Congress is spending a lot of time investigating the supposed security breakdown in Benghazi that resulted in the deaths of four Americans including our ambassador to Libya. Benghazi: a city so unstable and insecure that is just barely better than a war zone. It is amazing we only lost four Americans.
But when 26 Americans lost their lives in an elementary school in idyllic small town America…well, we don’t want to talk about protecting our own on our own soil.
I can’t own a nuclear weapon. I can’t own a rocket propelled grenade. I can’t own a machine gun.*
So when you tell me that prohibiting the sale or ownership of another classification of firearm is severely restricting your rights to bear arms under the second amendment…well…I say baloney! Banning semi-automatic weapons or assault rifles is simply moving the line in the sand from over there to over here.
But you are right. Some malfeasant will find a way to harm others even if we prevent him from acquiring an AR-15 and a thirty round clip. But if passing a few common sense laws on gun ownership can reduce gun deaths by 5% or maybe 10% or even 20%…what’s the problem with that? Yes, someone intent on mayhem could attack the public with a steak knife, a baseball bat, or a sling shot…but the resulting injury would be significantly less severe with far fewer fatalities. How many children would have died in Connecticut if the killer only had access to a revolver and a single shot bolt action rifle?
Gun deaths already outpace traffic deaths in 10 states as of 2009. And the same will be true nationally by 2015 when it is predicted that 33,000 Americans will die of gun shots.
*yes I know there are some exceptions
Perhaps embarrassed at having won his own contest, ” Dumbass Connecticut comments of the day ” conservative bombasticist James Wigderson appears to have extended the submission deadline to accommodate new entries.
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What a shock this is…(not)
Gov. Scott Walker appointed Rep. Jason Fields (D-Milwaukee) to the Social Development Commission Thursday.
Fields, first elected to the Assembly in 2004, was defeated in the August Democratic primary by Mandela Barnes.
Fields’ appointment to the SDC by Scott Walker just underscores the fact that voters in the 11th Assembly District made the right decision in choosing Mandela Barnes over Fields.
Megan Mcardle at the Daily Beast has an idea for students the next time confronted by a crazy with a gun.
“I’d also like us to encourage people to gang rush shooters, rather than following their instincts to hide; if we drilled it into young people that the correct thing to do is for everyone to instantly run at the guy with the gun, these sorts of mass shootings would be less deadly, because even a guy with a very powerful weapon can be brought down by 8-12 unarmed bodies piling on him at once. Would it work? Would people do it? I have no idea; all I can say is that both these things would be more effective than banning rifles with pistol grips.”
Imagine, if you will, five and six-year olds mustering the courage to gangrush the shooter at Newtown. F*cking clueless.