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Anti-gun measures

February 5, 2013

President Barack Obama was in Minnesota Monday, the first stop on his tour around the country to push his agenda to reduce gun violence....

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UPSETULMER

Feb-05-13 10:08 AM

"Next, there's the proposed ban on military-style assault rifles. Their fire power, especially when combined with high-volume magazines, makes them particularly dangerous in incidents like the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre." The shootings at Sandy Hook was done with hand guns. No assault type weapon was used. When is somebody, anybody, going to understand that mental health needs to be addressed. Either way, it was, and is, a terrible tragedy.

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Auntydem

Feb-05-13 11:06 AM

UpsetUlmer, the murder weapon used at Sandy Hook was a Bushmaster AR-15. He knew which weapon was made for his intent that day. The gun found in Lanza's trunk was a Izhmash Canta 12-gauge shotgun. He killed himself with a handgun.

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Hopetoday

Feb-05-13 11:27 AM

NRA are you and your Gun makers ok now that guns sales are going up and up because of gun violence. Look out I might run short have to add two more guns to my other seven guns!!

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PastResident

Feb-05-13 1:13 PM

Gun sales are not going up because of gun violence.

Guns sales are going up because of the threat to ban them.

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Schnauser

Feb-05-13 5:46 PM

Gun sales are up alright, check out what kind of guns are being sold left and right. It ain't shotguns for huntin'. Any NRA member can tell you that the survivalist fringe of the organization is running the show along with the gun manufacturers. Let's give everyone race cars and up the speed limit to 90 mph, isn't that my right under the constitution. Cars don't kill people, people kill people. Rep. Cornish wants to put armed guards in all our schools and arm the teachers. Now there's a main stream thinker. Maybe we can offer guns to all the elementary students while they are in class after they have passed gun saftey of course. Wow!

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svensota

Feb-05-13 5:55 PM

A bunch of band-aides won't fix the problem.

It's time to drastically change the 2nd amendment.

Think big. Think long-long-term. The NRA and all that goes along with it needs to be put down and taken out.

It will take 50 to 100 years, but we might as well start now.

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PastResident

Feb-05-13 6:58 PM

sven, Can we change the 1st Amendment too?

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svensota

Feb-05-13 8:56 PM

PR: Touche!

(I about fell out of my chair with laughter.)

Nice comeback!

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EaglesFan

Feb-06-13 7:28 AM

I have to attach my name to my first ammendment rights to writes letter to the editor.

Why shouldn't someone have to attach their name to the serial number of a gun?

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svensota

Feb-06-13 10:44 AM

All we have to do is shift gun ownership from a "right" to a "privilege"--like driving, or flying airplanes, or just about everything else that involves competence or danger. It's not a new concept to our society.

We could also start with changing the gauges and bores of all future weapons. For example, the twelve gauge shotgun becomes a 14 gauge, the .45 pistol becomes a .50 etc. Then just control the ammo. And, that way all future ammo wouldn't fit the 300 million guns already out there.

Time to make some serious long range adjustments. We can't go on like this any longer.

Does anyone have a good guess on how many people have been killed by handguns in the US the past ten years?

Really, take a guess.

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Auntydem

Feb-06-13 11:53 AM

Amendments in the Bill of Rights should not be changed, but they were intended to be interpreted by future generations. Jefferson-"I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions, but laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors." The 1st amendment is not absolute- the 2nd should not be either.

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middleclassworker

Feb-06-13 8:59 PM

You have the constitutional right to own guns. You do not have any right to ammunition.

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svensota

Feb-07-13 9:28 PM

Okay, campers, here are some frightening numbers to read before you go beddy-bye:

In 2110 (last year, apparently, complete numbers were available):

31,672 gun deaths (all firearms).

That's just in one year...2010.

Traffic deaths, by the way, were about 20% higher than gun deaths, or around 38,000 nationwide.

Over the ten year period, 2001 to 2010, about 275,000 US citizens got wacked by firearms. That does not include the number wounded, which usually runs at a rate of about double (read 550,000).

Number of U.S. dead in Iraq and Afghanistan wars during the same period, about 6,500.

So, what that means is:

Oh, you know what it means. No one has to spell it out to you.

Do they?

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svensota

Feb-07-13 9:34 PM

However...

If we can spend a trillion buckaroos on a couple of stupid wars, maybe what we should do is set up a Department of Gunland Security to protect us from...us.

And, maybe outlaw cars too while we're at it.

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