safe from harm? Can we claim, as a nation, that we’re all together there, letting them know that they are loved, and teaching them to love in return? Can we say that we’re truly doing enough to give all the children of this country the chance they deserve to live out their lives in happiness and with purpose?”

I’ve been reflecting on this the last few days, and if we’re honest with ourselves, the answer is no.”


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The answer is no.

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– Jay Bookman

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stands for decibels

December 17th, 2012
7:46 am

N-GA (economic base jumper)

December 17th, 2012
7:47 am

stands for decibels

December 17th, 2012
7:51 am

jim terwlilger

December 17th, 2012
7:53 am

How many times have we seen that assault rifle carried by police at peaceful protests…

Van Jones

December 17th, 2012
7:55 am

Major life events always cause us to reevaluate what we are doing. I just hope we can do it with intelligence and common sense rather than a feel-good, knee-jerk reaction.

Jay

December 17th, 2012
7:56 am

sfd, I’ve subbed out my original image for the one you posted. Thanks.

Corbin Sharpe. Baby Boomer...and got the scars to priove it!

December 17th, 2012
7:56 am

I have already donated to Mayors against Illegal Guns and written to the White house and Congress. I’m going to do all I can to outlaw assault weapons like the one above.
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But as an aside, I also wrote to Newtown this morning when I read that some were taking down their decorations of the season because of this tragedy. I said they shouldn’t take them down. They should cover the town in lights. These kids loved this time of the year. They were 6 and 7 years old and they still believed. As a remembrance to them, the town should be bathed in light…and if left up to me…left on all year. If you think so too, then write to them too.

http://www.newtown-ct.gov/Public_Documents/index

Contact them.

Brosephus™

December 17th, 2012
7:57 am

Can we honestly say that we’re doing enough to keep our children — all of them — safe from harm?

I’ll say no, but then again, it’s my belief that we won’t be able to do enough to keep them all from harm. That’s one of the issues of living in a very open society. At some point, we need to be honest with ourselves in this aspect. If we can’t be honest with ourselves, how can we take an honest and open look at these situations to determine how to lessen their impact?

Grasshopper

December 17th, 2012
7:57 am

A sad day for these victims and their families.

And more fodder for the ‘grief porn’ industry.

Stop sensationalizing these crimes. Enough with the prime time Presidential speeches and wall-to-wall coverage with every ‘expert’ and tangential witness offering up their sorrow and shock. Stop giving the psychos what they want.

stands for decibels

December 17th, 2012
7:58 am

I am shocked, shocked, to learn that Dancin’ Dave Gregory continues to fluff the NRA.

Gregory’s suggestion that “we’ve seen declining support since 1990 for stricter gun control measures” relies on flawed polling data that only asks generic questions about public support for restrictions on firearms. When the public is asked about specific gun violence prevention proposals, large majorities support enacting some further restrictions. An August 9 CNN poll found that 96 percent of Americans support requiring a background check for every gun purchase. The same poll found that nearly three-in-five respondents favored banning semi-automatic assault weapons and high-capacity magazines containing more than 10 bullets, like those used in the July 20 mass shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. The CNN poll also found that 76 percent of Americans favored requiring individuals to register their weapons with local law enforcement and 91 percent favored preventing felons and people with mental health problems from owning guns.

stands for decibels

December 17th, 2012
7:59 am

Thank you, Jay.

Thomas Heyward Jr

December 17th, 2012
7:59 am

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jim terwlilger

December 17th, 2012
7:53 am

How many times have we seen that assault rifle carried by police at peaceful protests…
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“I own the world’s 7th largest army……….” Mayor Mike Bloomberg, soda/gun-ban master and Jon Corzine confidant.

Doggone/GA

December 17th, 2012
8:00 am

“sfd, I’ve subbed out my original image for the one you posted. Thanks”

And do women get issued “man cards” too? Or is that image only to point out the such atrocities are virtually ALWAYS committed by MEN?

stands for decibels

December 17th, 2012
8:02 am

HTL

December 17th, 2012
8:03 am

Time to call the owners of those semi-autos what they are, really bad shots or cowards.
Bad shots can be fixed with practice so they will not need them and the others should nothave them.
They are just trouble.

Joshua_Linskey

December 17th, 2012
8:03 am

I think Van Jones’ comment is the only appropriate comment I have read to date.

It is comical how everyone has solutions. How pompous at a time such as this, to assume you have an answer or solution.

Everyone should simply shut up. This a time when “less” is definitely more when it comes to your political posturing and your countless opinions. I say this with all due respect, all of you who have slobbered your opinions, you’re all “a” holes.

stands for decibels

December 17th, 2012
8:04 am

And do women get issued “man cards” too?

No. Women get these.

Madmax

December 17th, 2012
8:04 am

We’ve cheapened life and destroyed the moral backbone of this nation and now we wring our hands and wail. We get what we sow. We fight for the right to kill babies but then say how did this happen. We buy our kids all kinds of electronic games and let them spend hours a day in front of their screens blowing and shooting people up and then when they turn we say how did this happen. We put the highest quality gore and violence in our theaters and on our tv’s and send our kids to see this and when they break we say how did this happen. Maybe if as a nation, we hadn’t been so bent on satisfying our own desires and had spent more time raising our kids and controlling what we could or could not do/watch/particiate in, we wouldn’t be talking about this today.

We need to ban a lot more than guns.

TaxPayer

December 17th, 2012
8:06 am

An assault rifle with their rapid fire capability and large magazines are weapons of mass destruction.

stands for decibels

December 17th, 2012
8:06 am

We fight for the right to kill babies

heh. What’d I tell ya, DGA?

Whatever

December 17th, 2012
8:06 am

HTL,

For real? I grew up with guns my entire life and own several semi-autos. I shoot really well and I do not own guns to fell more like a man. It’s just a fun hobby.

You will not win any arguments by putting down the large majority of gun owners. You may want to try and make friends across the isle instead of enemies.

TaxPayer

December 17th, 2012
8:07 am

Thanks for sharing your opinion, Joshua.

Skip

December 17th, 2012
8:07 am

Your child’s life or the right to fire 30 rounds in 2 seconds, you choose.

vietnam vet

December 17th, 2012
8:08 am

The “Right to Bear Arms” is not more important than a child’s right to
live. Do something to protect our children’s lives. Please call or write your Congressman today.

Whatever

December 17th, 2012
8:08 am

Taxpayer,

I Ruger Mini-14 will shoot the same round at the same rate as a Bushmaster but nobody wants to ban it.

I know there is disagreement on this but assault rifles that are semi-auto are no different that most hunting rifles. They just look military.

Doggone/GA

December 17th, 2012
8:08 am

“We’ve cheapened life and destroyed the moral backbone of this nation ”

Baloney. You are blaming millions of people for the act of ONE OF THEM. That one person had mental problems and took them out on the innocent is no reflection on the millions and millions of us that DID NOT.

stands for decibels

December 17th, 2012
8:09 am

Ruger Mini-14 will shoot the same round at the same rate

but do you get a Man Card with it?

Doggone/GA

December 17th, 2012
8:10 am

“Do something to protect our children’s lives”

Do WHAT? Or are you of the “somebody should do something” school of problem solving?

Jay

December 17th, 2012
8:10 am

“I know there is disagreement on this but assault rifles that are semi-auto are no different that most hunting rifles. They just look military.”

True, to some extent. Hunting rifles don’t have 30-round clips, however. Furthermore, it is precisely that military look that these mass killers find so appealing, for reasons reflected in the Bushmaster ad above.

stands for decibels

December 17th, 2012
8:10 am

Let’s melt down the Bushmaster web site. It’s the least we can do.

Whatever

December 17th, 2012
8:11 am

Murders in US (2009) – About 9,500.
Drunk driving deaths US (2009) – 10,700.

I say we ban alcohol while we are at it.

Atlas Shrugging

December 17th, 2012
8:11 am

A resounding NO! All you have to do to do to validate my NO is read your hate blog today and everyday.

fedup

December 17th, 2012
8:11 am

If NRA wanted to they can come up with a solution to this senseless killings. But they will not. It is free enterprise baby. Profits over life.

kayaker 71

December 17th, 2012
8:11 am

We continue to manufacture countless video games that glorify shooting someone’s head off, continue to take away Christian teachings of love and respect and seem think that guns are the real problem. That 223 didn’t shoot anyone on it’s own. Neither does the automobile kill thousands every year. Those little children are dead because some kook took them out. Some crazy kid who is a product of our present day culture that states that the norm is somewhere between free love and killing little kids. We reap what we sow.

Corbin Sharpe. Baby Boomer...and got the scars to priove it!

December 17th, 2012
8:11 am

Doggone,
Do you have stock in Arms Manufacturing Companies, or something?

Steve

December 17th, 2012
8:11 am

Again, progressives keep pushing for gun control and it takes multiple horrific tragedies to wake everyone up to the fact that we are doing something terribly wrong here in this country. Yes we need gun control laws ramped up, but that’s only the beginning. We need a cultural shift AWAY from violence. Period.

TaxPayer

December 17th, 2012
8:12 am

How many of those children would have survived if they had only been shot once?

Corbin Sharpe. Baby Boomer...and Ban the Gun Thug!

December 17th, 2012
8:13 am

Some just can’t see the big picture about life, I guess…

Steve

December 17th, 2012
8:13 am

Kayaker – these kids were shot THREE TO TEN TIMES EACH. If this guy had run in wielding knives, he would have committed far less carnage.

Nobody needs assault weapons. Period.

Doggone/GA

December 17th, 2012
8:13 am

“If NRA wanted to they can come up with a solution to this senseless killings”

No they can’t. If even psychiatrists cannot identify them in advance, why would you think the NRA could?

Whatever

December 17th, 2012
8:14 am

Jay,

I hear you and understand where you are coming from. However, the Ruger Mini-14 will take a 30-round clip.

I find the Bushmaster type gun appealing because it’s easy to customize and very fun to shoot.

My fear is that we live in a country where people will give up freedom to feel more secure. Let’s take the Bill of Rights to 9 rights instead of 10. Then to 8 instead of 9. Just to feel safer. That’s what concerns me in all this.

Doggone/GA

December 17th, 2012
8:15 am

“Do you have stock in Arms Manufacturing Companies, or something?”

No. Nor do I own any guns

Whatever

December 17th, 2012
8:15 am

Steve,

What is the definition of an assault weapon. Is it based on function or look?

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Jay

December 17th, 2012
8:15 am

Whatever, there is no constitutional right to possess a Bushmaster.

tiger7184

December 17th, 2012
8:16 am

And throughout the land there was great sadness. There was wailing,
wringing of hands and calls for action from the huddled masses. But on
the third day the great NRA proclaimed that “guns don’t kill people”
and the great leaders chimed in that “now is not the time” and the gun
manufacturers said that “we need more guns, not less” and the people
were relieved and went on about their business as if nothing had
happened. The end.

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Jay

December 17th, 2012
8:17 am

“We continue to manufacture countless video games that glorify shooting someone’s head off, continue to take away Christian teachings of love and respect and seem think that guns are the real problem. That 223 didn’t shoot anyone on it’s own.

Guns don’t kill people. Video games kill people.

Granny Godzilla

December 17th, 2012
8:17 am

“Will our anger be buried alongside Newtown’s dead?”

Mine will not.

Please God, let America stay angry too.

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A special thank you to Toddler G, a sweet silly two-year-old boy who kept our family focused on what’s good this weekend. We really needed it.

Steve

December 17th, 2012
8:17 am

We will always have the freedom to own guns. But not nuclear bombs, not rocket launchers, not machine guns and obviously not assault style weapons that shoot nearly as rapidly as machine guns.

We have limitations on the 1st amendment, and common sense only dictates that we’d have the same around the 2nd. But then again, common sense seems to allude so many of you Confederates.

Steve

December 17th, 2012
8:19 am

Tiger…I couldn’t have said it better.

indigo

December 17th, 2012
8:19 am

“can we say we’re truly doing enough” “no”

I’m pleased to hear Obama say that.

So, for starters, he can bring home all our soldiers now fighting that useless war in Afghanistan and post them at schools around the country.
After all “there is nothing we will not do to shield our children from harm”. And, at least two armed combat soldiers at every school would make even the most deranged gunman think twice about killin little children.

I already know Republican promises mean little or nothing. Now is the time to see if Obama’s statements about our children’s safety are real or just political lip service.

stands for decibels

December 17th, 2012
8:20 am

the great leaders chimed in that “now is not the time”

“We don’t want to alienate red state voters who already hate us!”

–Rahm Emmanuel

JamVet

December 17th, 2012
8:21 am

This is all too heartbreaking for words.

Though that will not deter plenty of the usual small minded, compassionless suspects here.

Have a good day everyone, and be most excellent to each other and the people in your lives…

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stands for decibels

December 17th, 2012
8:22 am

As long as I’m spreading Christmas cheer:

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2012/12/making-gun-control-happen.html

Yesterday, I went to pick up my son from school and on the way home, we passed the White House. The flag on the roof was fluttering at half-mast, like other flags throughout the city, and the country, and at American bases and embassies around the world. But those flags will only fly at half-mast until Tuesday, at which point they will be raised once more—a symbolic indication that after we mourn those who have died too soon, we must eventually move on. The gun lobby is hunkered down, confident that the profound sense of urgency many of us feel right now will diminish, and we will soon return to our familiar, dystopian status quo. All they need to do is wait out the furor, as they have so many times before.

Jay

December 17th, 2012
8:23 am

“Drunk driving deaths US (2009) – 10,700.

I say we ban alcohol while we are at it.

And those numbers were considerably higher until we as a society decided that the death toll was unacceptable, and we changed laws, regulations, enforcement and cultural attitudes as a result. In fact, 30 years ago, drunk driving fatalities totaled 21,113.

In other words, by taking action, we have cut that death toll in half by taking action against a problem that many once thought was hopeless. That’s a possible model for us on this current problem.

stands for decibels

December 17th, 2012
8:23 am

Have a good day everyone, and be most excellent to each other and the people in your lives…

What Jammie said. I’m outa here for awhile as well.

Joshua_Linskey

December 17th, 2012
8:24 am

Dear Tax Payer,
You’re an idiot and obviously one of the “a” holes. That is not an opinion, it’s an observation, hence the reason I declared you an idiot.

kayaker 71

December 17th, 2012
8:24 am

If the anti gun lobby would take away semi-automatic assault weapons and leave it at that, lots of people would be willing to talk. However, they are intent in making the armed criminal the only one with a weapon. Close to 80M Americans own guns in this country. Remember when Sam Nunn got on the anti-gun band wagon? Bumper stickers suddenly appeared…. “Sam Nunn wants your gun”. He didn’t remain Senator from GA very long after that. This is a political hot potato that no one wants to face. They tip toe around the issue but elected politicians, especially from red states, won’t touch it. BTW, those states with the most stringent gun laws seem to have the most gun violence.

Who knew?

December 17th, 2012
8:25 am

“Whatever, there is no constitutional right to possess a Bushmaster.”

Want to go into greater detail there Jay or just broad stroke it as usual Jay?

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Peadawg

December 17th, 2012
8:27 am

” I’m going to do all I can to outlaw assault weapons like the one above.”

And what’s that going to do to keep them off the street? Outlawing heroin, cocaine, meth, weed, etc. has worked sooo well.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

December 17th, 2012
8:27 am

There is no single fix all response nor will it be an overnight fix. But it is time we address this issue and find the balance between pure home protection (with adequate safety), hunters, law enforcement and removal of assault type weapons from responsible society. And also dealing with mental illness.

Cherokee

December 17th, 2012
8:27 am

sfd – exactly…

Does anyone actually think that dems are going to win over the NRA wackos by caving on this issue?

Not a chance….

Class of '98

December 17th, 2012
8:27 am

“I’ve been reflecting on this the last few days, and if we’re honest with ourselves, the answer is no.”

I guess you didn’t “reflect” on this enough to come up with a solution, because you did not provide one.

Brosephus™

December 17th, 2012
8:28 am

We continue to manufacture countless video games that glorify shooting someone’s head off

Hate the free market? If there were not a demand for the product, it wouldn’t be made and sold as much as it is. It’s the same way with guns. The 2nd Amendment doesn’t mandate any American to purchase a single gun, yet millions are sold simply because manufacturers are filling a demand for the product.

Whatever

December 17th, 2012
8:28 am

Jay,

I’m not saying there is a right to own a Bushmaster. I’m saying our society is moving towards giving up freedoms to feel safer in many areas. Not just guns. That’s disheartening.

Yes, drunk driving deaths were higher in the past but they are still really high. No one here even discusses it. It’s like it doesn’t even exist.

Let’s care about the 30 who die tragically at once but let’s also care about the ones who die tragically by themselves in a ditch each day.

xxx

December 17th, 2012
8:29 am

Why no condemnation of the mother who allowed her brain damaged psycopath to roam free amongst us? Becasue that would make a human responsible and we can’t have anyone donig that can we?

Skeeter

December 17th, 2012
8:29 am

My opinion? The problem isn’t with gun control (or the lack thereof). The problem is with how we, as Americans, dole out the consequences of actions such as this. If there was an enforced law that quickly executed those who carry out such unthinkable acts I don’t think we would be faced with this tragedy today. I don’t think there are as many people that are “lunatics” as we would be led to believe I think they have just learned there will be a very small price to pay for their “claim to fame”. No trial by jury (it’s already been proven they committed the crime-without question). No costly upkeep or “rehabilitation”. This should not be a debate on the right to keep and bear arms this should be a debate on how we are treating the consequences of those who choose to take advantage of that right. Most people who are mentally challenged still understand this basic principal…I think they would get this concept as well.

Mick

December 17th, 2012
8:29 am

What’s missing here? A mentally ill child was able to access weapons of mass destruction. Ironically, the mother bought these weapons because she feared that in the future there would be kaos because of economic conditions. In the short term, you don’t have have these types of weapons around when you know that your child has a mental disability or this will be happening again and again…

Ivan

December 17th, 2012
8:30 am

“Guns don’t kill people. Video games kill people.”

Just ask Hillary Clinton. She thinks so.

Common Sense

December 17th, 2012
8:30 am

Leftist love tradegies. Like a ban on all weapons would stop these types of events. Suddenly the physcos would be normal and there would be peace in the world.
@jay
The killer used two 9mm handguns. the rifle was found in the car. Honest mistake or agenda?

pcBobby

December 17th, 2012
8:32 am

Proactive mental health care NOW! What does that mean? Courts, law enforcement and the medical community need to RESPONSIBLY share records. We NEED to have a smart, centralized way to share information between these agencies. I am Libertarian, BTW — so I say that I am sorry to my naive Libertarian brethren and paranoid conspiracy theorists. Furthermore, those closest to these so-called responsible gun owners with mentally ill kids.

Jay

December 17th, 2012
8:33 am

“The killer used two 9mm handguns. the rifle was found in the car. Honest mistake or agenda?

Incorrect, Common Sense. Every person killed at the school was shot multiple times with the Bushmaster. The only time Lanza fired a pistol was to kill himself.

Granny Godzilla

December 17th, 2012
8:34 am

Common Sense

December 17th, 2012
8:30 am

Leftist love tradegies.
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fedup

December 17th, 2012
8:35 am

You don’t need a professional to identify killers. I know one who close people know is capable of this kind of carnage. Dick Cheney is one of them. Do not need a college education to figure that one out. Just ask the Iraqs about that.

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Morality?

December 17th, 2012
8:35 am

Last night Obama used a tragedy to push the camel’s nos under the tent.

Recon 0311 2533

December 17th, 2012
8:35 am

“Furthermore, it is precisely that military look that these mass killers find so appealing, for reasons reflected in the Bushmaster ad above.”

It’s not the look of a firearm that they find appealing, it’s the killing that they find appealing. After immersing themselves in violent images provided to them by the media, movies, television or violent video games they go and act out their twisted fantasy.

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indigo

December 17th, 2012
8:36 am

Brosephus – 8:28

There’s quite a demand in America for herion, cocaine, meth and many other drugs.

Since you don’t “hate the free market”, should we be “filling a demand” by legally selling these “products”?

Brosephus™

December 17th, 2012
8:37 am

The killer used two 9mm handguns. the rifle was found in the car. Honest mistake or agenda?

Somebody obviously did not see the report given by the medical examiner. With the 24 hour coverage, you would think such a feat was virtually impossible.

Corbin Sharpe. Baby Boomer...and Ban the Gun Thug!

December 17th, 2012
8:37 am

Let's get real..

December 17th, 2012
8:37 am

I’ve been reading this blog for a very long time, never posted until today. For the most part, I think y’all are a well meaning and patriotic bunch but after Sandy Hook, Aurora and way too many others, it’s time to get real about gun control. We all dance around the issue but the true question is, how many times has a gun been used to protect a home versus how many times instead has that gun accidentally shot a loved one instead? All you proud Americans, can you really stand up and say, yes I want my guns so someone else can die? Can you really say, what we need are more guns when we’re already in fear of our children going to school, or us so-called grownups going shopping?
Open your eyes, use your head, think! Push aside your politics for once and see what’s happening!

Doggone/GA

December 17th, 2012
8:38 am

“Since you don’t “hate the free market”, should we be “filling a demand” by legally selling these “products”?”

Why not? We can legally buy alcohol. It’s ok to slowly kill yourself with drink, but using drugs will get you a jail sentence.

Doggone/GA

December 17th, 2012
8:39 am

“Open your eyes, use your head, think! Push aside your politics for once and see what’s happening!”

What’s happening is the millions of people own guns responsibly and those guns don’t kill anyone.

Jay

December 17th, 2012
8:40 am

“It’s not the look of a firearm that they find appealing, it’s the killing that they find appealing.

No, Recon. It’s the look. The shooter at the Oregon mall used an AR-15, not a hunting rifle. The shooter in Connecticut used an AR-15, not a hunting rifle. The shooter in Aurora, Colo, used an AR-15 with a 100-round magazine, not a hunting rifle. A big part of the whole romantic BS they wrap themselves inside involves the fantasy that they are bad asses to be reckoned with, and the look and image of these weapons plays to that directly.

Again, look at the Bushmaster ad. What are they selling?

Functionality?

Or image?

Morality?

December 17th, 2012
8:41 am

The Repubs have agreed to raise taxes on the 1% …….. now Obama and Nanny Peolisi – it’s your turn – under funded entitlements got us here and cutting entitlements is mandatory to get up out of this mess. The ball is in your court Obama. It’s TIME!

Brosephus™

December 17th, 2012
8:42 am

Since you don’t “hate the free market”, should we be “filling a demand” by legally selling these “products”?

We already legally dispense methadone. We use morphine legally. I don’t have a personal opinion on whether drugs should be legalized or not. It’s simply my job to enforce the law, whatever it states.

Seems as though the drug dealers are doing what legal businesses do, which is meet the demand for a product with ample supply. I’ve participated in my share of drug seizures, and as long as they remain illegal, I will continue to focus on catching as much as possible and keep them from entering the US. Instead of focusing on making drugs legal, why not focus on curtailing the demand for the drugs? Knock out the demand, and the idea of making them illegal is irrelevant and useless.

@indigo

December 17th, 2012
8:43 am

Yes, absolutely. Eliminate the black market in favor of the free market and help those users when they inevitably come around. The laws still apply concerning theft and/or violence. Does that overwhelm your Statist brain?

Keith

December 17th, 2012
8:43 am

Yes, lets make guns illegal since criminals are so good at obeying the law.

Steve

December 17th, 2012
8:47 am

What’s happening is that last year in most of our Western counterpart nations, roughly 50 people died via gun violence. Here, it was 10,728.

So – perhaps, must PERHAPS, tell the gun industry funded NRA lobby to go screw themselves and we look at what is working elsewhere and move into the 21st century here and make some real changes. Wouldn’t that be novel?

Mick

December 17th, 2012
8:47 am

Interesting story of how a mother with a mentally disabled child has to deal with the fear of his violent outbursts. Rule number one: contain any potential access to weapons that might harm…

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/16/i-am-adam-lanzas-mother-mental-illness-conversation_n_2311009.html

Michael

December 17th, 2012
8:47 am

A few years back an individual who had a show about hunting on TV made the statement that assault rifles had no place in hunting. Quickly the NRA and friends got him fired from his show, but not before he apologized. At 64yo i have never needed a gun in my life other than in Vietnam and when I saw the bodies of men, women and children and what violence did to them I knew that i would never own a weapon again.

Jay

December 17th, 2012
8:48 am

“Yes, lets make guns illegal since criminals are so good at obeying the law.

Yes, let’s make murder legal since criminals don’t obey that law either.

It’s really a silly, silly argument. The claim that because we can’t stop all killings, we should try to stop none is ridiculous. Again, the example of drunk driving is very useful. We did not ban cars; we did not ban alcohol. But through tighter regulation and enforcement, we cut the death toll from drunk driving in half, saving some 10,000 lives a year.

Granny Godzilla

December 17th, 2012
8:48 am

Keith

December 17th, 2012
8:48 am

Its pretty ironic to see Deomcrats calling to restrict the very same types of firearms that Obama allowed to walk across the border to Mexican drug cartels. Obama doesnt have a leg to stand on.

JDW

December 17th, 2012
8:48 am

I find the “guns don’t kill people do” argument to be a simple attempt at misdirection with a kernel of truth. Indeed it is the people we must stop and the best way to do that is to make it as hard as possible for them to carry out their evil intentions.

If a semi-automatic weapon or high capacity magazines had not been available would Sandy Hook had happened…probably but maybe we would only be burying fifteen little ones.

If the rounds involved had not been specifically engineered to cause maximum damage to a person would some have survived?

If gun owners and families were required to have a certificate of mental competence each year would an early warning have been sounded?

If gun owners were required to secure their weapons from unauthorized use would the shooter have been able to arm himself?

Our goal must be to make these acts as hard as possible to carry out and in doing so, over time reduce both the number and severity of the attacks.

Mick

December 17th, 2012
8:49 am

morality

So, give me an example of an unfunded entitlement? Looking at my pay stub I see they take out money for fica and medicare, wouldn’t that be funded???